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IMT Live : Amadou Kouyate, Brian Weber & Tea and Honey

Tuesday, October 6th, 2020 at 8pm ET Live on Facebook and Youtube.com.
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Dave Eisner hosting for a webcast with some favourite performers! Tune in Live at facebook.com/Institute.of.Musical.Traditions and / or youtube.com/imtfolk as we build our Traditions in a new way.

Tea & Honey serves up a unique take on contra dance music with their blend of backgrounds in old time, French Canadian, ragtime, and classical music Since Tea & Honey formed nearly two years ago, the group has played for contra dances throughout the Mid-Atlantic region including Glen Echo, Silver Spring and Baltimore, MD; FootFall Dance Weekend; the Washington Folk Festival; Birdsboro, PA & Princeton, NJ. The members of Tea and Honey bring a diverse range of musical experiences and are fearless in exploring the possibilities of dance music. Tea & Honey is: Sophie Chang - cello, Colleen Holroyd - fiddle, feet, Bobby LaRose - piano, mandolin, bones, Rebecca Weiss - fiddle

More at www.facebook.com/TeaAndHoneyBand/

Amadou Kouyate is the 150th generation of the Kouyate family of Manding Diali (oral historians/musicians of West Africa) and the first generation born of his father’s lineage in America. Amadou performs a musical montage on the 21-string Kora, and rhythmic presentations on Djembe and Koutiro drums. His repertoire ranges from traditional songs from the 13th century to contemporary original compositions incorporating blues and jazz riffs. In addition to his solo work, Amadou Kouyate performs with his world rock ensemble Proper SKANKS, Amadou Kouyate Ensemble, the international duo project WEEDOU Everything! and Memory of African Culture. Amadou has worked extensively with Chuck Davis and the African American Dance Ensemble, Farafina Kan and Kankouran West African Dance Company. Some of his credits include performances at The Kennedy Center, Smithsonian Institution, The NAMM Show, Bristol Academy and Isle of Whyte (England), Tim Festival (Brazil), Petronio Alvarez Afro-Colombian Festival (Colombia), Garvey Festival (Costa Rica), Lowell, Baltimore Rhythm Festival, East-Lansing and Dayton National Folk Festivals, Harrisonburg International Festival, Intersections Festival (DC), DanceAfrica DC, Atlanta, and Chicago, with The National Symphony Orchestra, Carnegie Hall, National Geographic, The Creative Alliance and the Victoria World Rhythm Festival, and had played on two Grammy-nominated projects. Amadou has worked on various film and video game scores and has presented and lectured at over 30 colleges and university institutions worldwide. Amadou received the Maryland Start Arts Council Governor’s Citation, The Maryland Master/ Apprentice Award and other artistic awards from the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, Special Talents and Musical Theatre Scholarships at Howard University and Levine School of Music. In his traditional scholarship, Amadou has studied in Mali, Senegal, Guinea and The Gambia with master musicians of the Djali tradition including Djimo Kouyate and Toumani Diabate. Thus far, Amadou having an illustrious career as both a performer and educator. He was an Adjunct Lecturer of African Music and Ethnomusicology at the University of Maryland, and director of the African Drum Ensemble, and Artist-In-Residence at Montgomery College of Rockville, and is now working at Goucher College and UMBC. Amadou an alum of the distinguished Artist In Residence program at the renowned Strathmore Music Center, and a teaching artist at the Wolftrap Organization for the Performing Arts, and continues to present to audiences around the world.

Brian Weber is a talented multi-instrumentalist who has been performing in and around the Washington, D.C. area for close to 30 years. His shows have also taken him up and down the east coast and as far west as California. Brian loves playing his originals and some covers that he spins his own unique way. He enjoys engaging the audience for a memorable musical experience every time he takes the stage. He is regularly joined by guest musicians which adds to the sound and fun! Brian says, “Stop through and stay for awhile...check out the music, make a request, sit and enjoy or get up and dance! Thanks for listening and see you at a show soon!” 

More at www.facebook.com/Brian-Weber-Two-Man-Trio-96192347211



 

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Missed a show? WIshed you didn't? Loved a show? Want to relive it? Here are Covid-era IMT : LIVE shows since March.

IMT Live : Phil Wiggins, Nic Gareiss & Trio Caliente.

Tuesday, September 15th, 2020 at 8pm ET Live on Facebook and Youtube.com.
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Dave Eisner hosting for a webcast with some favourite performers! Tune in Live at facebook.com/Institute.of.Musical.Traditions and / or youtube.com/imtfolk as we build our Traditions in a new way.

Named one of Dance Magazine's "25 to Watch," dancer and musician Nic Gareiss has been hailed by the New York Times for his "dexterous melding of Irish and Appalachian dance" and called "the most inventive and expressive step dancer on the scene” by the Boston Herald. A child of the folk revival, Gareiss grew up being dragged to folk festivals (against his will at the time!) in the Midwest. At these events Nic learned Appalachian, Irish, English and Canadian step dance surrounded by fiddlers, banjo-players, balladeers and folksingers. This mix of traditional music, song, and movement from rural places has become the heart of Nic's creative work as a performer. Nic has earned numerous accolades including a Canadian Folk Music Award nomination for traditional singer of the year, a MA in Ethnochoreology, and the Michigan Heritage Award, his state's highest distinction bestowed on traditional artists. He has performed in sixteen countries with many of the luminaries of traditional music and dance at London's Barbican Centre, the Irish National Concert Hall, the Munich Philharmonic, and the Kennedy Center. Always jubilant, often puckishly queer, Nic Gareiss has emerged as one of the most beloved young masters of traditional dance and music.

More at www.nicgareiss.com.

Trio Caliente unites and inspires audiences around the globe with their inimitable blend of Flamenco, Pop, and Latin Dance Music. Enjoyed by political luminaries stateside and abroad, notable Fortune 500 companies, and venerated international organizations, festivals and concert venues around the world, Trio Caliente delivers unique sound and style to any occasion– providing an unforgettable experience for your private event.

More at triocaliente.com

Phil Wiggins : Washington, D.C. native Phil Wiggins, a Takoma Park, Maryland, resident, blues musician, teacher and artistic director, a two time winner of the prestigious WC Handy Blues Foundation awards, is only the third harmonica player to receive the lifetime honor of an NEA National Heritage Fellowship. Today he is the only living player of the instrument to hold the prestigious honor of being a “Master of Traditional Arts.” Often referred to by its unofficial designation as “Living Cultural Treasure” award, the fellowship honors and preserves the diverse cultural heritage in the United States. The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) annually awards one-time-only NEA National Heritage Fellowships to master folk and traditional artists, to recognize lifetime achievement, artistic excellence, and contributions to our nation’s traditional arts heritage.

