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Sound Bridges and Percussive dance is an award-winning world music and dance ensemble based in New York City.


Our goal is to engage with audiences on a musical and emotional level, and to share our passion for rhythm, the universal language that units us, inspires us and brings us together.


We offer performances at festivals, universities, and concert halls.

Through community outreach we bring our programs to schools, Senior Centers and Hospitals.


We conduct workshops in West African drumming, African dance, Flamenco and tap dance.

 

Meet the Artists

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Irene Koloseus

Dancer, balafonist
choreographer

Sol
La Argentinita
Koeraus

Flamenco dancer, singer

choreographer

Andy Algire

Balafon, traditional West African Percussion
composer

 
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Raphael Brunn

Flamenco guitarist
composer

Pablo Dembele

West African percussion, banjo

David Rajaonary

electric bass, vocals

 
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Glenda Sol Koeraus

Flamenco

Glenda Sol Koeraus, “La Argentinita,” is a Buenos Aires-born flamenco dancer who over the past decade has established herself as one of the top flamenco dancers/choreographers in New York City.


Since her move to New York, Sol has appeared at illustrious venues such as Lincoln Center, Town Hall, Symphony Space, The New Victory Theater and The Joyce Theater. Sol has toured internationally with Soledad Barrios and Noche Flamenca.


In addition to performing, directing and choreographing, Sol is also an accomplished teacher, having traveled the country leading masterclasses as well as residencies with Flamenco Vivo, Alvin Ailey, Young Audiences, Brooklyn Arts Council. She is currently an instructor at Mark Morris Dance Group faculty. Whether teaching, dancing, singing or directing, Sol stays very close to the roots of flamenco.

 
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Irene Koloseus

Tap dancer, balafonist

Irene Koloseus, born in Austria, is a dancer, choreographer, and educator. Irene founded the award-winning Brooklyn based touring company, Feraba-African Rhythm Tap in 1996 and is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Sunshine Award and Jubilation Foundation.

Irene has been a teaching artist for more than 20 years and is a faculty member of Third Street Music School, Young Audiences, Brooklyn Arts Council, Arts Horizons and many more. She has designed curriculum-based movement and music residencies for students of all ages and abilities and has also conducted staff development programs for educators.

 

Andy Algire

Balafon, traditional West African Percussion, drum set

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Andy Algire is a percussionist, composer, and educator specializing in African and jazz music.

In the spring of 2000, Andy moved to New York and began formal study with master balafonist Abou Sylla, from Guinea, West Africa.


He is a member of several New York-based groups including Kakande, Mandingo Ambassedors, Feraba and Drum Cafe. 


In addition, he has been a music instructor at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, NY since 2007.

 

Raphael Brunn


Flamenco Guitarist ,  composer

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From a young age, Raphael was exposed to some of Spain’s finest Flamenco artists including El Manzanita, El Recortao, Pepe Marquez and many more.  


His public debut playing Flamenco guitar was in the opening festivities of the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, Spain. 


Since then, Raphael has worked with El Farruquito and El Torombo in the Flamenco production of Incognito, in Frankfurt, Germany. 


Now based in New York City, Raphael performs with various Flamenco artists and is currently working on his second CD.



http://raphaelbrunn.weebly.com

 

Pablo Dembele


West African Percussion - banjo

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Pablo is a celebrated master percussionist and Griot from the Ivory Coast.


He has toured the world extensively with numerous prestigious groups, such as Djolem, Koteba and Farafina among others and has recorded and performed with Salif Keita, Habib Koite’s Bamada, Ami Koite, Kandia Kouyate, Oumou Sangare, Fanta Diallo, and many more.


Currently, he tours the U.S. with Drum Café, Sidiki Conde, Balla Kouyate and Féraba.

 

Niko Koloseus

drum set

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Niko Koloseus, born and raised in Brooklyn has been performing with Feraba-African Rhythm Tap from an early age on.

He is currently playing with DUEFUNK, a Brooklyn based  music group that combines elements of psychedelic funk, rock, pop & hip hop.

 

David Rajaonary

Rade Bema Mgbass 
bass player

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David is originally from Madagascar. He has performed with many great artists including Azouhouni Adou, Olutosin Arib, and BeMaeva.