Lotus Blossoms 2013: Free Public Events
2013 Lotus Blossoms presented by the Raymond Foundation
Thursday, March 28:
Andes Manta performs the vibrant and lyrical music of the Andes on dozens of traditional instruments. Brothers Fernando, Luis, Jorge, and Bolivar Lopez grew up in Quito, Ecuadaor, playing music derived from the rich folk traditions of the Andes, and all are multi-instrumentalists. Fernando specializes in stringed instruments (guitar, bandolin, charango); Luis plays charango and the Andean flute; Jorge also specializes in the stringed instruments; and Bolivar is an expert on the ronadador — the impressive Ecuadorian panpipes. The Lopez brothers are especially adept at painting a musical picture of the Andean landscape, and we’re proud to present them at the Mathers Museum in this free concert.
Monday, March 18: Charlotte Blake Alston
7 p.m. / VENUE CHANGE — Mathers Museum of World Cultures (416 N. Indiana Ave.)
Alston breathes life into stories from African and African American oral and cultural traditions, enhancing her performances with traditional instruments such as djembe, mbira, shekere, or kora.
Saturday, March 23: Family Day at the Lotus Blossoms Bazaar
11 a.m. – 2 p.m. / Binford Elementary School gymnasium (2300 E. 2nd St.)
Hands-on arts, crafts, and activities that bring the world to your fingertips. With live performances from Ritmos Latinos, Bindiana Girls, Jungle Joe’s Flea Circus, Adam Riviere, and a square dance called by Tamara Loewenthal. All ages welcome.
Tuesday, March 26:
Fiddle ‘n’ Feet
Fiddle ‘n’ Feet are percussive dancer Tamara Loewenthal and fiddler Jamie Gans. They perform traditional music and dance from Appalachia to the Celtic lands: you’ll see some very fine clogging from Tamara, along with lightning fast percussive dance from other traditions. Along with the fiddle, Jamie plays the jaw harp. Expect some great old-time songs as well (and you might even get to sing along). For their Blossoms performance, Tamara and Jamie are joined by Sam Bartlett.
Tuesday, March 26: Alash
The musicians of Alash comes from Tuva, in southern Siberia, and are masters of the unique vocal technique sometimes known (in Western countries) as “throat-singing.” Their performances are magical, and paint evocative pictures of Tuva, a country of steppes and mountains, horses, and an ancient nomadic way of life.
With support from the Old National Bank Foundation, Bloomingfoods, and other generous sponsors.