The 25th ceremony Lotus Apple Music & Arts Ceremony will ample the streets of burghal Bloomington, Indiana with architect and sounds from about the apple (September 27-30, 2018). Thirty all-embracing artists, chargeless all-embracing art installations, and contest for all ages will ample 14 burghal Bloomington venues with apparent activity and an all-embracing alloy of all-around complete and spectacle. Venues ambit in actualization from the celebrated Buskirk-Chumley Theater, to attentive abbey settings, to pavement-quaking alfresco ball tents and alike a pop-up 360° video-immersion space. Music genres amount continents and cultures, including Colombian marimba, Hawaiian hula, Malian arid groove, high-energy Congolese soukous, Swedish folk rock, a American cord music, and more. A complete account of artists is accessible beneath or at lotusfest.org. All-inclusive, weekend, and single-day passes are accessible for online, phone, and accommodation acquirement via the BCT Box Office.
Through music, dance, art, and food, Lotus embraces and celebrates cultural diversity. The 2018 Lotus Apple Music & Arts Ceremony calendar includes artists from Puerto Rico, Mali, Canada, China, Syria, Sweden, Colombia, Ecuador, Turkey, England, Ireland, France, India, the US, and beyond, additional Lotus’ first-ever artists from Somalia and Guadeloupe. Musically, the Ceremony embraces genres beyond the sonic and stylistic spectrum. Though US music admirers may not yet admit abounding names from the Lotus lineup, Lotus is accepted for debuting world-music artists into the US arena and has become a must-play ceremony for the planet’s best performers and artistic talents.
The affection of the Ceremony is the black advertise acquaintance on Friday and Saturday nights, aback a wristband becomes a authorization to sample from amid 25 achievement sets ceremony evening, in an arrangement of burghal venues active accompanying from 6:00pm to midnight. Ticketed Ceremony contest additionally accommodate the Thursday Kick-Off Concert, a active aperture accident featuring Mali’s Mamadou Kelly and American stringband superstars Uncle Earl (Abigail Washburn, KC Groves, Kristin Adreassen, and Rayna Gellert). The continued weekend wraps up with Sunday’s closing Apple Spirit Concert, area your acquirement of a commemorative ceremony pin equals access to a ceremony of old-time roots music.
The Ceremony will additionally affection a endless of chargeless events, installations, and spectacles as allotment of its argent ceremony celebration, alms 80 hours of no-ticket-required activities for all ages throughout the 4-day weekend. Highlights accommodate the “Big Tent” Multimedia experience, a all-embracing 360° video and audio installation/venue that leverages immersive technology, as able-bodied as a cutting-edge projection-mapping comedy that will transform Bloomington’s celebrated Beaux Arts courthouse arch and clock-tower. In the streets, Ceremony evenings will be alternate by parades additional an actualization by the nationally acclaimed Indiana University Marching Hundred Drumline. Rounding out the weekend are arcade exhibits, art-making activities for kids, educational workshops in schools and on the IU campus, chargeless daytime concerts in burghal parks, and alike yoga sessions for mid- and post-Festival restoration.
As the flagship affairs of the non-profit Lotus Education & Arts Foundation, the Lotus Apple Music & Arts Ceremony is one of the oldest apple music festivals in the U.S. and the alone accident of its affectionate in Indiana. Established in 1994, the Ceremony now attracts added than 12,000 bodies to burghal Bloomington ceremony abatement for 4-5 canicule of music and arts from about the globe; it is advised one of the city’s signature affairs as able-bodied as a destination tourism event. Through the Festival, Lotus creates – on a admirable calibration – the attenuate befalling for audiences to acquaintance places far removed from their accustomed routines and to augment their worldview through the arts. In accomplishing so, the Lotus Apple Music & Arts Ceremony contributes to the Lotus Education & Arts Foundation mission: to actualize opportunities to experience, celebrate, and yze the assortment of the world’s cultures, through music and the arts.
Complete advice about the Ceremony agenda and events, 2018 Lotus artists, ticketing, and added is accessible online at www.lotusfest.org/2018-festival-information/ or in the Lotus alternate agenda at lotusfest.rendezville.com/.
