Interview: Luke Heiken of Drone Not Drones


Early 2013 found Luke Heiken, Twin Cities music fixture, messing around with an industrial sticker maker his friend had gifted to him. Inspired by an anti-drone tweet from Low’s Alan Sparhawk, Heiken came up with the now ubiquitous phrase “Drone Not Drones,” and put it on a sticker. He shared his work with Sparhawk, who liked the […]

Interview: Pert Near Sandstone

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Since recording their first album nearly ten years ago in a Minneapolis basement, Pert’ Near Sandstone have gone on to record seven full length albums and tour extensively, earning prestigious spots at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival and on A Prairie Home Companion. Their most recent work, Discovery of Honey was released in 2016, and has been lauded for its […]

February Highlights at The Cedar

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We’ve got a lot packed into the shortest month of the year. Our February calendar includes many wonderfully talented musicians, a live podcast taping, a stand-up act and a benefit for Doctors Without Borders. Check out our Spotify playlist featuring February artists, and read about our top picks below. February 9th: Anda Union Self described […]

Don’t miss The Cedar Commissions this Friday & Saturday


Our  2016-17 Cedar Commissions artists Dameun Strange, Zack Baltich, Krissy Bergmark, Bethany Battafarano, Ritika Ganguly and SEE MORE PERSPECTIVE debut their commissions this Friday, February 3rd, and Saturday, February 4th. Read excerpts of artist guest blogs and watch short video spotlights about each of their pieces below. The Cedar Commissions (formerly the 416 Commissions) is a flagship program […]

Cedar Commissions Guest Blog: Bethany Battafarano

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Choral composer and soprano vocalist Bethany Battafarano is one of six 2017 Cedar Commissions artists. Her project “Oda a la paz”, debuting on February 3rd (get tickets here), is a collaboration with Peruvian poet Helmut Jerí Pabón and Chilean musicians Vladimir Garrido and Nicolas Muñoz, exploring Western classical and Latin American sounds with a focus on […]

A Statement from The Cedar on President Trump’s Executive Order

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Dear Community Members, The Cedar Cultural Center denounces President Trump’s Executive Order (EO) that bans travel to the U.S. from several Muslim-majority countries, including Somalia. As an anchor organization located in the heart of the largest Somali diaspora in North America, this EO has a devastating effect on our community and members of our staff. […]

Cedar Commissions Guest Blog: Dameun Strange

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Composer Dameun Strange is one of six 2017 Cedar Commissions artists. His project Helianthus, debuting on February 3rd (get tickets here), is an afrofuturistic conceptual operetta that will tell the story of Strange as a composer and time traveler visiting his matriarchal ancestors at points in time when they learned valuable lessons that were then […]

Cedar Commissions Guest Blog: Zack Baltich

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Composer and percussionist Zack Baltich is one of six 2017 Cedar Commissions artists. His project ingress/passage, debuting on February 4th (get tickets here), is a new work for drum-set, bass clarinet, and percussion (marimba, tuned bottles, found objects). Performed in collaboration with drummer Reese Kling and clarinetist Carley Olson, ingress/passage will seek alternative textural possibilities […]

The Cedar Commissions & KFAI: The Playlist


On Thursday, January 26th, The Cedar collaborated with KFAI Community Radio for a two-hour program featuring artists from The 2016-17 Cedar Commissions. Each of the six artists,  Dameun Strange, Zack Baltich, Krissy Bergmark, Bethany Battafarano, Ritika Ganguly and SEE MORE PERSPECTIVE, shared pieces of music that have influenced their work, which will debut February 3rd & 4th […]