Artist in residence Eric Carranza and Aaron Tafoya of Empowered Percussion are hosting a Drum Circle at the Sylvan Park Gazebo at 12 p.m. Noon on Saturday, August 17. Before the Drum Circle, from 10 a.m. to noon, the pair are also hosting a Pop-Up Music Making Booth at the Lanesboro Farmer’s Market. Meet Eric and Aaron, enjoy some music and have Eric & Aaron help you reveal your creativity with their collection of hand drums and mobile rig of accessible instruments.
“What does Lanesboro sound like?” Saint Paul based composer, multi-instrumentalist and teacher Eric Carranza plans to find out. He believes that a given environment can deeply influence a piece of music or a story. With a location-based focus and a mobile rig of music making tools, Carranza is inviting community members of all backgrounds and musical abilities to create “Root River Vibrations,” a series of musical vignettes inspired by the people, landscape and energy of Lanesboro. 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.