The National will perform “Sorrow” for six hours straight at NYC’s MoMA

on April 24, 2013, 5:31pm

ragnarsorro The National will perform Sorrow for six hours straight at NYCs MoMA

The National are already considered a New York institution by many. Now, the Cincinnati-turned-Brooklyn outfit will prove it on Sunday, May 5th with a new installment at the city’s MoMA PS1, where they’ll perform the High Violet track “Sorrow” for six hours straight.

Such insanity is part of an original work by Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson titled A Lot of Sorrow. The museum’s official site expands upon the piece, writing: “By stretching a single pop song into a day-long tour de force the artist continues his explorations into the potential of repetitive performance to produce sculptural presence within sound.”

Attendees will have an opportunity to watch the band perform inside the PS1’s VW Dome ”for a few minutes at a time, but the audio will be audible in the courtyard,” as the band’s newsletter notes.

The event takes place on May 5th from noon until 6 p.m. Tickets are currently on-sale here. Create your own version of the installment by streaming the track below for the next six hours.

Meanwhile, The National’s new album Trouble Will Find Me is due out May 21st via 4AD, and features Sufjan StevensSt. Vincent’s Annie Clark, and Sharon Van Etten, among others. Pre-orders are ongoing.


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Gregory Dyas
April 25, 2013 at 7:58 am

Could do a bouncy, jazzy version. Maybe some reggae sorrow. A little ska sorrow. An a capella arrangement. Break out the Frampton voicebox for one. Have fun with Sorrow!

Val Hakun
April 24, 2013 at 4:04 pm

I don’t want them to hate one of their best songs. And they surely will hate it after that…

Tom Novak
April 24, 2013 at 1:34 pm

I hope they at least jam over it a little bit haha


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