|Fifth Annual Landfall Festival of World Music comes to Cedar Rapids Sept. 19-22|
The fifth annual Landfall Festival of World Music comes to Cedar Rapids Sept. 19-22 featuring over 50 musicians from 10 countries including Brazil, Portugal, Sweden, Tunisia, China and Mexico. Locations this year include CSPS Hall, Opus Concert Café and the African American Museum of Iowa. Saturday’s free line-up will be at Greene Square Park in downtown Cedar Rapids.
Here’s the schedule:
Weds, Sept 19, $10 per show or $20 for all three at the door
6:00 pm, Panorama Jazz Band – New Orleans USA, CSPS Hall
Panorama Jazz Band’s repertoire draws on the most exciting music from around the world: the Caribbean rhythms of Martinique in the French West Indies; the exotic Klezmer and Balkan melodies of Eastern Europe, and the non-stop syncopation of New Orleans second-line. By turns a funky jazz band, a dance band and a swing orchestra, Panorama Jazz Band is a seven-piece acoustic group featuring the instruments that have been used to get crowds dancing for centuries – clarinet, alto saxophone, trombone, accordion, tenor banjo, drums and tuba.
7:00 pm, Trio Brasileiro – Brazil, Opus Concert Cafe
Trio Brasileiro performs the great traditional choro music of Brazil by masters like Jacob do Bandolim, Ernesto Nazareth and others, as well as their own compositions: modern reflections of that great traditional musical form sometimes referred to as the “the New Orleans jazz of Brazil.” The trio includes celebrated guitarist Douglas Lora; one of Brazil’s finest mandolin virtuosos, Dudu Maia; and the amazing percussionist and brother of Douglas, Alexandre Lora.
8:00 pm, Deolinda – Portugal, CSPS Hall
Deolinda has traded in the bittersweet “saudade” (longing) of Lisbon’s smoky fado houses for the quirky, jubilant sounds of contemporary Portugal, while freely grabbing inspiration from old fado records, Cape Verdean morna and 1970s Portuguese singer-songwriters. To conjure this other Portugal, the soulful acoustic quartet invented an alter ego, a middle-aged single woman whose solitary poetry (described on stage in flawless English) would delight Emily Dickinson. Named Deolinda, she writes by her window, watching suburban Lisbon’s characters and foibles unfold below.
Thurs, Sept 20, $10 per show or $20 for all three at the door
6:00 pm, JPP – Finland, CSPS Hall
There’s nothing like the sound of multiple, driving fiddles, and Finland’s JPP serves up four. Lesser known by their full name, Järvelän pikkupelimannit (“Little Folk Musicians of Järvelä”), JPP has built a reputation as Finland’s finest string dance band and the backbone of the new Finnish folk revival. The group formed in 1982 in the fiddling capital of Finland (and perhaps the world), Kaustinen. Born from the fiddling tradition of the Järvelä family, in Järvelä village in Kaustinen, JPP’s musical roots go back to the 19th century. This is pure folk fiddling: four small bows, a double bass and a harmonium (an instrument popular in Finnish dance bands) playing traditional styles from all over Finland, and incorporating outside influences as well, especially Swedish and Celtic.
7:00 pm, Trio Brasileiro – Brazil, Opus Concert Café
8:00 pm, Movits – Sweden, CSPS Hall
This Swedish hip-hop jazz band gained international notoriety following an electric performance on Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report.” After Comedy Central released the digital version of their debut CD, the release reached #2 on the iTunes hip hop chart and #18 overall. According to Indyweek.com, “Movits! is an explosive combination of genres: the quick-spitting lyrics of hip hop, the crowd-moving thump of big-band style bass, and a deep-souled saxophone that carried the rhythm on a number of tunes in a way that most guitarists dream of doing.”