2018 Artisan Calendar
Spanish-speakers can acquisition translated artisan advice on the Lotus website and alternate schedule.
Aar Maanta & the Urban Nomads (Somalia/UK)
Aar Maanta (born Hassan-Nour Sayid) is a Somali-British singer, songwriter, producer, and actor. Maanta spent his aboriginal years in Somalia, but on the eve of the civilian war in the 1980s, he confused to the UK. Some call his music as “afro-hop”:afro because it’s African music and hop because it hops amid Somali styles and such genres as jazz, reggae, and abode music. His is the music and the articulation of a new generation. “Aar Maanta aims to accomplish music that alcove uprooted Somalis, which addresses the altered issues of those active alfresco of their homeland” (MPR News). His berserk all-embracing touring bandage includes Italian bass amateur Ruth Goller, British/Caribbean saxophonist Josh Cutler, French guitarist Thibaut Remy, and Nepalese/Scottish bagman Pharoah Smeaton Russell.
Anandi Bhattacharya Leash (India/US)
Anandi Bhattacharya – a adolescent prodigy in a ancestors abounding with illustrious musicians and singers – gave her aboriginal radio achievement at the age of four. Anandi grew up amid music and musicians: her antecedent is accelerate guitar adept Debashish Bhattacharya, and she affiliated her aureate articulation from her grandmother. Her singing is a alloyed actualization of Agra, Patiala, and Maihar gharanas (Indian singing styles), and she has additionally delved into Bollywood music and alike western genres.
2018 Kat Domingo Memorial Artisan
Aynur is the articulation of a culture: a Turkish-born Kurd, she sings Kurdish songs steeped in centuries of attitude and yet brings her own a actualization to a allegorical repertoire. Aynur’s music focuses on the activity and adversity of the Kurdish people, and in particular, Kurdish women. Her career has included collaborations with the brand of Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, Kayhan Kalhor, and Javier Limón. In 2017, she accustomed the Adept of Mediterranean Music Accolade from the Berklee College of Music’s Mediterranean Music Institute. On the occasion, she said, “I grew up with the choir of women who lamented war and the accouchement they could not raise. Day afterwards day, lamentations accept developed but not sons or daughters. I abode this accolade to our women who, admitting abandon and oppression, do not bow their heads.”
The Kat Domingo Memorial Artisan ceremoniousness the anamnesis of Dr. Katherine “Kat” Domingo, an apostle for the ability of music to body bridges and association – in particular, through the adorableness of the animal voice.
Colleen Haas: Celebrations from Brazil to Bloomington (US)
An able percussionist, teacher, and ethnomusicologist, Dr. Colleen Haas specializes in Brazilian music and is the beforehand artisan for this year’s Lotus Summer Beheld Arts Outreach program, including several chargeless workshops during Ceremony weekend. Our 2018 activity focuses on Maracatu, a 400-year-old Afro-Brazilian affectation attitude basic from the northeastern burghal of Recife. Highlighting altered strands of history and announcement association diversity, Maracatu acts as an announcement of adroitness and inclusivity, apery amusing apropos that are cogent to association today.
The bandage Delgres’ name comes from Louis Delgrès, a aggressive administrator of African coast who died in Guadeloupe in 1802, angry Napoleon’s acknowledgment of . That able history may be the atmosphere of the band’s funky, blues-driven sound, but baton Pascal Danaë is bright about the Delgres’ mission on stage: “People appear to the concert to accept a acceptable time. We allotment a acceptable time, it’s not a history book.” This bound leash has Danaë on dobro and vocals, Rafgee on sousaphone, and Baptiste Brondy on drums and vocals. It’s accessible to apprehend the accumulated agreeable lineages of Caribbean, African, and Mississippi Delta. “This leash connects the dots amid the agreeable styles – and often-tragic histories – of three credibility in the French-speaking world: Guadeloupe in the Caribbean (an beyond arena of France), New Orleans, and Paris. But the music is buoyant, in a raucous, antic bureaucracy of guitar, voice, sousaphone, and drums” (NPR, All Songs Considered).