More at philwiggins.com



IMT Live : Yasmin Williams, Lilt & MLEMON.

Tuesday, September 1st, 2020 at 8pm ET Live on Facebook and Youtube.com.
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Dave Eisner hosting for a webcast with some favourite performers! Tune in Live at facebook.com/Institute.of.Musical.Traditions and / or youtube.com/imtfolk as we build our Traditions in a new way.

Yasmin Williams is an acoustic fingerstyle guitarist with an unorthodox, modern style of playing from northern Virginia. After beating the video game Guitar Hero 2, she asked for, and received, her first guitar. Her music has been described as relaxing, uplifting, and thoughtful and has raised the bar of what is possible to play on the acoustic guitar. She uses a combination of fingerstyle guitar and lap-tapping guitar techniques, with percussive sounds to play melody, bass, and drum parts all at the same time, creating sophisticated and intricate compositions.

More at yasminwilliamsmusic.com

MLEMON is a duo of musical monks who have been creating funky and awe-inspiring tunes at the rate of a mile a minute since the beginning of the COVID outbreaks. Their mission is to spit in the eye of genre and to set free all music born of natural surrender to a world of infinite inspiration. Wielding a collection of more than 35 instruments, their two full-length albums, “Monkfruit” and “Cat Parade”, appear on every streaming service under the sun, while their third album “Are You Just Going to Stand There Like a MLEMON?” is due for release at any moment.

More at mlemon.bandcamp.com

Lilt is the duo of Tina Eck on flute/tin whistle and Keith Carr on Irish bouzouki/tenor banjo. They met in the Washington DC Irish session scene some years back and found that “flute and zouk” were a good instrumental match for what they love to play: traditional dance music from Ireland. Since 2009 they have performed at countless concerts, festivals, and renowned venues. They have released four critically acclaimed CD’s: “Lilt”, “Onward”, “Little Falls”, and their latest, marking 10 years together, “X” (released 2019). Their performances capture the essentials of Irish traditional music: boundless energy, wildness and melancholy. 

"This is a Lilt with real fizz, platinum quality.  Well done!!”  - Irish Music Magazine, review of Lilt’s “X” CD, September 2019 

 "...one of the finest recordings of Irish music I've heard in a long time.  The whole thing, from beginning to end, feels fresh, exhilarating, and wonderfully, blissfully alive." - IrishPhiladelphia.com, review of “Little Falls” CD, January 2014

More at www.LiltIrishMusic.com



IMT Live : Tom Prasada-Rao, Rob Guttenberg & Greg Klyma.

Tuesday, August 18th, 2020 at 8pm ET Live on Facebook and Youtube.com.
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Dave Eisner hosting for a webcast with some favourite performers! Tune in Live at facebook.com/Institute.of.Musical.Traditions and / or youtube.com/imtfolk as we build our Traditions in a new way.

IMT and the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County and Koki Adasi Real Estate proudly present a performance and conversation with Tom Prasada-Rao, Rob Guttenberg and Greg Klyma!

"Visually and musically, Tom is the most compelling presence to emerge in the singer-songwriter genre as I've seen in a long time."
—Jim Bessman, Billboard

Tom Prasada-Rao writes songs of extraordinary power evoking his Indian heritage and his love of R&B. A musician’s musician, an award-winning songwriter, teacher and producer – Tom joyfully returns to the stage after a year recovering from cancer, with a bunch of new songs in his head.

Known for his inspiring songs, his unique guitar style, and his smooth voice, TPR was born in Ethiopia of Indian parents. Fresh from his 15-year exile in Texas, he’s finally returned home to Washington, DC. TPR has been a fixture on the singer-songwriter scene since winning the Kerrville New Folk songwriting competition in 1993. He will soon resume touring around the country, playing festivals and house concerts, teaching songwriting, and producing albums.

Visit his website here : tomprasadarao.com

Tom Prasada-Rao sings an original song co-written with Renee Azarri called "Show You My Love". Recorded 'In The Moment' on Friday February 19, 2016 at the Folk Alliance International Conference in Kansas City, Mo

Greg Klyma is out to make the world a better place one song at a time. A prolific songwriter and multi-instrumental, Greg is right at home whether he's playing a folk ballad, a country waltz, or rockin' out like a high school kid. 

Find out more at klyma.bandcamp.com

Rob Guttenberg has been performing his original music over the past 30 years. During the 1970s he opened for Tom Paxton and Harry Chapin.

In 1975 Rob composed the Brown University strike song, ‘Rich White American University’ which was featured on the Walter Cronkite CBS evening news. After healing from a severe brain hemorrhage in 1983, Robs’ songwriting focussed on songs about overcoming adversity, disability and social justice. As a result of a request made by the National Organization on Disability, Rob composed the song ‘FDR in a Wheelchair’, that was honored with proclamations from the U.S. States House of Representatives, and the Montgomery County, Maryland County Council. Rob continues to write songs that serve to lift spirits and encourage persons to persevere in the face of adversity.

This show is being made possible through the generous support of the following sponsors:



IMT Live : Seamus Egan, Jake Blount and Flo Anito & Seth Kibel.

Tuesday, August 4th, 2020 at 8pm ET Live on Facebook and Youtube.com.
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Dave Eisner hosting for a webcast with some favourite performers! Tune in Live at facebook.com/Institute.of.Musical.Traditions and / or youtube.com/imtfolk as we build our Traditions in a new way.

Jake Blount is an award-winning banjoist, fiddler, singer and ethnomusicologist based in Providence, RI. He is half of the internationally touring duo Tui, a 2020 Strathmore Artist in Residence and a board member of Bluegrass Pride. Although he is proficient in multiple performance styles, Blount specializes in the music of Black and Native American communities in the southeastern United States, and in the regional style of Ithaca, New York. A versatile performer, Blount interpolates blues, bluegrass and spirituals into the old-time string band tradition he belongs to. He foregrounds the experiences of queer people and people of color in his work. His teachers include Rhiannon Giddens, Bruce Molsky and Judy Hyman. He has claimed first place in both the Banjo and the Traditional Band categories at the prestigious Appalachian String Band Music Festival in Clifftop, WV. Blount has shared his music and research at the Smithsonian Institution, Yale University, and Berklee School of Music, among other venues and institutions. He has also appeared on Radiolab. He regularly teaches fiddle and banjo at festivals and camps like the Augusta Heritage Center’s Old-Time Week, the Ashokan Center’s Old-Time Rollick, and Midwest Banjo Camp. Blount tours domestically and internationally as a solo performer, with his duo Tui, and with his band The Moose Whisperers. He has performed and recorded solo, and in ensembles of up to six people. His first full-length solo album, Spider Tales, is out now on Free Dirt Records & Service Co. It debuted at #2 on the Billboard Bluegrass Chart, received positive coverage from NPR, Rolling Stone and Billboard among others, and earned five out of five stars as The Guardian's Folk Album of the Month.

