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SAVE THE DATE: Bridgeport Art Trail - November 12th-15th.
As October comes to a close and The Bridgeport Art Trail is just around the corner don't miss these upcoming exhibits, special events, and calls for art
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BRIDGEPORT ART TRAIL NEWSLETTER

Welcome to our Bridgeport Art Trail newsletter, providing a listing of arts and cultural events.

SAVE THE DATE: Bridgeport Art Trail - November 12th-15th.

As October comes to a close and The Bridgeport Art Trail is just around the corner don't miss these upcoming exhibits, special events, and calls for art

Housatonic Museum of Art opens a new exhibit "Larry Silver: Then and Now" at the Burt Chernow Gallery. Additional exhibits currently on view include "Latinissimo" at City Lights Gallery, "Wine: About it" at restaurant Trattoria 'A Vucchella, and Nikon's "Small World" Exhibit plus an exhibit by local artist and educator Ronet Noe at The Discovery Museum.   

Interested in design? Don't miss Design Night Out, a bi-monthly event in Hartford and Bridgeport. This new event series takes a creative theme and explores how great design is transforming that theme here in Connecticut. The first in this series is CLOTH.

Halloween events meet a cultural twist with the dark show "The Pillowman" at The Bijou Theatre, a live floor performance of The Rocky Horror Picture Show at The Downtown Cabaret Theatre, and a Halloween Hootenanny hosted by the Black Rock Farmer's Market!

Paul Shaffer kicks of The Klein Memorial Theater's 75th Anniversary Concert in November! R
ead about how the "Bridgeport Art Trail 2015 weekend celebration crosses musical borders" with an article by Mike Horyczun. 

This October, we're happy to feature artist Rick Reyes as our Artist of the Month!

This Bridgeport
musician and frontman of Cosmic Jibaros describes himself as "a troubadour, a singer-songwriter, and a storyteller performer."

In an excerpt from the feature Reyes describes what inspires him:
"
Happiness, sadness, heartache, anger, hope, sex, getting older, justice, righteousness, and love are a few things that inspire me. Not giving up and not becoming disillusioned with the world. Staying aware and not letting the world make you a mean person. I’m inspired to wake up those people who are socially asleep and not caring about what is happening around them as far as the destruction of the environment, destruction of social and human rights, loss of privacy and lack of empathy for those around them."

Be sure to check out all the details below!
Visit the full calendar of Bridgeport Art listings at the Bridgeport Art Trail Website.

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VISUAL ART: LARRY SILVER: THEN AND NOW
Housatonic Museum of Art: Burt Chernow Gallery
Reception: Thursday, October 22 from 5:30 to 7PM
On View: October 22 through December 17, 2015


Description:

An exhibition of documentary and abstract photographs by the artist including:
• ST. MARY’S by the SEA, Bridgeport 2014-2015;
• DARKROOM ABSTRACTIONS 2005-2010;
• SHERWOOD ISLAND STATE PARK 1975-2015
 

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SPECIAL EVENT: Design Night Out: Cloth
Thursday, October 22nd, 6-8PM
The Bananaland
162 Elm St, Fl 3, Bridgeport, Connecticut 06604

 
Description: When you think of manufacturing in Connecticut, what pops into your head? Helicopters and submarines, sure. But what about art, fashion, robotics, and 21st-century technology?

Design Night Out, hosted bi-monthly in Hartford and Bridgeport, is a new event series that takes a creative theme and explores how great design is transforming that theme here in Connecticut. The first in this series is CLOTH.

Alexander Isley, Spy Magazine's first art director, will lead a 40-minute panel discussion between textile artists, designers, manufacturers, and makers. Panelists will discuss their backgrounds and expertise, their contributions to art and design, and the upsides (and downsides) of doing their work here in Connecticut.

There will be 20 minutes for audience questions, so come prepared to engage! All with an open bar, food, music, networking, friend-making, and fun!

