I remember visiting London a few years back, and being amazed at the quality of the musicians that played in the Underground. Here in DC, the best I could get was the guy who played the Chinese violin on a cheap tinny amp at the top of the escalator at Metro Center. The guy was just awful. Well, perhaps things are going to get better in the not distant future.
WMATA is considered allowing artists approved, and paid, by local arts councils at what is likely to be 25 of Metro’s 86 stations, from the months of April through October, and generally during lunch and evening commutes.
I welcome the idea of good music in the Metro, I just hope they’re ready to cope with the acoustical nightmare that is most Metro stations.
This post appeared in its original form at DC Metblogs