South of the Border: Traditions

Our 2015 Concert series focuses on Musicians and Dancers from Latin American communities in Minnesota, including Brazil, Mexico, Haiti, Paraguay and Columbia.SOTB-Brazil copy 3

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Check out the series website for more detailed information!

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Roots Music: Four Corners of Europe

On December 6th and 7th, Hamline University and Minnesota Global Arts Institute will present a weekend of music and dance from Eastern and Central Europe, for an early jump on our 2014 concert series Roots Music: Four Corners of Europe.

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Ensemble Mezze: Music of the Mediterranean

In collaboration with Little Mekong, Lao Thai Family Restaurant and Irrigate we present Little Mekong Musical Buffett: A Taste of the Mediterranean with the musical group  Ensemble Mezze. on Saturday night October 12, 2013 from 7 to 9 pm. Lao Thai Family Restaurant is located 501 University Avenue West, Saint Paul, MN 55103, (651) 224-5026.

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The evening will feature music from the Mediterranean and a special $7.99 food buffet. The featured group, Ensemble Mezze, is headed by musician/composer Miriam Gerberg, which specializes in compelling, evocative and lively music from across the Mediterranean region.  The word Mezze is a selection of small dishes served in the Mediterranean, Middle East and Balkans, and as such, the Ensemble’s performance provides a feast of music traveling from Spain, across North Africa, through the Middle East, Israel, Turkey and up into Greece and the Balkans.  There’ll be songs sung in Spanish, Ladino, Arabic,  Hebrew, Greek, Rom and Turkish.  The group’s musicians include Miriam on accordion and the Arabic qanun  zither, Rachel Milloy on vocals and percussion, Scott  Mateo Davies on flamenco guitar and oud, David Stenshoel on violin and Stephen Spaise on percussion.

Ensemble Mezze  recently performed a commissioned  evening’s concert at the Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis as part of their 416 Commission Series, and at the Worthington MN International Festival.

The ensemble members bring long histories and experience with this diverse repertoire to the group. A well-established ethnomusicologist, composer, and founder of The Minnesota Global Arts Institute, band leader Miriam has a long history of working cross-culturally with her music. She has performed Arabic, Turkish, Israeli and Yiddish music for over 20 years. Miriam and vocalist Rachel Milloy co-founded Ensemble Mezze, later bringing in the other musicians into the group. She teaches World Musics at Hamline University. Vocalist/ percussionist Rachel Milloy and guitarist/oudist Scott Mateo Davies have collaborated since 2007, sharing their love of Flamenco and other related Mediterranean music, such as Greek/Balkan Romani (Gypsy) and Sephardic music as well as Argentinian Tango. Mateo regularly tours Spain, the US and recently China performing Flamenco guitar. David Stenshoel, violin, a fixture in the Minnesota music scene, performs with many world music groups in the Twin Cities: Boiled in Lead (Irish),Voices of Sepharad (Sephardic), Saharan Nights (Arabic pop), Robayat (Persian), and Yiddishe Folksmenshn among many others. And Stephen Spaise plays the Drumkit, Arabic, Balkan & Latin Percussion, and also performs with many area groups most recently with Orchestra Bastet, Caravan Dance and Music, and The Other Country Ensemble.

The Sublime and the Beautiful: Grand Musical Traditions of India, Indonesia and China

In collaboration with Hamline University’s Office of Diversity Integration and the College Music Department, we present a series of concerts and workshops with master artists:


Spirit of the Veena: Nirmala Rajasekar


Sumunar Indonesian Music and Dance Ensemble with Joko and Tri Sutrisno


Silk and Bamboo:CHinese Music Untouched featuring Gao Hong, Chuen Fung Wong

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