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Particle Theory in Concert: Music Sessions in the Gallery

March 11, 2023 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Particle Theory in Concert
Music Sessions in the Gallery
Saturday, March 11 at 7:30pm
Tickets: $25 ($20 seniors/students)
Enjoy an evening of great music in an intimate gallery setting.
Join Rockland Center for the Arts for a concert with the distinct, colorful
music of Particle Theory, on Saturday, March 11th at 7:30pm.
Since the mid 90’s, Gregg Terlizzi, Lee Baronian And Arthur Toufayan have
created some very distinct, colorful music that collaborates Middle
Eastern, Jazz and Blue Grass. With timing changes and unique tempos as well
as the wonderful blend of percussion, mandolin, and guitar, this band has
formulated a unique sound second to none.
Lee Baronian: acclaimed percussionist whose versatile musical style ranges
from Jazz to Middle Eastern to Rock to Bluegrass. He has performed with
world-renowned percussionist Arto Tuncboyaciyan from the Al DiMeola and Joe
Zawinul groups. He has also toured through Europe with Middle Eastern
fusion groups Taksim and Transition. Currently, he is the co-founder of the
band “Particle Theory”, a band in he describes as Jazz-grass fusion.
Gregg Terlizzi: the co-founder of the band “Particle Theory”. His early
guitar influence was in rock music where he led two different groups “Sick
and Tired” and “The Shredders”. In his early 20’s he discovered the sounds
of jazz great Wes Montgomery, which would later change his style of playing
and composing. As his jazz roots grew so did his interest in bluegrass
music. He began studying mandolin and listened to the masters such as Bill
Monroe, David Grisman, and Sam Bush. His unique style and diverse
background are the basis of the Particle Theory sound.
Arthur Toufayan, heralding from a long line of Armenien heritage, was first
exposed to the style of Middle Eastern Music through his greatest
influence, his grandfather, Artin Toufayan. At the age of 4, Arthur began
spending much of his time alongside his grandfather either at the famous,
family owned Toufayan Bakery or while he plucked the oud, the short necked,
fretless 11 string lute like instrument. Drawn to the music, Arthur began
taking guitar lessons at the age of 12 with interest in heavy metal then
eventually the Grateful Dead and the whimsical sounds of Jerry Garcia’s
guitar. From there, Arthur found himself engulfed in the styles of Django
Reinhardt, Doc Watson, Tony Rice, Rick Neilson, Eddie Van Halen, Bob
Marley, Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page. He teamed up with John Siliato to form
Wigjam, one of northern New Jersey’s original Grateful Dead Tribute Bands
and soon after teamed up with Lee Baronian and Gregg Terlizzi to form the
band Particle Theory. Both bands continue to play throughout the tri-state
This concert is Saturday, March 11th, 2023 at 7:30 pm. You may purchase
tickets in advance for $25 (seniors & students $20), call 845-358-0877 to
reserve tickets. Rockland Center for the Arts is located at 27 S. Greenbush
Rd., West Nyack, NY. Regular hours are: Mon-Sat 11-4; closed Sundays. For
more information visithttp://www.rocklandartcenter.org or call
RoCA gratefully acknowledges support for its programs from The Rea
Charitable Trust, ArtsWestchester, Sarah and Stephen Thomas, The Richard
Pousette-Dart Foundation, M&T Bank, The M&T Charitable Foundation, The
Dorothy Gillespie Foundation, Walter Cain & Paulo Ribeiro, Kantrowitz,
Goldhamer & Graifman P.C., QuietEvents, the Estate of Joan Konner, Lighting
Services Inc.,, the Mark and Jessie Milano Foundation, Zaklin Family
Charitable Fund, The County of Rockland, Art Services Group, RoCA members,
donors and business members.
RoCA’s programs are made possible, in part, with funds from the New York
State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and
the New York State Legislature. Funding is also made possible by the County
of Rockland.

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