NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. -- People passing through the courtyard at New Roc City are in for a pleasant surprise around 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 9, as Angels in the Chamber performs a free concert – another one of the New Rochelle Council on the Arts (NRCA) “Arts Encounters”, pop-up performances in unexpected places.
Angels in the Chamber includes Garry Novikoff (guitar, piano, vocals), Pamela Sklar (flute), Enid Blount Press (clarinet and bass clarinet) and Marc Wager (French horn) performing folk and jazz influenced music they call “chamber rock.”
Drawing on influences that include Pink Floyd, Tori Amos, Philip Glass and Captain Beefheart, they blend elements of rock, pop, classical, atmospheric and improvisational music into a highly original genre all its own.
The group plans to play from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the plaza outside Regal Cinema.
NRCA inaugurated its series of monthly Arts Encounters -- pop-up performances in public spaces -- last year and will continue throughout 2016. “The idea is to remind everybody how the arts enrich our daily lives with a series of unexpected pop up performances in public spaces that bring art to people where they live,” explains NRCA President Theresa Kump Leghorn.
2016’s Arts Encounters included live music performances at the Metro- North train station, a Shakespeare Sonnet Slam at Starbucks in Wykagyl, live dance performances every week at the Grand Market on Library Green, “Living Room Theater” on Memorial Plaza, and interactive screen printing on Library Green.
“If there are performers who’d like to participate in an Arts Encounter or property owners who’d like to host or sponsor an Arts Encounter we hope they will contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org,” said Leghorn. Angels In The Chamber makes music that is unlike anything else under the heavens. In April of 2014 the Angels competed as finalists in the WNYC Battle of the Boroughs concert at the Greene Space hosted by WQXR DJ Terrance McNight.
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