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Jagadeeswaran is an accomplished Mridangam (a South Indian drum) artist in the Pacific Northwest.

PERFORMANCE:  Carnatic Percussion Ensemble on the Armory Main Stage


James Morford is a performer, educator, and scholar specializing in music and dance in Guinea, West Africa and its diasporas. He earned a Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology from the University of Washington.


Back to Basics: A Fresh Look at Djembe and Dunun Fundamentals

Djembe and dunun music typically includes signals known as "calls" or "breaks" that contain often-overlooked information regarding rhythmic feel. This information is fundamental to successful playing. Through active participation, this workshop will shed new light on two common djembe signals. Participants will learn how to apply the information contained within these signals, and play both familiar and new repertoire with better groove.

Participants will need to bring a djembe or similar hand drum.


John Hayden is an adventure traveler with artisan friends around the world that create rhythm instruments for his company Jamtown®. Since 1995 he promotes in -the-moment & accessible music play for youth, community and business. His daughter Lily, now 11, showed him that none of that stuff works for 2 year old’s. Since then he also writes & performs tots music with ukulele and Jamtown props. He produces the Northwest Folklife ‘Rhythm Tent’ Stage since 2004 and teaches hand drum in Edmonds. Join his event newsletter at www.JamtownLive.com


Musical Space Adventure for Kids featuring the Sun Moon Star Drum 
Bring the whole family - INCLUDING the toddlers - for an all ages jam featuring Jamtown fair trade rhythm instruments from around the world. e provide shakers, bells, frogs, sticks and drums. Let's BLAST OFF with rhythmic games and free play focused on the little ones!


INTRO TO DRUM CIRCLE FACILITATION – Arthur Hull and Jon Hayden will be co-presenting a hands-on active seminar on the basics of Drum Circle Facilitation. Bring your drum and percussion instruments to join in with this fun drum circle training experience.

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Son cubano is one of the most popular musical styles in Cuba and Kiki Valera is one of its foremost exponents. Over the last century this style of traditional Cuban music contributed to many other genres including jazz, cha cha cha, mambo, salsa, songo and timba. Cuban son is the music that made the Buena Vista Social Club worldwide stars in the late 1990s but Kiki Valera comes from a family of musicians whose involvement with Cuban son pre-dates the Buena Vista Social Club by decades.

Kiki Valera is the oldest son of the famous La Familia Valera Miranda septet, a multi-generational traditional music group from Santiago de Cuba. Since the 19th century, La Familia Valera Miranda has played a significant role in Cuban culture by collecting and preserving the deep-rooted traditions of the legendary Sierra Maestra mountain region. Their debut album, released in 1982, helped initiate the explosion of interest in traditional Cuban music.

Kiki, like most of his family, is a virtuoso. A multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger, sound engineer and producer, he’s best known as one of the world’s greatest players of the Cuban cuatro, a mid-size guitar with 8 strings grouped in sets of 2.

Kiki picked up the Cuban tres under the guidance of his father Felix when he was a child. He later attended one of the most prestigious music schools in Cuba & by the mid-90s was busy recording and touring the world with his family.

Kiki continues to direct, compose, arrange and perform internationally. He also performs and teaches in Seattle, Washington where he contributes to the vibrant music scene in the Pacific Northwest.


Kiki Valera & Cubaché - a super-danceable traditional Cuban music Cuban Son, boleros, guarachas, septeto with an all star lineup!


Keith Terry is a percussionist/rhythm-dancer/educator whose artistic vision has straddled the line between music and dance for more than four decades.  As a soloist he has appeared in such settings as Lincoln Center, Bumbershoot, NPR’s All Things Considered, PRI's The World, the Vienna International Dance Festival, and the Paradiso van Slag World Drum Festival in Amsterdam.  His groups – Slammin All-Body Band, Crosspulse Percussion Ensemble, Professor Terry’s Circus Band Extraordinaire, and Body Tjak (with I Wayan Dibia) – have performed in a variety of venues, including Joe’s Pub, WNYC, and Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors (NY); Grand Performances, LACMA Jazz, the Roxy, and the Skirball Center (LA); SFJazz, Vancouver Island MusicFest, and the Bali Arts Festival.  In addition, Keith has performed with a wide range of artists including Charles “Honi” Coles, Turtle Island String Quartet, Jovino Santos Neto, Barbatuques, Gamelan Sekar Jaya, KeKeÇa, Kenny Endo, Freddie Hubbard, Tex Williams, Robin Williams, and Bobby McFerrin.  As a producer he has released 6 CDs, 5 DVDs and a book on Crosspulse Media.

Keith tours extensively in the Americas, Asia, and Europe, where his Body Music performances, workshops, residencies and choreographic commissions are popular among professional performers and educators.  From 1998 to 2005 Keith was on the faculty at UCLA’s Department of World Arts and Cultures, where he designed and taught a dozen courses on the relationship of music and dance; deep listening; synchronicity, time, and timing; and intercultural communication in the arts. In 2006 he conceived and directed the first International Body Music Performance Project for the Orff Institute in Salzburg, Austria. In 2010 Keith taught on the Dance faculty at UC Berkeley.
Keith Terry is the founding Artistic Director of the International Body Music Festival (IBMF). Launched in 2008, this annual, six day festival explores the language of body music from culture to culture and has been produced in the US, Brazil, Turkey, Indonesia, France and Ghana; plus MiniFests in Greece, Italy, Brazil and Canada.  In 2010 Keith directed and performed in IBMF’s “Americas” concert for the Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival in New York. Keith is a Guggenheim Fellow and an Asian Cultural Council Fellow, as well as the Founding Director of Crosspulse, a 40 year-old, Oakland, CA –based, non-profit organization dedicated to the creation and performance of rhythm-based intercultural music and dance.

