Art In The Pearl  Stage

This year the Art in the Pearl stage is going through some major changes and we are looking forward to a new focus.  We are currently accepting applications from Singer/Songwriters presenting all original work.  Please send group name, genre, web address for music sample, and contact information to Ann Fleming at with Art in the Pearl in the subject line.  Thank you!

Below is the schedule from our 2013 show:

Day 1 – August 31, 2013

10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Gypsy Heart -

Tribal-style bellydance

Gypsy Heart Tribal Dance Troupe brings you the distinctive improvisational group style of Tribal belly dance, drawing from from cultures and traditions ancient and modern.

Today we combine our dance with the tunes of our friends and partners in music, Gypsy Caravaners, Paulette Rees-Denis and Jeff Rees, and  Ripe Fig Rhythms, whose fresh interpretations of traditional West African, Middle Eastern and Cuban music interlace intense trance dance pieces with high energy, blow-it-out expressions, and everything in between.


12:30pm – 1:30pm

Al-Andalus Ensemble -

World chamber music

"Guardia Civil" Flamenco guitars celebrated in Spain are combined with oud (parent of the lute, guitar & mandolin), ney, percussion and voice for a sound that fuses popular Spanish, North African and Latino music into a moving tapestry of cultures and rhythms.  Flamenco, Arabic, Moroccan, Latin and Jazz gel to form a moving tapestry of cultures and rhythms where Corrida de Toros (Bullfight songs) PasoDobles, Cha Cha Cha's, Argentinian Tangos & Rumba's, all performed with a freshness and originality legendary of the Al-Andalus Ensemble

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Kalabharathi School of Dance -

Indian classical dance

BHARATHANATYAM - A 2000 yr. old art form from India that is one of the 5 classical dance forms. Originated for the temples of South India.

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Colleen Raney & Colm MacCárthaigh -

Portland’s Colleen Raney, who has toured extensively throughout both the U.S. and Ireland, brings an open-minded and -hearted approach to her time-tested repertoire that was inherited from, and instilled by, her upbringing in Seattle's celebrated Raney Family, steeped in step-dancing and song.  She breathes new life into the old tunes, finding facets in the music that haven’t been heard before and performing in the company of gifted friends who illustrate both the most delicate and upbeat aspects of her winning style.  It’s earned her a following both among longtime adherents of Celtic music and younger fans who are new to the genre. 

Dublin, Ireland-born multi-instrumentalist Colm MacCárthaigh writes tunes, sings (in English and Irish) and performs a distinctive blend of driving accompaniment and melody from his new home city of Seattle, Washington. Colm has played Irish Music in venues as varied as Ireland's National Concert Hall, lazy cafés in Amsterdam's Jordaan or the main stage at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann at two in the morning.

5:00pm – 6:00pm

Venerable Showers of Beauty -

Javanese classical music

One of the world's most ancient and sophisticated musical traditions, gamelan creates a multi-layered tapestry of beautifully interlocking melodies and rhythms. Originating in Java, gamelan music has spread all over the world, including more than 200 ensembles in the US. Based at Lewis & Clark College, where the community ensemble and its instruments are based, the VSB gamelan ensemble has presented hundreds of events throughout the Northwest in its three decades in Portland. Up to 30 performers play and sing in concerts, including students and community members from the Portland area. Its repertoire includes traditional and contemporary music in a variety of styles, ranging from poetic songs to ceremonial court repertoire, from quiet, meditative pieces to stirring battle music. Musicians observe traditional playing style: seated on the floor, wearing colorful Indonesian batik costumes. The beauty of the bronze instruments, hand-crafted in Java and most set in colorful, ornately carved teak cases, complements their ravishing sound. Hand made by traditional craftsmen in Semarang in Central Java, Indonesia, the historic set includes about 60 instruments, including two-string spike violin, bamboo flute, tuned gongs, various melodic keyed percussion instruments, marimba, and zither. Some of these beautiful instruments, including the great gong, are over a century old and true Portland treasures. 

Day 2 – September 1, 2013

10:30am – 11:00am

Youth Expression Project -

Performing art/spoken word

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Moh Alileche Ensemble -

Kabyle Folk  (Berber/Algeria)

Moh Alileche’s music celebrates Amazigh culture, also known colloquially as Berber, who wee North Africa’s first known inhabitants.

