Burlington Groups Partner to Enable Collaboration Using Next-Generation Remote Music Technology
Burlington, VT – On June 21, as part of an annual international celebration called Make Music Day, musicians in Burlington, VT and Chattanooga, TN will jam using a high-performance videoconferencing technology that enables real-time, simultaneous, live musical collaboration across long distances.
Launched in 1982 in France as the Fête de la Musique, Make Music Day is now held on the same day in more than 750 cities in 120 countries. For the second year in a row, Big Heavy World, in partnership with Burlington Telecom, Fletcher Free Library, Advance Music Center and sponsored by BTV Ignite, will connect with musicians at the Chattanooga Public Library via the LOLA System.
LOLA, is the name for a LOw LAtency Audio Visual Streaming System that has been installed by BTV Ignite at the Fletcher Free Library. Far from “ordinary” videoconferencing, it uses specialized devices to give musicians, separated by great distance, the experience of performing together in the same room. LOLA runs on a special 100 gigabit Ethernet technology called Internet2 and was developed to enable collaborative live performances, master classes, and remote auditions in the performing arts.
“Using Burlington’s high performance networking technology to partner with arts organizations, both locally and in Chattanooga, takes this celebration of music to a new level of possibility. It is our hope that this will be just one of many opportunities for Burlington to collaborate globally.”
– Dennis Moynihan, Executive Director, BTV Ignite
“LOLA is one of the most exciting tools used for Arts & Humanities Initiatives around the country. The partnerships formed with museums, performing arts centers, and libraries are fostering relationships that could not have previously existed. Connecting across great distances offers exposure to new cultures and shared passions. That’s incredibly powerful.”
– Mary Danko, Director, Fletcher Free Library
Co-hosted by Dennis Moynihan in VT and Kinnawa Kaitibi in TN, there will be rock and hip-hop collaborations featuring Girls Rock Vermont, Chattanooga Girls Rock, the Vermont hip-hop collective Cultural Chemistry, fronted by Scott Lavalla and Hip-Hop CHA. The June 21st event will take place at Fletcher Free Library from 6-8pm, is free, all ages, and open to the public.
Make Music VT is sponsored in part by BTV Ignite and statewide by The NAMM Foundation. Information about performances around the Vermont can be found at bigheavyworld.com/makemusicvt.
BTV Ignite is a non-profit whose mission is helping Burlington, and the wider community, thrive in a 21st century digital economy. btvignite.com
Big Heavy World is an independent nonprofit music development office working to archive and promote the original music of Vermont. With a crew of mostly high school and college-aged volunteers, it publishes information about Vermont’s music industry, loans a tour van to bands, archives thousands of Vermont-made recordings and photographs, and operates 105.9FM, a radio station highlighting the region’s creative community. bigheavyworld.com
Fletcher Free Library is a department of the City of Burlington and an urban public library serving the Greater Burlington area. The library collection includes more than 143,000 items, and programs of the library responsively serve the evolving cultural and educational needs of its community. fletcherfree.org
Burlington Telecom’s mission is to provide every customer with an exceptional service experience that you can only expect to receive from a local business, while providing you with access to the benefits of the most advanced fiber optic network in the US. burlingtontelecom.com
For Immediate Release
June 14, 2017