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2014 Lotus World Music and Arts Festival

The 21st  Lotus World Music & Arts Festival took place on September 19th to 20th of 2014. The festival included twenty bands performed live in both ticketed and public events, as well as a variety of non-musical performers. The IAUNRC was proud to sponsor Arga Bileg (Mongolia) and to co-sponsor Erkan Oğur’s Telvin Trio (Turkey) and Tsuumi Sound System (Finland).

Pictures of Arga Bileg by Kathleen Kuo.

Arga Bileg

Arga BilegThe seven members of Arga Bileg introduce jazz improvisation into Mongolian folk music traditions. The ensemble includes polished musicians, composers, and choreographers; their sound is elegant and compelling. Traditional Mongolian music is strongly influenced by nature, nomadism, and shamanism — Arga Bileg draws on these influences, along with contemporary Western jazz techniques, creating a unique combination of East and West, symbolized in their name, the Mongolian term for “yin-yang.” Their use of the Mongolian horse-head fiddle and zither lends them a uniquely Mongolian sound, while the use of piano and drums adds a Western flavor to their instrumentation. On Saturday, they played both a free concert at Lotus In The Park and a ticketed show at the First United Methodist Church. On Sunday, audiences at the Buskirk-Chumley theater were treated to their unique sound.The IAUNRC also sponsored a potluck on Sunday to give the band a chance to meet with Mongolian studies students as well as with members of the Bloomington Mongolian community.




EmergiErkan Oğurng from the jazz and blues scene in Istanbul, the Telvin Trio is well known for its virtuosic expression of contemporary jazz. Led by Erkan Oğur – whose brilliant fretless guitar work combines ethnic folk music and traditional Turkish themes with rock, blues, and contemporary jazz – the trio also features Turgut Alp Bekoğlu on percussion and İlkin Deniz on bass (both acoustic and electric). Telvin rarely plays live concerts, and IAUNRC is proud to help bring them to Indiana. The Trio's performance at the First Presbyterian Church was a standing-room only event.






Tsuumi Sound System

The eminently catchy Tsuumi Sound System includes several members of the band Frigg, which the IAUNRC sponsored at the 2013 Lotus Fest. TSS begins with Nordic string traditions and adds brass, percussion, and keyboards to create a fuller, even more powerful sound: driving Finnish fiddle music with a strong rhythm section. The onstage presence of the band is highly dynamic, and must be seen to be believed. Tsuumi Sound System played both Friday and Saturday at the Ivy Tech Community College Tent to appreciateive crowds.