More at jakeblount.com

 

Seamus Egan : It’s hard to think of an artist in traditional Irish music more influential than Seamus Egan. From his beginnings as a teen prodigy, to his groundbreaking solo work with Shanachie Records, to his founding of Irish-American powerhouse band Solas, to his current work as one of the leading composers and interpreters of the tradition, Egan has inspired multiple generations of musicians and helped define the sound of Irish music today. As a multi-instrumentalist, he’s put his mark on the sound of the Irish flute, tenor banjo, guitar, mandolin, tin whistle, and low whistle, among others. As a composer, he was behind the soundtrack for the award-winning film The Brothers McMullen, co-wrote Sarah McLachlan’s breakout hit, “Weep Not for the Memories,” and has scored numerous documentaries and indie films since. As a bandleader, Solas has been the pre-eminent Irish-American band of their generation for the past 20 years, continuously renewing Irish music with fresh ideas, including a collaboration with Rhiannon Giddens on their 2015 album. As a performer, few others can make so instruments or such wickedly complex ornaments seem so effortless. Music comes as naturally to Seamus Egan as breath, but his mastery of the tradition is only one facet of his plans to move the music forward.

More at seamuseganproject.com

Seth Kibel & Flo Anito : Flo Anito is a quirky, clever songwriter with a great big voice, that is in turn, sweet, sultry, powerful, and emotive. Her stage presence is undeniable. Classically trained in Voice, Piano, and Cello, raised on the stages of Summer stock musical theatre, and studying Music under Anthony Braxton and Alvin Lucier at Wesleyan University, Flo's sound is a rare hybrid. Seth Kibel is one of the Mid-Atlantic's premier woodwind specialists, working with some of the best bands in jazz, swing, and more. Wowing audiences on saxophone, clarinet, and flute, Seth has made a name for himself in the Washington/Baltimore region, and beyond. He is the featured performer with The Alexandria Kleztet, Bay Jazz Project, Music Pilgrim Trio, The Natty Beaux, and more. Winner of 28 Washington Area Music Awards (Wammies), including "Best World Music Instrumentalist" (2003-11) and "Best Jazz Instrumentalist" (2005, 2007-8, 2011-14).

More at www.floanito.com and www.sethkibel.com



IMT Live : Christylez Bacon, Ruthie Logsdon & Dennis Lichtman.

Tuesday, July 21st, 2020 at 8pm ET Live on Facebook and Youtube.com.
Tune in for free. Tipping and merch purchases strongly encouraged.

Dave Eisner hosting for a webcast with some favourite performers! Tune in Live at facebook.com/Institute.of.Musical.Traditions and / or youtube.com/imtfolk as we build our Traditions in a new way.

Dennis Lichtman : Dennis Lichtman is a multi-instrumentalist whose main axes are clarinet, mandolin, and fiddle.  He is deeply entrenched in the early era of jazz and its permeation into other American roots genres, from ragtime to bluegrass to blues to western swing (and most importantly, the meeting-points in between).  His weekly jam session at Mona’s in New York City has been called “ground zero for an emerging late-night scene of young swing and traditional jazz players” by the Wall Street Journal.  His most recent clarinet album, Just Cross the River, features nine original compositions, two of which can be heard in the HBO miniseries The Plot Against America.

Dennis has performed and recorded as a member of The Lovestruck Balladeers, Ghost Train Orchestra, Pokey LaFarge Band, Nation Beat, Jim Kweskin Band, duo with Jerron "Blind Boy" Paxton, and many more in addition to his own projects, The Brain Cloud and Mona’s Hot Four.  During the coronavirus lockdown he’s been staying busy and creative making Social Distance Concert videos for fans and supporters with vocalist Tamar Korn or as the Dennis Lichtman “Quarantet.”

More at dennislichtman.com

Psh. Dennis worried that this video would be "too silly to use".

 

Christylez Bacon : Christylez Bacon (pronounced: chris-styles) is a GRAMMY® Nominated Progressive Hip-Hop artist and multi-instrumentalist from Southeast, Washington, DC. As a performer, Christylez multi-tasks between various instruments such as the West African djembe drumacoustic guitar, and the human beat-box (oral percussion), all while continuing the oral tradition of storytelling through his lyrics.

More at christylez.com

Ruthie Logsdon : Lead singer of Ruthie and the Wranglers! Ruthie & the Wranglers play rockin’ American Roots music (also known as FUN!) and are based in the Washington, DC area. After 25 Years of Wrangler Twang, including recording, touring and radio airplay, the band remains a cornerstone of the DC roots music scene. From original Americana Country to rousing Surf instrumentals, their clever lyrics, high energy and spritely hillbilly harmonies set them apart from the rest.

More at ruthieandthewranglers.com



IMT Live : LEA, Freebo and Rhia.

Tuesday, July 7th, 2020 at 8pm ET Live on Facebook and Youtube.com.
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Dave Eisner hosting for a webcast with some favourite performers! Tune in Live at facebook.com/Institute.of.Musical.Traditions and / or youtube.com/imtfolk as we build our Traditions in a new way.

LEA : “A great voice singing great songs.” That is the simplest way to introduce you to LEA’s music. While she often draws comparisons to other female phenoms like Tracy Chapman, Joni Mitchell and Ani DiFranco, LEA’s sound seamlessly blends gospel, jazz, country and R&B into her own style - SoulFolk.

LEA was born in Baltimore to a father who toured the world playing trumpet in the funk band Black Heat and a mother who dreamed of opera while performing with her siblings in the Jones Family Gospel Singers. LEA was singing on the pulpit of the Baptist church where she grew up as soon she could speak. When she discovered the acoustic guitar as a teenager, she began teaching herself to play by writing songs. LEA’s final year in high school in Germany at a classical conservatory, where she sang with the jazz ensemble Black & White and co-wrote with the British pop trio Indigo Wild. Having shared the stage with luminaries including Odetta, Mavis Staples, Dar Williams and Anthony Hamilton, LEA performs at a far-ranging array of venues, including arts centers, universities, festivals, and places of worship. She is consistently acknowledged by the Washington Area Music Association* as one of the region’s best vocalists, songwriters and recording artists. She is a graduate of the prestigious Artist-in-Residence program at The Music Center at Strathmore in Bethesda, MD and a beloved children's music performer among DC families.