Panelists
Jacob Long, American Woolen Company
Jennifer Paganelli, Sis Boom
Ruben Marroquin, Textile Artist
Josh Westbrook & Jeff Devereux, The Brothers Crisp
Kevin Farrar, Farrar Sails
 

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THEATER: The Pillowman
October 23rd – November 1st
The Bijou Theatre
 

EVENT DESCRIPTION: With echoes of Stoppard, Kafka, and the Brothers Grimm, THE PILLOWMAN centers on a writer in an unnamed totalitarian state who is being interrogated about the gruesome content of his short stories and their similarities to a series of child murders. The result is an urgent work of theatrical bravura and an unflinching examination of the very nature and purpose of art.

“Energizing…a blindingly bright black comedy…[what makes] the unsettling and exhilarating new play from Mr. McDonagh…so gripping as theater is how narrative art becomes the play’s and the character’s very life blood.” —NY Times. “[McDonagh is] a dangerously prodigious master of theatrical form with a talent that goes far deeper than most people understand…THE PILLOWMAN [is] thoroughly startling and genuinely intimidating.” —Chicago Tribune. “McDonagh’s least forgiving, bravest play.” —Variety. “A complex tale about life and art, about fact and illusion, about politics, society, cruelty and creativity.” —Financial Times.
 
Doors open one hour prior to show.
Theatre seats: $23; Table seats: $28; Student seats: $18
http://thebijoutheatre.com/films/pillowman/

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SPECIAL EVENT: Halloween Hootenanny
Saturday, October 31at 1:00pm - 5:00pm
The field @ St. Ann Church,
481 Brewster Street, Bridgeport, CT 06605


Event Description:

"Some chicken said the sky is falling. Don't believe him. The Hootenanny is coming!"

BRFM presents a hoot of a party to celebrate the closing of our 2nd season. Help us continue to bring local goodness to Black Rock and beyond. Join us for an afternoon of corn hole, barn dancing, beer tasting and more at our Halloween Hootenanny featuring local food, local artisans, local breweries, and live music, from 1-5pm. Proceeds will directly benefit our 2016 season.

The event will be family-friendly and include a haunted house. Come in costume to trick or treat through the market.

• Beer Tasting by Two Roads, Captain Lawrence, Black Hog and Duvig Breweries, plus Bru Room from New Haven's BAR.

• Pig Roast by Walrus + Carpenter.
• Corn Hole Tournament from 1-3pm
• Live Music from KC Sisters, G Rockwell & The Still River Ramblers
• Barn Dancing led by Bill Fischer, the Dance Caller from 3-5pm
• Haunted House
• Lounge Area & Bonfire

WHERE: The field @ St. Ann Church, 481 Brewster Street in the Black Rock section of Bridgeport, CT 06605

WHEN: Saturday, October 31st from 1-5pm

ADMISSION: $5.00 entry fee for adult, children under 12 are free.

VENDOR INQUIRIES: Email director@blackrockfarmersmarket.com.
 

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THEATER: The Rocky Horror Picture Show Experience
October 30th, 7:30pm / October 31st, 8:15pm
The Downtown Cabaret Theatre

 
Event Description:

 
The Downtown Cabaret Theatre’s Main Stage Theatre division time warps to 1973 this month with THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW EXPERIENCE: Movie Screening with Live Floor Show.

Director Brian Bish will create an evening of “absolute pleasure” complete with a cast of live actors, comprised of performers who will be paying tribute to the original RHPS Fan Club’s concept of “The Floor Show,” combining the screening of the film with an ensemble of live actors on stage, audience participation, and the use of props and costumes.

Audience participation at THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW EXPERIENCE is encouraged and dry props will be available for sale for $5 (no rice or wet props, please!). This fully costumed and staged floor show will be an evening of audience participation and partying in true ROCKY HORROR fashion. Both screenings will include an audience costume contest with prizes. 

