Composer Kamala Sankaram to Create “Sing-In” App at Merkin Hall

Composer Kamala Sankaram is set to premiere the “Secular Sacred Harp” on May 12 and 26, 2022 at Merkin Hall in New York.

The performance will feature new songs and an opportunity for the live audience to participate; participants will all join Sankaram in a circle on stage with a score and pitch detection image projected on a screen.

“There’s something about making music together that’s really important to feeling connected and feeling a sense of community,” Sankaram said in an official press release. “One thing that’s unfortunate about the way we engage in music now is that most of us don’t do it ourselves. Instead, we listen passively or actively, but we don’t sing, we don’t play together, and that’s what people have been doing for most of our history. I wanted to find a way to let anyone walk into the streets with no musical training, no musical knowledge, and make a piece of music together.

The “Sing-In” app will be made available to the public free of charge this summer.

“I hope people get together and sing along and use Pitch Finder to make music. If you have a group of friends over, instead of playing a video game, you have fun and make music together,” concluded Sankaram.

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