String Theory: The Stars Came Out for Loomstate's "41 Strings" Earth Day Performance

Yasha Wallin

To celebrate the 41st anniversary of Earth Day, eco-friendly fashion brand Loomstate staged an ambitious "41 Strings" performance last night led by Nick Zinner (Yeah Yeah Yeahs) and Hisham Akira Bharoocha (SOFT CIRLCE / Boredoms), and hosted by Julie Gilhart. The event, held at Good Units at the Hudson, featured 41 musicians playing four different scores inspired by the seasons and composed by Zinner and Bharoocha. As the night kicked off, the performers -- all in white -- formed a circle in the middle of the venue, while guests, including Karen O, LCD Soundsystem's Nancy Whang, Aziz Ansari, Parker Posey, Albert Maysles, designer Pamela Love, DJ Chelsea Leyland, Winona Ryder -- and for a fleeting moment, James Franco -- looked on.

The musicians, who had only two and a half days to practice before the event, came together in the most organic way: "We asked around our network of friends. Or at a party, 'oh you play violin? Can you sight read? This might sound weird but I'm doing this thing...'" recalled Zinner. With 41 people to keep on track, Bharoocha reflected on the challenge: "It's about playing in your own style without straying from the four movements which Nick spent a lot of time working on. That's the job of a good musician, to make the music sound good, not to focus on hearing themselves stand out." And sound good they did, even if Franco -- everybody's most sought-after performer -- had to cut out early.  

Photos by Dave Prutting/Billy Farrell Agency

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