More at thisislea.com

 

Freebo is a genuine folk, rock and blues icon who, after over 40 years of recording and touring with many of the great artists of our time (Bonnie Raitt 10 years, CSN, Maria Muldaur, John Mayall, Ringo Starr, Dr. John, Neil Young, & many more) is regarded as one of the most gifted singer-songwriters of today. A multi award winner and finalist in numerous songwriting contests, Freebo was also recognized as the 'Best Folk Artist 2007' by the Los Angeles Music Awards. In addition, he has appeared on Saturday Night Live, The Muppet Show, The Midnight Special, and in concert with the legendary Spinal Tap.

Freebo’s compassionate concern for the world and people around him, as evidenced both in his lyrics and his open stage banter, has helped him connect with listeners worldwide. He will take an audience from insights about what kind of positive mark we hope to leave on the world upon our own passing with “Standing Ovation” to where you stand with your pets and your partner with "She Loves My Dog More Than Me." A musical evening with Freebo will be astute, insightful, clever, and truly melodic.

Here's what critics are saying about Freebo:
"Freebo is more than one of LA's best players, he's also a richly gifted and distinctive songwriter, as expressive in his writing as on a bass" (Paul Zollo, Songwriters On Songwriting)

"Freebo's intimate and go-down-easy personable vocals tie in light-hearted fare, social commentary and spiritual quest with love-sweet-love, and make it sound seamless." (Janet Goodman, Music News Nashville)

"Standing Ovation is an astounding song which encompasses a profound view of life, destined to become a classic." (Russ Paris, Folkworks.org)

"Listening to Freebo is like riding on a cumulus cloud of peaceful awareness, a cosmic blend of folk/country/rock/soul ear-pleasing genre-defying music." (Walt Falconer, Cool Album Of The Day)

"Freebo sounds as if he's not really singing to you; he's talking to you. One of the best albums of the year." (John Shelton Ivany, jsitop21.com)

More at freebomusic.com

Rhia : Rhia is a professional dance artist that specializes in folk dances from the Levant, Turkey, and Egypt -- an umbrella term being bellydance/raqs sharqi/dans oryantal for most of her work. She has been on the Maryland, DC, and Virginia circuit for almost a decade as one of the premiere dancers for countless clubs, restaurants, weddings, events for local MENAT (mid-east, north African, Turkish) communities, families, and the region at large. She is known for sticking to the dances improvisational roots as it was back in the time when dancers danced to live musicians, and when there was more play and less choreography. Rhia is a firm believer of the ability of music and dance to connect people, to connect back to our own soul, and to transform hopelessness to hopefulness, & disillusionment to enchantment.

Find out more at rhiadance.com.




IMT Live : David Manley, Pepper & Sassafras and Elena La Fulana.

Friday, June 26th, 2020 at 8pm ET Live on Facebook and Youtube.com.
Tune in for free. Tipping and merch purchases strongly encouraged.

Dave Eisner hosting for a webcast with some favourite performers! Tune in Live at facebook.com/Institute.of.Musical.Traditions and / or youtube.com/imtfolk as we build our Traditions in a new way.

Pepper & Sassafras : Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers, grand prize winner of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest and leader of the collective Dead to the Core: An Acoustic Celebration of the Grateful Dead, teams up with multi-instrumentalist/songwriter Wendy Sassafras Ramsay in this dynamic Americana duo. For this live-stream event, the duo will perform songs from the Dead to the Core project as well as originals.

More at pepperandsassafras.com/

Attics of My Life - Grateful Dead cover - Pepper and Sassafras

 

Elena La Fulana : Elena La Fulana is a singer-songwriter and leader of the DC-based bilingual Latin-folk band Elena & Los Fulanos. Originally from Managua, Nicaragua, Lacayo identifies as both American and Nicaraguan and her music, which ranges from twangy, heartbreak-themed folk Americana, to soothing, introspective, violin-infused Latin cumbia reflects this dual identity. Her band Elena & Los Fulanos has twice been nominated for a Wammie-award, and their most recent album, Volcán, was hailed as "a bilingual folk album for the resistance" by the Washington City Paper, a publication that also selected Elena for their People Issue 2017 highlighting notable Washingtonians. Most recently, Elena has begun touring with the Latin-Grammy winning and Grammy nominated band, Flor de Toloache.

More at elenalosfulanos.com/

PONLE FIN (featuring Christylez Bacon) - Elena & Los Fulanos (Official Video)

Dave Manley : Info coming soon!


 



IMT Live : Alice Howe, Gabrielle Louise & Joey Jenkins.

Friday, June 19th, 2020 at 8pm ET Live on Facebook and Youtube.com.
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Dave Eisner hosting for a webcast with some favourite performers! Tune in Live at facebook.com/Institute.of.Musical.Traditions and / or youtube.com/imtfolk as we build our Traditions in a new way.

Alice Howe : “There's an uncomplicated beauty to Alice Howe's music, and on Visions' ten songs, the beauty rarely falters.” – PopMatters

When Alice Howe wants to unlock a memory or understand an emotion, she steps outside. “There’s something about the stillness,” she says. “When I’m sitting with my guitar and looking out at a forest or the ocean, I have the space to reflect to on people and places. My muse strikes.” Vistas and the faces and emotions they summon unfurl with compelling grace on Visions, Howe’s anticipated debut album.

A modern love letter to 60s and 70s folk and timeless blues, Visions pays homage without succumbing to imitation, and offers an intimate snapshot of a young artist discovering her own power. Early praise for Visions has streamed in from gatekeepers such as American Blues Scene and smitten local press alike. “Sometimes we’re lucky enough to catch an up-and-coming artist as they fly into our radar,” critic JD Nash writes. “This is one of those times.” ...

More at Alicehowe.com

"Twilight" Live at the Burren Somerville, MA

 

Gabrielle Louise : "One of the finest songwriters of her generation" -David McGee, Deep Roots Magazine

Gabrielle Louise is a songwriter and storytelling living in the mountains of Colorado. Half her time she's touring and making records, and the other half she's gardening, watercolor painting, and writing songs on her porch.

Her live show is honest, introspective and engaging. Gabrielle’s sound is anchored deeply in folk and Americana, but undeniably drawn to rich harmonies and melodic adventurism. She has the earthy feel of early Joni Mitchell while also veering into the spirited and versatile delivery of fellow genre-hopping artist Eva Cassidy....

