Bronx River Sounds - 4th Annual Performing Arts Festival

Bronx River Sounds - 4th Annual Performing Arts Festival

Featuring Works Inspired by the Bronx River

Saturday, June 9th at 6pm
Randy Johnston Trio - Jazz Guitar

Electric blues meets bebop and contemporary influences to create an exciting convergence of sounds, which has made Randy Johnston one of the hottest jazz guitarists and composers both in the United States and abroad. The key to his appeal is how successfully he blends various inspirations to create a fiery jazz/blues style that reaches both the head and heart. Randy’s new composition consists of a suite of jazz tunes that draw inspiration from world events, as well as personal impressions of life in New York, the USA, and the Bronx. He has assembled a trio that includes bass player Nat Reeves and drummer Gene Jackson.

Saturday, June 16th at 6pm
Ricardo Arias – Experimental Composer

Ricardo Arias was born in Bogotà, Colombia, in 1965. He has also lived in Barcelona, The Hague, and he currently resides in New York. Most of Arias's music is improvised and made in collaboration with other musicians. Apart from occasionally playing the flute, he uses unconventional instruments and found objects as sound sources. Since 1992, he has focused almost exclusively on The Balloon Kit, a number of rubber balloons attached to a suitable structure and played with the hands and a set of accessories, including various kinds of sponges, pieces of Styrofoam, and rubber bands. For his composition "Trying and Erring", created for BRAC, he has brought together a unique group of musicians, each of whom have developed idiosyncratic ways of approaching their instruments, and of understanding and organizing sounds. Although their music is highly personal, they work collaboratively to create music and experiment with sound. The ensemble includes Bryan Eubanks, Andrew Lafkas, Sean Meehan, Kenta Nagai, Vic Rawlings, Barry Weisblat, and Nate Wooley.

Saturday, June 23rd at 6pm
Laura Andel Orchestra – Experimental Tango

With special guests Daniel Binelli (bandoneon) and Elliott Sharp (electric guitar)

New York-based, Argentinean composer and conductor Laura Andel premieres a newly-commissioned work by Bronx River Art Center for her nine-piece orchestra, comprised of an unusually eclectic instrumentation that includes bandoneon, gamelan instruments, electric guitar, Fender Rhodes, vibraphone, cornet, viola, clarinets, piano, and double bass. The Laura Andel Orchestra includes long-time collaborators and unique musicians Taylor Ho Bynum, Ken Filiano, Stephanie Griffin, Carl Maguire, Ursel Schlicht, David Simons, and Danny Tunick, and for this BRAC performance, the special participation of Argentinean Tango bandoneon player Daniel Binelli and New York experimental electric guitarist Elliott Sharp. By writing scores that pull from her native Tango and balance composition, textural improvisation, and compositional conducting, Andel and her ensemble create unique sonic landscapes, built from musical elements from avant-garde jazz to contemporary classical. In addition to the BRAC premiere, the orchestra will perform another recently created work titled Doble Mano.

*Doble Mano was funded in part by the Composer Assistance Program of the American Music Center, and was partially developed during a residency at The Rockefeller Foundation / Bellagio Study Center, in Italy, and at Blue Mountain Center in New York.

Admission to each concert is a $10 suggested donation.

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Saturday: 12 - 5 PM
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Saturday: 10 AM - 5 PM

DIRECTIONS TO CENTER:  By Train: Take #2 or #5 to West Farms Square/East Tremont. Walk one block east to Bronx Street. By Bus: Take #'s B9, 21, 36, 40, 42, or Q44 to East Tremont and Boston Road. By Car: Take Bruckner Expressway to Sheridan Expressway, and exit at East Tremont Ave. Turn left at the traffic light one block down onto East Tremont. Turn left after one block onto Bronx St. (Cross Bronx Expressway) towards Rosedale Ave, then exit. Turn left onto Rosedale Ave, then take a left onto Tremont Ave. Drive four blocks to West Farms Square.

This program is made possible with support from the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, including Council Members Eric Dinowitz, Althea Stevens, Kristy Marmorato and the Bronx Delegation. Additional support is from Bronx Borough President Vanessa Gibson, the NYS Council on the Arts with support from Governor Kathy Hochul and the NYS Legislature. Foundation support is from Con Edison: The Power of Giving, The New Yankee Stadium Community Benefits Fund, The Lincoln Fund, and private donors.

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