Festival Program

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We’re pleased to be bringing these amazing performers to the First Annual International Festival of Holland:

Tumbao Bravowill perform the authentic rhythms of Cuba with rich, jazz harmonic compositions written by band members. Mambo, cha cha cha, rumba and bolero with congas, bongos, timbales, Latin percussion, saxophone, trumpet, keyboard, and bass. Expect to be dazzled by the engaging interplay of instruments, sizzling solos, and dancing grooves. A joyful sound that celebrates life. Winner of 4 Detroit Music Awards.

Companeros Flamenco brings the vibrant art of Flamenco to life. Their colorful costumes, compelling guitar music and intricate footwork tel the story of Spain’s multicultural heritage. Audiences are entertained, enlightened, and inspired.

Hoaloha Polynesian Dance Group performs dances from the islands of Hawaii, Tahiti, New Zealand, and Samoa. These islands use dance to tell stories of their rich history and traditions.

Surabhi Ensemble is a global music and dance collective representing different cultures. Their performances include Arab Maqam music from North Africa, the Middle East, as well as Spanish flamenco, with Andalusia, Spain (Al-Andalus in Arabic). The mission of the Surabhi Ensemble is to demonstrate the connections between cultures and to teach a positive message of togetherness in connections between cultures.

Ara Topouzian is an Armenian-American musician and nationally-recognized expert at the KANUN (Middle Eastern harp). His traditional music style keeps to his Armenian heritage but has expanded to include music from around the Middle East, as well as jazz, fusion, new age and blues. The recipient of numerous awards, Ara Topouzian’s music has been heard and sold around the globe.

Stone Sound Collective unites diverse musicians and instruments to create a new global soundscape. Led by composer/multi-percussionist Mark Stone, the group performs new music drawing on Stone’s wide-ranging compositional influences, stretching from American jazz to traditional African music and classical Indian music to European concert music. In the group, Stone plays the newly-invented array mbira, an American-made 120 key lamellaphone and several traditional melodic African instruments, including the Ghanaian gyil, Ugandan akogo, and South African karimba. He is joined by Kofi Ameyaw (djembe, congas, and gome) and Vinod Seetharaman (mridangam, kanjira, and thavil), both master percussionists who bring a wide-range of performance experience and artistry to the Stone Sound Collective.

Chinese Association of West Michigan presents Chinese folk dance with classic Chinese music and dress.

The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi will share a pow wow style drum and dance presentation. The dance styles will include men’s traditional, men’s grass dance, men’s fancy dance, women’s traditional, women’s jingle, and women’s fancy shawl. Dancers honor and respect the materials used to create their regalia such as eagle feathers, animal hides and pelts, family heirlooms, and spiritual items. During our presentation, we will invite audience members to come out and dance with us for what is called an intertribal song.

Zeeland Christian Mandarin Immersion Group Students from grades K-7 learn to speak, read, and write in Mandarin Chinese. They love singing, telling stories, reading, and doing traditional puppet shows to show their language skills.

Ballet Folklorico Azteca