Amplifier: Lotus World Music & Arts Festival

The 18th annual Lotus World Music & Arts Festival will feature performances by 26 groups, including the Creole Choir Of Cuba, the Orchid Ensemble and Dikanda.

Creole Choir of Cuba, Orchid Ensemble, Dikanda

Photo: Creole Choir of Cuba, Orchid Ensemble, Dikanda

The Creole Choir Of Cuba

Born out of the songs of their Haitian slave ancestors and the unique culture that is Cuba, The Creole Choir of Cuba started making music in the difficult time of the early 1990s when Russia could no longer support the communist regime in the country.

The group, which hails from the early colonial city of Camaguey, performs traditional Haitian/Cuban music, bringing new life to old songs. After they made their first visit ever to Haiti in 1996, they added modern Haitian sounds to their repertoire.

The Creole Choir of Cuba brings exuberance and a positive energy to music, which, ironically enough, was born out of slavery and a country in decline.

Creole Choir Of Cuba

Photo: flykr (Flickr)

The Creole Choir Of Cuba is the 2011 Kat Domingo Memorial Artist at the Lotus Festival.

Performances

Dikanda

Dikanda is a group from Szczecin, Poland that is influenced by the diverse culture that surrounds Poland and Eastern Europe. Everything from Balkan and Gypsy music to Romanian folk tunes manage to make its way into the music of Dikanda. Led by the vivacious singer and accordion player Anna Witczak, the group has wowed crowds all over Europe and the world.

Dikanda with crowd

Photo: http://dikanda.com/

Members of Dikanda performing for the crowd at the Fushionfestival in Germany.

Performance

  • Saturday, September 24, 10:30–11:45pm at Ivy Tech Community College Tent

Orchid Ensemble

The Orchid Ensemble is a three piece ensemble with Lan Tung playing the erhu (Chinese violin), Yu-Chen Wang playing the zheng (Chinese zither) and percussionist Jonathan Bernard. The group mixes traditional and contemporary music of China, as well as contemporary music stylings, jazz and creative improvisation.

Many of their live performances have evolved to integrate music with multimedia, dance and scenographic installation.

The Orchid Ensemble continuously strives to develop an innovative musical genre based on the cultural exchange between Western and Asian musicians.

orchid ensemble

Photo: http://www.orchidensemble.com/

The three musicians in the Orchid Ensemble play the erhu (left), percussion and the zheng (right).

Performances

  • Friday, September 23, 8:45-10:00pm at the First Presbyterian Church
  • Saturday, September 24, 2:00-2:45pm at the IU Global Education Pavilion (Lotus in the Park)
  • Saturday, September 24, 7:15-8:15pm at the First Presbyterian Church

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