Your Communities. Your Traditions. Your Folklife.
Northwest Folklife aims to strengthen our communities through arts and culture. This calendar brings together our greater community’s events and gatherings. Here, you will find events ranging from cultural celebrations to music and dance performances and traditional gatherings.
Together, we can continue to celebrate the rich arts, cultures, and traditions that thrive in the greater Pacific Northwest.
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Global Rhythms: Anna & Elizabeth with Miwa Matreyek
February 11, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Offering rustic Appalachian-inspired ballads, tunes, and hymns, Anna Roberts-Gevalt and Elizabeth Laprelle possess a shared quartet of talents; both are historians, storytellers, visual artists, and gifted, intuitive musicians. Inspired by the richness and tradition of the music, Anna & Elizabeth gather songs and stories from visits with elders and archives. Then they bring these songs to life with sparse, atmospheric arrangements using guitar, banjo, fiddle, and their voices in close harmony. They accompany their songs with story “crankies”—intricate picture-scrolls that illustrate the old songs they sing using papercuts, shadow puppets, prints, and embroidered fabric.
Multimedia performance artist Miwa Matreyek will open the show with her unique combination of animation, song, and movement. Matreyek’s performances fuse haunting music with immersive animation and interactive shadow play. Her work combines handmade and tech elements and often centers around the theme of conflict between man and nature. “Magical…the sheer breadth of the imagery…is unlike anything you’ve seen before,” says the Los Angeles Times.