Unsilent Night Press Release (Text)


Phil Kline’s UNSILENT NIGHT makes its Hudson debut for the 20th Anniversary of Winter Walk

Saturday, December 3, 2016
4pm: Participants meet at Basilica
5pm: Musical promenade steps off from the foot of Warren Street at Front Street
5:45pm: Unsilent Night culminates at the 7th Street Park

“One of the loveliest communal new-music experiences you’ll ever encounter.” – Time Out New York

“The effect of Kline’s music is gorgeous, as bell sounds lap up against buildings and ricochet all around, and the nondenominational spirit of it can warm even the coldest of hearts.” —The Wall Street Journal

Hudson, NY – October 19, 2016: Dust off those boomboxes, charge up your phones and sling those portable speakers over your shoulder, as the international holiday phenomenon Phil Kline’s UNSILENT NIGHT makes its Hudson debut on the 20th anniversary of Winter Walk, held this year on Saturday, December 3.

UNSILENT NIGHT takes the form of an interactive holiday street parade, with participants from the public taking part by playing one of four musical tracks through a portable music player of his or her choosing. The effect creates an ethereal soundscape that Time Out New York describes as “one of the loveliest communal new-music experiences you’ll ever encounter,” and each performance is truly oneof-a-kind.

UNSILENT NIGHT first debuted in Greenwich Village in 1992, and has grown to worldwide acclaim, playing in 100 cities across five continents.

This year, UNSILENT NIGHT composer and creator Phil Kline himself will conduct and lead the revelry. Participants are welcome to bring their portable music players, including boomboxes, tape decks, or smartphones and wireless or wired speakers, to the BASILICA HUDSON (110 S Front St.) at 4pm on December 3. A limited number of vintage boomboxes from Kline’s own collection, as well as a selection of CD’s and cassettes, will be made available to participants on a first-come, first-served basis.

Everyone is welcome to participate by streaming the free UNSILENT NIGHT app, which randomly selects one of the four tracks to play on a mobile phone or portable sound device. Kline will be at the Basilica to give instructions before the crowd moves to the intersection of Front Street and Warren Street for a 5pm step-off. The parade will work its way up Warren Street to the 7th Street Park as the music swells to its grand finale.

“Unsilent Night is like a Christmas caroling party except we don't sing, but rather carry boomboxes,” says composer Phil Kline. “We're each playing a separate audio track which is part of the piece. In effect, we become a city-block-long stereo system.”

Thanks to a partnership with Wave Farm, UNSILENT NIGHT will be broadcast live from Winter Walk on WGXC 90.7 FM throughout the upper Hudson Valley and streamed online at WGXC will also be interviewing Kline in the lead up to the event.

Visit for more information and to see video from previous years’ events.

Unsilent Night is an original composition by Phil Kline, written specifically to be heard outdoors in the month of December, always as a free event. It takes the form of a street promenade in which the audience becomes the performer. Each participant gets one of four tracks of music. Originally the music was played using only cassette tapes in boomboxes, but as vintage boomboxes have become harder to find, more people use smartphones with portable speakers to blast the music (by streaming audio or using the free Unsilent Night app which randomly selects one of the tracks to play). Together all four tracks comprise Unsilent Night. Participants start playing their devices simultaneously, then walk a carefully chosen route through their city’s streets, creating a unique mobile sound sculpture which is different from every listener's perspective. The media has caught on to this growing cult-phenomenon, with coverage and critical praise from NPR, Channel 13 Metrofocus, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Baltimore Sun, The Village Voice, Flavorpill, New York Magazine, New York Post, among many others.

Phil Kline is the creator and composer of UNSILENT NIGHT, an interactive holiday musical experience held yearly in December. His other compositions include Zippo Songs and Rumsfeld Songs, The Blue Room and Other Stories for string quartet, and Exquisite Corpses for the Bang on a Can All-Stars. Kline also hosts a popular weekday radio program on WQXR’s Q2 Music station in New York City. He is currently collaborating on a new opera, The Life and Times of Nikola Tesla, with director Robert Wilson and filmmaker Jim Jarmusch.

Wave Farm is a non-profit arts organization driven by experimentation with broadcast media and the airwaves. Wave Farm programs—Transmission Arts, WGXC-FM, and Media Arts Grants—provide access to transmission technologies and support artists and organizations that engage with media as an art form. Wave Farm’s WGXC 90.7-FM is a creative community radio station. Hands-on access and participation activate WGXC as a public platform for information, experimentation, and engagement. Over 100 volunteer programmers produce shows. Community programs include news and music produced by residents of Greene and Columbia counties in New York, as well as syndicated national programs produced by Pacifica. WGXC commits over 60 hours a week to transmission art and experimental sound. Learn more at

The Hudson Opera House is a cultural beacon in the Hudson Valley, offering a dynamic year-round schedule of music, theater, dance, literature, workshops for youth and adults, as well as family programs and large-scale community events such as Winter Walk. Located in an historic landmark that houses New York State’s oldest surviving theater, the Opera House is currently undergoing a complete transformation, starting with the restoration of its magnificent performance hall. Opening with an inaugural season in spring 2017, the new Hudson Opera House will reflect Hudson's rich history in a modern facility that welcomes residents and visitors from throughout our local community, across the nation, and around the globe.

Alexandre Petraglia
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