More at gabriellelouise.com

This song is about taking inventory of my values, and calming my nervous system so that I can get in touch with what those are. When I feel blocked in communicating, I try to remind myself that radiating from a calm, happy, compassionate center is the best way to connect with others.

Joey Jenkins :  Silence Echoez is a singer/songwriter from the DC area whose tunes come in flavors from café ambient to protest anthem. His music and his message emphasize reflection and action, combining influences such as Citizen Cope and Dispatch with icons such as Train and Bob Marley.

 

Recorded live at the Teavolve Open Mic in Baltimore, MD on January 30, 2017.


 



IMT Live : Heather Aubrey Lloyd, Rowan Corbett and Dalton Potter.

Friday, June 12th, 2020 at 8pm ET Live on Facebook and Youtube.com.
Tune in for free. Tipping and merch purchases strongly encouraged.

Dave Eisner hosting for a webcast with some favourite performers! Tune in Live at facebook.com/Institute.of.Musical.Traditions and / or youtube.com/imtfolk as we build our Traditions in a new way.

Dalton Potter : "After years of hosting open mics and helping others build their musical portfolios, I decided it was time to preserve some of the songs that I have shared with audiences across several states and a bunch of years. My new album, Train To Wonderful features 12 of my most popular tunes, ranging from dusty acoustic ballads to pop and blues. I hope we can all get together sometime soon and swap music and stories, but for now, here’s a little something to keep you company..." - Dalton Potter

 

Heather Aubrey Lloyd : Recovering reporter, performance poet and fairy tale collector turned songwriter, Heather Aubrey Lloyd has co-fronted Baltimore’s ilyAIMY for nearly two decades. Her stunning and emotive alto ("Melissa Etheridge, Carly Simon, Janis Joplin and Joni Mitchell blended into a spark plug with curly black locks," says one review) highlights fingerpicked guitar and hand percussion. After a stint backing Dar Williams, Lloyd started work on a solo CD. “A Message in the Mess" received the Director's Award for Album of the Year from the Mid-Atlantic Song Contest, and the awards haven't stopped since: 2018 FreshGrass/No Depression Songwriting Award Finalist, 2018 Falcon Ridge Folk Festival MOST WANTED Artist, 2018 National Women's Music Festival Emerging Artist, 2017 Telluride Troubadour Top 4. Lloyd is the reigning Grand Prize winner of the Bernard Ebb Songwriting Award.

For more, please visit : heatheraubreylloyd.com

Recorded at the South East Regional Folk Alliance Conference in Montreat North Carolina on Friday, May 18, 2018.

Rowan Corbett :  Rowan Corbett has toured many states with ilyAIMY, the nation as an Irish artist perfecting his skills on bones and bouzouki, and the world as a member of the African-American stringband the Carolina Chocolate Drops. As a singer/songwriter he brings a unique perspective flavoured by travel and tempered by temper – quantum physics and complicated relationships that go beyond the charm and strange weave their way through his writing.

For more, please visit : rowancorbett.com // tinsmith.net // ilyaimy.com

Recorded in the Lair in Catonsville, MD - Rowan Corbett and rob of ilyAIMY performing Rowan's arrangement of the traditional tune "the Blacksmith". Thanks to Heather for being the hidden assistant!


 



IMT Live : Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer, Ultrafaux & Baltimore String Drop

Friday, May 29th, 2020 at 8pm ET Live on Facebook and Youtube.com.
Tune in for free. Tipping and merch purchases strongly encouraged.

Dave Eisner hosting for a webcast with some favourite performers! Tune in Live at facebook.com/Institute.of.Musical.Traditions and / or youtube.com/imtfolk as we build our Traditions in a new way.

Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer : 2X GRAMMY Award Winners Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer know how to Swing It! Featuring Marcy’s tasty lead guitar work, Cathy’s rhythm chops and harmony vocals, the duo plays Western Swing a la Patsy Montana, Django Reinhardt classics, a dab of the Great American Songbook and original tunes. Past performances include the Kennedy Center’s Women in Jazz Festival, Takoma Park Jazz Festival, performances with the Army Blues Jazz Ensemble and the Duke Ellington Jazz Festival. This well homed duo will delight the crowd with elegance. Marcy is a top instructor on Swing Guitar and Swing Ukulele at www.Truefire.com and Homespun.com. Cathy provides a solid swing rhythm section. Their new CD, “WAHOO”, includes several swing songs as do many of their 47 other recordings. You read it right, a total of 48 recordings.

Visit their website at : cathymarcy.com

DJANGO'S CASTLE played on a Paul Lestock 6 string guitar by MArcy. Cathy's rhythm on a Grit Laskin acoustic.

Baltimore Swing Drop : Modern jazz in acoustic setting - with rhythm section consisting of resonator guitar and upright bass, Baltimore Swing Drop employs acoustic instrumentation from pre-amplification hot jazz era to explore modern swing, jazz and bebop concepts.

Visit their website at : baltimoreswingdrop.com

Baltimore Swing Drop Acoustic Swing and Jazz Manouche


Ultrafaux : “Ultrafaux stands out from all of the other Django Reinhardt-inspired bands because they perform original material: strong tunes played by a hot band.”  - Tom Cole NPR and WPFW

"Tangent sees Ultrafaux exploring a more nuanced, contemporary sound, rounded out by a cast of virtuoso players. True to the album's name, songs like "Jaguar" and "Convergence" often veer into unexpewhich cted and rich sonic territory. Just when you think you've got this band pegged, they surprise you. This is some of their most adventurous and beguiling music yet.”  - Sam Sessa WTMD

Visit their website at : ultrafaux.net

Ultrafaux Ensemble performs at 5th Annual Charm City Django Jazz Fest 2020 filmed by Jefferson Steele at Creative Alliance in Baltimore Maryland USA. Produced and edited by Michael Joseph Harris




IMT Live : Extra Innings w John McCutcheon & Chuck Brodsky

Friday, May 22nd, 2020 at 8pm ET Live at www.facebook.com/Institute.of.Musical.Traditions and youtube.com/imtfolk .
Tune in for free. Tipping and merch purchases strongly encouraged.

Dave Eisner hosting for a webcast with some favourite performers! Tune in Live at facebook.com/Institute.of.Musical.Traditions and / or youtube.com/imtfolk as we build our Traditions in a new way.

