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Farewell to 2020

This has been…a remarkable year, to put it lightly.  I regret my silence here on my blog, because it has been an eventful year for me in many ways.  I have been busy recording my first album, Libandzuwa: The Power of the Sun, which has been delayed slightly but is set for release mid-year next …

REFLECTIONS ON THE Residency in Urbana-Champaign

Through the support of the Center for World Music at the University of Illinois and the Spurlock Museum of World Cultures, I spent the end of January in Urbana-Champaign performing at the Global Roots Festival, the Spurlock Museum of World Cultures, and the University of Illinois. It was an amazing experience to share the music …

Residency in Urbana-Champaign

Through the support of the Center for World Music at the University of Illinois and the Spurlock Museum of World Cultures, I will be performing a series of workshops and shows in Urbana-Champaign from January 29th through February 1st. I am pleased to be able to participate in this residency and share my music with …

Recipient of the MN State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant, 2020

I am proud to share that I have received the honor of being named a 2020 Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative grantee. The Artist Initiative grant program is designed to support and assist professional Minnesota artists at various stages in their careers by encouraging artistic development, nurturing artistic creativity, and recognizing the contributions of …

All-Ages Music Lesson at Anoka County Library

I had a great time sharing music experiences at the Anoka County Library, especially seeing children getting excited about instruments from my home country.  This is the best reward any musician can have–sharing with young musicians is far better than having a big stage or playing for a large audience.  I am grateful for this …

Art-A-Whirl Concert at Mojo Monkey, May 19, 2018

The performance at Mojo Monkey for Art-A-Whirl was different from every other show this year so far.  Rather than performing solo, this was a day-of improvisation performance with the owner of Mojo–Mark–and two musicians he collaborates with regularly. I discovered that my Mbiras sound beautiful with fiddle music–I am looking forward to collaborating further with the incredible …

Calling All Artists and Music Lovers: Art-A-Whirl 2018

Thanks again for everyone who came out to the last few spring performances around the Twin Cities.  Between the Festival of Nations’ lively crowd and Urban Forage’s quiet and thoughtful group, I am truly enjoying the audiences of Minnesota. If you are looking for a festival atmosphere this afternoon, come out to Northeast Minneapolis for …