PLG Arts MUSIC FESTIVAL 2017
May 15-21, Prospect-Lefferts Gardens, Brooklyn
What: PLG Arts Music Festival 2017
Where: Nine locations in Prospect-Lefferts Gardens (PLG) (see locations below)
When: Performances May 15-21 at various times (see full schedule below)
Cost: PLG Arts sponsored events are FREE; cooperating venues may charge admission
Subway: Q Train to Prospect Park or Parkside, 2 or 5 Train to Sterling Street
PLG Arts is a nonprofit organization that promotes the arts, presents local artists, and builds community to celebrate the vibrant creativity of the residents of Prospect-Lefferts Gardens and surrounding Brooklyn neighborhoods. For complete festival listings and additional information, visit PLG Arts Music Festival Calendar and PLG Arts News.
Prospect-Lefferts Gardens is home to many musicians, and to recognize this growing music community, PLG Arts is sponsoring the PLG Arts Music Festival, a weeklong event from May 15-21, featuring almost 50 musicians in nine different locations throughout Prospect-Lefferts Gardens. Performances include jazz and improvised music at KD’s, 65 Fen, Parkside Pizza, Soup and Sound, and Westbury Inn, new string quartet music at The Owl Music Parlor, a classical brunch at Desserts by Michael Allen, an afternoon Latin jazz performance outdoors at Parkside Plaza, and a family music event at Greenlight Bookstore. All PLG Arts–sponsored events are free; some cooperating venues may charge admission.
May 15, 65 Fenimore Street, 9-11 pm. 65 Fen Music Series. Curated by Jake Henry. 9 pm: Elgar (Switzerland): Florian Stoffner – guitar, Hans Koch – baritone saxophone, Lionel Freidl – drums, + guest Leila Bordreuil – cello. 10 pm: Stephanie Richards Trio: Stephanie Richards- trumpet, Stomu Takeshi- bass, Kenny Wollesen- drums.
May 16, Parkside Pizza, 705 Flatbush Avenue, 9 pm-12 am. Kazemde George, tenor sax, with keys, bass, and drums. The house band plays a short set, followed by an open jam session until midnight.
May 17, Westbury Inn, 673 Flatbush Avenue, 8-10 pm. Aaron Burnett Quartet plays modern jazz and post bop to provide people with the sounds of our time, believing that true innovation is once again a centerpiece of jazz.
May 17, Soup & Sound, 292 Lefferts Avenue, 8 pm. Trio Elgar is a multi-generational group of three renowned instrumentalists (reeds, guitar, drums) from Zürich, Switzerland, who weave together improvisation, composition, jazz, rock, and elements from other idioms. *Admission $20.
May 18, KD’s Bar and Lounge, 408 Rogers Avenue, 8-10 pm. Adam O’Farrill, Brooklyn-bred trumpeter, is a “rising star as a player and composer” (PopMatters). He released his debut album, “Stranger Days,” in 2016.
May 19, KD’s Bar & Lounge, 408 Rogers Avenue, 8-9 pm. Camila Meza, a singer-songwriter originally from Santiago, Chile, melds modern jazz with New World pop. This rising star on the global jazz scene has been described by The New York Times as “a bright young singer and guitarist with an ear for music of both folkloric and pop intention.”
May 19, KD’s Bar & Lounge, 408 Rogers Avenue, 9-10 pm. Caroline Davis’s Alula is a trio that features alto-saxophonist and composer Caroline Davis, whose music for the group, written in early 2016, is mostly inspired by particular feathers of bird wings.
May 20, Desserts by Michael Allen, 1149 Nostrand Ave, brunch, 11 am-1 pm. Anne Dearth and Nic Handahl perform a mix of exciting new works, classical repertoire, and improvised pieces for two flutes of various sizes.
May 20, Parkside Plaza, Parkside and Ocean Avenues, 2-4 pm. Rachel Therrien Latin Jazz Quartet. Canadian-born, Brooklyn-based trumpeter and composer Rachel Therrien’s latest album, “Pensamiento” (2016), received rave reviews from All About Jazz, New York Hot House, Downbeat, and Latin Jazz.
May 20, KD’s Bar & Lounge, 408 Rogers Avenue, 8-10 pm. Liberté Big Band plays compositions by Canadian composer Liberté-Anne Lymberiou. Until recently a resident of Flatbush, she abruptly left the US due to immigration issues. For now, she coordinates the musical direction from a distance while drummer Zack O’Farrill leads the performances.
May 21, Greenlight Bookstore, 632 Flatbush Avenue, 1:30 pm. Miss Nina presents an interactive children’s music workshop. With her signature pink guitar and book-inspired songs for the youngest audiences (which will also engage their parents), Miss Nina delights audiences of all ages through her weekly video show, live performances, and three award-winning albums.
May 21, The Owl Music Parlor, 497 Rogers Avenue, 7:00 pm. The Rhythm Method strives to reimagine the string quartet in a contemporary context. Since their founding in 2014, the group has given soulful, spirited performances in New York, Chicago, Vienna, Paris, and Lucerne, tackling works ranging from classics by Ligeti and Webern to newer works.
The PLG Arts Music Festival 2017 is sponsored, in part, by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC). PLG Arts is grateful for funding from the office of City Councilman Mathieu Eugene. The outdoor performance at Parkside Plaza is presented in collaboration with the Parkside Plaza Committee.