Throughout Saturday and Sunday, there will be live performances on the Market Stage. From West African drum and dance to Marimbas of the World, this year’s talented entertainment is not to be missed! Please see the full entertainment schedule and learn more about the artists below
Saturday, July 9
9:30 AM – 10:30 AM Santa Fe Danceworks Studio with Lone Piñon (Mexican traditional dances)
10:45 AM – 11:15 AM Mathew Ngau Jau / Levente Sütő (Market Artists from Malaysia and Hungary)
11:35 AM – 12:20 PM Marimbas of the World (Marimbas from West Africa, Guatemala, Mexico)
12:45 PM – 1:30 PM Yjastros / National Institute of Flamenco
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Mamadou Kelly (Mali)
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM EVET (music from the dance and song repertoire of the Balkans)
Sunday, July 10
10:00 AM – 10:20 AM Mathew Ngau Jau (Market Artist from Malaysian Borneo)
10:40 AM – 11:25 AM Wassa Drum and Dance (West African drum and dance)
11:45 AM – 12:20 PM Yjastros / National Institute of Flamenco
12:25 PM – 12:35 PM Quang Minh Buddhist Youth Lion Dance Team (Vietnam)
12:40 PM – 1:40 PM Odara Dance Ensemble (traditional dances from Cuba and Trinidad)
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Mamadou Kelly (Mali)
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM Tradiciones (Cuban music from the Golden Age)
Mario Reynolds (Andean flute) – All weekend on the between level steps.
EVET (Music from the dance and song repertoire of the Balkans)
EVET, Turkish for “YES”, offers its audience a musical odyssey, with striking instrumental diversity and vocal nuance, capturing the taste and spirit of the Balkans and beyond. EVET seeks to honor this complexity through traditional dance music from mountain villages, poetic rumination from cosmopolitan cities ancient and contemporary, and vertiginous acrobatics of devious beats and dizzying ornaments.
Mamadou Kelly (Mali)
Mamadou Kelly comes from Goundam and Niafunke in the heartland of Mali’s Niger River Delta. A genius on the guitar with a wry charm, he has an encyclopedic knowledge of Malian music. His first album as soloist was the critically praised ADIBAR released in September 2013. His second album, DJAMILA, just released October 2015, is generating alot of excitement, A determined professional, Kelly’s lyric style is direct yet sung in parables. A rich historical background supports his compositions.
DJAMILA was named Top of the World by Songlines Magazine and journalist Mark Sinnock wrote: “Incredibly accomplished guitarist … a fine singer… prorfoundly moving music”
~ Songlines Magazine #112
Marimbas of the World (Marimbas from West Africa, Guatemala, Mexico)
Marimbas of the World traces the history of the Marimba from the Senufo Tribe in Burkina Faso, West Africa, to the Guatemalan Marimba de Arco con Tecomates, or Gourd Marimba, to the beautiful, and masterful modern woodwork of the large Marimbas from Chiapas, Mexico.
Mathew Ngau Jau / Levente Sütő (Market Artists from Malaysia and Hungary)
Matthew Ngau Jau is an accomplished sapeh musician. He is a regular feature at the Annual Rainforest World Music Festival held in Kuching, Sarawak since 2000. He attends IFAM | Santa Fe to showcase his bark cloth paintings and handmade instruments.
Levente Lehel Sütő’s family has been making traditional furniture since the end of the 16th century. He also performs traditional Hungarian song and dance.
Odara Dance Ensemble (traditional dances from Cuba and Trinidad)
Pilar Leto is the founder and Artistic Director of the Odara Dance Ensemble. Frank Leto is the leader and musical director of the band PANdemonium. Together they perform and teach Caribbean, Afro-Cuban, and Brazilian dance and music, including their signature Carnival celebration held annually at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque.
Quang Minh Buddhist Youth Lion Dance Team (Vietnam)
A perennial market favorite!
Vietnamese Lion Dance has a continuous history of 1,000 years. The Lion Dance sustains and gives meaning to the Vietnamese culture and community. The lion, considered the king of beasts, symbolizes power and good fortune. The lion is therefore considered a sacred animal that possesses special protective powers to drive away evil. The addition of drums and other percussion equipment also helps to drive away the evil spirits. For these reasons, martial artists perform the Lion Dance with a lion head to replicate the essence and spirit of the lion and percussion instruments to ward off evil spirits and bring good luck to the recipient of the Lion Dance.
Santa Fe Danceworks Studio with Lone Piñon (Mexican Traditional Dances)
Colorful and vibrant presentations of music and dance from across Mexico, ranging from the foot-stomping Huapangos, a rhythm greatly influenced by the Spanish fandangos, to the slow-tempo bolero, evoking romance and love. The performances feature musicians and dancers of Santa Fe Danceworks Studio
Tradiciones (Cuban Music from the Golden Age)
“To be in Cuba in the 1930s, 40s, and 50s, or specifically, in Havana, was to be in the real center of it all. Havana was the happening place. It was Paris west. Havana’s exotic and intoxicating nightlife was truly legendary…” –La Edad de Oro Cuba The Golden Age
Tradiciones is César’s tribute to La Epoca de Oro de la Música Tradicional de Cuba (The Golden Age of Traditional Cuban Music). The members of Tradiciones are honored to bring this music to you and transport you to a time full of romance and promise.
Wassa Drum and Dance (West African Drum and Dance)
Wassa Drum & Dance was founded by master artist Ibrahimasory “Soriba” Fofana from Guinea, West Africa. “Wassa Wassa” is a cry of celebration translated as Happy Happy! The ensemble was created out of the artist’s life work as a musician in the city of Conakry, Guinea, and aims to portray the essence and spirit of West African dance and music. Wassa’s vision is to bring people together in sharing the rich traditions of music, dance and songs of Guinea, West Africa.
Yjastros – the professional dance company from the National Institute of Flamenco
Yjastros: The American Flamenco Repertory Company was founded in 1999 under the direction of acclaimed artist Joaquin Encinias. Yjastros is the only true flamenco repertory company in the United States, and a living archive of Flamenco. The company is composed of professional dancers executing choreographies composed by Mr. Encinias and today’s most influential Flamenco artists from around the world. The highly refined performances combine innovative dances with live musical and vocal accompaniment that leaves audiences spellbound.