Balladir is a new project from Bloomington-based bard, Travis Puntarelli. The project seeks to honor the dusty arts of heraldry, epic poetry, and the singing telegram. Inspired by such modern folk heroes as Robert Burns (1759-1796), Gary Gygax (1938-2008), and Calliope of Nestus, the group champions anachronisms that should've never been forgotten. The music is playful, eclectic, and folksy, with rustic harmonies and colorful lyrics. Visit our website for examples and more info. email
Jason L. Burnfield
Jason is a multi-instrumentalist and flute maker. He plays Irish Flute, Scottish Smallpipes, Andean Woodwinds (quena and zamponas), and guitar. He recently took up his great grandfather's Great Highland bagpipes, which are over 60 years old! Jason makes flutes of various sizes and tunings from bamboo, copper pipe, and PVC pipe. He is available for performances on the flute & smallpipes in the greater Bloomington area.
Malcom Dalgish is a hammer dulcimer player, composer, and entertainer, who directs the Ooolation! singing camp in the Sierra Mountains.
Coming from a family of artists and musicians, DeCastro was inspired early to study performing arts and music. Valeria has been singing Bossa and Samba since she was 15 when she began her guitar studies with Mestre Gamela - one of the most important brazilian guitar Bossa Nova player in contemporary Brazil . At age 17, Valeria won her first prize as a music composer in Brazil.
Living in the Unite States since 1993, Valeria built her reputation as a composer, musician and vocalist performing solo and as leader of the group ABACAXI, playing opposite jazz and blues saxophonist Hakim Rahsul and performing with many other noted local and international musicians. She enjoys sharing her music with other musicians, explore new musical expressions and to fusion acoustic and electronic music (what she defines as ElectrOrganic music).
DeCastro has performed in several countries for over 30 years including Brazil, Italy, Spain and Costa Rica. Valeria's blend of Bossa Nova and Jazz explores the deep roots of music from the Americas and reminds us just how much the two genres influenced each other. Facebook email
Otaak Band is the collaboration of Miguel Merino, from Indiana, USA, and Ahmed Said Abuamna from Eastern Sudan, who met in 2009 in Cairo. Ahmed Said is from the Beja, who are the indigenous people of the region between the Nile and the Red Sea in Northern Sudan and Southern Egypt, and a master of the Beja’s traditional lyre, the masankop. Never before has the lyre been at the forefront of a contemporary ensemble and been used as a complete musical instrument. Otaak Band plays thousand-year-old traditional melodies, pop-rock songs, and everything in between. Otaak opens a direct link to the ancient past while creating a sound that's completely contemporary. Otaak Band is dedicated to preserving the Beja culture and language, while breaking new musical ground through its innovative use of the masankop, one of the world's oldest instruments. In addition to concerts, the band conducts workshops and presentations on rhythm and dance, Beja society and culture, traditional arts and crafts, and building and playing the masankop. email Facebook
Kaia is a vocal ensemble in Bloomington, Indiana. They perform world music, jazz, spirituals, and anything else that strikes their fancy.
Tomás Lozano is a vocalist, instrumentalist, composer, scholar and writer born in Barcelona, Spain. He stands out as an iconic performer of Spain’s traditional ballads sung in Castilian, Catalan and Galician. Lozano also takes poetry from famed Spanish authors and converts them into song, which he performs with the accompaniment of his guitar and other instruments. His wide-ranging musical repertoire includes his own melodies for the hurdy gurdy and folk dances from Spain, France, Britain and more. He also sings traditional Sephardic songs in Ladino. Lozano is a permanent member of Kativar, Daily Bread, and !Viva la Pepa! In his teens, he formed the Catalan folk music ensemble, Els Trobadors del Vallès. He toured Europe, playing folk, traditional and medieval music at festivals in Switzerland, southern France, Germany, northern Italy, etc. By 1993, Lozano was touring Canada and the United States. Facebook email
Steve is a player of exotic and primitive woodwinds, lyricist and unrepentant choir boy (baritone). No blog or website, plenty of forest and farmland though. Come listen to Sue Swaney's choir at IU Bloomington on Sunday morning, he'll be there. email