Award-winning electro-chamber ensemble Iridas to perform at Performing Arts Center

Iridas will perform at the Performing Arts Center at 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22, at Sage Granada Park United Methodist Church, 1850 W. Hellman Ave., Alhambra.

Alhambra Performing Arts Center (APAC), under the direction of Chef/Artistic Director Bill Yee, will present award-winning IRIDAS in a free concert at 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22, at Sage Granada Park United Methodist Church, 1850 W. Hellman Ave., Alhambra.

Iridas was formed in 2015 by composer/producer/multi-instrumentalist Matt Smith in an effort to explore the possibilities of his demanding musical style. Mr. Smith met violinist Megan Shung and former violist Sean Lyons while they were in school together at the Cleveland Institute of Music receiving classical training of the highest caliber. After moving to Los Angeles, they added cellist Pierre Derycz to their line-up, and the quartet sought to blend Mr. Smith’s background in contemporary classical music with rock and electronic dance music.

In 2017, Mikala Schmitz joined the band, replacing Mr. Derycz on the cello, and in 2018, Mr. Lyons was replaced by Dmitri Yevstifeev, a talented multi-instrumentalist who plays viola, mandolin, and guitar. The new line-up shares a passion for jazz and hip-hop, which has begun to have a profound impact on the band’s already unique voice. The Iridas sound, shaped primarily by Mr. Smith, reaches deep into music history for influence. The lush harmonies and colors of Maurice Ravel combined with the rhythmic and textural intricacy of Gyorgy Ligeti add fuel to the instrumental fire, but Iridas is far from a classical piano quartet. The band’s desire to engage with jazz, hip-hop, rock, and a variety of other styles have all made an impact. The result is unrecognizable simply as classical crossover; Iridas is something new.

APAC, formerly The Center for the Visual & Performing Arts CVPA, is in its 13th season and is already booked through July 2020 with many more exciting world-class performances. Mr. Yee is a founder of this community outreach program based at the historical Sage Granada Park United Methodist Church in 2006. He is a nationally awarded ACF (American Culinary Federation) chef who also owns the Alhambra Culinary School and L.A. Omelets Catering Services. He is the past president of the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu Alumni Association and vice president of the ACF Chefs de Cuisine Association of California.

Free-will offerings are accepted during the intermission. Credit cards are accepted.

For more information, contact Mr. Yee at 626-230 5435, or e-mail bizwind@yahoo.com.


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