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 […]

November Highlights at The Cedar

Check out a playlist of all our November 2017 artists on Spotify, and read up on our top picks below.     Yael Deckelbaum – Friday, November 3 Equal parts singer-songwriter and political activist, Yael Deckelbaum unites her passion for generating social change with her roots in country music and traditional Irish tunes to create a soulful folk […]

INTERVIEW: Ahmed Anzaldua

  Mexican pianist and conductor Ahmed Anzaldua has performed and studied in various countries across the world; as an active musician, he frequently performs both as a soloist and a conductor for orchestras and choirs. Currently based in the Twin Cities, this November 4th he will be participating in the closing concert of the Festival […]

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 […]

INTERVIEW: Making Movies

  Combining Latin roots with contemporary psychedelia and pop, Making Movies channels a unique sound into intense, high-energy performances. The Kansas-City-based group is known for its onstage theatrics, playing contemporary and traditional instruments from electric guitars to the folkloric Panamanian mejorana. The group’s activist work is inseparable from their music, with lyrics that speak to […]

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: 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 […]

Nordic September at The Cedar

  Celebrate September and the kickoff of The Cedar’s 29th Season with some incredible traditional and contemporary music from Sweden and Finland: Väsen, Apocalyptica, Kardemimmit, Jaerv, and Tuomo & Markus.     Acoustic Swedish folk quintet Jaerv takes the elements of traditional rural Scandinavian music and reflects them through a modern prism, twisting harmony and rhythm […]