Musician-composer Ralph Farris

It’s not every day that you have a chance to hear a new work of music in the making—especially for free. But that’s the opportunity awaiting those who make reservations for “Brothers in Song,” Friday evening, Aug. 3, at the Hermitage Artist Retreat on Manasota Key.

The “brothers” are longtime collaborators/composers Ralph Farris and Robert Mirabal, who will perform a Native-American-themed theatrical piece that will soon move into workshop. During the performance, the two will share tales and tunes from their years of working together.

Farris, an electric string player, arranger, producer and conductor, may already be familiar to local audiences that remember his appearance last season with the contemporary string quartet ETHEL, which brought to the Ringling’s New Stages program the premiere of an exciting full-length multimedia piece, “Circus: Wandering City.” Farris also has collaborated with such names as Todd Rundgren, Paul McCartney and Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble, served as music director of the Roger Daltrey Band and was an original company member of The Lion King.

Mirabal is a musician, composer, painter, poet, actor, screenwriter and farmer who grew up in the Taos Pueblo in New Mexico. He is renowned for his Native American flutes and performs worldwide, sharing flute songs, tribal rock, dance and storytelling. He is also the author of A Skeleton of a Bridge (a book of poetry, prose and short stories) and Running Alone in Photographs, a memoir of his experience of life in the Pueblo. A two-time Grammy winner, he’s also appeared in the movie Georgia O’Keeffe and on the PBS special Music from a Painted Cave.

Composer Robert Mirabal

Image: Kate Russell

The evening begins with a collaboration with fellow Hermitage poet-in-residence Aimee Nezhukumatathil and will close with a sunset meditation. It starts at 7:15 p.m. on the beach at the Hermitage, 6660 Manasota Key Road in Englewood; guests should bring beach chairs and are welcome to bring snacks and refreshments. Although it is free, reservations are strongly suggested in case the event is moved indoors, where space is limited. Email [email protected].

  

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