New music sees the light of day in downtown St. Paul…

ACF is pleased to share our 3rd season of Landmark to Lowertown: weekday, lunchtime concerts 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. All concerts in this series are free and open to the public. Take a break from your busy day, and soak in some new music by some of Minnesota’s most innovative composers!

Yohannes Tona Band

“13 Months of Sunshine”
Wednesday, January 25 from 12-1pm
Landmark Center Cortile
75 West 5th Street

Yohannes Tona’s new album celebrates the sounds and equatorial climate of his native Ethiopia, the only place on earth where the year is tracked using the 13-month Coptic Calendar. Join us in the beautiful Landmark Center Cortile for live music & Ethiopian food for purchase. The good folks at the Red Sea Restaurant will bring a selection of fresh meat & vegetarian Ethiopian dishes, $10 adults / $7 kids. Plus you can also get homemade soup, salads & sandwiches at Anita’s Cafe in the Landmark Center. We’re bringing warm music & flavors on a chilly Minnesota winter day!

Jon Davis: Dosh & Ghostband

Thursday, March 2 from 12-1pm
Black Dog Lowertown
308 E. Prince Street, St. Paul

MECA winner Jon Davis (Ghostband) and his creative partner Martin Dosh have built revered solo catalogues over the last decade, but this formation yields something entirely new. The pair have discovered a brotherhood that not only speaks to their shared history in a jazz-rich Twin Cities scene, but which holds these two in a mind-meld of melody and rhythm. Join us for this performance and conversation with the artists about their collaborative and creative processes.

Kindohm

Thursday, May 18 from 12-1pm
Ecolab Plaza
376 Wabasha Street North, St. Paul

Algorithms and improvisation intersect in the art of live coding. Hear and see Mike Hodnick create electronic music line by line on Ecolab Plaza. Curious about the process? He’ll also answer questions and talk about his programming. This event is co-presented with Public Art Saint Paul and their City Art Collaboratory, a cross-disciplinary research and development fellowship for artists and STEM professionals.

Kevin Washington Quintet

Thursday, June 15 from 12-1pm
Rice Park
109 West 4th Street, St. Paul

It’s summer in Saint Paul! Grab lunch from a nearby food truck and join us in leafy Rice Park for original jazz and arrangements by Kevin Washington. New Age Jazz with African undertones; Herbie Hancock & Headhunters meet Robert Glasper.

“One of the first things the audience will notice is that Washington never stops moving. Whether he’s on the drums, playing the guitar or singing, the bandleader is a fountain of energy, delivering rhythm – and melody – in ways that show a deep connection to the music.”

– David Cazares, MPR

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.

2016 

Aby Wolf
Malamanya
Graham O’Brien & John Keston
Pete Hennig

2015

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