As part of his exhibition “The Neighbors," Paweł Althamer has arranged for street musicians to play in front of or inside the New Museum over the course of the show with the music being broadcast throughout the Third Floor gallery. We spoke with one of the musicians, Lorenzo Laroc, pop violinist:
New Museum: Where do you normally play in New York?
Lorenzo Laroc: I perform with the Music Under New York program at Grand Central Station, Penn Station, and the 34th Street andSixth Avenue Herald Square subway station.
As a part of my my night job, I have performed at Madison Square Garden, Lincoln Center, and Carnegie Hall. I have performed for Donald Trump, the New York Yankees, and two Secretaries of State—Madeleine Albright and Hillary Clinton. I have flown to India to perform for Kamal Nath, the current Minister of Urban Development of India.
But by day, I am a street performer. And by night, I am a rock star.
NM: How would you describe your sound?
LL: As a New York musician, I describe my sound to be of all genres. New York is the melting pot. I was born and raised in New York and my material reflects this melting pot.
NM: Does performing in the street influence your music and the way you interact with audiences?
LL: Yes. It makes you a stronger and more focused artist. The ambient distractions around you build up your ability to concentrate.