John McCutcheon, IMT veteran, will join us for a couple of songs, Live interview and a rebroadcast salute to baseball. Songs and stories with numerous guest stars including singer/songwriter Chuck Brodsky and a wonderful interview with Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Kaat as well as a cameo appearance from the Atlanta Braves’ team organist, Matthew Kaminski. Many of us who Love folk music also Love baseball – and this is a unique opportunity to combine these two things. We hope this show will help bridge the gap in our psyche as we still wait for Opening Day.

John McCutcheon is not only one of the best musicians in the USA, but also a great singer, songwriter, and song leader. And not just incidentally, he is committed to helping hard-working people everywhere to organize and push this world in a better direction.” - Pete Seeger

"The most impressive instrumentalist I've ever heard."
— Johnny Cash

No one remembers when the neighbors started calling the McCutcheons to complain about the loud singing from young John's bedroom. It didn't seem to do much good, though. For, after a shaky, lopsided battle between piano lessons and baseball (he was a mediocre pianist and an all-star catcher), he had "found his voice" thanks to a cheap mail-order guitar and a used book of chords. Join us for an evening as he combines the two loves of baseball and music.

Visit his website at : folkmusic.com

Christmas in the Trenches - John McCutcheon




IMT Live w Meghan Mette, Bruce Molsky and Annette Wasilik

Friday, May 8th, 2020 at 8pm ET Live at www.facebook.com/Institute.of.Musical.Traditions and youtube.com/imtfolk .
Tune in for free. Tipping and merch purchases strongly encouraged.

In an effort to keep the music going, Institute of Musical Traditions is doing this whole webcasting thing! We heard about computers a little while ago, and those seem pretty great, so it seemed the next logical step! We've invited three performers to join us in a showcase setting with our own Dave Eisner hosting for a webcast of truly epic proportions. Tune in Live at facebook.com/Institute.of.Musical.Traditions and / or youtube.com/imtfolk as we build our Traditions in a new way.

Bruce Molsky : "Bruce is one of those great players who 'gets it': has all the links to the past but is happy not to be chained to it" - Mark Knopfler

Grammy-nominated, and “one of America’s premier fiddling talents” (Mother Jones), Bruce's take on tradition has landed him in collaborations with some of the world's most highly respected players from roots to rock. He is a special guest on legend rocker Mark Knopfler’s recent CD, “Tracker.” His 1865 Songs of Hope & Home with Anonymous 4, was on Billboard’s top 10 for weeks, the third record with Andy Irvine & Donal Lunny’s supergroup Mozaik is in the works, and you can see Bruce on the BBC TV Transatlantic Sessions Videos with Aly Bain and Jerry Douglas, and on “David Holt’s State of Music” airing nationally. His new trio, Molsky’s Mountain Drifters includes banjo virtuoso Allison de Groot and genre-defying Stash Wyslouch on guitar. Their self-titled CD has been released to great acclaim and their new release this spring topped the Folk-DJ charts .

Visit his website at : brucemolsky.com

Fiddler Bruce Molsky performs in a segment from the public TV series "David Holt's State of Music." The song was written by Craig Johnson.

Annette Wasilik : "Love & Fire is a masterpiece." ~ Tom Prasada-Rao

Love & Fire, released nationally in January, 2020 #6 on FAI Folk DJ chart and #1 on NACC chart. Annette's performances are marked by her compelling alto and moving songs that "touch you to the bone". In the tradition of the poet songwriter, with rich tones reminiscent of Linda Thompson or Natalie Merchant, she weaves a spell both startling in its intimacy and expansive in its vision. "I found my first guitar in an old tin wardrobe in my basement. Its bridge was broken but it was love at first sight, as if I found a buried treasure in my backyard. The room spun and everything. I glued the bridge back on and never looked back.”

Visit her website at : annettewasilik.com

On a chilly fall day Annette, Brian Evans and Jeff Karn perform the single, The World is on Fire from her second album Love & Fire, released in January, 2020. After being deeply affected by the drone footage of the brutal devastation of the city of Homs, Syria, Annette sat down to write. But what started as an anti-war song changed into a kind of keening for our Earth and all of us.

And Meghan Mette: A life-long fiddler, Meghan began her musical career in the Irish Traditional, Cape Breton, and Appalachian Old Time styles, and has studied with some of the highest profile performers in these genres. Meghan completed a degree in Irish Traditional Music at the University College Cork, and a study in Bluegrass immersion in Nashville, TN. She is also proficient in Quebecois and Scottish traditional music and New England style fiddling, among other styles, and is accomplished in Irish Step-Dancing and Appalachian Flatfooting. 




IMT Live w Adele McAllister, Carol Anne Bosco & Jon Carroll

Friday, May 1st, 2020 at 8pm ET Live at www.facebook.com/Institute.of.Musical.Traditions and youtube.com/imtfolk .
Tune in for free. Tipping and merch purchases strongly encouraged.

In an effort to keep the music going, Institute of Musical Traditions is doing this whole webcasting thing! We heard about computers a little while ago, and those seem pretty great, so it seemed the next logical step! We've invited three performers to join us in a showcase setting with our own Dave Eisner hosting for a webcast of truly epic proportions. Tune in RIGHT HERE or Live at facebook.com/Institute.of.Musical.Traditions and / or youtube.com/imtfolk as we build our Traditions in a new way.

For some users the preview may not display correctly for your timezone... but trust us - 8pm EDT!!!

Adele McAllister : a MD/DC-based singer-songwriter whose folk-inspired style combines finger-picked guitar, intricate vocal harmonies, and expressive lyrics. Inspired by nature, tales of fantasy, and everyday kindness, Adele’s music seeks to find joy in the small moments of life.

Visit her website at : facebook.com/AdeleMcAllisterMusic

This is an original song I wrote a few months ago back when staying inside was a choice- now it certainly hits in a different way, making an unintentionally fitting quarantine song. Hope this can give you a little moment of enjoyment in all the craziness. Please excuse the low notes- anxiety’s got my throat feeling tight and I haven’t been able to shake it quite yet, but I still wanted to share this.

Carol Anne Bosco : DC-based since 2014, Carol Anne’s career is built on performing, teaching, songwriting and illustrating.

Her current project is Boss Company, which plays gypsy noir with a lot of help from their friends. Carol Anne writes, sings, and plays the cello. The ensemble of each show is different, as she is joined by local professionals on guitar, bass, drums, violin, and sometimes accordion, ukulele, other cellists, and singers, you name it. They released their self titled album in 2019 and their sophomore album will be recorded in Summer of 2020.

