New music echoes the vitality of downtown Saint Paul

Welcome to the 4th season of Landmark to Lowertown: weekday performances of new music held in the beautiful public spaces of downtown Saint Paul! Continuing the tradition, this season’s composer/performers are past awardees of the Minnesota Emerging Composer Award (MECA), which recognizes up & coming artists in jazz, improvisation, electronic, and world music. Each of these artists recently received funding to pursue a musical project that stretched them in new directions. These performances enable you to experience that creative outcome and hear new work developed over the past year. All events in this series are free and open to the public.


In January ACF partnered with the St. Paul Winter Carnival to showcase new music and visual art (alongside the Ice Palace!) at this free happy hour event in Rice Park! Existing at the intersection of dance music and more ambient, experimental styles, the music of Lucas Melchior (a.k.a. MKR) oscillates between extremes. Lush down-tempo beats evolve into to breakneck rhythms, melodies, and bass. Blending 1960s liquid light shows, modern hardware video synthesis and glitch art, Chris LeBlanc creates live vibrant video compositions that are created in response to music and environments. See photos from the performance


Composer and sound designer Dameun Strange creates soundscapes that explore the outer limits of music and creativity, fusing them into a style and sound uniquely his own. A celebrated keyboardist and saxophone soloist, Dameun continues to push the boundaries of genre, using his compositions to move us toward a more inclusive and unified society. Join us for lunch in the beautiful Landmark Center Cortile for Trek | Polaris, a concert of new & recent Afrofuturist works, performed by Dameun and an ensemble of his talented colleagues. See the photos.


DETAILS For over 15 years, composer Troy Rogers’ creative work has focused on the development and exploration of robotic musical instruments as generators of new musical possibilities. You can meet Troy and his robots at Kellogg Mall Park (free) from 11am-12pm, grab lunch from a nearby food truck, and then head down to the Science Museum of Minnesota Atrium Stage for family-friendly workshops at 2:00pm and 3:00pm (ticketed).

Funding


Saint Paul Cultural STAR

Each season’s composer/performers are past awardees of the Minnesota Emerging Composer Award (MECA), which recognizes up & coming artists in jazz, improvisation, electronic, and world music.

2017

Yohannes Tona
Jon Davis
Mike Hodnick (Kindohm)
Kevin Washington
Click to see 2017 L2L photos

 

2016 

Aby Wolf
Malamanya
Pete Hennig
Graham O’Brien
John Keston

2015

Nona Marie Invie
J.T. Bates
Davu Seru
Orkestar Bez Ime