Parental Advisory: Event is open to all ages, but parental discretion is advised, as event contains mature subject matter not suitable for all audiences. For the imdb parental guide, click here:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0073629/parentalguide

Directed by: Brian Bish
Choreographed by: Jason Parry
 

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 The joyous artwork of Ronet Noe captures childhood creativity and freedom of spirit with bold colors and imaginative presentation.

VISUAL ART & EVENTS: Exhibits, Children’s Workshops
Discovery Museum and Planetarium
4450 Park Avenue, Bridgeport, CT 06604
203.372.3521
discoverymuseum.org 

Hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm
Admission: $10 adults; $8 seniors and students with ID;
FREE for children under 2
Planetarium shows included with admission.
 
Description:
Bridgeport’s hands-on children's museum features interactive exhibits, full-dome Planetarium, and state-of-the-art Challenger Center simulated space mission programs. The Art Mezzanine features local artists to inspire and ignite creativity, while Weekend Workshops and Special Programs promote science learning fun.

Local artist and educator Ronet Noe presents imaginative artwork in the Mezzanine Gallery. Her works reflect a philosophy of embracing the positive, and keeping her pieces JOYOUS! “Joy: Live it. Find yours. Feel it. Pass it on.”

Photographs from Nikon’s “Small World” Exhibit - regarded as the leading forum for showcasing the beauty and complexity of life as seen through the light microscope - will be featured in Discovery Museum’s Center Gallery late November through February.

Childrens Workshops include a “Dare to Discover” mobile build (November 7) and “Rocket Science” (November 21) where children will design, build and launch a model rocket to take home.  Workshops require advance reservations and are offered at a nominal fee.

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LIVE MUSIC: The Klein @ 75: The Celebration Concert
Paul Shaffer – Host/Emcee
November 14th
The Klein Memorial Theater


Event Description:
The Klein will celebrate its 75th Anniversary with an unprecedented concert, hosted by Paul Shaffer, featuring resident performing arts companies that regularly perform at this historic landmark. The Celebration Concert will proudly represent the best of the memorable history of the musical, dance and civic events that have graced the stage during the past 75 years! We are extremely grateful to our participating partners who readily agreed to perform in this exciting event. The finale will include all organizations coming together to perform a spectacular tribute to Bridgeport.

Special Promotion:

To kick off the K75 Celebration we are offering patrons a 20% Discount on the following four events when purchased together:
FTC: Wynton Marsalis W/ Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra (11/5)
The Klein @ 75: The Celebration Concert (11/14)
GBS: Bethoven’s Ninth Symphony with Mendelssohn Choir (12/12)
NEBC: 24th Annual Nutcracker (12/19 – 12/20)

To take advantage of this package please contact The Klein’s box office:
(800) 424-0160 or email
molly@theklein.org
Tickets are $15 – $75
 

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 CALL FOR ART
Image: American Fabrics Building, Bridgeport Art Trail 2014
Don't be surprised... we are letting you know now... The Bridgeport Art trail is scheduled for Nov. 12-15, 2015. 
 
CALL FOR ARTISTS for the BPT Art Trail Sampler and Artists' Party at the Read's Ground Floor Gallery, downtown Bridgeport CT.
 
CALL FOR ARTISTS; Bridgeport Art Trail Small Works Sampler

Show you work and party with fellow artists and the Bridgeport creative community at the BPT Art Trail Artists’ Party, Thursday November 12, 2015. This annual Kick-Off Party is a popular art trail event.  The Bridgeport Art Trail mantra is View art. Talk art. Buy art. … Eat & Drink too, while enjoying party tunes provided by WPKN 89.5 fm radio. 

