Make music Winter returns on December 21


NEW YORK, November 30, 2021 / PRNewswire / – Make Music Winter, a free outdoor musical celebration with exuberant and participatory parades, performances and events throughout new York and in dozens of American cities, will return to the winter solstice, Tuesday, December 21.

The annual event welcomes people of all ages and musical abilities to celebrate the joy of making music with other members of the community. Since its debut in 2011, Make Music Winter has offered music enthusiasts a way to meet, parade and play in public spaces, and make music with bells, electric guitars, vocals, percussion and more unusual instruments.

In keeping with the gift season, the sound toys will debut Make Music Winter in The Mutant Toys Parade, a participatory composition of Argentinabased artist Laureano Cantarutti premiered in six US cities. Children and adults are invited to come and experiment “curve“toy shuttlecocks, recordable buzzers and disfigured dolls designed by Cantarutti and assembled by local musicians in each town. Participants will then march through the streets playing music using toys and percussion instruments. hand, which will be free to take home on holiday as a gift for further musical experimentation. Mutant Toy Parades will take to the streets of new York (NEW YORK), Montclair (NJ), Salem (WHERE), Knoxville (TN), Toledo (OH), and Altoona (PENNSYLVANIA).

Back for the second year, Rhythm Band Instruments (RBI) celebrates Make Music Winter across the country, providing over 300 instruments ranging from Bells to Boomwhackers in eleven cities for participatory winter music. RBI bells will play in new York (NEW YORK)‘s “Bell by bell”, from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. in SoHo (at Elizabeth St., between Prince and Spring St.). This event has become a Make Music Winter tradition, with volunteers from Elizabeth Street Garden hand out color-coded bells to revelers who take a crash course in the basics of hand bells, then perform collectively with a team of conductors. Forty miles up the river in Ossining/ Briacliff (NY), RBI instruments will be part of a Make Music Winter day of concerts, interactive music events, workshops and music lessons, offering something for everyone. In the small town of Land O ‘Lakes (WI), RBI will offer instruments for beginner ukulele and bell lessons. Other RBI-supported events will take place at Montgomery (AL), Toledo (OH), Salem (WHERE), Montclair (NJ), Altoona (PENNSYLVANIA), Federal route and Gig Port (WA), and Milwaukee (WI).

But nothing compares to New York City, cradle of Make Music Winter, where nearly 20 musical gatherings and parades will animate the districts of the arrondissements, Flatbush in Brooklyn to the Melrose Parranda in the Bronx. that of New York Events (in addition to Bell by Bell and the Mutant Toy Parade) will include:

  • “African Drum” – 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Plaza at 300 Ashland, Brooklyn. Join a drum circle master class led by Brooklyn Music School to learn and perform rhythms from the Congolese and West Africa on djembes and congas provided by the school.
  • “Flatfoot Flatbush” – 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. To Perspective heights, Brooklyn. Featured with Porch Stomp, City Stompers and the North Flatbush Avenue Business Improvement District and celebrating its eighth year in a row, dancers, fiddlers and pickers will parade down Flatbush Avenue playing old tunes while walking flat , a form of percussion dance from the Appalachians.
  • “Stay still” – 10.45-11.15 a.m. in midtown Manhattan. Musicians of all stripes with an instrument that can be played on the move – acoustic guitars, horns, strings, percussion, etc. – will join the music group Tilted Axes: Music for Mobile Electric Guitars in a participatory 30-minute parade through South city center, including a stop at Herald Square at precisely 10h59 when the sun “stops” and during which the whole ensemble will mark the stroke of a magical minute to surprise the spectators.
  • HONK NYC! presents Radiant Revelry “- 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. in Greenwich village. HONK NYC’s Fourth Winter Solstice Procession is a cathartic parade of music and dance that commemorates the lives of those who have been lost after two years of COVID-19 and celebrates a time of revitalization and hope. The parade winds its way through the West Village to a final at Astor Place Plaza, as does a separate parade, “Tambor Tuesday Street Jam” 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. – embarks on a journey through the East Village to the legendary Drom club. “Tambor Tuesday”, presented in partnership with the Afro Latin Jazz Alliance, features music from Afro-Brazilian, Afro-Cuban, samba and reggae traditions and features musicians from Mambembé Music, Afro-Cuban rumba with Kikiriki Biquey and People of Earth.
  • “Harlem Solstice Jam” – 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at Uptown Grand Central. Enjoy a lively evening of brass, samba and fanfare music. The program includes performances by Afro-funk / Latin / New Orleans style brass group The Underground Horns; Batalá, an all-female Afro-Brazilian samba reggae percussion group; the Harlem Marching Cobras, and more.
  • “Melrose Parranda” – 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. from the Bronx Music Hall. The Bronx Music Heritage Center (BMHC) is hosting its 7th consecutive Make Music Winter program in the Melrose part of the Bronx with a procession or parranda, the Puerto Rican tradition of Christmas carols. Based on the music of plena and other songs from the island’s festivals, this festive parade will be led by members of the Bronx musical and cultural community, including Jorge Vázquez, Matthew Gonzalez, and Bobby sanabria. Each stop along the parranda will be a different casita, the small houses that evoke the countryside in Porto Rico.
  • “The Hallelujah Mobile” – 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.. Starting from the steps of the main branch of the New York Public Library and making your way among six other iconic downtown locations – A Vanderbilt, Rockefeller Plaza, Times Square, Carnegie Hall, Circle of Columbus, and Lincoln Center – participating singers will give seemingly spontaneous pop-up concerts of Handel’s famous choral masterpiece, the “Hallelujah Chorus”.

