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
NEXT UP! 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.
Composer, educator, and robotic instrument builder Troy Rogers brings his Robot Rickshaw to the streets and parks of downtown Saint Paul for a sonic stroll. Troy is also an MPR Class Notes artist this year, and recently visited Studio M to demonstrate and talk about the instruments he created. See the video
Returning from her recent songwriting sabbatical in Greece, composer and ecstatic singer Ariella Forstein will present an outdoor concert of new iterations of ancient music for the voice. Her music is inspired by Sephardic, Balkan, Middle Eastern, Jewish, Western Classical, and now, Greek music. Also featured in this rich musical hour will be the new Minneapolis world music ensemble, EarthSounds Choir, which Ariella directs. Grab lunch from a nearby food truck and join us under the leafy canopy in Mears Park!
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.