The Bronx Council on the Arts (BCA) and Wave Hill’s “Sunset Wednesdays” continues BCA’s “Bronx Beat” series on July 20 and 27 with 7:00pm concerts featuring BxIndie musicians. All concerts are free with admission to the grounds. Admission: Free to Wave Hill members and children under 6; $8 for adults; $4 for students and seniors 65+; $2 for children 6+.
Visit www.bronxarts.org or call 718-931-9500 x33 or call Wave Hill’s Martha Gellens at 718-549-3200 x232.
On Wednesday, July 20th at 7:00pm, flutist Dave Valentin performs. Dave Valentinbegan his career as a Latin percussionist as a teen before switching to the flute at the suggestion of his teacher Hubert Laws. He studied at the Bronx Community College, making his recording debut with Ricardo Marrero's group in 1997. Discovered by Dave Grusin and Larry Rosen, Valentin was their first recording artist. Since then, he has recorded over 15 albums, combining the influence of pop, R&B, and Brazilian music with Latin and smooth jazz to create a slick and accessible form of crossover jazz. Since the mid-2000s, Valentin has been signed to Highnote Records releasing World On A String (2005) and Come Fly With Me (2006). He has done several collaborations with pianist Bill O'Connell and was a nominee for the Latin Grammy Awards of 2006.
Wednesday, July 27th at 7:00pm, features classical guitarist Andrew Geddis. Andrew Geddis is a classically trained guitarist who also composes and sings. He holds a Bachelor in Music and is a regularly featured performer at New York's Four Seasons Restaurant. Andrew has played for such dignitaries as former NYC Mayor David Dinkins and former Virginia Governor Douglas Wilder. He accompanied internationally-renowned basso Kevin Maynor in a program of music dedicated to the work of Paul Robeson. He has recently incorporated himself as MUSICA ELYSII and volunteers his time giving classical guitar performances in many NYC retirement communities, hospitals and nursing homes, making many friends and sharing beautiful music. He considers it the most rewarding work of his life.
Wave Hill, a 28-acre public garden and cultural center overlooking the Hudson River and Palisades, is open from 9:00am to 4:30pm. It is located at West 249th Street & Independence Avenue, 675 West 252nd Street in the Riverdale section of the Bronx. Shuttle service is available to and from Metro-North and the #1 subway.