Friday, April 23, 2010

Pasadena festival performance schedule for Saturday


Pasadena’s Greening the Earth Day and Armory Family Arts Festival announces the performance schedule for Saturday, April 24. The annual event is free to the public and includes art workshops, demonstrations of green products, information on green initiatives, and its first-ever swap meet.

Outdoor Stage on Raymond Avenue between Walnut and Holly streets:

10:40 a.m. Ballet Folklórico Nahuatzen
A community dance group established in 1998 under the direction of Juan Espino, with home base at Villa-Parke Community Center and more than 65 members who develop an appreciation for Mexican traditions through the arts and cultural dance.

11:30 a.m. Los Angeles Taiko Center
Founded in 1998 by director Rev. Tom Kurai to preserve the art of Japanese taiko drumming, a powerfully visual art that combines martial arts and music.

12:10 p.m. Drumtime (interactive drum circle)
Back for its fourth year, Drumtime invite the public to perform in drum circles with them. Lead by John Lacques, owner and founder, Drumtime aims to empower individuals while strengthening groups.

1:15 p.m. Danza Yankuikuitl (New Fire Aztec Dancers)
A Mexican indigenous dance group dedicated to preserving and teaching the Aztec dance and its cultural history. Founded by the late Felipe Esparza and family, who carry on the tradition.

2 p.m. Kan Zaman Community Ensemble
Volunteer musicians, singers and staff from diverse backgrounds who perform classical, folk and contemporary Arabic music. Kan Zaman was founded in 1994 with the mission to preserve, educate and entertain audience through concerts, lectures and workshops.

2:40 p.m. Lineage Dance Company
A contemporary dance company based in Pasadena with a mission to raise support and awareness for nonprofit organizations, and to make the arts accessible. Artistic Director Hilary Thomas choreographed the two works, excerpts from "The Brain in Motion" and "Defining Moments."

3:15 p.m. Old Californio
The band with roots in the late 60s and early-to-mid-70s will feature bright guitar-driven melodies with complicated and earthy arrangements, mixed in with a little down-home country twang and dovetailing instrumental jams. Known for its spirited music that could have only been created in Southern California.

Indoor Stage, 145 N. Raymond Ave.

11:30 a.m. Ballet Folklórico Sol y Luna
A community-based dance group located in San Gabriel Valley and founded in 2009 by director and dance instructor Gabriela de Leon, who co-founded several private dance groups and has taught in the Pasadena Unified School District. The group has more than 40 members.

12:30 p.m. Cobra Lilies
A Weird Folk singing and dancing super group formed from the ranks of some of Los Angeles’ most celebrated underground rock and folk bands. Lead by Eli and Mary Chartkoff (The Monolators), and with nine members, the Cobra Lilies are not so much a band as a dancing and singing ensemble, with group harmony vocals, jazz trumpet, a string section, accordion, bass, drums, plus tap dancing and Dutch clogging. Among the roster are singer and vocal arranger Arlene Siordia (Smells Like Flan), bassist Jessica Cowley (Old Lumps), accordionist Ema Tuennerman (Ema And The Ghosts), trumpet player Andrew Duncan (Cat Hair Ensemble), violinist Pauline Lay (Divisadero), vocalist and percussion Jade Dennis, and tap dancer Alissa Newton.

1:30 p.m. Daniel Brummel
Singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and music educator born and raised in Pasadena. Listeners can expect to hear strains of Appalachian mountain music, Mexican mariachi, Celtic balladry and Brazilian bossa nova. In the communal spirit of Earth Day, his set will conclude with a participatory introduction to shape-note singing, a tradition of sacred music practiced for over two centuries in the American South.

2:30 p.m. peaceMUSE
Breeze Smith, Paul Morehouse, and Robert S. Hilton, multi-instrumentalists will play experimental improvisational music.

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