Woods concert at Manitou features Derrik Jordan, Jed Blume

WILLIAMSVILLE — The Manitou Project's summer concert series continues on Sunday, Aug. 14, from 4 to 5:30 p.m., at its forest theater nestled in pine and hardwoods.

Multi-instrumentalist and award-winning composer/performer Derrik Jordan joins tabla and handpan virtuoso Jed Blume in their blend of melodious, percussive sound.

Jordan's influences from the world over - African, Asian, Middle Eastern and Brazilian - meet Blume's world fusion style with roots in Indian raga and beyond.

“Magic unfolds with these acclaimed artists playing woods music together; shifts between violin, flute, tabla, djembe and handpan - crisp and trancelike - bring birds and squirrels into the act as well,” organizers said in a news release. “The immersive, healing power of the experience in such a beautiful, natural place is not to be missed.”

Jordan's World Fusion Show, produced in Brattleboro at BCTV, won the national award for Best Entertainment and Arts Series 2019 in public access television. He was commissioned by the Vermont Symphony Orchestra to write Odzihozo and The Lake, which has been performed statewide; another piece he wrote, Sky Mirror, was awarded the Shakuhachi Chamber Music International Prize.

Blume's group Aura Shards, with Anders Burrows, plays original world fusion music.

By donation, the concert supports the artists and Manitou's Community with Nature. Manitou is located at 300 Sunset Lake Rd. Williamsville, 1.4 miles up Sunset Lake Rd. from Williamsville Road, sign on right. The bridge closure does not affect this route. Or 5.6 miles north from Route 9 in West Brattleboro.

Social distancing is encouraged in the outdoor venue. For more information, call 802-258-8598.

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