"Don't care what they say. Now is no time to behave" - Cello/Vox: Carol Anne Bosco

And Jon Carroll : a founding member of the Grammy Award winning Starland Vocal Band and has been writing, recording and performing on his own and touring with artists like Mary Chapin Carpenter, Rodney Crowell, Peter Wolf and Eric Lindell for over 40 years, and his songs have been recorded by Linda Ronstadt, Tom Jones and others. He’s been busy on his next collection, and you can hear some previews on his website joncarroll.org.

His other releases can be found here.

I've always loved this song (and Lowell & Little Feat!) and have performed this a few times over the years (heretofore not on organ, but hey--let's explore!). Seems like a pertinent tune for this here time we're pining through. I hope it brings some comfort to your soul and perhaps inspires a phone call or two to someone who'd just love to hear from you!




IMT Live w Bobby Thompson, Jimmy Stewart & Laura Baron

Friday, April 24th, 2020 at 8pm ET Live at www.facebook.com/Institute.of.Musical.Traditions and youtube.com/imtfolk .
Tune in for free. Tipping and merch purchases strongly encouraged.

In an effort to keep the music going, Institute of Musical Traditions is doing this whole webcasting thing! We heard about computers a little while ago, and those seem pretty great, so it seemed the next logical step! We've invited three performers to join us in a showcase setting with our own David E. Eisner hosting for a webcast of truly epic proportions. Tune in RIGHT HERE or Live at facebook.com/Institute.of.Musical.Traditions and / or youtube.com/imtfolk as we build our Traditions in a new way.

For some users the preview below may not display correctly for your timezone... we've got a help ticket in to Facebook but trust us - 8pm EDT!!!

Bobby Thompson : It’s been said that creativity takes courage, and self-expression is a way to show the world your inner soul. With a new group of songs and a new full-length album in the works, Bobby has let down his guard, and become more than the instrumentalist he gained a reputation for. He recently won a WAMMIE (Washington Area Music Association) award for 2018 best blues album, and although there are strong overtones of the blues in his writing, he sees himself essentially as a folk-blues singer-songwriter, sometimes solo, and sometimes with a little amp, and a band. He will as easily spend an evening entertaining a small listening room with his acoustic guitars and his songs, and the next night, he will have the dance floor packed grooving to the same songs with his band. “I want to carry on the tradition, of blues and folk music, without mimicking, but with solid interpretation and writing. People like Taj Mahal, John Hammond Jr., and Mississippi John Hurt are top-shelf in my vinyl catalog. Lightnin' Hopkins and Townes Van Zandt were friends. Bob Dylan sang blues songs. Blues music and folk music are close relatives. That's the tradition I want to continue in with my songwriting and performances.”, Thompson states.

Visit the Bobby's website at bobbytmusic.net.

“Hard Road”, performed by Bobby Thompson at the Institute of Musical Traditions (www.imtfolk.org), Seeker’s Church, Washington, DC, USA on March 10, 2019.

Jimmy Stewart : ‘Soulful’ ‘pure’ ‘haunting’ – these words are clichés often heaped upon the works of acoustic instrumentalists, but in the performance of Baltimore’s Jimmy Stewart they ring beautifully true. Watching Jimmy curl around the body of his customized acoustic guitar, knowing smile on his face, fingers prowling up and down the fretboard, you feel that you are in the presence of something sublime – a music so urgently alive, it eagerly escapes to wander the world. Through a love of simplicity and exquisite attention to detail, Jimmy’s music has no need to FILL space - it EXPLORES it. – rob Hinkal (Focus Music, Takoma Park Folk Festival, ilyAIMY)

Visit his website here : jimmyplaysguitar.com

"Air of Autumn" and "Lemoyne", at the Mid-Atlantic Song Contest Awards Gala.


And Laura Baron : Jazz-tinged world music, infectious pop and soulful acoustic performances – Laura Baron is a versatile singer/songwriter with a string of awards. "Discover a voice you need to hear." Terry Kester, WPFW FM
Visit her website here : laurabaronmusic.com

"Kindness Don't Rest Easy", performed by Laura Baron (www.laurabaronmusic.com), at the Institute of Musical Traditions (www.imtfolk.org), Takoma Park, Maryland, USA on January 23, 2013.




IMT Live w the Bumper Jacksons (duo), Tom Prasada-Rao, We're About 9 (duo)


Friday, April 17th, 2020 at 8pm ET Live at www.facebook.com/Institute.of.Musical.Traditions and youtube.com/imtfolk .
Tune in for free. Tipping and merch purchases strongly encouraged.

In an effort to keep the music going, Institute of Musical Traditions will try this whole webcasting thing! We've invited three performers to join us in a showcase setting with our own David E. Eisner hosting for a webcast of truly epic proportions. Tune in Live at https://www.facebook.com/Institute.of.Musical.Traditions/ as we try our Traditions in a new way.

The Bumper Jacksons duo : "Entering a Bumper Jacksons show is warm and inviting, like opening the front door of a neighbor who's just taken bread out of the oven. Roots jazz rhythms and country swing harmonies are vignetted by stories and sounds of Appalachia. Come in, take a seat, and be woven into a musical story that never stops being told."

Visit the Bumper Jacksons' website at bumperjacksons.com.

This is a live performance by Bumper Jacksons of their arrangement of "Miss Mary Mack" - Sept 2018.

Tom Prasada-Rao : "Tom Prasada-Rao writes songs of extraordinary power evoking his Indian heritage and his love of R&B. A musician’s musician, an award-winning songwriter, teacher and producer – Tom joyfully returns to the stage after a year recovering from cancer, with a bunch of new songs in his head."

Visit his website here : tomprasadarao.com

Tom Prasada-Rao sings an original song co-written with Renee Azarri called "Show You My Love". Recorded 'In The Moment' on Friday February 19, 2016 at the Folk Alliance International Conference in Kansas City, Mo


And We're About 9 (duo) : "Their 20 year career has taken We’re About 9 from fire-code-breaking shows at a Baltimore-area coffee shop, to a national reputation for brainy and emotionally-connected songwriting, captivating vocal harmonies, and impromptu fun at shows. You may know WA9 from their main stage performances at over a dozen festivals (Falcon Ridge, Kerrville, Four Corners, Philadelphia), from their two NERFA formal showcases (2002, 2011), or from Folk DJ favorites like Nobody Flying and Albany. "
Visit their website here : wereabout9.com

We're About 9 Trio debut performance of Future Pilot at Sugarloaf Coffeehouse.





Here are a few organizations that share goals and values with IMT.

