WORLD MUSIC & DANCE
TRADITIONAL WEST AFRICAN MUSIC
BASED IN NEW YORK CITY
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.
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)
Jacobs’s Pillow scholarship (2008)
Manhattan Arts Fund (2005)
NYFA Fellow in Music Composition (1998)
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