Riverside Music Making Gathering with Eric Carranza
Enamored with the concept of location-based composing and creating, multi-instrumentalist and teacher Eric Carranza believes that a given environment can deeply influence a piece of music or a story.
Join Carranza, 2019 artist in residence at Lanesboro Arts, for an afternoon Riverside Community Conversation & Music Making Gathering along the Root River in Gateway Park (the green space between the Coffee Street Walking Bridge and the County Road 8 Underpass) on Saturday, August 10 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Participants are invited to contribute to the creation of the “Root River Vibrations,” a series of musical vignettes inspired by the people, landscape and energy of Lanesboro. Through music making and storytelling activities that utilize Carranza's fun mobile rig of instruments, looping devices and recording equipment, community members will musically explore the places we inhabit and the different versions of ourselves that are realized as a result. This event will also include a large drum circle courtesy of Aaron Tafoya of Empowered Percussion. Refreshments will be provided!
Whether in a park, theatre, pub or pop-up venue, Carranza’s main goals are to engage the community and provide a platform for artists. Captivated with Lanesboro since stumbling upon it by chance a few years ago, Carranza is incredibly excited about to spend time creating, interacting, and engaging with the community members. A capstone Root River Vibrations Concert & Listening Party will take place on Thursday, August 29. For more on his project, visit: lanesboroarts.org/eric-carranza
Musician and teacher Eric Carranza has a rich and diverse pool of performance projects to juggle (Excessive, Hot Date, batteryboy, Yeti Steady, etc.), in addition to musical composition and sound design work for mobile games, apps, ads, and more. He is also known in the Twin Cities for his community and art forward events, with various venues and organizations such as Springboard for the Arts, Walker Art Center, Saint Paul Art Crawl, and many others. Eric has also led interactive music making events with Walker Art Center, Visit Lake Street, and East Side Arts Council that blend performance, teaching, and collaboration. Eric has been offering private lessons to people of all ages in the Twin Cities area since 2007. He has taught music in early childhood education at St. Paul Public Schools, as well as music therapy programs at Minnesota Veterans Homes.