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Lotus World Music and Arts Festival

Fri, Sep 19, 6:30 pm to Sun, Sep 21, 5:00 pm

The Lotus World Music & Arts Festival and the

Inner Asian Uralic National Resource Center Present

Arga Bileg

Saturday, Sept. 20

1:45 – 2:30 pm / IU Global Education Pavilion, Lotus in the Park (Free)
6:30 – 7:30 pm / First United Methodist Church

Sunday, Sept. 21

3 – 5 pm / Buskirk-Chumley Theater, World Spirit Concert (with Derek Gripper)

The seven-piece group Arga Bileg introduces 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.

Sponsored by IU Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center

Friday, Sept. 19

10:25 – 11:40 pm / First Presbyterian Church

Emerging 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 Lotus is proud to bring them to Indiana.

Sponsored by IU Institute for European Studies and Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center

Tsuumi Sound System

Friday Sept.19

8:50 – 10:05 pm / Ivy Tech Community College Tent

Saturday, Sept. 20th

7:15 – 8:30 pm / Ivy Tech Community College Tent

Fans of the Finnish band Frigg will see some familiar faces in the line-up for the Tsuumi Sound System. 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. Aficionados of Scandinavian folk fusion will hear echoes of Hoven Droven, Väsen, and Garmarna in this exhilarating music.

Sponsored by the IU Institute for European Studies, Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center