What is Sonic Peaks?

Sonic Peaks is a unique adventure that brings together music, film, and hiking.

In the summer of 2021 Payton MacDonald plans to summit the 46 highest mountains in the Adirondack Park in upstate New York.


At the summit of each mountain he will perform a short piece of music, written for voice and small hand-held percussion instruments. Some of the pieces will be solos and some will be open and participatory, so other hikers may join him.  He will film the performances, as well as his time on the trails, and make a documentary film about the adventure.

The 46ers are rugged, steep, and incredibly beautiful. They are all above 4,000 feet, with gorgeous vistas of the Adirondack Park. Performing music at the summits will be a life-changing experience for everyone.