Performing Artists – 2014 Festival

argab-webArga Bileg

Saturday, Sunday

The seven-piece group Arga Bileg introduces jazz improvisation into Mongolian folk music traditions. {More … }

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Vanesa Aibar, photo by Jesus VallinasVanesa Aibar & Company

Friday, Saturday

Vanesa Aibar is an award-winning choreographer and dancer of flamenco, the classic musical tradition of southern Spain.   {More …}

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AurelioAurelio

Friday, Saturday

Discover traditions of Afro-Caribbean Garifuna music with Aurelio, from Honduras.  {More …}

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Banda MagdaBanda Magda

Friday, Saturday

Banda Magda brings chic, lively style to the notion of “world music,” along with playful gestures and a splash of retro humor.   {More …}

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Las Cafeteras, photo by Piero GiuntiLas Cafeteras

Saturday

Las Cafeteras has been praised as a “uniquely Angeleno mishmash of punk, hip-hop, beat music, cumbia, and rock” by the LA Times.  {More …}

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Canzoniere Grecanico SalentinoCanzoniere Grecanico Salentino

Thursday

This six-piece ensemble performs traditional music from the Salento Peninsula in the Puglia region of southern Italy.  {More …}

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ldLotus Dickey Song Workshop

Saturday

Our festival was named in part for Lotus Dickey. The workshop is an occasion to celebrate Lotus’s contribution to the art and life of Indiana and to enjoy the power of voices united in song.  {More …}

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FullSetFullSet

Friday, Saturday

 The centuries-long tradition of Irish music is alive and well in this young Limerick-based band.
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Derek GripperDerek Gripper

Saturday, Sunday

Derek Gripper has earned worldwide acclaim for interpreting complex, beautiful kora compositions on the classical guitar.   {More …}

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KaiaKaia

Friday, Saturday

This Bloomington-based vocal ensemble performs jazz, spirituals, improvisations, original compositions, and songs from many cultural traditions around the globe   {More …}

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Catherine MacLellanCatherine MacLellan

Friday, Saturday

Catherine MacLellan’s fine lyrics and pure vocals make her one of the finest young singer-songwriters on the North American roots scene.   {More …}

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Radha LakshmiRadha Lakshmi

Saturday

Radha brings the ancient Indian tradition of kolam to Lotus in the Park and the Arts Village.  {More …}

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Mames BabegenushMames Babegenush

Friday, Saturday

Mames Babegenush comes from the vibrant cultural milieu of Copenhagen. Rooted in klezmer, the ensemble nonetheless crosses musical boundaries   {More …}

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Emel MathlouthiEmel Mathlouthi

Saturday

Emel Mathlouthi’s song “Kelmti Horra” (My Word Is Free) was sung on the streets of Tunis by Arab Spring revolutionaries.   {More …}

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MovitsMovits!

Friday, Saturday

Movits! returns to Bloomington with their special Swedish blend of hip-hop and swing.  {More …}

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Nagata ShachuNagata Shachu

Friday, Saturday

Rooted in the taiko drumming traditions of Japan, Toronto-based Nagata Shachu’s heart-pounding performances combine thunderous, primal drumbeats with subtle, intricate rhythms.   {More …}

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Erkan Ogur's Telvin TrioErkan Oğur’s Telvin Trio

Friday

Emerging from the jazz and blues scene in Istanbul and led by guitarist Erkan Oğur, the Telvin Trio is well known for its virtuosic expression of contemporary jazz.    {More …}

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Orkesta MendozaOrkesta Mendoza

Friday, Saturday

Orkesta Mendoza delivers mambo and cumbia – big time.  {More …}

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The RevelersThe Revelers

Friday, Saturday

The Revelers have cred on the Louisiana music scene – they are founding members of the Red Stick Ramblers and the Pine Leaf Boys, groups at the forefront of Louisiana’s cultural renaissance.   {More …}

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Srinivas KrishnanSinging for the Planets

Saturday

Srinivas Krishnan leads an ensemble that explores the complex and beautiful rhythms of Indian classical music and translates them into improvisational settings that often speak to other cultures and genres. {More …}

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SoncochoSancocho Music & Dance Collage

Saturday

Dance and drumming of Cuba and Puerto Rico come to Lotus in the Park by way of Sancocho Music and Dance Collage.  {More …}

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SondorgoSöndörgő

Thursday, Friday

Söndörgö isn’t your average Balkan group: this Hungarian ensemble is a tamburitza band: it’s built around the tambura, a small string instrument reminiscent of the mandolin.  {More …}

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Nora Jane Struthers and the Party LineNora Jane Struthers & the Party Line

Friday, Saturday

* Lotus Dickey Artist *  This high-energy Nashville-based quintet performs Struthers’ original story-songs with tight three-part harmonies, fiddle, claw-hammer banjo, acoustic guitar, bass, and drums. {More …}

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Tsuumi Sound SystemTsuumi Sound System

Friday, Saturday

TSS adds brass, percussion, and keyboards to Nordic string traditions, creating an even more powerful sound: driving Finnish fiddle music with a strong rhythm section.   {More …}

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Vanessa VoVan-Ahn Vanessa Vo

Friday

Van-Anh Vanessa Vo is an Emmy Award–winning master of the 16-string đan tránh zither and other instruments unique to Vietnamese culture.   {More …}

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{ Subject to change / Updated 12 August 2014 }