4:00 PM Saturday 4/30/11
A different sort of Marching Band with Stiltwalkers & HoolaHoop
the March Fourth Marching Band - US Circus/Vaudeville...
March Fourth Marching Band - US Circus/Vaudeville - Scene Popeyes
Link to March Fourth Marching Band on official Int'l Fest webpage with write up & video...
March Fourth Marching Band
United States- Circus/VaudevilleMarch Fourth Marching Band has evolved into a mobile, giant band spectacular, consisting of a large horn section, and an enormous drum/percussion corps, anchored by electric bass. The sound is huge, melodic, and dynamic, taking audiences on a musical journey around the globe. March Fourth writes and performs its own material, and also draws inspiration from an eclectic range of worldwide influences, such as Eastern European Gypsy Brass, Samba, Funk, Afro-Beat, Big-Band, Jazz, and Rock music, as well as television, film, circus, and Vaudeville. Stilt-walkers, unicycles, fire eaters, puppets, flag twirlers, burlesque dancers, clown antics, and acrobatics are just some of the things you'll see accompanying this eclectic big band.
More street entertainer stiltwalkers, from the painted sign, the colorful ones...
Link to Stiltwalkers - on official Int'l Fest webpage, with write up & their photo/webpage...
Tetes en l'air Stiltwalkers
(France - Stiltwalkers)Three timeless creatures are strolling about in the streets. The first one, standing up, is more than three meters high and is scanning the horizon of this weird world. The second one, smaller, is moving on all fours and exchange knowing glances. The third one is moving about on the ground and meets the people with its delicate fingers. One line, moving peacefully at a walk, they discover the cars, the shops, the people. Gradually, these three characters reveal their own small world; pinching, caresses, hide and seek games…ambulatory show wordless and without music.
Stiltwalkers Webpage: http://saupalin.free.fr/parade.html
(note: to see them in motion is a wonder, children are at an instant amazed, curious & yet cautious - but they just plain make me smile...Oh my if I'd seen such things when I was a child?!)
Drummers of Burundi - Burundi, Africa
Master Drummers of Burundi - Burundi, Africa - Scene TV5Monde
Link to Master Drummers of Burundi - on official Int'l Fest webpage, with write up & video...
Remesha Master Drummers of Burundi
Burundi - Traditional PercussionRemesha Drums is a percussion ensemble originally from Burundi, Africa, now based in Ottawa since 2001. The members of Remesha drums have been playing Ingoma (Drums) since they were young boys. Traditionally drummers like Remesha are a part of ceremonies such as birth, Umuganuro (sorghum harvest) and coronation of the Mwami (Kings). The drums are made from hollowed tree trunks covered with cow's skins. Drums called Karyenda are sacred in Burundi, and represent the Mwami fertility and regeneration.