The Village Music Series: Dana Leong
Besides peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and Philly cheesesteaks, the Village has one more secret. Village Residential College Director Dan Sepion started the Village music series. This monthly event brings up-and-coming musicians from around the United States to perform at the Village.
This month’s guest is Dana Leong, a Juilliard-trained musician who plays the cello and trombone. His unique twist to the performance is the use of a laptop to manipulate the sound of his instruments through real time processing. The result is a fusion of electronic and other genres, including jazz and hip-hop. Leong has worked with many famous artists including Ray Charles, Diddy and Kanye West.
Leong and his band were chosen by the Lincoln Center and the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs for The Rhythm Road: American Music Abroad program in 2007. The program sends ensembles specializing in jazz, hip-hop and other American roots music to tour a region for four to five weeks. Leong and his band will be performing in the Village House this Thursday (March 25) at 7 p.m. For more information, go to www.danaleong.com.