Music is a cross-cultural and artistic language which creates emotional and spiritual connections. 2017 WWD Music Festival’s theme is “Roots United”, featuring musicians from different continents to perform, share their passions with traditional wooden music instrument.
The idea behind this music festival is to bring different wooden instruments from around the world, not only to showcase representative music but also to explore their similarities and how they can all come together to create harmonies.
During March 21-24, and 26, musicians will be presenting eclectic music and introduce origin of their music instruments, along with cultural background to the public. The Music Concert on March 25 takes place at Terrace Theater, expecting musical talent, visually pleasing and entertaining for the audience.
With around 40 groups of local and foreign singers, dancers and musicians, 2017 WWD Music Festival aim to take the audience on a musical journey of culture, legend and heritage.
Created in 1994, "Les As du Bénin" brought together young Beninese people who first designed the conservation and enhancement of the Beninese cultural heritage through music, songs, dances, theatre, stories, poems and ballets to theme. In the field of music, it consists of a group of singers that accompany traditional African percussionists playing various gongs, castanets, gourds, tam - ‐tams of any type and any size and flutes. Dances are running with virtuosity in a real gymnastics for dancers full control over their body expression.
In Puruhua, the nearly forgotten language of pre-Incan Ecuador, Duchicela means “the mountain lion who led the people to their homeland”. Duchicela was founded in 1980 in Cacha, Ecuador and incorporated as a cultural organization to preserve and promote the music of the Andes Mountain region of South America. The group’s members are descendents of the indigenous peoples who have inhabited the area since pre-historic times. Duchicela’s repertoire is a delightful blend of both traditional Andean folk music and popular contemporary works played on traditional Andean instruments. The flutes in particular are the instruments that give Andean music its unique sound. They include the various pan flutes that are made from bamboo or wood in an assortment of sizes and scales; the rondadores, which are similar to pan flutes but use the pentatonic scale; and the quenas, pre-Columbian end-blown flutes made of reed that are played without a mouthpiece. Of special interest are the jacha toyos, pan flutes nearly four feet in length that produce exceptionally deep notes and require players with well-developed lungs. The string instruments include the guitar, the mandolin, and the charango, a small ten-stringed instrument that, until recently, was made with the shell of an armadillo. A variety of drums, rattles, rain-sticks, and bird whistles complete the ensemble.
Devan Drone is an Indian Classical Fusion Band, founded by Two Ace Musicians Violin Vasu and Flute Phani, the well-known Performers, Teachers and Researchers in the field of indian music. The band has enthralled audiences in many prestigious festivals in India and abroad, like Living Heritage Festival, International Film Festival, Thai Tourism Festival, Namaste France Festival, Sivam Annual Festival etc. The firing passion, extraordinary innovation and rock solid carnatic musical foundation under the tutelage of Legendary Indian Violinist Nadanidhi Dr. Annavarapu Ramaswamy of Violin Vasu and Flute Phani shaped in the forma a fusion impulse known as Devan Drone.
The folklore-ethnographic ensemble “Turan” was organized at the initiative of its members - students of Kazakh National Consevatory named after Kurmangazy in 2008. The basis of the idea of “Turan” was the desire to recreate the sound of old archaic supplies, to find new ways, works and forms in the performance of moderns. Starting from 2008, they give concert tour in France, Israel, Turkey, Germany, South Korea, USA, etc. Members of group are Maksat Medeubek, Yerzhigit Aliyev, Serik Nurmoldaev, Abzal Arykbaev, Baurzhan Bekmuhanbetov, who play instruments like sybyzgy, shankobyz, sazsyrnai, sherter. Abzal Arykbaev also knows the oldest artificial traditional throat singing.
Tamir Hargana is specialized in Mongolian throat singing, Khoomei, and the Horse head fiddle (Morin Khuur.) He has won many awards and prizes in throat singing competitions in Mongolia, Russia, Tuva, Xilingol, Manzhuur in Inner Mongolia and China. He has performed in many concerts, presentations, and workshops in the U.S., Mongolia, Russia, Taiwan and China. He was also featured in TV documentaries about throat singing. Tamir just received his Master's degree on World Music-Performance from Northern Illinois University.
Adinkra is a West African, Ghanaian Fusion band based in Los Angeles, California. Formed by Nani Agbeli in 2017, Adinkra is busy writing and recording new music based on the combination of traditional Ghanaian rhythms and melodies with western instruments and songwriting. Members include Nani Agbeli, Ruth Odukoya, Alex Hamberger, Julian Karahalios, Michael Ohlinger, Ben Zurier, Bradley Butterworth, Thomas Mims and Chris Prophet.
Alex Wand is an LA-based, Grammy Award-winning performer/composer interested in: storytelling, alternate tuning systems, film scoring, and folk music. He has performed at venues and festivals from California to Tibet. Alex performs as a solo artist and in Three Thirds, Desert Magic, and Partch. Originally from Detroit, he studied music composition at the University of Michigan and at CalArts with composers Bright Sheng, Michael Fink, Ulrich Krieger, and Wolfgang von Schweinitz.
Heather Lockie is a performer, composer and visual artist based in Los Angeles. She plays viola, teaches piano/violin/viola, and works with a child orchestra in Pasadena. Lockie has performed with and toured nationally and internationally with a wide range of artists. A multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and public speaker, Laura Steenberge uses voice, contrabass, viola da gamba, objects, images and movement to create works that intersect mythology and imaginary music with science and the physical shape of sound.
Miroslav Tadić and Yvette Holzwarth play together as House of Many Windows. Their music is a celebration of very human elements in music – honoring intuitive intelligence and spirit as well as a tactile playfulness. With fingers on strings pulling resonance from wooden bodies, this is a cozy dialogue – a wordless conversation using the language of expressive inflections, dynamics, and rhythms. Using Balkan music as the framework for most pieces, each musician supplements improvisation drawn from their own rich histories of listening and playing music from many different worlds – providing windows into classical music, Arabic, Flamenco, Brazilian, sonic experimentation, and a door into their unique musical playground.
Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton has been nominated for an inaugural International Folk Music Award in the category of Artist of the Year. This young musician sings and plays banjo, guitar, piano, fiddle, harmonica, Cajun accordion, and the bones (percussion). Paxton has an eerie ability to transform traditional jazz, blues, folk, and country into the here and now, and make it real. In addition, he mesmerizes audiences with his humor and storytelling.
Ancient poetry, mythology and village dances are all part of ensemble Lāčkāja’s reptertoire, which features folk music from the Baltics with particular emphasis on traditional Latvian songs. Paul Berkolds accordion, vocals; Drew Corey, vocals; Ingrida Jennings, vocals, violin, kokle; Erik Jerumanis, percussion; Justin Scheid, recorder, flute, bagpipes; Katriana Zommers, vocals, guitar
The Los Angeles Recorder Orchestra is one of a growing number of recorder orchestras that have sprung up in Europe and around the United States in recent years. It was founded in the summer of 2004, and is made up of thirty recorder players from all around Southern California. The group plays compositions ranging from the Renaissance period to the 20th century, arranged for sopranino, soprano, alto, tenor, bass, great bass, contrabass, sub great bass and subcontrabass recorders.
With years of critically acclaimed international performances between them, Christopher Garcia and Dr. Jerónimo Rajchenberg founded Mexcla Music in 2014 to investigate the possibilities of new compositions for traditional, globally-sourced instruments; each brings his unique cultural voice, musical vernacular, rhythm, and color to their multifaceted music. Since its inception, the duo has received acclaim in the United States and in Europe. They have been heard playing classical music, original compositions, improvisations, and traditional music in a wide variety of concert settings.