Echo Chamber
Image Credit: Mark Reigelman

Echo Chamber is an interactive sound sculpture that encompasses public art, musical composition, and piano performance. It is a collaboration between site-specific artist Mark Reigelman, music composer David Bird, and pianist Ning Yu. Echo Chamber is a musical and visual experience that invites the community to explore, listen, and speak, and challenges the ways in which we experience music and art in both public and private spaces.

Extending over 11 feet into the air,
Echo Chamber consists of 56 stacked metal tubes creating an enormous facade of resonance and reflectivity. While some of the custom tubes will be hollow chambers, others will be tuned to a unique resonant frequency and contain a multichannel composition by David Bird. The composition utilizes two primary sound materials: prerecorded environmental sounds around GW’s campus and a piano performance by Ning Yu. The spacious harmonies of the composition work to intertwine, complement, and reinforce the acoustic properties of the sculpture.

Funding for this project is provided by the George Washington University Columbian College Facilitating Fund and CCAS Nick-of-Time Impact Microgrants. Special thanks to Corcoran School of the Arts and Design Music Program and Gallery 102.



Monday April 15, 2019, 3:00 pm & 5:00 pm - Join David, Mark, Ning, the Corcoran Music Program, and Gallery 102 for two scheduled performances in Columbian Square inside of the Marvin Center (800 21st Street, NW). Pianist Ning Yu, in collaboration with David Bird, will perform a site specific score in tandem with the sculpture. To RSVP for the performance, click here.

Monday April 15, 2019, 6:00-8:00 pm - Directly following the performance, join all three artists for a talk and light reception inside of Gallery 102. Get a chance to hear more about the inspiration for the project and how it evolved. To RSVP for the talk and reception, click here.

Wednesday April 17, 2019, 6:00 pm - If you miss the performance on the 15th, an encore performance of Echo Chamber will be held in Columbian Square inside of the Marvin Center (800 21st Street, NW). To RSVP for the performance, click here.


Ning Yu, Corcoran School of the Arts and Design Faculty, has been performing on stages across the United States, Europe and Asia. She brings virtuosity and adventurous spirit to a wide range of music, both in solo performances and in collaborations with some of today's most distinguished creative artists. She has performed on stages of Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, MoMA, BAM, the Kennedy Center, Köln Philharmonie in Germany, Muziekgebouw in Amsterdam, Kwe-Tsing Theater in Hong Kong, and numerous festivals around the world. Ning has worked with musicians of different genres such as Steve Reich, Terry Riley, Sufjan Stevens, Bryce Dessner, Pete Swanson, Tristan Perich, and ensembles Bang on A Can All-Stars, ICE, Talea Ensemble, and Wet Ink Ensemble. Ning is a member of ensembles Yarn/Wire, counter-induction, and Ensemble Signal. In theater, Ning performed with Mabou Mines’ Dollhouse—a critically acclaimed production directed by Lee Breuer. She can be seen in the production's feature-film version, produced by ARTE France. She has been a faculty member at The George Washington University since 2016.

Mark Riegelman’s work reevaluates the everyday, reinvigorates public space, and challenges typical urban conditions. Reigelman has exhibited work in public sites, galleries and museums across the country. His works, Manifest Destiny! (San Francisco, CA), White Cloud (Cleveland, OH), Wood-Pile (Cleveland, OH), Upriver-Downriver (Louisville, KY) and The Meeting House (Boston, MA) have been recognized by the Americans for the Arts as being amongst the 50 most compelling public works across the country. His newest site-specific installations include Formation at the San Diego International Airport and Sweetwater at the former Domino Sugar Factory site in Williamsburg Brooklyn, NY. Reigelman has received many prestigious awards including two Windgate Fellowships from the Center of Craft Creativity and Design, the Graue Award from Southern Exposure and the Brownstoner RADD award which recognizes leaders in New York’s Real Estate, Architecture, Design and Development. His work has been included in exhibitions at the Shanghai Museum of Glass, The Cleveland Museum of Art, The Oklahoma City Museum of Art, The Shelburne Museum, New Britain Museum of American Art, and The Museum of Modern Art (NYC) among others. Mark Reigelman studied sculpture and industrial design at the Cleveland Institute of Art in Cleveland, OH and product design at Central St. Martin’s College of Art and Design in London, UK. The artist lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

David Bird is a composer and multi-media artist based in New York City. His work explores the dramatic potential of electroacoustic and mixed media environments, often highlighting the relationships between technology and the individual. His work has been performed internationally, at venues and festivals such as the MATA festival in New York City; the Gaudeamus Festival in Utrecht, Netherlands; the Wien Modern Festival in Vienna, Austria; the SPOR festival in Aarhus, Denmark; the IRCAM Manifeste Festival in Paris, France; the Festival Mixtur in Barcelona, Spain. He has composed and collaborated with groups like the Ensemble Intercontemporain, the Jack Quartet, the Bozzini Quartet, Yarn/Wire, the Talea Ensemble, Mantra Percussion, the Mivos Quartet, the Austrian Ensemble for Contemporary Music (OENM), AUDITIVVOKAL Dresden, Ensemble Proton Bern, Loadbang, the TAK Ensemble, Ensemble Moto Perpetuo, and the Nouveaux Classical Project. He is a founding member of the New York-based chamber ensemble TAK, and an artistic-director with Qubit New Music, a non-profit group that curates and produces experimental music events in New York City.

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