Events downtown

Jan 16

Noonday Concert Series: Eric LaPerna and Nathan Kolosko Portland Public Library | 5 Monument Square 12:15 pm - 12:50 pm
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Eric LaPerna and Nathan Kolosko perform Persian & Arabic music.

Eric LaPerna has been a performing musician for over 25 years. He is well versed in many different styles of percussion but Middle Eastern hand drums and rhythmic systems are his specialty. He is a founding member of Okbari Middle Eastern Ensemble and Zapion and has played with some of Maine’s most prestigious ensembles and performers including the Daponte String Quartet and the late Udi Alan Shavarsh Bardezbanian.

Eric is the Director of the Bowdoin College Middle Eastern Music Ensemble, and is a member of the Applied Music Faculty at Bates College as well as adjunct instructor of hand percussion at Bowdoin College. He also teaches private lessons and workshops on Middle Eastern hand drums and music throughout New England.

Nathan Kolosko is a multi-instrumentalist/composer who received his M.A. in classical guitar performance at the University of Denver, Lamont School of Music. Nathan has been a private music instructor for over 25 years and on the faculty of the University of Southern Maine, St. Joseph’s College, Maine College of Art and the Portland Conservatory of Music.

Nathan has studied with luminaries from the guitar world including Ricardo Iznaola, the Castellani-Andriaccio Duo, Pierre Bensusan, Lorenzo Micheli and Oscar Ghiglia. He has recorded four studio albums which have received critical praise. Nathan has collaborated with numerous musicians including Carl Dimow and Dan Cosley, as well as visual artist Ling-Wen Tsai. In addition to guitar, Nathan also performs on Oud, Persian Tar and Kamanche/Tarhu with the Portland based Middle Eastern ensemble Zapion.

When: Thursday, January 16, 12:15 pm – 12:50 pm
Where: Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square, Portland, ME
Tickets: Free to the public | Suggested donation $5