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Hanz Araki and Kathryn Claire -


Award-winning Irish flute player and singer Hanz Araki is the quintessential world music musician. After six generations, the name Araki is synonymous with the Japanese shakuhachi (an end-blown bamboo flute) which Hanz mastered, making his professional debut in 1988.
After four years of concert appearances and teaching at the prestigious Keio University in Tokyo, Japan, Hanz returned to his hometown of Seattle, WA and found himself drawn to the world of Celtic music. The penny-whistle and the Irish flute became his single-minded focus, and jigs and reels became a second language. His unique style and passion laid a path to a twenty-year career in Irish music.
Hanz also discovered his voice was well-suited to the songs of Scotland, Ireland, and England. He is highly regarded for his interpretation of folk songs, many considering him one of the finest singers in this exciting and living tradition.
After several tours across the US, Canada, and the UK (first with the Juno Award winning Paperboys, then Casey Neill) as well as a return to Japan, now as a well-respected Irish flute-player and singer, Hanz moved to Portland, Oregon in 2006. This move proved to be most fortuitous as it led to the musical partnership with Kathryn Claire.
A self-taught guitarist and accomplished vocalist and fiddle-player, Kathryn has asserted herself in a new generation of traditionally-inspired musicians. Her violin-playing exhibits a technical grace which is matched only by her truly captivating voice. While she possesses the rare ability to move seamlessly across genres, her love and deep respect for traditional music has long been a driving influence, and those roots can be heard in her own original music. 
Early classical training gave her a strong foundation, but naturally gave way to her own creative inclinations. Kathryn taught herself guitar at a young age in order to explore her own voice as a songwriter and accompanist and has developed a hypnotic, driving accompaniment style. She has spent years cultivating her craft as an instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter. 
Kathryn and Hanz quickly discovered their shared love of harmony, and a creative process began that has produced a tremendous body of work. Their shared passion for traditional music is magnetic and they have become a favorite at music festivals and venues in the US and abroad.

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Masumi Timson with Noriko Dozono, Fumino Ando, and Richard Crandell -

Japanese Koto and Violin

The Koto is the traditional and national musical instrument of Japan , and it was introduced to Japan in the 7th century from China as part of the royal court music ensemble. Until around the 15th century, it was played exclusively in the court tradition to accompany court songs on ceremonial occasions. By the mid 17th century, it became widespread outside of the court music ensemble and enjoyed by ordinary people.

The koto is about six feet long and ten inches wide, and has thirteen strings of equal size and tension. A bridge is placed under each string, and moving these bridges up or down results in an infinite range of tunings. Various modifications of sound are made by pressing or pulling the strings with the left hand. Although the koto is a Japanese traditional musical instrument, it can played in collaboration  with western musical instruments such as violin, piano, and flute, to explore  a wide range of musical genres.

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Yiddish Republik -

Klezmer-Ladio-Gypsy-Chanson-Early Jazz

Yiddish Republik picks selections from the vast repertoire of Eastern European and Central European music that inspired Klezmer musicians as the root of our sound. We also are entranced by the inventive improvisations of Jewish musicians jamming with early jazz and blues musicians, resulting in the vital early Jazz era music that is still relevant today.  So we could, if pressed, describe our sound as “early jazz age/European cafe/eclectic Klezmer/Yiddish theater.
We like to say, imagine a small nightclub in Budapest in 1938 with an international audience, and that is what you might hear when you encounter Yiddish Republik.  Our music is great to listen and to dance to.

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm


Afro World Music

Contigo blends Universal Melodies and African based rhythms form Cuba, Brazil, Jamaica and America.

Day 3 - September 2, 2013

10:30am – 11:00am

Youth Expression Project -

Performing art/spoken word

11:00 am - 12:00 pm


Mid Eastern

The transformative music of Farajah will carry you to the Middle East, much like the Arabian butterfly for which the band is named

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Edna Fabiola Vazquez Diaz -



Original music and songs: Love related, also some songs with lyrics referring to strong political and social problems happening today

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Bon Ton Roulet -


Bon Ton Roulet grooves high-energy zydeco, cajun, and folk together in the heart of the Willamette Valley bayou, OR. The conception of this band occurred while plunking the guitar, squeezing the box, rubbin the ole washboard, and drinking homebrew on many Corvallis porches. We love to play at parties, breweries, weddings, festivals, and generally wherever folks like to dance to zydeco. Laissez le bon temps roulet!


Vocals and Fiddle: Annie Rosen

Accordions: Ted Hart

Bass: Dominic Maze

Drums: Dave Muldon

Guitar: Eran Schwitzer

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Toshi Onizuka Trio -

Latin Fusion

Toshi Onizuka - guitar Toshi is originally from Tokyo, Japan, lived as a professional musician in Sevilla, Spain for 5 years so he has a strong flamenco influence to his music.  Toshi has been in Portland since 1999. 



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Our 2014 show is August 30-31 and September 1, 2014!

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