Dillon Bustin & Bob Lucas: Remembering Lotus Dickey (US)
Join Dillon Bustin and Bob Lucas to bethink and bethink Indiana artisan Quinten “Lotus” Dickey through stories, songs, and the argent screen. Audiences will apprehend from Lotus himself during the abbreviate blur Water from Another Time (1982, co-directed by Bustin), and again sit aback and apprehend two of his adept accompany allotment agitating claimed recollections and accomplish a best alternative of Lotus Dickey songs. Themes from the blur will backpack throughout the set: how artistic self-expression can be not alone a agency of life-review and antecedent of courage while crumbling in place, but additionally a arch to the ascent generation.
Gao Hong and Issam Rafea (China/Syria/US)
Ancient agreeable traditions of China and Syria appear calm in the accord of Gao Hong and Issam Rafea. Gao is a adept of the pipa, the Chinese four-stringed lute; Rafea is a adept of the oud, or Arabic lute. Both are award-winning composers and improvisers, and every achievement calm is an architecture – every achievement is remarkable. In concerts, the duo asks audiences to beforehand titles, and their agreeable responses are in-the-moment pieces, beginning and immediate, neither Chinese nor Arabic, and somehow both age-old and modern. “All in all, I accept music is a accepted language,” says Rafea. “Whether you are from Africa or the Middle East, America or Europe, you accept a affiliation to music, you can feel the beat.”
Guilhem Desq (France)
Nicknamed the “Hendrix of Hurdy-Gurdy,” Guilhem Desq breathes new activity and addition into this old-world apparatus – a deep-barreled, lute-shaped cord apparatus whose complete is generated by the axis of a crank. Desq electrifies this originally acoustic apparatus and plays a advanced array of genres on it – annihilation from acceptable European folk to Middle-Eastern tunes, a rock, hip-hop, and electronica. “He builds agreeable belief and creates absorbing forms for us to enjoy. The assorted styles and textures accumulate the music affective advanced and it is accessible to balloon that aggregate was created on one instrument, artlessly amazing….” (Staccatofy.com).
Every artisan in this appalling active quartet has congenital a career in the realms of Americana and resurgent U.S. Old-time music and played with bands like Crooked Still, Punch Brothers, David Rawlings, the Prairie Home Companion, and the like. Hawktail is Brittany Haas on fiddle, Paul Kowert on bass, Jordan Tice on guitar, and Dominick Leslie on mandolin. Their 2018 debut, Unless is an absorbing accumulating of aboriginal tunes. “We strove to abode able tunes that could booty us to altered places while captivation to a simple form, for a accustomed music that breathes,” says Kowert. The musicians flash both as individuals and as an ensemble. They action a adaptable command of archetypal old-time traditions to actualize a complete that is vital, beautiful, and energetic.
Hoven Droven (Sweden)
Trad meets metal in the take-no-prisoners folk batter of Hoven Droven. These Scandinavian folk-rockers accept been on the Lotus wishlist consistently – it’s absolute that they assuredly accomplish it to Bloomington in our 25th year. With a characteristic mix of acceptable Swedish folk tunes and wall-of-sound percussion, brass, and guitars, they’ve carved their own alcove in the Scandinavian folk scene. “Hoven Droven combines the adapted adroitness of folk music with the acuteness and attitude of a abundant metal band” (Allmusic.com).
James Hill & Anne Janelle (Canada)
James Hill grew up arena folk, jazz, and dejection on his ukulele; Anne Janelle played alone classical music on her cello. But the duo’s differences are their greatest achievement assets. The uke is high, the cello is low; the uke plays abbreviate addendum and the cello long, angled notes. The uke – all about strumming. The cello – all about melody. “We’re like a brace of dancers who can’t footfall on ceremony other’s feet,” says Hill. Together, they adjure a complete that is intricate and enchanting. They are additionally accomplished singers and songwriters, including both folk standards and aboriginal music in their repertoire.
Jarlath Henderson Leash (Ireland)
Hailing from County Armagh, Ireland, Jarlath Henderson is the aboriginal Irish abandoned artisan to win the BBC Young Folk Artisan of the Year Award. He is additionally a adept balladeer, three times All-Ireland Champion uilleann piper, and a able multi-instrumentalist. At Lotus, Jarlath (vocals, Uilleann pipes, whistle, flute, cittern) performs with Innes Watson (guitar, fiddle) and Duncan Lyall (bass). He “revives acceptable songs with no-, admiring vocals that are akin adjoin subtle, bravely aboriginal arrangements” (The Guardian). Acceptable music and song, placed durably in the 21st-century.
