Interview: Matra

  Matra is a percussion-based ensemble from the Twin Cities inspired by a a wide variety of global genres and classical influences, consisting of Andres Crovetti on Vibraphone, Jenny Klukken on Marimba, Ryan Hays on bass, Mathew Solace on drum set, and Krissy Bergmark on tabla. On its first full-length, self-titled album, Matra has created an […]

Students Speak about Midnimo in Mankato

What does it mean to bring a legend of Somali music to your college campus? Hear what three members of the Minnesota State University Somali Student Association have to say about Somali singer Nimco Yasin’s​ recent Mankato Midnimo residency and its impact on them and their campus. Midnimo, the Somali word for “unity,” is a […]

Interview: Moonrise Nation

Chicago-based trio Moonrise Nation, made up of sisters Eva and Arden Bee and long-time friend Emma McCall, have their roots firmly dug into Americana and indie-driven pop. Their music is both heartfelt and honest, full of orchestral elements and vocal hooks. In 2014, they released their first EP, recorded under The Revolution’s Bobby Z. Their forthcoming […]

Video: Singing along with Nimco Yasin

London-based Somali singer Nimco Yasin’s passion is teaching. Each summer, she works with young people in Jigjiga, the Somali region of Ethiopia, to mentor them in traditional song, dance, and performance. During her residency at The Cedar, she took her turn at mentoring local Somali artists and students from Augsburg College. From learning how to […]

Video: Guitarist Deevo Dee on playing Somali music with Nimco Yasin

The Cedar Cultural Center just wrapped a month-long residency with London-based Somali singer Nimco Yaasiin. In April, she stopped into the studio of St. Cloud State University’s KVSC – 88.1 FM with her Minnesota backing band. In this video, Nimco’s guitarist Deevo Dee talks to Producer Jeff Carmack about how playing in her band has […]

May Highlights at The Cedar

Check out our playlist featuring all of our May 2017 artists on Spotify, and read about our top picks below.     Laura Marling – Friday May 5th British folk singer-songwriter Laura Marling recently celebrated the release of her 6th album Semper Femina. This album, recorded in LA and produced with Blake Mills, is an unparalleled […]

Apply to be a 2017-18 Cedar Commissions Artist

Are you a musician interested in making new work? Apply to be a 2017-18 Cedar Commissions Artist! The Cedar Commissions is a program that commissions 6 local, emerging artists each year to create and perform new music, made possible with a grant from the Jerome Foundation. Applications are open now, and are due on June 5th, […]

Interview: Paul Thorn

  To see Paul Thorn perform is to see a man entirely in his element. He forges deep connections with his audience, often filling the space between songs with stories from his childhood. Raised in Mississippi by a preacher father, Thorn spent his early years visiting churches throughout the state. Along the way, he was exposed to a […]

The Grace & Dalmar Show – Episode 8

It’s the 8th episode of the Grace and Dalmar Show! This episode follows Nimco Yasin’s dynamic month-long Midnimo residency in Minneapolis, St. Cloud and Mankato through March and April; the Grammy-nominated “Hawaiian Kings of Swing” Kahulanui (3/25); and Tunisian singer Emel, who mixes North African rhythms with modern electronic beats (5/10). The Grace & Dalmar […]