A Saint Paul musician with a mobile rig of instruments and devices inviting community members to collaboratively create "Root River Viberations," a series of musical vignettes inspired by the people, landscape and energy of Lanesboro, as an Artist in Residence Aug. 6 - Sept. 2 at Lanesboro Arts.
“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 Viberations,” a series of musical vignettes inspired by the people, landscape and energy of Lanesboro.
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. 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. 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.
In creative endeavors, Eric has a rich and diverse pool of projects to juggle (Excessive, Hot Date, batteryboy, Yeti Steady, etc.) as well as musical composition and sound design 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 as well 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.
- A Welcome Discussion & Potluck dinner will take place in the upper level studio space of the St. Mane Theatre 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. on Tuesday, August 6.
- Eric will lead a public Music Making & Storytelling Workshop on the back river deck of the High Court Pub on Thursday, August 8 at 6:30 p.m. Rain site is High Court 2nd floor.
- The regular Open Mic Night at High Court Pub is taking place on August 8 following the workshop and Eric is planning to share his music and stories there. Eric is also participating in Open Mic Nights on August 15 & 22.
- On Saturday, August 10 from 9 a.m. to noon, Eric will host a Pop-Up Music Making Booth at the Lanesboro Farmer’s Market.
- Later that day, also on Saturday, August 10, Eric will lead a Riverside Community Conversation & Music Making Gathering at Gateway Park from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Refreshments will be provided.
- On Thursday, August 29 at 6:30 p.m., Eric will present a capstone Root River Vibrations Concert & Listening Party in a pop-up outdoor patio space to be created next to the mural behind the St. Mane Theatre. Snacks and refreshments provided!
- To close-out Eric’s residency, there will be a Farewell Discussion & Reception on Sunday, September 1 at 4 p.m. on the Lanesboro Musuem River Porch. Again, refreshments will be provided
Through participating in Lanesboro events like Open Mic Night, spending time outdoors, engaging community members through meals, and staging interactive informal music making events, “Root River Viberations” will musically explore the places we inhabit and the different versions of ourselves that are realized as a result.
Eric will perform alongside cast members as Musical Guest on the “Over the Back Fence” Variety Show on Friday, August 9 at 7:30 p.m. at the St. Mane Theatre. Those interested in participating can attend rehearsals on Tuesday, August 6 at 7 p.m. and Friday, August 9 at 5:30 p.m. at the St. Mane Theatre. The rehearsal on August 6 is happening immediately following the Welcome Discussion & Potluck.
Eric is also inviting community members to join him at a pair of informal and reflective meet-up events: A morning river walk beginning in front of the St. Mane Theatre on Tuesday, August 20 at 8 a.m and a dinner conversation at Pedal Pushers Cafe at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 22, prior to the High Court Open Mic.
Passionate about engaging seniors and youth, Eric will give a mini-performance at Kenilworth Apartments, following SEMCAC Senior Dining on August 8, and visit the Pre-School Classroom & Kids Korner group at Lanesboro Child Care Center on August 16.
About Eric Carranza
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 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.