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Claremont Folk Festival
Sunday, May 22, 2016
Sontag Greek Theater, Pomona College
300 E. Bonita
Claremont, CA. 91711
Join the Claremont Folk Festival for an afternoon and evening of fantastic music, food, beverages and more at our new venue, the Sontag Theater located on the Pomona College Campus in Claremont.
We are a non-profit organization promoting folk music, art, and culture in the Los Angeles and surrounding area.
Past year's acts have included: Ben Harper, Jackson Browne, Taj Mahal, David Lindley, David Hidalgo & Louis Perez, Tom Morello, Henry
Rollins, Dave Alvin, and may more local and regional performers.
PRESENTED BY THE CLAREMONT FOLK MUSIC CENTER MUSEUM
Multi-instrumentalist David Lindley performs music that redefines the word "eclectic." Lindley, well known for his many years as the featured accompanist with Jackson Browne, and leader of his own band El Rayo-X, has long championed the concept of world music. The David Lindley electro-acoustic performance effortlessly combines American folk, blues, and bluegrass traditions with elements from African, Arabic, Asian, Celtic, Malagasy, and Turkish musical sources. Lindley founded and lead what must now be seen as the first world music rock band, the Kaleidoscope. In 1971, Mr. Dave joined forces with Jackson Browne, serving as Jackson's most significant musical co-conspirator until 1981. In 1979, Lindley had begun working with old friend Ry Cooder on 'Bop Till you Drop.’ Throughout this long and distinguished career, Lindley has been one of Hollywood's most in demand session musicians, lending his skills to the recorded works of Bob Dylan, Rod Stewart, Linda Ronstadt, Crosby and Nash, Warren Zevon, and many others.
Incendiary rock guitarist and acoustic troubadour Tom Morello, known for his innovative guitar solos and thunderous chords, is a groundbreaking artist whether in his solo career or as an original member of the rock bands Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave, two acts responsible for multiple Grammy Awards and a combined 30 million albums sold worldwide. Morello has also been recognized by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the “100 Greatest Guitar Players of All-Time.”
Morello graduated from Harvard University with honors as a Political Science major and has been a widely recognized political activist throughout his career. Most recently Morello has joined Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band for their recent world tour.
Yuval Ron is an internationally renowned World Music artist, composer, educator, peace activist and record producer. Under his leadership, the highly acclaimed music and dance group, The Yuval Ron Ensemble, has been actively involved in creating musical bridges between people of the Jewish, Muslim and Christian faiths and has been featured on CNN, National Geographic, and in the international press and media.
His TV and films scores includes the PBS/Nova special, Breaking the Maya Code, Proteus, Oliver Twist, The Spiral Staircase, Golda's Balcony and Road to Victory and he has collaborated with numerous film directors. Yuval Ron has also collaborated with neuroscientists Mark Waldman, Andrew Newburg and others to explore the connection between sound and the brain and has received commissions from Metta Mindfulness Music to create music for medical and healing use in clinics and treatments centers.
A Grammy Award winning East LA Chicano rock group, now celebrating its 20-year anniversary, Quetzal is the collaborative project of Quetzal Flores (guitar), Martha González (lead vocals, percussion), Tylana Enomoto (violin), Juan Pérez (bass), Peter Jacobson (cello), and Alberto Lopez (percussion). The musical ensemble is influenced by an East LA rock soundscape composed of Mexican ranchera, cumbia, salsa, rock, R&B, folk, and fusions of international musics, and also one whose political vision is based in social activism, feminism, and the belief that there is radical potential in expressive culture. During the past two decades, the musical force of Quetzal has created a unique cultural platform that has sounded against conditions of oppression and marginalization. On the twentieth anniversary of their first flight, Quetzal introduces us to another sphere of being, one that challenges us to reimagine human life in relation to the other forms of life that we are so often connected to and through.
11:00 Introduction to Banjo
with Kent Besocke.
This workshop will introduce you to the old-time claw hammer style of banjo and the 3-finger bluegrass style. Along with the basic chords, strum patterns and rolls will be some great banjo songs to play with friends or at the next jam session. Bring a banjo or borrow one of ours numbers permitting.
12:00 Mountain Dulcimer Chords & Rhythms with Leo Kretzner
A workshop for multiple levels, aiming for 'intermediate'. Dulcimer tuning D-A-D'
(Mountain dulcimer = lap dulcimer = fretted dulcimer = Appalachian dulcimer)
Simple chords on the dulcimer, both major and minor, can be applied to numerous songs. There will be handouts and tablature with examples of these. A second topic will be right hand strumming patterns and developing a good rhythmic sense. You will see that chord changes put to a strong beat can be powerful!
1:00 Red Diapers: Songs Of, By and for the Old Left
with Ross Aletman, PHD
From the Abraham Lincoln Brigade to the Hollywood Ten, the Rosenberg Execution and the Blacklist of Pete Seeger and the Weavers.
All the workshops will be held at the Folk Music Center 220 Yale Ave Claremont.
Workshops are included in the price of the ticket. Please bring your festival ticket to the workshop for entry.
11:00 am Introduction to Banjo with Kent Besocke
12:00 Mountain Dulcimer with Leo Kretzner.
1:00 pm History of . . . . with Ross Altman.
The concert will be held at the Sontag Greek Theater, Pomona College 300 E. Bonita Claremont, CA. 91711
3:00 Doors Open
5:15 Yuval Ron Ensemble
6:30 Tom Morello
8:00 David Lindley