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Riverside Community Conversation & Music Making Gathering

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 Viberations,” 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. 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:

Teacher, composer, performer and promoter; Eric Carranza has been working in music since his teens. Residing and working in Lowertown Saint Paul, Eric hosts and coordinates music for Saint Paul Art Crawl, Bedlam Lowertown, Public kitchen + bar and his own space, Sweet 317. Since moving to The Northern Warehouse he has curated a series of art-forward monthly music shows, varying from classical music of India to modern jazz. Eric creates and performs in a multitude of bands in the Twin Cities such as batteryboy, Hot Date, Excessive and Yeti Steady. 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.  His teaching approach focuses on the personalized attention students deserve so that they can reach their goals.


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