Instantly you get it – the power these instruments have to unlock creative expressive play through music. These new instruments play together and any combination of notes are pleasing. The Weenotes package is also new this year offering a price incentive with preset colors in desert tones of Sage, Deep Purple and Hazel Nut.
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Another exciting installation went in this month in the amazing state of Arizona. Main Street, in the artistic town of Sedona, is now home to seven Freenotes musical instruments that were donated to the City. These sound sculptures are divided between the Sedona Visitor’s Center where you’ll find Freenotes’s Contrabass Chimes, Saturn's Chimes, and Manta Ray; and the Uptown Bus Shelter where The Swirl, Pegasus, Imbarimba, and Sunset on the Yantzee stand.
After the installation was complete, the Chamber of Commerce organized to have Richard and a group of local musicians perform on the instruments at the Visitor’s Center. The audience was so enthralled by the ensemble and orchestral sounds; they gave two standing ovations and insisted the music continue an additional 30 minutes beyond the scheduled performance.
Sedona’s Mayor, Rob Adams, made a special visit to play the first notes of the concert and show his appreciation.
"This is a really cool thing you are doing for this community,” Mayor Adams told Richard. “Your donation is a wonderful contribution to our efforts to become a city animated by the arts."
Lu Stitt of the Sedona Red Rock News writes ‘The city approached Sedona Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Jennifer Wesselhoff about the installation and she asked Leslie Hunt, director of the visitor center, if they would be a good addition there. “I’d been looking for something here to enhance our visitors’ experience, so I said absolutely yes,” Hunt said. “Having these instruments will be part of their experience to play them outside in view of the gorgeous red rocks. They’ll also provide a photo opportunity, especially for parents as their children have fun making music with the instruments.”’
Freenotes's line of indoor musical instruments have been selling in Sedona for 20 years now, so we were thrilled when the city gave us permission to install instruments on Main Street as part of their public art initiative.
Photos by Rob Hood, Sedona Red Rock News
“Music Lives Here” is an inscription chiseled into the sandstone rock next to a brand new grouping of Harmony Park instruments installed on Main Street in the City of Sedona, Arizona.
This April, Freenotes was honored with an approval from the City of Sedona to install two groupings for Harmony Parks’ instruments as part of their public art initiative. The Contrabass Chimes, Saturn's Chimes, and Manta Ray found homes at the Sedona Visitor’s Center. The Swirl, Pegasus, Imbarimba, and Sunset on the Yantzee will stand at the Uptown Bus Shelter.
“We are very excited about the Freenotes instruments installed here,” says Leslie Hunt, Director of Visitor Services in Sedona. “We want our visitors to think of their trip to the Sedona Visitor Center as a great experience. The musical instruments from Freenotes add and enhance that experience. Before the installation was even complete, families and individuals were already playing them.”
These sound gardens are a celebration of Freenotes’s relationship with the city of Sedona. Freenotes became a part of the community 20 years ago when we started making our line of indoor instruments for the Clay Pigeon, a local shop, to sell.
“We have enjoyed working with Richard for many years,” says Elly Sands of the Clay Pigeon. “It’s been a pleasure selling his creative instruments. Customers are enthralled with the harmonic sound of Freenotes and always comment on their soothing effect. His recent outdoor installations in Sedona will be a great addition to the energy of our Main Street.”
If your path ever crosses the desert border, make sure to spend time in this beautiful oasis. And definitely stop by one of Freenotes Harmony Parks for your opportunity to send beautiful notes into the world.