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 […]

VIDEO: Heartfelt Swedish Folk Quintet Jaerv

“Swedish folk group Jaerv takes the elements of traditional Scandinavian music and reflects them through a modern prism, with an all-acoustic sound [mixed with] twisting rhythm and harmony that makes the pleasant rural melodies ring with a contemporary complexity.” – Rick Massimo Check out this video of Jaerv and a massive choir with 230 high […]

2016-17 Annual Report

I am pleased to share with you The Cedar’s 2016-17 Annual Report. This year, we’ve chosen to highlight the voices of some of the artists and community members that have been involved in our past season. I hope you’ll find inspiration in their words, just as we have.

August Highlights Post

Check out a playlist of all our August 2017 artists on Spotify, and read up on our top picks below.   Songs of Kabir – Sunday, August 6th “Music doesn’t have any religion. Music itself is a religion.” These are the words of singer, songwriter and classical Indian composer Dr. Pooja Goswami Pavan. With her almost hypnotizing vocals underscored […]