City Lights is extending a call to Bridgeport artists to submit small works under 20” for the annual Bridgeport Art Trail Sampler and Artists’ Party Kick-off for 7th annual city-wide open studios event. Please submit jpegs for consideration by October 15, 2015. Artists will be notified by October 23, 2015.  For more info email us: clgallerybpt@gmail.com

IMPORTANT DATES:
Submission deadline: October 15, 2015.
Artists notified: October 23, 2015.
Drop Off of Art: November 5, 6, 7. Times T.B.A.
Pick up TBA

EXHIBITION DETAILS:
The exhibit and reception are sponsored by City Lights Gallery, the City of Bridgeport and the Downtown Special Services District. It will take place at the Ground Floor Gallery of the Read’s Art Space at 1042 Broad St. Downtown Bridgeport CT.  The Bridgeport Art Trail is a city-wide art celebration where visitors can tour artists’ studios, gallery spaces, and enjoy music, performance, film poetry and artists’ demos.

City Lights is a nonprofit, organization located in downtown Bridgeport CT that serves the community through art. It is easily accessible by Metro-North, Port Jeff Ferry, I-95 and the Merit Parkway via the Route 25 Connector.
 
SUBMISSION DETAILS:
SEND SUBMISSIONS IN JPEG FORMAT,(no more than 8 images), 72 DPI, DUE BY OCTOBER 15th, TO: clgallerybpt@gmail.com

NECESSARY INFO TO INCLUDE WITH SUBMISSION:
Brief artists statement, itemized list of art submitted should include:  title, size, medium, price of work, Works not for sale should include a value rather than a price. Also include artist's contact info: name, email, phone (evening and daytime numbers), mailing address and website if available. 
For more info please email us at: clgallerybpt@gmail.com our website: www.citylightsgallery.org
City Lights Gallery, 37 Markle Court, Bridgeport, CT. 06604 (203) 334-7748
CALL FOR ENTRY: 10 x 10 Exhibit
Deadline: November 7th 2015
The Nest Arts Factory


Description: Participate in the annual NEST fundraising exhibit that opens during this year’s city-wide Bridgeport Art Trail. Support the NEST Arts Factory while the NEST supports artists like you!

All works must be 10” x 10” square (including frame, if framed), be finished and ready for hanging, and can be of any medium. All works will be sold for $100 with $50 going to the NEST and $50 going to the artist. Limit of three entries per artist, no entry fee.

The opening reception will be Friday, November 13 from 5-8 pm and the exhibit runs through November 30. More details and an entry form can be found on the NEST website: www.nestartsfactory.com
 

CALL FOR ART: VIDEO
Deadline: November 5, 2015
American Fabrics Building
 
Open call for short (under 10 minutes), single-channel video works to be included in a screening held in conjunction with Bridgeport Art Trail in Bridgeport CT.
 
This screening specifically seeks works that exist at the intersection of: landscape, repetition, decay and space/time. Works can engage with these themes in-depth or in the most general sense of the collective definitions. 
 
Screening will be held at the American Fabrics Building on November 14 and 15th and will run for the duration of the open studios. No screening fees available at this time.
 
Please send a link to the online preview of your work (or an expression of interest if you will FTP the video) by November 5, 2015. Please include name, title, date, duration and country of origin.
 
Accepted works will be transferred via online FTP program along with a short video description and biography.
 
Submit videos to heidenart@gmail.com with subject header “VIDEO SUBMISSION”
 

BRIDGEPORT ART TRAIL IN THE NEWS

From Baroque to Bluegrass to Latin folk to ‘K75’ hosted by Paul Shaffer Bridgeport Art Trail 2015 weekend celebration crosses musical borders

By Mike Horyczun

There’s a strong musical component to go along with all the visual art on display at the 8th annual Bridgeport Art Trail weekend celebration. Beginning and closing parties have added live music to their festivities, dedicated events take place at the Downtown Cabaret and at The Klein, which is celebrating K75, its 75th anniversary party with an evening hosted by Paul Shaffer, there’s a spoken word event, plus many galleries and studio spaces will be enhanced by the sounds of music ranging from bluegrass to baroque to Latin folk and plenty in between, plus lots of original tunes and WPKN deejays spinning discs all weekend long. Here’s a snapshot of some of the live music headliners:
 
