KFQX Presents: The Kyle Athayde Dance Party

September 18, 2023 - 45 views
On September 23, 2023
12:30 PM - 02:00 PM
Lafayette Art & Wine Festival
3583 Mt. Diablo Blvd.
Lafayette, CA

One the finest living big band arrangers brings his band to the Stage free of charge on Sept. 23rd at 12:30 in the afternoon. 

For more information about the Festival, visit: Lafayette Art & Wine Festival

About the Artist: Kyle Athayde is a San Francisco Bay Area-based composer, arranger, performer, teacher, and bandleader. A native of Orinda, California, Kyle primarily plays vibraphone, piano, trumpet, and drums, as well as bongo, congas, timbales, string bass, bass clarinet, sousaphone, and vocal percussion.  He is the leader, conductor, and principal writer for the San Francisco/New York based big band, "Kyle Athayde Dance Party", a group acclaimed for its versatility in the wide scope of styles it performs. He is also the composer and arranger for Eddie Barbash’s double quartet, as well as a member of the Nate Sparks Big Band, the Jon Hatamiya Big Band and Nonet, Ryan DeWeese’s RADJazz Orchestra. Influenced by the music of J. S. Bach, Duke Ellington, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Eric Dolphy, Dmitri Shostakovich, Louis Armstrong, Igor Stravinsky, Charlie Parker, Olivier Messiaen, Art Tatum, and many others, Athayde composes and arranges music in a variety of genres, with an emphasis on jazz, classical, salsa, and electronic. While an undergraduate student at Juilliard, Kyle was heavily immersed in an interdisciplinary arts environment that included dance, drama, and music, which provided him the opportunity to further develop and refine his programmatic approach to composition. Athayde’s recent commissioned compositions and premieres include a double concerto for the New York Sinfonietta, a tone poem for Bobby Sanabria and The Manhattan School of Music Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra (the title track of their most recent album, ¡QUE VIVA HARLEM!), and music for the ending credits of the film "Diller, Scofidio + Renfro: Reimagining Lincoln Center and the High Line."  He also arranged the music for the halftime show for the University of California at Berkeley Marching Band in their final performance of the 2013 season. Kyle has also written commissions for the Canadian Brass, The New York Trumpet Ensemble, the Manhattan School of Music Trumpet Ensemble, The University of Scranton, and the San Francisco Conservatory Brass Choir. Committed to inter-disciplinary educational outreach in the arts, Kyle has offered classes, clinics, lessons and masterclasses at schools, workshops, and camps in California, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Alaska.  A regular visiting faculty member of the Sitka Fine Arts Camp, he developed and taught classes on video game music, vocal hip-hop, and jazz bands.  He is the Director of Curriculum at the Lafayette Summer Music Workshop, and regularly offers clinics and masterclasses to middle school and high school bands throughout Northern California. Kyle has a wide range of interests, and loves to teach and learn about a variety of subjects, which brings a wide stylistic variety to his music, as his diverse interests inspire his work.  A passionate fan of American football, the ruthless power and strategy of the sport influence his exciting writing style. An avid gamer, the music of these games has inspired some of his most unusual and engaging compositions.

About the Festival:  FREE to attend. FREE parking at BART lot. FREE shuttle to the festival. Over 250 arts, crafts, and fine art booths including the Local Arts Alley in La Fiesta Square. Over 30 food vendors and downtown restaurants are in the festival footprint. Wine and beer glasses and drink tickets are sold throughout the festival. Look for ticket booths. Combination packages available with big discounts.  Only 2023 glasses and tickets are accepted. You MUST BE 21 years of age to purchase glasses, drink tickets and be served! Don't forget your ID! Alcoholic beverages purchased at downtown restaurants must be consumed at the restaurant. FREE! Bands play non-stop on three stages plus the Community Stage. View music schedule. Rides for all ages! Cost varies per ride/activity.The festival footprint encompasses wonderful local merchants featuring restaurants, jewelers, day spas, linen shops, clothing, gifts and business services. 

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