Soundbridges and Percussive Dance
EPK Pro

Soundbridges and Percussive Dance

Brooklyn, New York, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2019

Brooklyn, New York, United States
Established on Jan, 2019
Band World Jazz

Calendar

Music

Press


"Sol La Argentinita"

"But the dancer Sol, La Argentinita, harnessed the art form’s power with her seductively aggressive “Soleá,” in which her elegant carriage provided space for tension and relief." - The New York Times, May 16th, 2010


"Music Beyond Borders: Feraba in Morristown"

.....Over 385 people enjoyed the fascinating rhythms and high energy dancing of Feraba..... Tuesday, July 25, the unique, award-winning multi-ethnic music and dance group Féraba invites you to join them to explore the universal language of rhythm from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. - Patricia Kiernan Johnson, JerseyArts.com


"Theater Online"

“Soleá,” a solo danced by Sol “La Argentinita,” explored the more sensual and elegant side of Flamenco. She showed that she is also a master of her craft and brought the energy in the room to a fever pitch with her rhythm, speed and skill. - TheaterOnline.com, May 17, 2010


"West African rhythms on the Morristown Green, courtesy of Féraba"

What happens when you mix a tap-dancing bandleader from Austria with a balafon player from Wisconsin, a singer from Guinea and a doun douner from the Ivory Coast?

You get Féraba, that’s what.

We couldn’t swear to it, but we’re pretty sure the name loosely translates to “Get up and dance!”

That was the effect on kids attending Tuesday’s lunchtime performance on the Morristown Green. - By Kevin Coughlin, Morristowngreen.com


Discography

Still working on that hot first release.

Photos

Bio

SOUND BRIDGES AND PERCUSSIVE DANCE

WORLD MUSIC
Traditional West African - Jazz - Flamenco and Tap

Instruments: Balafon, Bass, Flamenco Guitar, Drum Set, Percussion, Banjo

 

About
Sound Bridges and Percussive Dance is a recently launched collaboration between two Brooklyn based award-winning touring companies: Feraba-A.R.T. and Flamenco y Sol Dance Company. 

Sound Bridges delivers high quality, fun, energetic performances that captivate and engage audiences of all ages and backgrounds. The repertoire of the group focuses on original pieces, which combine traditional West African music with flamenco and jazz. The shows highlight a new and exciting blending of styles while preserving and honoring the extraordinary traditions of various world cultures. Members of Sound Bridges span four continents, come from diverse artistic backgrounds and carry a unique passion for their craft. Through a thoughtful balance of improvisation and composition, they create fluid, cross-genre rhythmic conversations, which aim to entertain and inspire.



Our History
Feraba-African Rhythm Tap is a multicultural and multiethnic performance group, which combines the traditional sounds and movements of West Africa with the only true American dance form of Tap. Much of the core musical repertoire of Feraba involves the use of the balafon, a traditional wooden xylophone from West Africa as well as a broad array of other traditional percussion instruments.

Flamenco y Sol Dance Company features diverse styles including traditional flamenco, contemporary flamenco, flamenco jazz fusion, classical Spanish dance and the more modern Gypsy Kings-style of flamenco rumba.

Infectious rhythms, explosive dance movements along with sophisticated choreography and detailed compositions have defined their vibrant and powerful performances at many prestigious venues, including the Joyce Theater, Lincoln Center Outdoors, the Metropolitan Opera, Town Hall, the Kennedy Center, and the White House. 

Together, these two well-established companies make up Sound Bridges and Percussive Dance. 

 

Feraba and Flamenco y Sol Awards

Jubilation Foundation (2019)

Sunshine Award (2013)

Jerome Foundation (2010)

Open Society Foundation Award (2010)

Cristina Heren Foundation scholarship (2009)

Jacob Pillow scholarship (2008)

Manhattan Arts Fund (2005)

NYFA Fellow in Music Composition (1998)

 

Sound Bridges and Percussive Dance Personnel

Andy Algire: balafon, krin, palmas

Irene Koloseus: balafon, tap dance, palmas

Sol Koreaus: Flamenco, vocals, palmas

Raphael Brunn: guitar, palmas

Sekou Dembele: djembe, congas, banjo

David Rajaonary: bass

Niko Koloseus: drum set, krin, doun douns

Abou Camara: balafon, djembe, conga, doun douns

Band Members