ORANGE CITY – Phenomenal.
That’s John Erickson’s word for Garah Landes, the pianist from Synchronicity. Erickson, flutist from Alton, Iowa, met Garah at Erickson’s home church in New Jersey. They collaborated on a CD in 2004. They connect annually.
Bringing Garah Landes and his brother Gregory to his hometown is a great way to top off Erickson’s 42-year teaching career, he said. He will retire this year after 19 years as band director at MOC-Floyd Valley Middle School. The three will perform at two MOC-FV schools April 5 and 7, and present a concert for the public Thursday, April 7.
The list of the Landes brothers’ accomplishments is impressive. Garah, who holds a masters degree from the Manhattan School of Music, made his New York debut at Carnegie Recital Hall as the first-prize winner of the Artists International Competition, and appears frequently in New York. He has been featured on the nationally syndicated broadcast, “Performance Today.”
Gregory, percussionist, has performed at every major concert hall in New York, and has played with well-known artists, including Chuck Mangione, Steve Gadd, Julie Andrews and Steven Sondheim. He traveled to Norway with the Julliard Brass Ensemble. He has performed with numerous Broadway and Off-Broadway productions, including Les Miserables, Wicked and Grease.
Fourteen years ago, the two formed Synchronicity, a piano-percussion duo, and in ’05, began a series of collaborations with the Grammy-award winning clarinetist, Paquito D’Rivera. Recent concerts include the Tanglewood Jazz Festival, Moab Music Festival and the Incontri Festival in Tuscany.
They’re performing in Orange City Thursday, April 7 at 7 p.m. at Northwestern College’s Christ Chapel. The concert will include Stravinsky’s “The Firebird Suite,” Michael’s “Jazz Suite for Vibraphone and Piano,” and Ginastera’s “Danzas Argentinas.” Erickson will join them in Leonard Bernstein’s “Prelude, Fugue and Riffs.”
A combined chorus, with students from MOC-Floyd Valley, Sheldon, Sioux Center, Spalding, and Unity High Schools, will join Synchronicity in “Adiemus” by Karl Jenkins. Dr. Thomas Holm from Northwestern College will direct the chorus.
Synchroncity will also perform at Northwestern College’s chapel service April 5, with the Northwest Iowa Symphony Orchestra that evening, and at Buena Vista University April 6.
Advance tickets for the April 7 performance are $5 for adults and $3 for students – K-college, and are available from Dove Christian Bookstore, Northwestern College Music Department and the Orange City Arts Council. Or contact the Arts Council at 712-707-4885 or OCArts@orangecityiowa.com. Tickets are $7 and $4 at the door.
Synchronicity’s performance is sponsored by the Orange City Arts Council and Northwestern College.
Several of Synchronicity’s videos can be viewed on youtube.com by searching for Garah Landes, or at www.synchronicitymusic.com.
Synchroncity, a highly acclaimed duo from New York City, fuses classical and jazz music into an exciting and highly visual experience. They’re Garah Landes, left, pianist, and Gregory Landes, percusssionist. The duo will do several performances in northwest Iowa, the finale on Thursday, April 7 at the Northwestern College Christ Chapel at 7 p.m.
Guest artist with Synchronicity on April 7 is flutist John Erickson, who had been a performer, clinician and adjudicator in New York, Atlanta, and the Midwest. He has served as the MOC-Floyd Valley Middle School band director for 19 years.