For those of you who have never been to the Cloisters, it is a part of the Metropolitian Museum of Art situated in Fort Tryon in Manhattan.
It is constructed from architectural remains, mainly from church buildings in Europe from the 12th Century to the 16th Century.
In its own right it is an awe inspiring and a deeply special place to visit.
But now it has a sound installation installed in one of the Chapels there and the nature of this installation lifts the whole experience lifts into the sublime.
The installation is the Forty Part Motet by Janet Cardiff which comprises a rendition of Tallis Thomas’s ‘Spem in Alium’ made by separately recording the voices of a 40 person choir and then arranging speakers grouped according to where the sopranos, altos, tenors, baritones and basses would stand, placed in an oval.
You can listen by standing in the middle or stand next to one speaker. It is an amazing experience. Do not miss this New Yorkers it is truly wonderful. LIKE how many truly excellent artistic performances New Yorkers can attend.