BarnArts presents "The Dream Team of Haiti"
Lakou Mizik returns to Barnard for spirited evening of music!
What happens when you put together some of Haiti's finest musicians; old masters and rising stars from a variety of traditions, from Vodou, to Rara horns, to French accordion music, to Church singing. So much love and goodness- that's what! BarnArts Center for the Arts brings back the popular Lakou Mizik of Haiti for a ticketed show at Feast and Field Market Friday, August 25th at 6 PM.
(or available at the door. Feast and Field is located at 1544 Royalton Turnpike Road, Barnard, VT.)
Come early at 5 PM for an art walk of the 2017 Art on the Farm Sculpture Exhibition the led by curator Edythe Wright. Stick around for a 6 PM pre-concert and workshop with legendary Master Vodou Drummer and Singer Sanba Zao. Dinner and drinks will be available from Fable Farm and Fermentory.
The concert will begin at 7 PM with the full band. Here's a peak at their show last year which won over audiences of all sizes, but particularly these young farmers' kids:
For a more professional recording: Check them out here.
Lakou Mizik is a multigenerational collective of Haitian musicians formed in the aftermath of the devastating 2010 earthquake. The group includes elder legends and rising young talents, united in a mission to honor the healing spirit of their collective culture and communicate a message of pride, strength and hope to their countrymen and the world.
Music is at the core of Haiti’s sense of identity, and musicians have always played an important role in society, both in documenting the country’s history and helping to shape its path forward. Today, a young generation of artists is keeping this tradition alive, narrating the world they live in through music that is made in their neighborhoods, villages and post-earthquake camps. Lakou Mizik brings together these musical generations in celebration of the cultural continuum while using Haiti’s deep well of creative strength to shine a positive light on this tragically misrepresented country.
The idea for the band was hatched in 2010 on a hot November night in Port-au-Prince. Haiti was still reeling from the earthquake, a cholera epidemic was raging and a political crisis filled the streets with enough tire burning ferocity to close the international airport. Steeve Valcourt, a guitarist and singer whose father is one of the country's iconic musicians, singer Jonas Attis and American producer Zach Niles met in Valcourt's muggy basement studio and agreed that Haiti's music and culture could serve as an antidote to the flood of negativity.