PERFORMANCE:  Opening the Saturday Night Dance Party



• Traditional Body Musics from around the world (all levels)


• Body Music with Keith Terry (all levels)

Using the oldest instrument on the planet -- the human body -- we clap, slap, snap, step and vocalize our way through some very fun and funky, original and traditional rhythmic music.  BODY MUSIC is an effective way of internalizing rhythmic work, which enhances the development of time, timing, phrasing, listening skills, independence, coordination and ensemble awareness.  It is a useful tool for musicians, dancers and movers of all kinds, actors, DJs and film editors -- anyone interested in deepening their rhythmic skills — while exploring a variety of rhythmic systems and concepts from around the world,  including polyrhythms, crosspulses, polymeters, phasing, half time/double time, and  more.  Guaranteed to open ears and expand rhythmic horizons.


K.P. Tha Killa Percussionist- A freestyle Percussionist who combines Hip Hop/Rock/Jazz/Junkyard Beats into a savage foot stomping grooves with chants, vocals and solos!!!


K.P. IS from Detroit, MI and now resides in Tacoma. He's a Solo Freestyle Percussionist who plays Congas, Timbales and Street Percussion.

PERFORMANCE: On the Armory Main Stage

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We are a funk rock reggae band from Seattle, WA that has shared the stage with Les Claypool, Karl Denson, Carlos Washington, Clinton Fearon, Dumstaphunk, Signal Path, EOTO, & the Original Itals to name a few. We were featured in the June issue of Relix as we released a CD, as well as being on a compilation cd w/ My Morning Jacket. Venues we have played include Nectar Lounge Seattle, Suede Longe Park Cit, UT, Boom Boom Room San Fran, Wilma Theater Missoula, MT, The Bite of Seattle, Cervante's in Denver, & Buffalo Chip Main Stage in Sturgis.

Luau Cinder is playing on the Mural Amphitheater. 

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Many Hands Light Work is Stormi Oshun and Shaun Phoenix.  Stormi has been drumming since young adulthood, and has created and led two wildly successful women's bucket drum marching bands (Spokane, Washington and Bozeman, Montana). 


With her joyful and inclusive spirit, Stormi has been invited back repeatedly to SummerSing Women's Music Empowerment Camp and a variety of other venues to offer bucket drumming and other rhythm workshops.  Shaun Phoenix, Stormi's partner in life, love and Many Hands Light Work, has been a musician and songwriter since childhood, and is extremely effective at creating a coherent sense of connection and community where all feel welcome, heard and valued. 


Shaun is a shamanic healing practitioner, mentor and ceremonialist.  Both women are members of Yamama!, an all-woman World music and dance ensemble based in Bozeman.  Shaun and Stormi are repeat presenters at the Cody Dieruf Foundation Mother’s Retreat for Cystic Fibrosis, at the annual Celebrating Women gathering in Boulder Hot Springs, MT, and have completed Christine Stevens’ Music Medicine training.  Both are certified drum circle facilitators with Arthur Hull’s Village Music Circles.


Bucket Drumming for All (or, Put a Marching Band Where You've Always Wanted One)!  All materials will be provided for this playful, easy-access, super-fun rhythm experience.  Participants will learn simple and engaging multi-part rhythms and play them on yes, truly, 5-gallon paint buckets.  Appropriate for all ages and skill levels.


Matthew Kine, MM, MSW comes to his work with the belief in the power of sound as a tool to connect through rhythm, motion and joy.  Matthew's journey began as a classical pianist and teacher, which he taught at Southern Methodist University from 2001-2016.  During his tenure, he began studying the art of Dalcroze Music Education and became convinced that the embodiment principles to be fundamental to the soul of the musician.  Matthew has earned his Advanced Certificate in Jaques-Dalcroze Education, 200 YTT from the Dallas Yoga Center and travels around the country training teachers in the art of embodying sound.  Matthew resides in Dallas where teaches piano, drum circle facilitation, offers sound healing sessions, coaches and teaches yoga through embodiment principles.


Rhythmic Modes: Playing with Patterns
This interactive workshop will outline the rhythmic modes as a tool for deciphering rhythmic patterns. These modes were initiated by the ancient Greeks and offered the tools to memorize and retain epic poems like the Illiad and the Odyssey.  We will play with these patterns and names and use these ideas to explore the interlocking patterns we all love to experience in a community drum circle.  This workshop will involve some pattern names, some movement and lots and lots of play. Come prepared to Share Your Spirit!!


Meera Krishna is an accomplished Carnatic classical singer and Bharatanatyam dancer. She was initiated into vocal music at the age of three by her mother and Guru, Smt. RadhaKrishna, who belongs to the Thyagaraja Shishya Parampara via the Alathur school. Smt. Radha trained under P.S Thirumalachariar, a student of Alathur Venkatesha Iyer, the Guru of the famous Alathur brothers. Meera’s first performance was at age 5 over All India Radio (AIR) Delhi, and from then on, she performed regularly over AIR and Doordarshan (National Television).

Meera believes that music inspires emotive dance (abhinaya), and uses her intensive training in Carnatic music and abhinaya to make the interplay of music and dance very cohesive, as well as explore new territories for their collaboration. Her musical expertise also enables her to compose music for her new dance productions. She loves to teach and share her knowledge of these art forms with her enthusiastic and dedicated students.


Indian classical dance  

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