At Monkey Puzzle shows, back in the ‘90s, you’d expect anything from pop covers to the group’s wildly varied original songs based on African traditional music, American pop culture, and anything else that found its way through the MP filter. Nils Fredland, Nicole Kousaleos, Jerry McIlvain, Daniel Reed, and Dan Schumacher eventually went on to other parts of the country and to other endeavors, and have reunited only a few times, for Lotus. We welcome them back for Lotus 20.
Thursday, Sept. 26
8:15 – 9:30 p.m. (approx.) / Buskirk-Chumley Theater (Lotus Thursday)
(Full Lotus Thursday concert starts at 7 p.m.)
Catching up with Monkey Puzzle . . .
Nils Fredland now lives in New Hampshire and works in traditional music and dance, touring internationally as a contra and square dance caller, trombonist, and song leader with the dance band Elixir.
Nicole Kousaleos is Lecturer in International Studies at IU. She sings with the Bloomington-based Forest Gras Band.
Jerry McIlvain’s career in Bio-geo-chemical-electro-engineering keeps him quite busy. Still, he has played Riff Raff in “Rocky Horror” and performed in “The Santaland Diaries” in Sonoma, CA, and “Tony and Tina’s Wedding” in Hilton Head, SC. Jerry has also run a bed and breakfast in Sebastopol, CA, and been a nanny in Indy.
Daniel Reed is Associate Professor of Folklore and Ethnomusicology at IU. He also sings, plays bass, writes songs and vocal arrangements for the Bloomington band Blue Sky Back.
Dan Schumacher lives in Seattle. He sings and makes funny noises with alternative a cappella luminaries the Bobs, with whom he has toured and recorded albums since 2004.