Gelsey Bell Photo: Supplied/Green-Wood Cemetery/Walter Wlodarczyk

Green-Wood Cemetery has announced its 2022 spring and summer concert series lineup, including emerging and established performers, all of great esteem.

This year’s series was curated by acclaimed experimental musician Broadway star Gelsey Bell, hailed by The New York Times as “one New York’s most adventurous musicians.”

Bell has brought together some of the most daring talents in NYC to the Green-Wood’s Catacombs– a venue rarely open to the public, except for these special programs. The acoustic quality of this cavernous, underground space makes it a truly original and atmospheric stage. 

Catacombs Interior Photo: Supplied/Green-Wood Cemetery

“It has been thrilling to see Green-Wood’s concerts become some of the most sought after tickets for music lovers in New York City,” said Harry Weil, Green-Wood’s director of public programs and special projects.

“Gelsey Bell has gone above and beyond to curate a rockstar roster of experimental artists and performers. There is truly no other venue that can provide quite as transformative an experience.” 

Check out who’s playing, and mark your calendars!

Green-Wood 2022 Concert Lineup

The season opens on April 28 and April 29 with Bell, along with special guests, and will include Palestinian Kanun player and composer Firas Zreik, violinist and performance artist eddy kwon, electro-acoustic artist Zeena Parkins, and free jazz legend William Parker

eddy kwon Photo: Supplied/Green-Wood Cemetery/Mengwen Cao

On Thursday, April 28, and Friday, April 29, improvisers Miguel Frascnoni (glass instruments), Sara Schoenbeck (bassoon), and Erik Ruin (paper-cut artist and shadow puppeteer) will join Gelsey Bell onstage for two performances.

On Wednesday, May 18, and Thursday, May 19, Green-Wood will welcome Palestinian Kanun (Mediterranean Zither) player and composer Firas Zreik. This intimate acoustic solo set of his original compositions, will showcase his deep understanding of the ancient Maqam (traditional Arabic melody) with elements of modern global musical styles, creating a fresh authentic sound.

On Wednesday, July 6, and Thursday, July 7, eddy kwon will display their unique brand of interdisciplinary performance art, which explores transformation and transgression, ritual practices and mythology. Their art is inspired by American experimentalism, as shaped by the Associate for the Advancement of Creative Musicians as well as Korean folk timbres and inflections, textures, and movements from natural environments. 

Firas Zreik Photo: Supplied/Green-Wood Cemetery/courtesy the artist

On Wednesday, August 10, and Thursday, August 11, Zeena Parkins will bring their pioneering electro-acoustic style to the Catacombs. Parkins has designed a series of one-of-a-kind electric instruments and is also a master of modern harp practice. 

And on Wednesday, September 21, and Thursday, September 22, free jazz legend William Parker will perform with his blistering improvisational bass. The New York City native has had a prolific career, released over 150 albums, published six books, and influenced countless students, musicians and artists over his decades long career. 

Because the Catacombs are deep in the Cemetery, attendees will be transported to and from the Catacombs from Green-Wood’s Main Entrance (25th street and Fifth Avenue) via trolley. There will be two performances each night, at 6:30 and 8pm. 

Tickets start at $40, and are $35 for Green-Wood members. Attendees must wear a face covering at all times on the trolley and in the Catacombs. Doors close 30-minutes after the time on their ticket. 

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