Make some extra winter music events across the country include:

  • Long beach, california – Open Jam with OLLI Recorders, Club of Harps and The Jazz Angels. Everyone is invited to jam with Make Music Long Beach featuring all three bands and a full music jam at Marine Stadium Park.
  • Boston, Massachusetts – Make music in winter in Boston. Join the Downtown Boston Business Improvement District for an afternoon of music! Victorian Carolers, Downtown Holiday Brass and Mediterranean Holiday Band will perform throughout Boston downtown as part of their holiday market.
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – Sing along with Anna From Frozen. All ages are invited to join in a song worthy of the Queen of Arendelle. Local musician Elizabeth chase will get the audience to sing along with classic Christmas songs, as well as those from blockbuster movies, Frozen and Frozen II.
  • Cleveland, Ohio – A Musical Hike. An eight-kilometer hike with members of the Cleveland Hiking Club through the Trémont and Ohio City regions, the troupe will stop along the way to play popular and secular holiday tunes on kazoos and sing sheet music.
  • Litchfield, Connecticut Community meditation and sound healing. A daytime meditation event alongside the facilitator Grace Magnusson associated with gongs and singing bowls.
  • Macon, Georgia – Where the soul rocks! Free gifts on the sidewalks of the city center Builder, including kazoos, chopsticks and more for making music!
  • Rochester, New York “Atelier Maracatú”. Participants can learn to play the basic rhythms and instruments of Brazilian maracatú music and discover its cultural background. Instruments will be provided.

The Make Music Winter celebrations will also take place at Philadelphia cream (PENNSYLVANIA), Santa Fe (NM), Crystal Lake (HE), The cross (WI), Port Hueneme (CA), in Hawaii, and more to be announced. Additional information, events and cities will be posted on

Make Music Winter is presented by the NAMM Foundation and coordinated by the non-profit Make Music Alliance.

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About Make Music Winter
Make Music Winter is a free outdoor musical celebration that takes place every December 21 that turns audiences into music creators. Make Music Winter started in New York City in 2011 and has since spread to more than two dozen cities across the country. With a wide range of talents and themes, Make Music Winter transforms cityscapes with musical parades at the Winter Solstice. Make Music Winter is presented by the NAMM Foundation and coordinated by the non-profit Make Music Alliance. For more information, please visit

About the NAMM Foundation
The NAMM Foundation is a non-profit organization funded in part by the National Association of Music Merchants and its 10,400 members. The Foundation’s mission is to advance active participation in lifelong musical creation by supporting scientific research, philanthropic giving and public service programs. For more information on the NAMM Foundation, please visit

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