Impromptunes is a series of spontaneous acoustic pop-up performances that will be hosted throughout the spaces of Brookfield Properties in New York City.
The 20 – 30 minute socially distant vignettes will be presented by local artists and will include everything from live music to dance.
Locations and times will be a surprise.
You never know when you might happen upon an Impromptunes performance!
AUGUST ARTISTS INCLUDE:
Yasser Tajeda Trio
Yasser Tejeda is a Dominican guitarist, vocalist, composer, and producer currently based in Brooklyn. A graduate of the Berklee College of Music, Yasser has released two commercial albums “Kijombo “(2019) and “Mezclansa” (2009). He also recently released a new acoustic EP “Interior.”
Yasser’s debut album ‘Mezclansa’ (2009) was dubbed one of the “100 essential recordings of Dominican music” by the Nation’s Association of Art Writers (Acroarte) and his second album Kijombo (2019) received six awards from Dominican Republic’s Indie awards ‘Premios Indie,’ including Best Album.
Yasser is giving traditional folkloric music a new spin with jazz, rock, and Caribbean rhythms in “a frenzied celebration of ancestral union” (Billboard, 2019).
He is currently recording new music to continue preserving and celebrating Dominican roots music.
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Mostly Modern Projects
Based in New York City and Saratoga Springs, New York, the core mission of Mostly Modern Project is to support the performance and creation of music by living composers through concerts and educational outreach initiatives.
Kemp Jernigan performs extensively in and around New York City in ensembles varying in size and style. A graduate of Yale School of Music, Kemp has been a guest artist at festivals such as Bridgehampton, White Mountains Music Festival, Martha’s Vineyard Chamber Music Society, Ocean Reef, Washington Friends of Music, Black Hills Chamber Music Society, Cooperstown Chamber Music Festival and Musical Bridges over San Antonio. He is a frequent guest performer with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Mark Morris Dance Group Ensemble, as well as a core member of the Exponential Ensemble and a founding member of the ensemble SoundMind. Kemp is on the faculties of the Hartt School at the University of Hartford, SUNY Purchase, and Longy School of Music of Bard College. Performing with such ensembles, festivals and faculty has led him to meet and play with many incredible people and live a life sharing his love of much with others.
Kemp received his Bachelor of Music degree from The Hartt School at The University of Hartford, Performer’s Certificate from SUNY Purchase and Master of Music degree from The Yale School of Music.
Keve Wilson and Rachel Handman
Friends since the age of 10, Rachel Handman (violin) and Keve Wilson (oboe) grew up dreaming of performing on Broadway someday. Spending every Saturday studying at Manhattan School of Music as teenagers, they would skip music theory to practice showtunes, dance in the park, and play Irish jigs and reels instead. Having realized that Broadway dream, they recently wrapped up a seven-month run performing together in the orchestra for the 2018 Broadway revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel. Keve and Rachel are currently awaiting Broadway’s return, where they are in the orchestras of Company (Keve) and West Side Story (Rachel). Other Broadway shows they have played include Something Rotten!, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder and Dr. Zhivago, among others. From Hyde Park, New York, Rachel and Keve have developed a concert showcasing their interest in music from around the world. Rachel spent a year playing violin in Bolivia while Keve toured Germany, and they enjoy coming together to create and share new tunes they can play without sheet music. They continue to transcend genres with unique and creative repertoire, and weave personal tales from their life-long friendship throughout their concerts. In NYC, Keve and Rachel play to packed houses at venues such as Feinstein’s/54 Below as well as in-home concerts for Concerts in Motion.
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Noticing a lack of diverse representation in classical music, and a lack of well produced string covers, cellist Eric Cooper came up with the idea for Sterling Strings. Founded in 2016, Sterling Strings has pushed the boundaries of what a string quartet can do. Composed of Black classically-trained string players, Sterling Strings has performed at various venues throughout NYC including Joe’s Pub, Jazz and Lincoln Center, Madison Square Garden, Rockwood Music Hall, and Alley Cat Amateur Theater at the Beekman Hotel. In addition, they have played numerous educational concerts around NYC in order to inspire the next generation of string players. The group is also highly sought after for private events due to their vast and eclectic repertoire and fiery interpretations.
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Impromptunes will be presented at Brookfield Place, Brooklyn Commons, Manhattan West, Zuccotti Park, Grace Plaza, and One New York Plaza.
All events and activations at Brookfield Place adhere to New York State regulations to ensure the safety of the public and staff.
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