Photos: Sonic Garden Party at LongHouse


Bora Yoon absolutely blew me away at LongHouse Reserve in East Hampton on Saturday. Dawn Watson photos.

Trend alert — Expect to see more and more unconventional-type performances and entertainment settings in the Hamptons in the future. Props to the folks at LongHouse Reserve for being way ahead of the curve with this, as they have been presenting unique and super interesting performances al fresco for years.

A fine and shining example that happened just this past weekend was the Sonic Garden Party, a moving (and moving) evening of performances put on the the LongHouse Junior Council, which was held on Saturday at the 16-acre Reserve in East Hampton, and curated by National Sawdust. First up was the entrancing Bora Yoon, whose whole being emitted waves of beauty and wonder. I am SO glad I got to experience that. Wow! Then there was Colin Self, whose mysterious blend of song and performance art reminded me of being at the Watermill Center (another perfect place for bucking convention), which was cool. Lastly, it was a collaborative Sonic Finale with Harry Bertoia for everyone at the amphitheater, better known to all of us as “the unicorn horn.” The  happy, free-for-all musical extravaganza was just delightful, and so, so pretty.  And don’t forget the site- and event-specific Sonic Sculptures, made by local artists Nico Yektai, Nick Martin, Scott Bluedorn and Fitzhugh Karol. All told, it was a super groovy day.

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