Le Petit Versailles is a NYC public community garden in the East Village that presents a season of events including art exhibitions, music, film/video, performance, theater, workshops and community projects from May - October. LPV is a project of Allied Productions, Inc., a non profit arts organization.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Summer Solstice June 21 <>Make Music New York

JUNE 21 , 2011
Tuesday * 6-9pm.
Garden opens at 5pm.
Rain or Shine.

Le Petit Versailles
346 East Houston St.
Subway: F/V- Second Ave. - J/M/F- Delancey/Essex

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
While growing up in northern Italy, Fabrizio Brua studied piano at the Lorenzo Perosi Conservatory of Music. Never completely convinced by traditional western methods for studying and performing music, Brua began, at an early age, to follow his own musical path. Under the guidance of a Jesuit priest, Frate Cappelletto, Brua began a spiritual journey that lead him to India. There he discovered classical Indian music and the sitar. Classical Indian music, unlike classical western music, is based upon improvisation within musical structures. Such a system is well adapted to the temperament and conceptual models of Brua. Since 1991 he has studied classical Indian music under the tutelage of the Italian sitar master, Gianni Ricchizzi, in Assisi Italy; and in 1998 with Pandit Amarnath Mishra in Varanasi, India. Now, Brua, resides in Perugia, Italy and in Brooklyn, NY.

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Garrin Benfield
Garrin Benfield's sound has been described as Freestyle Acoustic Rock. His music is a blend of moody, guitar driven rock and polyrhythmic groove all run through the filter of a very serious Singer/Songwriter. His talent shines through as a solo artist when he flat-picks his way through complicated and lightning-fast arrangements and also while he uses a Loop Station to create mesmerizing soundscapes upon which he lays blistering rock, blues and jazz licks, darkened by his extensive use of effect pedals.

8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
The Lazarus Rose

Chris Rael of longtime L.E.S. Indo-pop band Church of Betty returns to Le Petit Versailles with new acoustic ensemble The Lazarus Rose, performing ancient Spanish Sephardic songs with contemporary world music instrumentation. These songs are mostly in Ladino language (one in Hebrew). Rael will sing and play Indian sitar, guitarra Portugese, 12-string guitar and Turkish zas. He will be joined by Bulgarian singer Vlada Tomova, violinist Emi Simeonov, bassoonist Claire de Brunner and Church of Betty's Marlon Cherry on djembe. The group will also play several Church of Betty chestnuts, and may be joined by surprise special guests. Chris and LPV go way back and share history and community in the L.E.S.

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