BY BETH DEDMAN
NYC-ARTS Special Edition: Music Under New York will feature four musicians who perform in New York City’s subway system in an episode to air at 8 p.m. April 9 on THIRTEEN.
The MTA’s Music Under New York program has been bringing performers into the transit system since 1985. Subway musicians who participate in the program are able to book prime locations in stations and transit hubs throughout the five boroughs.
There are currently over 350 acts on the MTA’s roster. The special episode follows four performers and explores the subway from their perspective.
Stiletta is an all-female a capella and beatboxing group featuring founder Judy Minkoff, Meghan Costa, Jaymee Frankel, Haley Clair, Olivia Harding and Stevi Incremona. Iain Forrest, also known as Eyeglasses, is a medical student and electric cellist who plays remixes and mash-ups of contemporary music. Martina Bruno, also known as The Angel of New York, is a classically trained opera singer and Yale divinity student. Marc Mueller, also known as StreetMule, is an architect and long-time subway musician who plays a didgeridoo and multiple percussion instruments.
The special will be co-hosted by New York Emmy Award winners Philippe de Montebello and Paula Zahn.
The episode will also be available for streaming on NYC-ARTS.org on April 10.
Encore presentations of the episode will air Sundays at 11 a.m. on THIRTEEN; Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on WLIW21; Saturdays at 7 p.m. on NJTV.
NYC-ARTS showcases both world-renowned and local, community-based arts organizations and anchors a five-hour slot on the ALL ARTS channel every day at 5 a.m., 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
A preview of the new episode is available on nyc-arts.org.