INTERVIEW: SEE MORE PERSPECTIVE

  Described as a ‘walking creativity’, Twin Cities based See More Perspective is many things; he is an MC, poet, producer, engineer, educator, actor, and so much more. But above it all, he is an artists that strives to ‘inspire, uplift and open doors to possibility and imagination’. See More Perspective will be joining us […]

INTERVIEW: Palabristas Latin@ Wordslingers

  Using the ‘power of the word’ to reach out into the community, los Palabristas are an award winning Minnesota-based collective of poets, spoken word artists, and writers of Chican@/Latin@ heritage. With members located throughout the country, they use their creative minds and fierce words to speak out about the experiences and challenges of underrepresented […]

INTERVIEW: Maria Isa

  Singer, songwriter, actress, rapper, activist and international recording artist Maria Isa has received countless recognitions and awards as a performer and activist. Known for not being afraid to express her personal points of view through her music, she’s addressed topics of technology, racism, sexism, police brutality and many others. Fluent in improv and a powerful speaker […]

INTERVIEW: Niyaz

  Founded in 2004, Niyaz is a collaboration between Montreal-based vocalist Azam Ali and multi-instrumentalist Loga Ramin Torkian. Together, they’ve created a new 21st century global trance tradition by blending medieval Sufi poetry and folk songs from their native Iran and surrounding Persian Gulf countries with rich acoustic instrumentation and state-of-the-art modern electronics. In The […]

Visa delays force The Cedar to cancel Fall Midnimo residency with Aar Maanta

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 MINNEAPOLIS, MN:  A consortium of Minnesota-based performing arts presenters and universities led by The Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis announced today the cancellation of a month-long residency featuring a Somali musician and his band due to visa delays. London-based Somali artist Aar Maanta and his band The Urban Nomads were to be […]

INTERVIEW: Ten Strings and a Goat Skin

“A seamless, polished, barrel-drum-tight, rhythmically innovative and wildly entertaining traditional music powerhouse” (The Guardian)   Called ”infectious” and “the best of contemporary Celtic music,” Ten Strings And A Goat Skin are a bilingual fusion trio playing traditional Irish, Acadian, and French tunes mixed with modern, world rhythms. Their fiery, contagious and unique sound both respects and […]

INTERVIEW: Annie Humphrey

  Singer-songwriter and Native American Music Award winner Annie Humphrey celebrated the release of her first record (The Heron Smiled, Makoche’ Recording Company) at the Cedar Cultural Center in 2001. She is closing a circle by returning to The Cedar to release her newest album “The Beast in the Garden” this Sunday. In advance of […]

INTERVIEW: Väsen

The music of longtime Cedar favorites Väsen unites a sophisticated symphonic five-string viola, an adventurous 12-string guitar, and a nyckelharpa (a “keyed fiddle”) to create a sound that is both deeply rooted in the traditions of Swedish folk music and yet joyfully delights in the inspiration and improvisation of the moment.   We spoke with […]