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Polyrhythms presents Fr. Stan Fortuna & Manuel Lopez III

Sunday, January 21, 2018 6:00 PM
Redstone Room
$10 GA // $15 reserved seating

Doors: 5:30
Show: 6:00

Workshop: 3:00
Price for Workshop: FREE for kids, $5 for adults

For ticket information, call Polyrhythms: 309 373-0790
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January 21st, POLYRHYTHMS Third Sunday Jazz Workshop & Matinee Series presents Kindred Spirits with Fr. Stan Fortuna and Manuel Lopez III in the Redstone Room. A Jazz Demystifying Workshop begins at 3 pm, followed by a matinee concert from 6–8
Fr. Stan Fortuna will be performing on bass and vocals along with Manuel Lopez III on drum. A rare duo performance and for some an introduction to the “live loop” approach to improvisation and creation. Music will range from originals to standards and showcase Fr. Stan’s impeccable way of making each moment his very own. The uniqueness of an artist that has seen him perform all over the world.
Fr. Stan Fortuna C.F.R., a Roman Catholic priest ordained December 8, 1990, is one of the eight founding members of the Community of Franciscan Friars of the Renewal (an order established in the Archdiocese of New York under the jurisdiction of John Cardinal O’Connor). Prior to his conversion, Fr. Stan was a professional jazz musician who studied with the legendary Lennie Tristano.
Fr. Stan often played sessions in New York City and the TriState area. He played in some of the most prestigious venues in jazz: Birdland, Lincoln Center and Town Hall along-side the likes of Warne Marsh, Lee Konitz, Sal Mosca, Connie Crothers, Lennie Popkin, Carmen Leggio, Don Hahn, Tardo Hammer, Alvin Queen, Peter Scattaretico and Peer Prisco. With the latter two, he formed Scola Tristano Trio which produced a number of Jazz albums, and continues to perform with today when time permits.
While studying to enter the priesthood, Fr. Stan was working in Spanish Harlem during his formation years. It was there that he encountered hip hop firsthand in the street, a style he refers to as ‘rhythm and rhyme’, and was captivated by its improvisational nature. He heard people in the neighborhood ‘rap’ about their daily lives/struggles, and soon learned how to integrate this phenomenon and technique into his own heart and music and use it to reach out to the less fortunate and beyond.
The C.F.R.S adheres to an ascetic lifestyle in their friaries and live in impoverished areas around the world ministering to the needy. Fr. Stan has been involved with community development and the implementation of various social programs in his neighborhood of the South Bronx for over twenty five years when the religious order started in 1987. That same year he established his nonprofit company, Francesco Productions, mixing music and message.
Fr. Stan has since independently released over twenty CD’s as well as DVD’s and books. Assigned to the work of preaching fulltime, he travels extensively across the country and the around the world celebrating Mass, giving talks, and performing concerts with proceeds from bookings and sales going directly towards his work with poor and underprivileged families.
“Latest CD: “I Will Sing” (2017) which features Fortunas bass playing on “Bass Strings Sing” and “Standing Upright” where he composed on his upright bass live with Manuel Lopez III on drums. “I am grateful for the completion of this new CD, I Will Sing. The music is inspired by a new approach that I refer to as ‘groove composing” says Fortuna. “It’s like a structured session of improvisation that sets in motion melodies, chord structures and feelings for the music and the arrangements. It gives some expression to the singing and the songs in my soul”
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Doors open at 5:30 pm.  Join us as we continue exploring “the joys of jazz” - “LIVE” at the Redstone Room Sunday, January 21st, with Fr. Stan Fortuna and Manuel Lopez III.

Polyrhythms Third Sunday Jazz Series is made possible with major support of the RDA, the RME, QCArts and Visionary Arts as well as the support of Wells Fargo, Bowman Accounting, Peeples Heating & Air Conditioning, the Austin Family Charitable Fund, Cribbs Landscaping, Hotel Davenport, the Goldstein Family Foundation, Greatest Grains, Radio station KALA, and DJ Mixxin Mel.