‘Roebling Resonance’

Art, history, magic and technology come together at Roebling Bridge

MINISINK FORD, NY — A never-before attempted artistic and digital happening, Roebling Bridge Arts, will occur on Thursday, August 24 at the Roebling Bridge, which spans the Delaware River from Minisink Ford, NY to Lackawaxen, PA.

From 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., sound installations and performances will resonate through the river valley. Attendees can listen to the program from the bridge walkways, the deck and grounds of the Inn at Lackawaxen or other areas surrounding the bridge. The event is a component of the three-year-old DIGit Media Exposition produced by the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance.

Participating in the evening’s events will be local musician Kazzrie Jaxen, winner of the DIGit 2006 Best Music Composition award, who will lead a group chant; The Upper Delaware Writers Collective, which created a sound poem for four voices, “Call Me River;” Daria Dorosh, whose “Patternwoman” sound and video art will be projected on the river; and Silverboy recording artist DeJay Branch, who has performed on stages around the world with the likes of Madonna, Bruce Hornsby, Donna Summer and a host of other talent. Award-winning multimedia theater artists Kari Margolis and Tony Brown, and their creative ensemble, have shaped two pieces to reflect their love of the unique beauty of the site and concerns over the impending threat imposed by the NYRI power lines.

Jaxen’s composition, “Roebling Resonance,” consists of three movements: “The River,” “The Bridge” and “The Warrior.” Before she wrote the music, she visited the bridge several times, read about its history and spent time on and around it. In this process, Jaxen said, “I discovered why I was falling in love with the bridge: it was constructed from wood and metal strings, just like a piano.”

Jaxen spoke about the magical quality of the Roebling Bridge: “In addition to my pianistic revelation at the site, I felt the presence of ancestors, ‘peaceful warriors,’ who had lived here, worked here, raised families here, and loved the spirit of the land and the beauty of the river. The past was flowing into our future at this beautiful bridge—the indigenous Lenape, Dutch and English settlers, Irish and German immigrants, as well as the animals, birds, fish, trees, plants. The bridge held the resonance of a greater family, a family without boundaries of time, space, nationality or species.”

The event will be simulcast over WJFF, 90.5 FM. from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. and is free.