Getting to Know Tuvan Throat Singing Masters Alash

  Alash are masters of Tuvan throat singing (xöömei), a remarkable technique for singing multiple pitches at the same time. What distinguishes this gifted trio from earlier generations of Tuvan throat singers is the subtle infusion of modern influences into their traditional music. One can find complex harmonies, western instruments, and contemporary song forms in Alash’s […]

Meet Irish “Celtgrass” Quartet Jigjam

  JigJam is a multi-award winning quartet from the heart of the midlands in Ireland. Blending the best of traditional Irish music with bluegrass and Americana in a new genre which has been branded as ‘CeltGrass’, their onstage energy along with their virtuous musical ability has captivated audiences throughout the world.   We spoke with JigJam […]

Interview: Omar Sosa

  Transparent Water Trio is the new collaboration between prestigious Cuban jazz pianist and composer Omar Sosa and U.K.-based Senegalese kora master and singer Seckou Keita, featuring folkloric Venezuelan percussionist Gustavo Ovalles. The project is the latest example of Omar’s determination to seek new combinations of instruments and cultures. Transparent Water reaches across three continents, gathering artists engaged […]

Interview: Hanneke Cassel

  Effervescent and engaging, Boston-based fiddler Hanneke Cassel is a performer, teacher and composer whose career spans over two decades. Her style fuses influences from the Isle of Skye and Cape Breton Island with Americana grooves and musical innovations, creating a cutting-edge acoustic sound that retains the integrity and spirit of the Scottish tradition. Hanneke’s […]

Interview: Sarah Larsson of The Nightingale Trio

  On February 18th, The Nightingale Trio returns to Minnesota for their first performance after a year of travel and study of the rich women’s folk traditions of Eastern Europe. The group’s devotion to Balkan women’s vocal traditions is evident in their tight harmonies, dizzying rhythms, and raw power. We talked with member Sarah Larsson about re-energizing […]

Cedar Commissions Guest Blog: Leah Lemm

  Leah Lemm is a singer/songwriter and member of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, and one of six 2017-18 Cedar Commissions artists. Lemm’s RUINS, debuting February 10th (get tickets here), travels through the course of moments, the times between waking and dreaming, and across a land that has intelligence and emotion – at the […]

Cedar Commissions Guest Blog: City Counselor

  Vocalist and musician City Counselor is one of six 2017-18 Cedar Commissions artists. Their project “Questions & Lies” debuting on February 9th (get tickets here), is a collection of avant-pop songs on political themes. Performed live by an 8-piece orchestra pulled from the corners of the Minneapolis DIY scene, the songs prominently feature Nicky’s soaring mezzo-soprano voice. The body of […]

Cedar Commissions Guest Blog: Ashantiva

  Vocalist and musician Ashantiva is one of six 2017-18 Cedar Commissions artists. In her project “Book of L” debuting on February 10th (get tickets here) indie-pop and experimental electronic soundscapes open a door into the inner life of L, a young woman writer created by collaging pieces of Ashantiva’s journals with those of Sylvia […]

INTERVIEWS: Stolyette and Har-di-Har

  On January 12, The Cedar presents a one of a kind all-local bill featuring Stolyette and Har-di-Har, who will be joined by Under Violet, aerialist Lynn Sabin Lunny and Tekk Nikk. We had conversations with headliners Stolyette and Har-di-Har ahead of the show. You can read the full interviews below and buy tickets to […]