(Charlie Wilder’s article in The New York Times, 8/22.)

NISYROS, Greece — The otherworldly landscape of central Nisyros, a jumble of looming caldera ridges and shimmering craters where fumaroles spit hot, sulfurous gases from the earth’s crust, is usually visited only by volcanologists and curious tourists.

But last Thursday at dusk, 15 musicians gathered at an active volcanic crater on this small island in the southern Aegean Sea for an experiment in improvisational site-specific performance. Lit by a glowing August full moon, they played for 10½ hours, asked only to take inspiration from their surroundings.


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