GLDN+ Sounds

Sounds is a free six-week lunchtime music series in Farragut Square that took place May 25 – June 29, 2022.

Sounds featured local performers to enjoy while attendees relax in the park.

May 25, 2022 | Dave Manley Trio

Dave Manley – Guitar
Tyler Leak – Drums
Dennis Turner – Bass

June 1, 2022 | James Fernando
Hailed as a “prodigiously gifted composer and virtuoso pianist,” James Fernando creates music that lies at the intersection of jazz, classical, and electronic music. He relies on his genre-expanding original compositions to deliver thought provoking and exciting performances. The Berklee College of Music graduate has several releases to his name, including Extended Layover, The Lonely Sailor, Blackbird/Fly, and The Grind. James is on faculty at Levine Music in Washington, DC and is a Strathmore Artist in Residence.

June 8, 2022 | JChris
Urban Latin
JChris, an urban Latin singer-songwriter known for a smooth voice and high energy Spanish-English performances. His music transcends boundaries, infusing Latin, Afro and Brazilian influences and exploring themes of gender fluidity and queer culture.

June 15, 2022 | Ellington Carthan
Just like his namesake, jazz pulses through Ellington’s veins. This up-and-coming jazz pianist’s diverse career includes teaching, composing, producing, and performing at prestigious venues from the Kennedy Center to Blues Alley Jazz Club. The DC native enjoys mixing genres and paying tribute to the Duke while introducing himself and his musical talent that has been cultivated throughout the DC metropolitan region. Ellington is a former Artist-in-Residence at the Strathmore and hosts monthly Jam Sessions at Brentwood Arts Exchange.

June 22, 2022 | Jan Knutson
Solo Guitar
Groove and melody based original music written for one instrument

June 29, 2022 | Seán Heely
Champion Scottish Fiddler, Gaelic Song, High energy tunes from Scotland and Ireland. Irish fiddle legend Liz Carroll calls Seán Heely: “One Powerhouse of a fiddler” Seán holds a degree from University of South Carolina in Classical Violin Performance and was a 2019 Artist in Residence at Strathmore Music Center in Maryland.

This event was made possible by the Streets for People grant program under the DC Office of Planning. For more information, please visit