“What does Lanesboro sound like?” Join Saint Paul musician and composer Eric Carranza for a performance and presentation of “Root River Vibrations,” a series of musical vignettes inspired by the people, landscape and energy of Lanesboro, on Thursday, August 29 at 6:30 p.m. in a pop-up outdoor patio space to be created next to the mural behind the St. Mane Theatre. This performance is the capstone event of a four week residency in which Eric used music and intentional outreach to time create, interact, and engage with the community members in a variety of locations throughout Lanesboro. Light dinner refreshments will be provided!
Part concert and part listening party, this event will include both live performances, featuring guests Julie Ekstrom and the Ekstrom Trio, and playback of multi-layered recordings. Many of the vignettes created for “The Root River Vibrations” are stories shared by community members layered with Eric’s original soundscapes that enhance and amplify the stories being told. The soundscapes are built using Eric’s own instrumentation, as well as samples of both local performers and nature / environmental sounds. The result is something uniquely Lanesboro and not to be missed!
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. Enamored with the concept of location-based composing and creating, Carranza’s mobile rig of devices and instruments allow him, and participants, to create and record ideas no matter where they are. He feels this allows for a certain level of creativity that always being confined to a studio or other formal space can often stifle. Carranza’s accessible process, inclusive approach and infectious enthusiasm brings people from all walks of life together to reflect, share, be creative and have fun.
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.