Our 2017 Main Stage Performers
BRKFST (previously known as The New Company) has performed at various Minnesota venues including the Walker Art Center, First Avenue, and the Mall of America. Artistic Director, Lisa ‘MonaLisa’ Berman is the most recent recipient of a 2016 McKnight Dancer Fellowship, administered by the Cowles Center and funded by The McKnight Foundation. Individually, each member of INC brings their unique strengths, knowledge and experience to create truly collaborative and dynamic work.
Ensō Daiko performs a variety of traditional and contemporary taiko repertoire, with an emphasis on original compositions. The group regularly premieres new work adding their unique voice to the expanding canon and innovation of North American taiko. Through performances, studio classes and school residencies, Ensō Daiko has taught thousands of students of all ages and abilities.
Ensō Daiko was founded as Mu Daiko in 1997 by Rick Shiomi.
New Artistic Director, Jennifer Weir, renamed it Ensō Daiko in 2017, when TaikoArts Midwest took over the taiko program formerly supported by Mu Performing Arts. www.taikoartsmidwest.org
Salsa del Soul
Salsa del Soul is a Twin Cities-based, nine-piece orchestra performing various styles of dance music from the Spanish-speaking regions of the Caribbean. Salsa del Soul was formed with the purpose to provide great dance music for Twin Cities Salsa fans. The musicians of Salsa del Soul represent some of the finest talents in the Twin Cities Latin music scene. The styles of music they perform include Son, Son Montuno, Plena, Cha-cha-cha, Bachata, Timba, and, of course, Salsa! Salsa del Soul performs locally at restaurants and bars, jazz and Latin festivals, private engagements, and other locations and events. www.salsadelsoul.com
Native Pride Dancers
We are an internationally known high-energy show featuring an innovative blend of modern and traditional Native American dance styles. Our performers’ regalia are adorned with vivid assortments of brightly-colored ribbons, feathers, and beads, and furs; all of which honor our nations’ elders and the legacy of our traditional arts. Our dance is contemporary, yet primal, as we use every muscle and breath to express our rich, cultural heritage. We bring dance, music and storytelling to indigenous communities and global audiences to enhance cultural exchange and artistic freedom
As a solo singer, eagle dancer and mens fancy dancer, Larry has performed throughout the world including Japan, Australia, France, Ireland, Brazil, Guatemala, Republic of Moldova, and the Kingdom of Jordon. His captivating energy and enthusiasm inspires others. http://www.nativepridearts.org
Introduction to Javanese Gamelan – Indonesia
For an in-depth exploration into Indonesian arts, Sumunar will present an educational residencies at Lincoln Elementary from September 18-22. Artists Joko Sutrisno and Tri Sutrisno are classically trained performers who have become highly skilled in working with school children and helping educators integrate the arts into the curriculum. Indonesian music residencies teach students about a fascinating new culture and give them insights about geography, literature, language, and customs entirely different from their ordinary lives. Students are challenged to learn a new kind of melody and rhythm and an entirely different method of teaching. IPAAM provides the instruments for the residency.
Over the past 13 years, more than 10,000 students have participated in their workshops and residencies. Both students with western musical training and those with no prior music experience find gamelan music and dance interesting and enjoyable.