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Oasis train buskers to sing new songs in New York City

Oasis

Story by Jack Foley

BRITISH rockers Oasis used the streets of New York City as the stage to premiere music from their forthcoming new album Dig Out Your Soul on Friday, September 12 (2008).

Entitled Dig Out Your Soul in the Streets, the launch was captured in a documentary created by NYC & Company’s creative agency of record, Bartle Bogle Hegarty (BBH) New York, and began with an intimate rehearsal session where the band’s new songs The Turning, Bag It Up and (Get Off Your) High Horse Lady, along with new single The Shock Of The Lightning, were taught to an eclectic group of more than 30 New York City street musicians from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Music Under New York Program.

That same afternoon, the street musicians took to the City’s streets to perform three unreleased Oasis songs publicly for the first time.

“We are excited that Oasis has chosen to not only launch their album in New York City, but also to enlist the help of our talented and diverse street musicians,” said George Fertitta, CEO, NYC & Company.

“Considering the fact that some of the most internationally-celebrated musical performers of this Century have had their start right here on our streets, there could not be a more fitting place for this to happen than New York City.”

The street musicians performed Oasis’s new songs at locations throughout the City, including MTA approved subway station platforms at Grand Central, Times Square, Penn Station and Astor Place.

A full list of the street locations used, along with bios for all of the selected street musicians, which come from all parts of New York City, and have different ethnic, musical and creative backgrounds, can be found at nycvisit.com/oasis

Initial footage will be available to view at nycvisit.com/oasis on Friday, September 12 from 6pm, in advance of the full documentary which will be debuted shortly before the release of the Oasis album.

For fans wishing to learn Oasis’s songs themselves, from September 16, 2008, sheet music will be able to view at oasisinet.com/digoutyoursoulsongs

MTA’s Music Under New York Program features artists such as classical violinists, Cajun cellists, jazz ensembles, bluesmen, Latin guitarists, and opera and folk singers who perform throughout New York City subway and train stations, contributing greatly to the City’s music culture.

Operating since 1985, MTA Arts for Transit has managed the MUNY program which presenting includes more than 100 soloists and groups, providing over 150 weekly performances at 25 locations throughout the City’s transit system.