This summer’s River to River Festival brings a myriad of fun, free events to the Downtown area. This year, in celebration of the 10th season anniversary, River to River presents a four-week season that focuses on artists who are native New Yorkers or whose works have been greatly inspired by the Big Apple. Several events scheduled for June and July will be held at the Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts on Pace’s NYC Campus.
Theo Bleckmann with Future Quest and Fula Flute—June 25, 2011 at 7:30 p.m.
Theo Bleckmann will perform with Future Quest, a quintet devoted to “re-imaginings” of Meredith Monk’s music. Future Quest is Bleckmann on vocals, saxophonists Ellery Eskelin and Tony Malaby, pianist Gary Versace, and John Hollenbeck on percussion. They will be joined by Guinean music group Fula Flute.
Terry Riley and Ronu Majumdar—July 5, 2011 at 7:30 p.m.
Renowned composer Terry Riley returns to NYC to celebrate his post-75th Birthday. Pace is proud to present minimalism pioneer Terry Riley as he performs Indian ragas with arrangements played by progressive saxophonist George Brooks and Indian bansuri flute maestro Ronu Majumdar.
Brooklyn Rider and Kojiro Umezaki—July 12, 2011 at 7:30 p.m.
Brooklyn Rider, the resident string quartet of famed cellist Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road project, are masters of new music that draws inspiration from various cultures and disparate artistic traditions. Brooklyn Rider will be joined by Japanese bamboo flute master Kojiro Umezaki, also a member of the Silk Road project.
For more information about these and other events going on in the Downtown area, visit the River to River site.