Paul Shaffer, the famous bandleader from television’s “Late Night with David Letterman” and Saturday Night Live, will host and emcee The Klein Memorial Auditorium’s 75th Anniversary Concert on Saturday, November 14. The evening is chock full of activities and will feature appearances by all of the Klein’s resident companies including the Greater Bridgeport Symphony, the New England Ballet, the Fairfield County Children’s Choir, the Greater Bridgeport Youth Orchestras, student singers and dancers from the Klein’s tuition-free ASK after-school program, students from the All Stars Project of Bridgeport, and jazz musician Joel Martin from the Klein’s “Footsteps of Peace.” Also participating are Mayor Bill Finch, George Mintz, president of the Bridgeport chapter of the NAACP, Kathleen Maher, the Barnum Museum’s Executive Director, representatives from the Fairfield Theatre Company, and relatives of Jacob Klein, after whom the theater is named.
 
Singer-songwriter Rick Reyes does double duty this weekend. He performs with a quartet at the opening night Artists Party between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m., at Read's Artspace in downtown Bridgeport, on Thursday, November 12; and he goes solo at the NEST Arts Factory, the re-imagined factory building on the west side of Bridgeport, giving an intimate one-on-one performance at 5 p.m. on Saturday, November 14. The celebrated singer-songwriter is known for the Latin and Caribbean rhythms, rock guitars and world music influences his original sounds have embraced as a solo performer and with his bands, the enormously popular Cosmic Jibaros, and another ensemble project, the Pasofino Social Club. Reyes’ music takes listeners across all the borders of the Latin music genres on a cross-cultural and highly danceable journey throughout the Caribbean and Central and South America.
 
On the classical side of things, harpsichordist Owen Burdick, an internationally active composer and conductor, joins flutist Richard Wyton for a performance at the NEST Arts Factory at 6 p.m. on Friday, November 13. Burdick is the former Organist and Director of Music at New York City’s historic Trinity Church in lower Manhattan. He has regularly led several American orchestras and choruses, and his recording of the complete Hayden Masses with The Rebel Baroque Orchestra was released on the Naxos label in 2012 and is distributed internationally. Flutist Richard Wyton has appeared coast-to-coast as a soloist and chamber music player at festivals and at major college and university series including Caramoor, Music Mountain, Wolf Trap, Connecticut Early Music Festival and Greenwich Music Festival. He also has performed with period-instrument ensembles including The Grande Bande, Helicon and Hanoverian Ensemble.
 
Singer-songwriter Lys Guillorn adds her musical talents to the Bridgeport Innovation Center at 3 p.m. on Saturday, November 14. Guillorn is a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter whose dreamy, lyric-driven, and melodically interesting sound is as original as it is indefinable. Her eponymous debut CD was released in 2003, receiving international radio airplay and notice in indie press. In the spring of 2006, Guillorn released the "Three Songs" EP. Her oddities collection "Wayward Children” pulled together her releases on compilations from various small indie labels over the last several years. And the recent "Winged Victory" is Lys Guillorn's first studio record in ten years. His solo live sound focuses on lyrics and intricate guitar work on acoustic and electric guitars. With her full band, there’s a little more crunch. She has opened for artists that include Laura Cantrell, Amy Rigby, Scout Niblett, The Handsome Family, and Nora O'Connor. For her BAT show, she will be accompanied by drummer Peter Riccio. Guillorn’s performance is preceded by music in the same space from Chica Non Grata at 2 p.m., the wife and husband duo of Julie Beman and Eric Bloomquist. The pair’s original songs, devoid of cynicism and frequently funny, feature smart wordplay and driving rhythms. And at 4 p.m., also at the Bridgeport Innovation Center, Abner, Lawson & Company featuring local artists Vincent Abner and John Lawson perform jazz, rhythm and blues, and classic rock.
 
And a special Bridgeport Art Trail close out party happens on Sunday, November 15 in Black Rock at The Acoustic with Kenny Owen livening things up bluegrass style his string band Hitch and the Giddy Up strumming us away on a good note.
 

