In the Garden of Sonic Delights Opening Day

Sat, June 7, 2014, 10:00am


Join us for opening day of In the Garden of Sonic Delights, a groundbreaking sound art exhibition. The day will feature guided tours, performances and conversations with the artists.

In the Garden of Sonic Delights is a major exhibition of sound art woven into the fabric of Westchester County, NY. Centered at Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, the exhibition spans six of the region’s most dynamic cultural institutions and features fifteen commissioned, site-specific artworks by some of the world’s most sought-after artists working in the medium of sound. Each artist has drawn inspiration from their chosen location, creating work that is mindful of the natural and human-made sounds and systems already present in the environment, while engaging each site’s unique characteristics, be they acoustic, historic, architectural, or aesthetic. Over the five-month duration of the exhibition, the artworks will be transformed in their context, in tandem with the passing of the day and the change in seasons, rewarding many return visits. In the Garden of Sonic Delights reveals the power of sound to galvanize our perceptions, encourage participation, elevate awareness, and foster reflection.

Open June 7 through November 2. Special Festival Day on July 20.

Caramoor is located at 149 Girdle Ridge Road, Katonah, New York 10536 in Westchester County, 40 miles northeast of New York City. Visit Caramoor.


Caramoor thanks the generous individual donors who made this project possible:

Mimi and Barry J. Alperin
Mr. and Mrs. Kevin R. Davis
Angela and William Haines
Peter and Katherine Kend
Faith Rosenfeld and Jaime Castro
Sara and Axel Schupf
Nina and Michael Stanton
The Gaines and Annie Wehrle Foundation
Bob and Alicia Wyckoff

Caramoor thanks the generous institutional donors who made this project possible:

The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Inc.
The Enoch Foundation
National Endowment for the Arts
New Music USA
New York State Council on the Arts

Special Thanks to the following:

Chris Anderson
Faust Harrison Pianos and Yamaha Artist Services, Inc.
Ford Pianos, Peekskill, NY
Mary Ann and Robert W. Hawley
Horseneck Wines & Liquors
David and Sandra Joys
Sarah Pike



In the Garden of Sonic Delights is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.





nysca_rgbIn the Garden of Sonic Delights is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.





BARREL_NewMusicUSA_logo-rainbowIn the Garden of Sonic Delights is supported by New Music USA. To follow the project as it unfolds, please continue to visit this page.


Sound artist Eli Keszler, who is also an accomplished composer and percussionist, has created a new musical piece to be performed within his installation, Catenary, on the Center Walk at Caramoor.  Joining Keszler in performing the work, also titled Catenary, will be bass clarinetist Lea Bertucci, cellist Leila Bordreuil, and electric guitarist Reuben Son. The ensemble will collaborate musically with Keszler’s artwork on many levels, accompanying and responding to its sounds while also interpreting the symbols and patterns etched into its surface as a musical score.



At Caramoor’s Tapestry Hedge, Sonic Delights artists Trimpin, Annea Lockwood, Ed Osborn and Suzanne Thorpe will discuss their artworks, and the emerging field and practice of sound art, with panel moderator and esteemed curator Barbara London. In late 2013, London capped a four-decade career at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) with the presentation of a major sound art exhibition, Soundings: A Contemporary Score. The audience will be given ample opportunity to engage in a Q&A session with the panelists.



Acclaimed sound artist Francisco López will present a sound performance that goes beyond a “normal” music concert. His performance will be an intense and rich sonic immersive experience in the dark, with a surround sound system and blindfolds provided for the audience, which is placed in concentric circles facing the outside array of speakers.

The concert will open with a performance from the duo, Evidence, a musical collaboration between sound artists Stephan Moore and Scott Smallwood. Performing together since 2001, they have developed a distinctive language of deeply layered sound, blending the organic and electronic using field recordings of natural, urban, and industrial sources as their primary material and inspiration.



A guided silent walk, led by Sonic Delights artist Bruce Odland, will explore the changed Caramoor soundscape at this transitional time. The soundwalk will be a compositional act of movement as music, bringing the day’s events to a close.