Cedar Commissions Guest Blog: Dameun Strange

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

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 […]

Cedar Commissions Guest Blog: Ritika Ganguly

Composer and vocalist Ritika Ganguly is one of six 2017 Cedar Commissions artists. Her project, debuting on February 3rd (get tickets here), is a place where poem meets song. It explores the inherent musicality of literature straddling 19th century Bengal to contemporary New Delhi to Victorian England to 20th century Chile. Ganguly is collaborating with Mexican and Indian musicians to render […]

Cedar Commissions Guest Blog: SEE MORE PERSPECTIVE

MC and spoken word artist SEE MORE PERSPECTIVE is one of six 2017 Cedar Commissions artists. His project Flow and the Bow, a collaboration with cellist Eric Silva Brenneman, is debuting on February 4th (get tickets here). Experimenting around the intersection between hip-hop and classical music, Eric and SEE are exploring and testing the dynamics between “one […]

Cedar Commissions Guest Blog: Krissy Bergmark

Composer and tabla player Krissy Bergmark is one of six 2017 Cedar Commissions artists. Her project, debuting on February 4th (get tickets here), is built upon an intimate, emotional story line created through a “compositional conversation” with dancer Lauren Baker. Bergmark and Baker have exchanged excerpts of music and choreography to create a three movement piece for tabla, […]

2016 at The Cedar by the Numbers

Dear Friend, It’s not too late to make a donation to The Cedar in 2016! Your support is critical to helping The Cedar continue to serve as a hub for great music and a powerful source of intercultural unity in Minnesota. Here’s a look at what we accomplished this year with the help of our […]

Waayaha Cusub Discuss Their Music & Message on KVSC 88.1

This October, Waayaha Cusub, a Somali hip-hop collective that has performed worldwide promoting peace, visited Minneapolis, Mankato and St. Cloud as part of their Midnimo residency. In this interview on KVSC 88.1 in St. Cloud, they discussed their music, their message, and becoming a “band of the people.” Midnimo, the Somali word for “unity,” is […]

The Grace & Dalmar Show – Episode 5

It’s the 5th episode of the Grace and Dalmar Show! This episode features 9th Annual Dosh & Friends with Guitar Party and JT Bates & Anthony Cox​ (12/10), Blackout ft. Joe Davis, Nick Jordan, and Destiny Roberts​ (1/7), and Dan Newton’s Cafe Accordion Orchestra​ (1/14). The Grace & Dalmar Show is a short web series […]