New Orleans Music Box: the shantytown you can play

Pulled ropes create the sound of whistling wind, while an amplified flute plays through steel sheet speakers. Windows and doors slide and slam, triggering musical samples. Two rotating loudspeakers on top of the phone booth spin out singer Tarriona “Tank” Ball’s oscillating voice. At one point dogs start howling. Parker, a free jazz pioneer, takes it all in stride and works to guide the ensemble through the first rehearsal of the loose score he’s written for the debut concert of New Orleans Airlift’s first Music Box Roving Village residency.

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