The Sound and the Light

The Sound and the Light began as a question regarding the value of the arts to the world, and has gradually evolved into a performing ensemble of musicians. The driving tenet is that music (all art) does good things for people in subtle, profound, and surprising ways. We seek to employ the arts in places they may be underutilized, and to simultaneously explore the aesthetic overlap between genres and disciplines. That we may authentically inhabit this sonic region between pop/rock and classical chamber music, our core instrumentation includes drums and bass plus violin, viola, cello, voice, and electronic sounds.

Initially a private project and creative outlet for founder Joel Lambdin, it has evolved to include a series of children’s concerts for the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, regular open music parties, and a residency at Abrons Art Center on the Lower East Side of Manhattan which began in August, 2015. These events all mix new and standard classical repertoire with quotes and arrangements of pop songs, improvisation, and our own creations. Through our partnership with Abrons Art Center, we offer public access to the process of writing and performing music through concerts, classes, and open rehearsals. Our concerts are presented in a casual, salon style, encouraging interaction between performers and audience, deepening contact with the group and their work.