Jupiter & Okwess (Republic of Congo)
Front man Jupiter Bokondji and the bandage Okwess barrage from Kinshasa, in Congo. Their versions of the animating soukous that are jet-fueled Congolese versions of rumba accommodate advantageous doses of funk, soul, and alike rock. Jupiter and Okwess bear added than aloof high-energy music: his songs generally blow on Congo’s colonial past, and its avant-garde bread-and-er and amusing challenges. “Jupiter Bokondji is arresting both for the adroitness of crisis and coercion he puts into in his music, and for the way he matches an amazing array of Congolese rhythms and languages adjoin western influences in a bandage bedeviled by percussion, bass, and electric guitars” (The Guardian).
Karsh Kale & Max ZT (India/US)
Karsh Kale is a genre-bending agreeable assistant and a world-renowned tabla player. Exploring the worlds of electronica, Indian classical music, rock, applesauce fusion, and hip hop has led Karsh to assignment with some of the best acclaimed artists in the world. At Lotus, he’ll accomplish with dulcimer amateur Max ZT, whose d, beginning access to this acceptable apparatus is the courage to beautiful, circuitous compositions; his beatnik arena actualization has been a exhausted force in revolutionizing dulcimer techniques.
Kaumakaiwa Kanaka’ole with Shawn Pimental (Hawaii/US)
Kaumakaiwa grew up on the slopes of the abundance Mauna Kea (which she commendations as a an ancestor); its basic ability was a circadian influence. Her bout de force performances action a glimpse of Hawaiian cultural practices that accept been anesthetized bottomward through at atomic seven generations. Kaumakaiwa brings to the date immense talents as a singer, chanter, and dancer. She additionally has a abysmal compassionate of both her Hawaiian culture, and her abode as a modern, transgender Hawaiian (mahu wahine). Her songs draw from age-old ‘oli (chant) traditions, a melodies, and aboriginal mele (lyrics). “My assignment draws anon from affiliated anamnesis and hula practice, with roots in carol that transforms to melody,” she says. “It is not artlessly Western song with Hawaiian lyrics.” At Lotus, Kaumakaiwa is accompanied by guitarist Shawn Pimental.
Lemon Bucket Orkestra (Canada)
Born in Toronto as a quartet of buskers, the Lemon Bucket Orkestra is now a 12-member guerilla-punk-klezmer bandage that delivers abrasive and animating performances. On date – or on Kirkwood, in Bloomington – the Orkestra is a adaptable artery scene. They accompany the affair with big brass, strings, drums, dance, and vocals. With these Canadian agreeable adventurers, you accept authorization to be a little wild. Go ahead: ability for that age-old scream. “Music to agitate you by the scruff, in the best accessible way” (CBC Music).
Lo Còr de la Plana (France)
Lo Còr de la Plana matches six macho a cappella choir with the stomping, acclamation exhausted of duke drums. Its Mediterranean roots accommodate Arabic and African influences and Gregorian chant. Singing in the age-old accent Occitan, the accumulation creates intricate harmonies archetypal of polyphony, aerial amid the alluvial and the sacred. The agreeable aftereffect is a joyful, sometimes bouncy articulate ceremony that needs no translation.
Making Movies (US)Built on a foundation of Afro-Latino rhythms, the music of Kansas City-based Making Movies is a bilingual, consciousness-expanding re-envisioning of Latin American son. At times, the bandage sounds like Compay Segundo by way of Jimi Hendrix, or like Talking Active digging abysmal into a Jamaican dembow. At the aforementioned time, the band’s acerbic lyrics generally animadversion on the accepted political mural and the immigrant experiences. “Music should accept a added meaning, be added than aloof a feel-good time,” says accompanist and guitarist Enrique Chi, who co-founded the bandage with his brother Diego. “It needs to accomplish you anticipate a bit.” The achievement is a authentic announcement of the band’s message: We are all immigrants.
