Concerts at the Kaleidoscope Gathering 2014
Austin Lawrence, March 2014
At each Kaleidoscope Gathering there are a few amplified concerts that take place on the Raven Stage to entertain and uplift Festers. It is still early in the Fest organizing season, but we already have two concerts booked!
Consider checking out the artists’ websites and purchase their music by following the links, both to support their musical endeavours, and so that you can sing along when they play this summer!
Caveman Techno with David Finkle, Andy Mason, Simon Handley and Friends (Wednesday, July 30, 2014)
David Finkle (AKA: ‘Fink’) is a known felon. His crime? Spreading nasty-funk across the land. Why, the three words to best describe him go as follows (and I quote): “Fink…Fank…Funk!” As a true-blue traditional native hunter, trapper, fisher and collector of medicines living off the land, Fink helps to bring about the primitive caveman aspect of Caveman Techno. A traditional drum and flute maker, Fink brings about a uniquely organic blend with sweeping ethereal flute melodies and poly-rhythmic bass hypnosis.
Andy Mason (AKA: ‘Andy-Tramp’) is a legend in Indian country. He is the quintessential “Genuine Indian Guru” and he is here to “Show you a BETTER way.” Able to decipher the specific key of a mouse-fart atop a mountain over 75 miles away … his perfect ear and spot-on rhythmic abilities help to provide the mortar between the bricks that are Fink and Funky-Munky to insure an awe-inspiring musicality (now currently approved by the FDA).
Simon Handley (AKA: ‘Funky Munky’) helps to bring about the futuristic and state-of-the-art aspect of Caveman Techo. Utilizing wildly entertaining concoctions of his own design, Funky Munky runs the gamut from mothership moon landings to nether-worldly sine wave communications from distant alien beings. All the while providing a solidness that makes it near impossible not to shake yer’ ever-loving booty to. This High Priest of the religious sect of Soundism will be sure to absolve you from your non-rhythmic sins.
Fiddlehead Soup (Thursday, July 31, 2014)
This Eastern Ontario trio transports listeners to Scandinavia, southern Europe, South America and beyond with a wonderful collection of folk songs sprinkled with a garnish of Scottish and Irish tunes and original music. Featuring veteran musician Douglas Hendry on cittern and 12-string guitar, and mother-and-daughter team Glenna Hunter and Ursa Meyer on fiddles (and other instruments that come to hand), this delightfully earthy trio provides a most pleasing potage of international folk.
Jamfola and Mandala, a special presentation by Eric Lafontaine, Sylvain Bernier, Pascal Bonneau, Gilles Lortie and Guy Thibault with Eric Mandala (Friday, August 1, 2014)
Jamfola was founded in 2007 by Eric Lafontaine. The band’s name originates in a fusion of several words including: jam and djembefola … to remind everyone from whence flows their percussive grooving rhythms of collective improvisation!
The group plays a mix of music and is a world full of surprises. Their show is festive and colorful. They are sometimes fire and sometimes they are full of tenderness and poetry. The group’s percussive rhythms are inspired by black African, Arab and Latin music. They also include didgeridoo, rain sticks, bells and storytelling. Jamfola is currently composed of five musicians including Eric Lafontaine, Sylvain Bernier, Pascal Bonneau, Gilles Lortie and Guy Thibault.
Eric Mandala will join forces with Jamfola for this concert. Eric has traveled around the world collaborating with 100’s of artists under the name Mandala. He has played festivals around the world in on six continents: Salvador Brazil Jazz Fest, Burning Man, Earth Dance, Mystic Island Fest, Kaleidoscope Gathering, Eclipse Fest, Mardi Gras, Carnival, Indidjinus Fest, NZ Luminate Fest, Kuranda Roots Fest, The Mad River Fest, Sonic Fest, United Cultures Fest, Earth Day Fest, Taiwan Lantern Fest, Parihaka Festival, Shivaratri Fest to name a few. He can jam with just about anyone and plays over 100 ethnic and modern instruments from around the world. His signature singing style is to sing in “universal language” mixing ancient tongues and ethnic styles of vocals with modern sound scat poetry. He builds and plays African harps like the kora and the n’goni.
Colores Andinos (Sunday, August 3, 2014)
Andean Colors is an original musical exploration into Latin-Andean fusion. Its members come originally from Chile, Ecuador, El Salvador, Peru and Canada. Since they came together as a group in Ottawa in 1997, they have been touring many places in Ontario, Quebec and Nova Scotia. In each performance, Andean Colors has captivated audiences because of its energy, talent and art, playing more than 20 wind, string and percussion instruments from modern and traditional Latin American heritage. Each member of Andean Colors specializes in different instruments and has extensive experience performing with other international Latin-American groups in Europe and in the Americas. Their repertoire includes original and arranged traditional songs, blending Native-Andean rhythms and contemporary influences such as salsa, cumbia, bossa-nova and jazz. Their venues are diverse, ranging from stage to radio and television (ex. CBC, Radio Canada and BRAVO). But what makes Andean Colors a unique group is its sound produced by the encounter of different multicultural roots, experiences and musical backgrounds that could only truly happen in Canada.