Flowerpot Music

Make Music Day

Music on June 21 can come from anyone, anywhere, and anything – even flowerpots.

Flowerpot Music, written by celebrated composer Elliot Cole and directed by percussionist Peter Ferry, is a composition for an unlikely but beautiful percussion instrument – the flowerpot! Last year on June 21st, 17 groups around the U.S. assembled in parks, fields and public squares, to learn and then perform the piece, specially composed for Make Music Day.

Flowerpot Music returns in 2024! Join a group and create outdoor soundscapes through easy-to-learn games, appropriate for musicians and non-musicians alike.

Register your Flowerpot Music event below and request mallets. If you need help planning your event or finding a suitable leader, email catherine@makemusicday.org.

Mallets for Flowerpot Music generously donated by:

Appleton, WI

Heid Music Appleton
308 E College Ave

Leader: Jon Leahy

Email: dede.heid@heidmusic.com

Time: 1:00PM-1:30PM

Bloomfield, NJ

Kinney Community Gardens
279 West Kinney St

Leader: Barbara Weiland

Email: mayuri@newarkarts.org

Time: 1:00PM-3:00PM

Cambridge, WI

Avid Gardener
136 W Main St

Leaders: High School Band Percusionists

Email: cathy@cathyyerges.com

Time: 1:00PM-2:00PM

Fair Lawn, NJ

Arboretum and Bird Sanctuary Park
Fair Lawn Ave & Well Dr

Leader: Sandra Guevara

Email: fairlawn@makemusicday.org

Time: 10:00AM-11:00AM

Germantown, TN

Music Box Inc and Carpenter Gardens
7516 Capital Dr

Leader: Yelena Ovando and Rebecca Arendt

Email: info@musicboxinc.com

Time: 2:00PM-4:00PM

Montclair, NJ

Crane Park
Glenridge Ave

Leader: Tom Mulligan

Email: radio.ruido@gmail.com

Time: 11:00AM-12:00PM

Mt. Airy, NC

Leader: Salem Poindexter

Email: surrycounty@makemusicday.org

Time: 10:00AM-6:00PM

Orange, CA

The Potting Shed
10 Plaza Square Suite 102

Leader: Kim Le

Email: kim@pacificconservatoryoc.com

Time: 5:00PM-7:00PM

Philadelphia, PA

Jefferson Hospital Community Room
111 S 11th St

Leader: Shay Mobley

Email: philly@makemusicday.org

Time: 2:00PM-4:00PM

San Jose, CA

Various Parks across the City of San Jose

Leader: Alvaro Celaya

Email: sanjose@makemusicday.org

Time: 6:00PM-8:00PM

Troy, NY

Sanctuary for Independent Media Community Garden and Lawn Lab
3333 6th Ave Troy

Leaders: Jessica Bowen & Kristen Holler

Email: jessica@troymusichall.org

Time: 3:30PM-5:30PM

Make Music Day Flowerpot Music: Gallery

Elliot Cole, Composer

Elliot Cole is a composer and “charismatic contemporary bard” (New York Times) whose music “evokes sparkling icicles of sound” (Rolling Stone). He has performed his music with Grammy winners Roomful of Teeth, Grammy nominees A Far Cry and Metropolis Ensemble, as well as Alkemie Early Music Ensemble, Projeto Arcomusical, the Lucerne Festival Academy, and as a member of the book-club-band Oracle Hysterical. His percussion music has been performed by over 250 percussion ensembles all over the world. He is on faculty at The New School and Juilliard Evening Division, and also runs a music school for incarcerated men at Sing Sing Correctional Facility in Ossining, NY.

Peter Ferry, Artistic Director

Acclaimed as “the ingenious percussionist Peter Ferry,” (Chicago Sun-Times), Peter Ferry is a young American percussion soloist re-imagining classical performances around the world through contemporary repertoire projects and innovative artistic collaborations. Ferry has been a guest artist at dozens of universities as well as the Zeltsman Marimba Festival in New Brunswick, NJ, and has stepped in as a guest percussionist with acclaimed ensembles Alarm Will Sound, Third Coast Percussion, Ensemble Dal Niente, and Eighth Blackbird. With Alarm Will Sound, Ferry serves as the Assistant Director of Artistic Planning, envisioning and managing the artistic activities of one of the world’s leading contemporary music ensembles.

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