Mamadou Kelly (Mali)
Mamadou knows Malian music central and out, acknowledgment to his origins in Mali’s Niger River Delta – and years spent arena with legends like Ali Farka Toure and Afel Bocoum. A ablaze guitarist and diva steeped in the West African “desert blues,” Mamadou carves out rhythmic, active grooves with his bandage BanKaiNa. “His accessible music sounds like it owes about as abundant to the folk roots of aboriginal bedrock and cycle as it does to the affluent acceptable sounds and communicable Afropop of West Africa” (Pop Matters).
The five-member ensemble Manhu comes to Lotus from the Sani arena of the Stone Forest in Yunnan Province in southwestern China. Their music expresses the altered ability of the Yi people, an indigenous boyhood based in this allotment of China. The instruments that the associates of Manhu comedy originated in this alien and arresting landscape: the hulusheng (a aperture agency fabricated from broiled gourds); an accustomed blade “played” like a reed instrument; the Sani flute; the four-stringed moon lute; and the three-stringed sanxian.
Molsky’s Abundance Drifters (US)
2018 Lotus Dickey Artisan
Molsky’s Abundance Drifters are exploring a new complete aural acceptable Americana. The bandage appearance Grammy-nominated Bruce Molsky, a admired Old-Time music agent and Berklee College of Music Visiting Scholar, forth with guitar genre-bender Stash Wyslouch and clawhammer banjo adept Allison de Groot. “I was attractive for a new voice,” says Molsky, “a new access of announcement application old time abundance music as the jumping-off point, but not actuality accountable by adamantine amount traditionalism. Allison and Stash are assuming me the way, aloof area the music is headed, in admonition I never would accept absurd aback I started my own adventure into the mountains a continued time ago.”
The Lotus Dickey Artisan ceremoniousness Quinten “Lotus” Dickey (1911-1989) , an Indiana artisan whose adulation of music embodied the spirit of the Lotus Apple Music and Arts Festival.
Orquesta el Macabeo (Puerto Rico)
Orquesta el Macabeo anticipate of themselves as rockeros con guille de salseros – rockers assuming as a salsa band. Bent on afraid up the traditions of Puerto Rican salsa antecedents who accept preceded them, this 11-member ensemble adds punk, ska, and reggae flavors to archetypal salsa sounds. Alive performances are raw, immediate, and saturated in corybantic percussion, active bass lines, and down-and-dirty brass. The band’s music is political as abundant as it is danceable: their songs abode Puerto Rico’s acute amusing and political crises in a way that few added island salsa bands accept done. That aggregate of anatomy and agreeable accomplish El Macabeo’s music burning and relevant.
Rio Mira (Colombia/Ecuador)
Rio Mira — called for the river that separates Ecuador and Colombia — brings calm marimba masters Esteban Copete and Larry Preciado with Ecuadorian accompanist Karla Kanora and an ensemble of Afro-Latino allegorical musicians from the Colombian burghal of Cali and the Ecuadorian burghal of Esmeraldas. The Pacific Coast of these countries is a agreeable abode of East African banishment traditions angry calm by marimba. The marimba music of Colombia and Ecuador was declared an Intangible Cultural Ancestry by UNESCO in 2015, and Rio Mira aims to bottle this treasure. The aqueous complete of the marimbas and agreeable call-and-response vocals are altered and unforgettable: “There is annihilation bizarre or ancient about this arresting and alluring band” (The Guardian).
Sam Amidon (US)
Sam Amidon address through sounds and belief of backward 19th- and aboriginal avant-garde American agreeable ability (ballads, hymns, assignment songs) and uses them as credibility of abandonment for his own adapted explorations. A accompanist and a multi-instrumentalist on banjo, guitar, and fiddle, Sam consistently creates aboriginal assignment that pushes Americana boundaries. His best contempo album, The Following Mountain, is his aboriginal accumulating of aboriginal songs, a amalgam of folk-based forms and beginning improvisation. “Sam Amidon’s best assignment has been an advancing chase for acumen aural our aggregate consciousness, exploring every inch of the American songbook to bigger accept the present landscape” (Pitchfork Review).
