4/12/11

Mike Block Brings GALA/NYC to Brooklyn Lyceum

GALA/NYC, a new performance series created by Juilliard-trained cellist/composer Mike Block, is an ambitious, boundary-breaking musical adventure.

The one-of-a-kind series will preview on four Saturdays in May: the 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th, at 8 PM, at the Brooklyn Lyceum, 227 Fourth Avenue in Park Slope (R to Union).

The genre-crossing, media-mixing Block frequently tours with Yo Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble, a collective of accomplished musicians, composers, arrangers, visual artists and storytellers from more than 20 countries.

Block is also Lead Teaching Artist for Silk Road Connect, which works with the New York Department of Education to bring musicians from around the world into city classrooms.

GALA/NYC has the potential to nurture the city’s young artists and attract new audiences to serious, stimulating new music.

Ma has called Block “the ideal 21st century musician.”  Block's reinvention of the concert series will bring together, in a kind of creative free-for-all, world-class international and local musicians in the folk, rock, bluegrass, pop, jazz and classical genres, as well as visual artists, comedians, dancers and other performers, who may have never met and may not speak the same musical language.

Developed by the versatile Block to be an expanded multi-lingual musical conversation, the concert series will have a jazz-like freshness. The collaboration may result in an original composition or a reinterpretation of existing music, but audiences are guaranteed to hear something they've never heard before.

Performances will be streamed live and rehearsals will be blogged, allowing followers to be part of the process.

Block's energy and engagement, and GALA/NYC's dynamism, are just what the city's ailing music scene needs.

Here's a link to the GALA/NYC website.

You can buy tickets at the Lyceum website.

For more about Mike Block, visit his website.

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