Innisfree Garden
Millbrook, New York

Innisfree Garden Collaborates with Prestigious TED Climate Countdown

On October 10 this year, during the Hudson Valley’s Innisfree Garden Community Day, TED Senior Fellows will debut Water Rhythms: Listening to Climate Change, highlighting Innisfree Garden’s commitment to sustainability and the environment.

Between 6 a.m. (an hour before sunrise) and 5 p.m. on Saturday, October 10, the composer, percussionist, and sound artist, Susie Ibarra, and glaciologist and geographer, Michele Koppes, will hold the world premiere of their multi-year collaboration, Water Rhythms: Listening to Climate Change, at Innisfree Garden in Millbrook, New York. Water Rhythms is a story about the dualism of water, how life’s universal connector is both powerful and fragile.

This remarkable sound installation was commissioned for the TED Climate Countdown—a new international initiative—and will be live-streamed around the globe for the virtual kick-off event, also on October 10, 2020. The meditative music and sounds will be played continuously from the opening to the close while people’s interactions and reactions to the sounds will be live-streamed around the world. Visitors are invited to listen, observe, and question the ways in which we are interconnected by water—and to build resilience in the face of changes to the sources of this lifeblood.

The prestigious TED Climate Countdown is a global initiative to champion and accelerate solutions to the climate crisis, turning ideas into action. The goal is to build a better future by cutting greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030 in a race to a zero-carbon world—a world that is safer, cleaner, and fairer for everyone. “We are thrilled about this opportunity,” said Jean Phifer, President of the Innisfree Foundation. “Water Rhythms: Listening to Climate Change” will be a very special offering to visitors during our Community Day and virtual participants around the world. The project underscores Innisfree’s environmental message and sustainable practices and enables us to be part of major efforts to address some of today’s most pressing issues.”

Selected as “extraordinary, iconoclastic individuals at work on world-changing projects,” Ibarra and Koppes are exemplary TED Senior Fellows. They have been recording water sounds from the source to the sink of glaciers in the North Mountains in British Columbia, Greenland, and the Ganges River and the Himalayas in India and Sikkim. Ibarra then assembles the earth’s sounds into a meditative sonic cascade sound design composition.

Susie Ibarra is a 2020 National Geographic Grantee in Storytelling and a 2019 United States Artist Fellow in Music. Her compositions have been described as “calling up the movements of the human body; elsewhere it’s a landscape vanishing in the last light, or the path a waterway might trace” (The New York Times). Ibarra’s sound maps blend ambient sounds of composed music, and spoken word to capture the essence of a place.

Ibarra reported that, “Our project team and members of the Countdown team around the world are so excited by Innisfree and its glacial lake. We love all of the links between this garden, Water Rhythms, and the TED Climate Countdown, and hope to continue this collaboration.” Kate Kerin, Landscape Curator at Innisfree Garden, said “Our garden staff, trustees, and volunteers are honored to be part of this timely initiative, that, like Innisfree, combines art and science to connect people and nature in meaningful ways.”

All are welcome to the October 10 Innisfree Garden Community Day, part of New York State’s Path Through History Weekend, when a full day of special programs are planned starting with a chance to watch the sun rise in this extraordinary place. With generous grant support from the Northeast Dutchess Fund of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, Innisfree is able to offer free garden admission plus free and discounted special programs to residents of Amenia, Clinton Corners, Dover Plains, Millbrook, Millerton, North East, Pine Plains, Stanford, Washington, Wassaic, Wingdale, and their hamlets. Advance reservations, masks, and social distancing are required.

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About Innisfree
Innisfree Garden in New York’s scenic Hudson Valley is an oasis of living experiential art that encourages visitors to connect deeply with essential qualities of nature and fundamental cultural ideas of peace, awareness, and beauty. By preserving this legacy of our inspired founders and sharing poetic design, innovative nature-based landscape practices, site specific and global inspirations, as well as engaging outreach, Innisfree contributes to a healthier, richer society.

Encompassing 185-acres of designed and natural landscapes around a serene glacial lake, this mid-twentieth century landmark is listed on the National Register of Historic Places for exceptional significance. The garden’s remarkable choreography invites exploration, contemplation, and renewal, making each visit a unique experience.

ADVANCE RESERVATIONS & MASKS ARE REQUIRED: Regular admission: $10; $5 seniors (65+) and children (ages 5-15); free for Innisfree members and children ages 4 and under.

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