House of Musical Traditions

Artivate
Since 1972, HMT's been the DC-area's source for new and vintage folk instruments from around the world + books & DVDs, lessons & workshops, repairs, instrument & pro audio rentals. Institute of Musical Traditions was born from a concert series started by David Eisner, HMT's owner. Barnaby Productions Barnaby presents the fall & winter Celtic Concerts series at the Old Brogue & the Swift Run summer house concerts in Great Falls, VA & is the home of DC's pan-Celtic band IONA.
Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eirean, O'Neill-Malcolm Branch The largest, single, non-profit group involved in the preservation & promotion of Irish traditional music and culture. The O'Neill Branch of CCE presents concerts, dances, summer music and dance schools & the Musical Arts & Dance Week school.

Carpe Diem Arts
DC Bluegrass Union
DCBU promotes bluegrass in the DC area. They maintain an online calendar of bluegrass events & present a bluegrass festival each February. Focus Music
Focus presents concerts in Rockville, Alexandria & Mount Vernon in an intimate, "up-close" environment, creating the opportunity for audiences to discover high-quality new artists & for artists to find sustainable & supportive audiences in the Greater DC / Metro area. Folklore Society of Greater Washington FSGW presents concerts, dances & special weekend gatherings. They also publish a comprehensive monthly newsletter listing events in the Washington area on their website.
The Greater Washington Ceili Club
GWCC hosts monthly ceili dances with live music & sponsors a year-round program of dance instruction. Mary Cliff's Traditions Mary hosts two radio shows and publishes lists of upcoming folk music events on her website.
The Songwriters Association of Washington SAW presents concerts & workshops & hosts the annual Mid-Atlantic Song Concest.


Special Thanks...

We are a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization supported by contributions from individual donors and by funding from the Maryland State Arts Council and the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County.

AHCMC  


An Afrobeat Dance Party : Julius "OJ" Ekemode w Chopteeth

Chopteeth
This show has been postponed. We apologize for the inconvenience.

 

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IMT Live : Amadou Kouyate, Brian Weber & Tea and Honey

Tuesday, October 6th, 2020 at 8pm ET Live on Facebook and Youtube.com.
Tune in for free. Tipping and merch purchases strongly encouraged.

Dave Eisner hosting for a webcast with some favourite performers! Tune in Live at facebook.com/Institute.of.Musical.Traditions and / or youtube.com/imtfolk as we build our Traditions in a new way.

Tea & Honey serves up a unique take on contra dance music with their blend of backgrounds in old time, French Canadian, ragtime, and classical music Since Tea & Honey formed nearly two years ago, the group has played for contra dances throughout the Mid-Atlantic region including Glen Echo, Silver Spring and Baltimore, MD; FootFall Dance Weekend; the Washington Folk Festival; Birdsboro, PA & Princeton, NJ. The members of Tea and Honey bring a diverse range of musical experiences and are fearless in exploring the possibilities of dance music. Tea & Honey is: Sophie Chang - cello, Colleen Holroyd - fiddle, feet, Bobby LaRose - piano, mandolin, bones, Rebecca Weiss - fiddle

More at www.facebook.com/TeaAndHoneyBand/

Amadou Kouyate is the 150th generation of the Kouyate family of Manding Diali (oral historians/musicians of West Africa) and the first generation born of his father’s lineage in America. Amadou performs a musical montage on the 21-string Kora, and rhythmic presentations on Djembe and Koutiro drums. His repertoire ranges from traditional songs from the 13th century to contemporary original compositions incorporating blues and jazz riffs. In addition to his solo work, Amadou Kouyate performs with his world rock ensemble Proper SKANKS, Amadou Kouyate Ensemble, the international duo project WEEDOU Everything! and Memory of African Culture. Amadou has worked extensively with Chuck Davis and the African American Dance Ensemble, Farafina Kan and Kankouran West African Dance Company. Some of his credits include performances at The Kennedy Center, Smithsonian Institution, The NAMM Show, Bristol Academy and Isle of Whyte (England), Tim Festival (Brazil), Petronio Alvarez Afro-Colombian Festival (Colombia), Garvey Festival (Costa Rica), Lowell, Baltimore Rhythm Festival, East-Lansing and Dayton National Folk Festivals, Harrisonburg International Festival, Intersections Festival (DC), DanceAfrica DC, Atlanta, and Chicago, with The National Symphony Orchestra, Carnegie Hall, National Geographic, The Creative Alliance and the Victoria World Rhythm Festival, and had played on two Grammy-nominated projects. Amadou has worked on various film and video game scores and has presented and lectured at over 30 colleges and university institutions worldwide. Amadou received the Maryland Start Arts Council Governor’s Citation, The Maryland Master/ Apprentice Award and other artistic awards from the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, Special Talents and Musical Theatre Scholarships at Howard University and Levine School of Music. In his traditional scholarship, Amadou has studied in Mali, Senegal, Guinea and The Gambia with master musicians of the Djali tradition including Djimo Kouyate and Toumani Diabate. Thus far, Amadou having an illustrious career as both a performer and educator. He was an Adjunct Lecturer of African Music and Ethnomusicology at the University of Maryland, and director of the African Drum Ensemble, and Artist-In-Residence at Montgomery College of Rockville, and is now working at Goucher College and UMBC. Amadou an alum of the distinguished Artist In Residence program at the renowned Strathmore Music Center, and a teaching artist at the Wolftrap Organization for the Performing Arts, and continues to present to audiences around the world.

Brian Weber is a talented multi-instrumentalist who has been performing in and around the Washington, D.C. area for close to 30 years. His shows have also taken him up and down the east coast and as far west as California. Brian loves playing his originals and some covers that he spins his own unique way. He enjoys engaging the audience for a memorable musical experience every time he takes the stage. He is regularly joined by guest musicians which adds to the sound and fun! Brian says, “Stop through and stay for awhile...check out the music, make a request, sit and enjoy or get up and dance! Thanks for listening and see you at a show soon!” 

More at www.facebook.com/Brian-Weber-Two-Man-Trio-96192347211




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With Covid-19 comes cancellations and it would be useless to try to guess when a regular events calendar might resume. However, there are still many online events to "attend" and all of our organizations can be supported in different ways.

One of our fellow local-music organizations, FocusMusic is maintaining a great list of their alumni performers' upcoming webstreams. We've got a lot of crossover with FocusMusic - take a look at focusmusic.org/Online-Shows
 
In addition the Maryland States Arts Council is maintaining a list of online events varying from virtual film festivals, online sing-alongs, music and more. Visit tinyurl.com/VirtualMarylandArts to view the list.