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WORLD MUSIC & DANCE

TRADITIONAL WEST AFRICAN MUSIC

JAZZ

FLAMENCO

TAP DANCE

BASED IN NEW YORK CITY

 

We present all original compositions drawn from African and jazz influences featuring the ancient sounds of the balafon, a wooden xylophone central to the Mande music traditions of West Africa.

 
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Resoulte Return by Sound Bridges
Brooklyn Senior Center Concert Tour 2022 with Sound Bridges
Sound Bridges and Percussive Dance promotional video
 
 
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ABOUT

Sound Bridges and Percussive Dance is a recently launched collaboration between two Brooklyn based award-winning touring companies: Feraba-African Rhythm Tap 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.

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.

AWARDS

2022 Creator Development Fund-New Music USA

Puffin Foundation Grantee 2022

Local Arts Support - Brooklyn Arts Council 2022

Brooklyn Arts Fund - Brooklyn Arts Council 2022

Jubilation Foundation (2019 Fellow Irene Koloseus)

Jubilation Foundation (2020 Fellow Sol Koeraus)

ARTIST

Andy Algire: balafon, krin, palmas

Irene Koloseus: balafon, tap dance, palmas

Sol Koeraus: Flamenco, vocals, palmas

Sekou Dembele: djembe, congas, banjo

Rade Bema: bass

Niko Koloseus: drum set, krin, doun doun

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Technical Rider

Press Kit in pdf

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