Genre-defying ability Josh “Socalled” Dolgin is a musician, producer, composer, arranger, magician, filmmaker, photographer, and beheld artisan based in Montreal. Socalled grew up demography piano acquaint and admiring alarm and hip hop; aback he aboriginal heard klezmer music on an old Yiddish record, he was absorbed by the air-conditioned sounds he could sample to accomplish hip hop beats. Then, he accomplished that amalgam this Jewish music from the 1930s into his songs was a way of apery himself and his cultural heritage. It enabled him accompany article of his own to alarm and hip hop, giving him what he calls “a absolute acumen to accomplish music.” At Lotus, Socalled will be assuming a new affairs of Yiddish song with a Bloomington-based cord quartet.
Spiro (United Kingdom)
Beyond the border of English acceptable folk music you’ll acquisition Spiro. The band’s raw, punk-infused booty on folk and cord music is propelled by the angry and blissful coaction of violinist and artisan Jane Harbour, mandolinist Alex Vann, guitarist Jon Hunt, and accordionist Jason Sparkes. For admirers of English trad, Spiro will complete both accustomed and strange: melodies of classical backpack vie with active adroit riffs of abnormal beauty. Their performances are cinematic, and exciting. And for audiophiles attractive advanced to acrimonious up a Spiro CD at the festival: the intricate arrange accept been anxiously formed out in advance, and the albums are recorded as alive performances, with no overdubs or multi-tracking. Jane Harbour says, “We are like watch-makers who accept fabricated an intricate machine. You aloof wind it up and let it go.”
Uncle Earl (US)Kristin Adreassen, Rayna Gellert, KC Groves, and Abigail Washburn are aback calm – and blame off our 25th ceremony in style. Fearless ambassadors for stringband music, Uncle Earl uses attitude as a springboard for their altered perspectives as vocalists, instrumentalists, and songwriters. Independently, Andreassen (guitar, fiddle, ukulele, harmonica, vocals, clogging), Gellert (fiddle, guitar, vocals), Groves (mandolin, guitar, bass, vocals), and Washburn (banjo, vocals) are adventurous, acute choir in the advancing Old-time renaissance. Over the advance of abounding years together, this all-star quartet has alien endless audiences to the adorableness and abeyant of acceptable American old-time music, while alarming the explorations of the aing bearing of roots musicians.
“Big Tent” Multimedia Acquaintance (US)
Big Tent, a 360° video and audio bump installation/venue (free, amid at 4th & Washington), leverages immersive technology to actualize a unique, common examination acquaintance for Ceremony attendees. In this age of alone hand-held screens, Big Tent echoes the Ceremony appearance in creating opportunities for bodies to collaborate and allotment a transformative multimedia experience. Students and adroitness from beyond the IU and IUPUI systems accept been artistically challenged to actualize meaningful, aboriginal assignment for this large-scale, A/V-surround environment, and the after-effects accommodate works with video and sound, beginning film/cinema, d design, real-time video capture, and archival celebrations of the 25-year Lotus journey. As a venue, Big Tent will additionally accommodate free, alive performances/interactions with musicians, application multimedia enhancement.
Blockhouse Studios: Bump Mapping Affectation (US)When it gets dark, be abiding to about-face your absorption to the Monroe County Courthouse arch for a admirable 360° “projection-mapping” affectation adulatory 25 years of the Lotus Apple Music & Arts Ceremony in Bloomington. The artistic aggregation at bounded Blockhouse Studios, in affiliation with Lotus, will ablaze up the Courthouse arch and alarm belfry with adumbration and appropriate furnishings aggressive by the “Lotus vibe” of 25 years as able-bodied as the intricate capacity of this celebrated building’s architectural features. A beheld focal point for the ceremony Festival, the projections will be on affectation from dark to midnight on both Friday and Saturday advertise evenings and will be arresting from best burghal locations. Additionally presented in account of the Burghal of Bloomington/Monroe County Bicentennial celebrations.
The 25th ceremony Lotus Apple Music & Arts Ceremony is fabricated accessible by the acceptable abutment of association partners, bounded businesses, and acceding agencies, including:
A complete account of sponsors can be begin at www.lotusfest.org/current-sponsors/
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