 CURRENT EXHIBITIONS

VISUAL ART : LATINISSIMO
City Lights Gallery

Exhibit Description:
Curated by Yolanda Vasquez Yolanda Petrocelli​

City Lights Gallery​thanks Yolanda Vasquez Petrocelli for sharing her vision and passion for the arts with the greater City Lights community.

From the Guest Curator:
Latinissima is term that I created. It refers to people from Latin America, Spanish speaking, and bringing contemporary artists from various Latin countries to Bridgeport.

The exhibition includes artist from Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Venezuela, Cuba, and Puerto Rico. It includes artist I’ve known and admired their works. The show is very diverse within the Latin and Caribbean community.
 

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VISUAL ART: “Wine: About It” Exhibition
Artwork by Julia-Rose
Trattoria 'A Vucchella

Exhibit Description:
“Wine: About It” is an illustrative showcase dedicated to the aesthetic and interpretative beauty of wine. This set of twelve canvas artworks consist of ink and watercolor sketches with accompanying expressive quotes. Just like wine, this series is meant to encourage contemplation, conversation, and good company.

About the Artist:
Julia-Rose is a Read’s Artspace resident. She focuses in illustration and mixed media fiber art. Her favorite materials are paint, yarn, buttons, and watercolor paper. Her inspiration includes thunderstorms, jazz, bodies of water, tea, and wine.
 

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 FEATURED ARTIST: OCTOBER
 RICK REYES 
Rick Reyes Novela Sin Tiempo Front cover
Q. How would you describe your musical style?
A. I am a troubadour, a singer-songwriter, and a storyteller performer. Although my style keeps evolving, it has roots in Latin music, particularly Puerto Rican music. With my band Cosmic Jibaros, the style is Latin-fusion-progressive. Another of my projects, The Pasofino Social Club, is a nod to the Latin bands of yesterday. And then there is Novela sin Tiempo, the name of my last record which also became the name of the band. This project is all acoustic, all original music with a Latin and world-music flavor. So I guess to answer your question, my style is Latin with a little bit of everything. I used to call it “Northeast Latin music” and I guess that's what it is - music from this part of the world: Bridgeport.
 
Q. What instruments do you play?
A. I play guitar and sing. The guitar is my main vehicle for songwriting. I also play hand percussion like the guiro, shekere, and maracas when I play with Pasofino Social Club and in more tropical Caribbean ensembles.
Rick Reyes Novela Sin Tiempo Back Album Cover
Q. What is your process like?
A. Every day I am bombarded with ideas and the energy of the world. For me, music and writing songs have always been a way to communicate and to express myself. It's a way to let things go and to shout to the world.
The actual process of writing a song can start in various ways. A melody can pop into my head at any time. Sometimes while I'm driving I'll grab a recorder and hum a melody into it. A song can also begin with a guitar riff or a chord progression. I've learned that inspiration can come at you at any time and you have to be ready to capture it.

Once I feel that I have something, I start hashing it out by playing it as much as I can at home or at my studio. It's a fascinating process because you feel like you're embarking on something new, you're discovering something that wasn't there, and the more you push it, the more it forms. It's really a great feeling to see something develop from nothing and it's what I love the most about music. The performance part of is always fun. It's amazing to present a song to an audience and see how they relate to it.
 
Q. What inspires you?
A. Happiness, sadness, heartache, anger, hope, sex, getting older, justice, righteousness, and love are a few things that inspire me. Not giving up and not becoming disillusioned with the world. Staying aware and not letting the world make you a mean person. I’m inspired to wake up those people who are socially asleep and not caring about what is happening around them as far as the destruction of the environment, destruction of social and human rights, loss of privacy and lack of empathy for those around them.

