New music echoes the vitality of downtown Saint Paul

Welcome to the 5th 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). 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.

This season’s performances will take place indoors & outdoors between March-June, 2019, and will feature winners of the 2016 MECA. Check back this winter for more details!

Lynn O’Brien & Steven Hobert

A Soulful, Improvised Duet (Voice and Piano)
12:00-1:00pm on Thursday, March 28
Minnesota Museum of American Art Sculpture Court

Please join us for a unique, playful concert of improvised music – completely composed in the moment. Lynn O’Brien, experienced vocal improviser and recent winner of the Minnesota Emerging Composer’s Award will collaborate with the masterful pianist Steven Hobert inside the new museum’s art installation. Together, they’ll weave stories, create songs and soundscapes, and may even invite you in for a song or two.

Jay Afrisando

Ambient Installation
May, TBD

Jay Afrisando will present a day-long sound and visual projection installation that invites passers-by to ponder in fresh ways the nature of objects they interact with every day in their environment.

Zacc Harris Quintet

Jazz in the Park
June, TBD
12:00-1:00pm @ Mears Park

Celebrate the release of a new album by spending your lunch hour with us! Grab something tasty from a nearby food truck and find a spot under the leafy canopy of Mears Park. See you there!


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.


Lucas Melchior
Dameun Strange
Troy Rogers
Click to see 2018 L2L photos


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



Aby Wolf
Pete Hennig
Graham O’Brien
John Keston


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