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 […]

The Grace & Dalmar Show – Episode 9

Grace and Dalmar are grooving into a very dance-filled July at The Cedar, giving you the inside scoop on the circus spectacular of Portland’s MarchFourth (7/12); a “Basement Bhangra” dance party not to be missed featuring NYC based DJ Rekha (7/22); and the return of beloved Malian musicians Amadou & Mariam after five years (7/27). […]

Interview: Aavartan

  The idea of the ever-recurring cycle of life comes alive through the work of Minnesota’s first tabla ensemble, Aavartan. Led by Dr. A Pavan, a staple figure in the local classical Indian music scene, Aavartan is the culmination of years of experience and collaboration among multiple Twin Cities Indian music artists. While Northern Indian […]

2017 Global Roots Festival Lineup

Our free, all ages 2017 Global Roots Festival, taking place September 18-20 2017, will feature six artists from around the globe who are fixtures in their home countries but just starting to make waves internationally. The artists, who are all making their Minnesota debut at The Cedar, include Latin American quartet Ladama and Haitian/Canadian hip-hop artist Vox Sambou, with fresh new multi-national […]