When performing I want to make the listener think and feel something. I first started writing a lot about social issues and the different social struggles I saw around me. I always thought that my songs were messages to those who were not aware or to those who needed to feel that they were not alone in their plight.
Rick Reyes
QCan you tell me a bit about your background in music and the history of Cosmic Jibaros?
I started singing and playing hand percussion in church at my town's chapel in Puerto Rico. When my family moved back to the States, I began writing a lot, mostly out of loneliness. My father bought me a guitar and I started turning my writings into songs. My pad, pen, and guitar were my only friends. I joined my first band in college, and while the band didn't last for a long time, it definitely helped me and fed my desire to create. I continued to write and realized that the songs I was creating and writing had all these different flavors. They reflected my roots but had a lot of different influences and styles as well. It was soon after when I thought of the concept of a “cosmic jibaro”.
 
I wanted to create music that had a traditional Puerto Rican flavor but was also open and receptive to other sounds from around the cosmos. A jibaro is the Puerto Rican equivalent of a peasant or hillbilly, people who live in the mountains and work the land. My father and my grandfather were both jibaros.
 
I began to play around Bridgeport with different musicians, and in 2003 the band everyone knows as Cosmic Jibaros solidified. The band recorded the album "Yo Soy Del Mundo", a mixture of rock, Puerto Rican roots, and socially conscious songs. No band sounds like the Cosmic Jibaros. It has a unique sound; a Bridgeport sound.
Cosmic Jibaros
Q. How do you think you’ve changed or developed as a musician?
A. During the past 10 years I've worked on expanding my repertoire, vocabulary, and knowledge of music so I've become a better singer, a better guitarist, and a better performer. I realized that you have to be malleable, you have to be able to provide different colors and flavors in order to make a living playing music. I sing and perform in Spanish as well as English; I perform with my bands, in duos, and solo. I've learned that some gigs are about performing, some gigs are about entertaining, and some gigs are about both.
 
I’ve grown from being just a confessional singer-songwriter who only played his own music, to being able to perform other people's material. I've also had the pleasure of playing with some great local, regional, and international musicians and those experiences always teach me a lot and that's seeped into my own work. I feel like my bag of tricks is deeper now. I don't just write about myself or my feelings now. I can write a song and get out of my own way.
  
Q. What goes through your head when performing live?
 “Please don’t f*ck up!” But really it's just to be in tune with myself as much as possible. You want to please the crowd and connect with your band members. I try not to look into too many people's eyes because I can start to wonder what they are thinking. The most important thing is to totally be in tune with yourself. If you are feeling what you're doing, the audience will as well.
Q. How would you describe the artistic climate here in Bridgeport? Do you think it’s a good location for musicians and other creatives?
 
A. Bridgeport is the largest city in the state and has a rich history. This city provides so much stimulus for creativity. Its greatness mixed with its sadness makes it a great muse.

It's a perfect place for artists with tons of great studio spaces and affordable rents, even for Fairfield County. It's close to New York City and to Boston. The community of artists and people who support the arts is probably the best in the state. No one believes in the city more than the artists who live and work here. They see the beauty and the potential in Bridgeport.
 
Novela Sin Tiempo Band
Q. Any other upcoming news, events, or anything else you'd like to share?
A. Locally, I'll be kicking off the Bridgeport Art Trail on Thursday, November 12 at Read's ArtSpace for the Artists' Party. I also will be performing brand-new material and glimpses of new songs on Saturday, November 14 at the NEST Arts Factory. I'm very excited about this because it's really a departure from what I've done in the past and very different sounding, both musically and lyrically.
 
On December 4th I'll be performing with band together at the Fairfield Theater Company. This fall I'm heading into the studio to record the new material with hopes of releasing a few singles before the end of the year. I'm also putting together a solo acoustic tour for this coming winter that will take me from Boston to Philadelphia and beyond.
CONTACT INFORMATION

For bookings please email: Cosmic_jibaro@yahoo.com
To learn more about what I do and where I’ll be performing:
http://rickreyesmusic.com/
https://twitter.com/rickreyesmusic
https://twitter.com/cosmicjibaros
https://www.facebook.com/CosmicJibaros
 

 
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