Aesthetically Speaking

Douglas R. Ewart & Quasar premiere new concert series at The East Side Freedom Library

ewart bamboo bass fl sc002e3b0bThe East Side Freedom Library, a new Twin Cities research library and cultural venue located in a historic St. Paul Carnegie library will launch a performance series with composer and instrument builder, Douglas R. Ewart.

douglas ewart-velvet didj  c 2007douglas r ewart 7 cd r ewart sc00003a3e01Ewart and his multi-disciplinary ensemble, “Quasar, Songs of Tranquility” will be presented on Sunday, Sept. 14, 8 p.m., at 1105 Greenbrier St., St. Paul.

The East Side Freedom Library (ESFL), founded by scholar and educators Peter Rachleff and Beth Cleary will focus on working class history, immigration history, African-American history and ways of representing those histories — in performance through music and visual art.

d ewart with did on lake091711d r ewart sc000015da01First in the ESFL concert series, “Quasar, Songs of Tranquility” will embody the sonic creation of quiet environments. The performance will feature ancient instruments such as the didgeridoo and mbira as well as movement and sounds created by new technologies. The concert will combine these ancient, present and futuristic sounds.

“We will offer a departure from the anxiety-ridden rat race – a respite from always being pressed for time, and a release from the constant wrestling with security, desire and the acquisition material things,” said Ewart.

Featured artists include Mankwe Ndosi, Leah Nelson, Jacqueline Ultan, Carei Thomas, Stephen Goldstein and Ewart.

For more information, call (651) 774-8687.

September 2, 2014
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