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 take place indoors & outdoors between March-June 2019, and feature winners of the 2016 MECA.

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
350 Robert St N, St Paul, MN 55101

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 Award will collaborate with the masterful pianist Steven Hobert inside the newly expanded museum. Together, they’ll weave stories, create songs and soundscapes, and may even invite you in for a song or two. Don’t miss this chance to be surrounded by sound and sculpture!

Lynn O’Brien is an award-winning vocalist, songwriter and improviser with a powerful, dynamic voice and clear mission: to empower the soul. With many years of performance and recording experience under her belt, Lynn’s music blends genres like folk, blues, jazz and R&B. Her authentic voice, presence, and improvisational, interactive performing style build an immediate connection with audiences of all sizes. Through the years, Lynn has performed internationally and collaborated with artists across various mediums, from belly dancers to Bobby McFerrin himself. She just launched her brand new album RISING, which features a full band, string and brass sections, and a choir. Photo by Theresa Bear

Jay Afrisando

Exploring the Music of Your Office – interactive sound art
Tuesday, May 7
11:30am – 1:00pm
George Latimer Central Library
90 W 4th St, St Paul, MN 55102


Wednesday, May 8
11:30am – 1:00pm
Union Depot
214 4th Street East, St. Paul, MN 55101

Feeling bored in your office? Want something fun to do over the lunch hour? Stop by this interactive sound installation, which turns office objects into musical instruments you can play (see a sample). See how a clacky computer keyboard, a cacophonous external hard drive, a scratchy notebook, an old mobile phone, and other everyday objects can be amplified and processed to create music. People of all ages are invited to explore the world of sound with composer Jay Afrisando.

Jay Afrisando is an Indonesian music composer and sonic artist. He uses music and sound-based art to share awareness of human-nature-technology relationships; this includes building a better relationship between people and technology, promoting a healthier symbiosis between human & nature, and inducing consciousness of our senses (and its critical appraisal)—especially the auditory one—towards the surrounding. To communicate these vision to public, broad range of approaches are chosen: from musical composition to sound installation, from acoustic to electroacoustic, from fixed-media to improvisation, from implied to overt participatory-setting that invites audience to the very making, and everything in-between.

Zacc Harris Group

Jazz in the Park
Friday, June 7
Mears Park, 221 5th St E, St Paul, MN 55101

Note: If it’s raining, this event will be held at the Black Dog Cafe.

Celebrate the release of a new Zacc Harris 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. The Zacc Harris Quintet is Zacc Harris (guitar), Brandon Wozniak (saxophone), Bryan Nichols (keyboard), Chris Bates (bass), JT Bates (drums). See you there!

Guitarist and composer Zacc Harris has resided in Minneapolis since 2005, where he co-founded Atlantis Quartet and continues to be a leading figure in the twin cities jazz scene. Jazz Improv Magazine describes his sound as “lucid” with “rich-sounding accompaniment and well-crafted solos” while TheCity Pages states that his compositions “adeptly and compellingly link the past and future of jazz.” Along with Atlantis Quartet, Harris has worked with a who’s who of artists, including percussionist Babatunde Lea, saxophonist Ben Wendel, and vocalists Nancy Harms, Bruce Henry, and Debbie Duncan, and toured throughout the US and UK, including legendary London club Ronnie Scott’s. Photo by Benny Moreno


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