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The City Reliquary proudly presents:
SONIC CITY
May 26 through September 18, 2016
Opening reception: Sat., June 4 @ 7pm

This exhibition shines a light on over a dozen of New York’s most innovative musical instrument makers. It brings together rare instruments such as boutique handcrafted guitars and master-built basses, effects pedals, high-end headphones, and synthesizers to illustrate the central role of NYC in music history past and present. While the primary focus is instrument makers currently operating in or around New York City, the Big Apple’s musical instrument past forms an important component of this show, with a spotlight on turn-of-the-century piano manufacturers and other master craftsmen from a bygone era.

The opening reception on Saturday, June 4th at 7pm will include live music by Iced Ink, one of Brooklyn’s most exciting all-instrumental rock-fusion trios. Admission is free, plus one comped drink per guest. Visitors will have an opportunity to play some of the most rare and unusual instruments made in New York and interact with otherworldly sound-manipulating devices!

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The instruments on display are produced by artists and companies that have served acts such as Pink Floyd, Nirvana, Victor Wooten, Wilco, and U2:
Kelvin Daly Instruments
Sadowsky Guitars Ltd
Fodera Guitars
Gretsch Drums from Fred W Gretsch III
Dean Gordon Guitars
Rick Kelly & Carmine Street Guitars- Home of Kelly Guitars
Electro-Harmonix
SNAZZY FX
Ken Butler Hybrid Instruments
Death By Audio
Critter & Guitari
Headphones from Grado Labs
Tech 21 NYC Effects
 
Public programming for this exhibition will include a concert series in the Reliquary’s beautiful backyard oasis. Dates are still being added. Check cityreliquary.org for updates and keep your ear to the ground!

SONIC CITY is curated by Ben Wigler, vice-president of The City Reliquary, former proprietor of Williamsburg venue Tiger Lounge, and veteran of the NYC music scene. Interactive displays designed by Alex Hornbake, with exhibition design by the City Reliquary’s president Bill Scanga. Special assistance provided by Retrofret Vintage Guitars and Steve Maxwell Drum Shop.


Thanks to our sponsors at Brooklyn Brewery and Two Boots Pizza!

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