June Outdoor Music at Earthdance

Live Music with John Hughes

June 20, 2021 -
3:30pm to 5:30pm

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Welcome back... or as some Earthdancers say, "Welcome home",

We're very excited to have this sweet opportunity to be together and move near each other, the music and the outdoor environment.
Come experience music outside in the field at Earthdance. Bring a blanket, your mask, beverages and a picnic if you please. Dance in your own space, stay 6 feet from those not in your pod.

Sunday, June 20, 3:30 - 5:30pm
Registration is Required
$15 - $25 sliding scale

John Hughes is an internationally renowned composer, kora player, percussionist and vocalist whose style crosses myriad cultural boundaries and fuses disparate influences.  Playing ancient traditional instruments not often heard in the United States, many of which he builds himself, John takes his audience on an intimate musical tour of universal expressions of joy and hope that soothe and up-lift the spirit.  Whether playing elegant and stately pieces from the classical repertoire of the Jeli’s (Griot’s) of West Africa or original compositions, John Hughes' kora playing has an uncommon beauty that is, at once, exquisitely detailed and bold.  His signature pieces are rhythmically nuanced and laced with syncopations that cascade off the strings into whirlpools of mesmerizing sound.  John has also specialized in playing live, improvised music for dancers for over 30 years.
Also a sculptor, dancer, instrument builder and educator, John holds a B.F.A. from the Tyler School of Art of Temple University and the West Surrey College of Art and Design in Farnham, England and an M.F.A. from the University of Wisconsin in Madison.  John has studied the music, song and dance of West Africa for over 28 years, training with numerous master drummers and dancers from Guinea and Mali, including Mamady Keita and Famoudou Konate.  As a Kora player, John is entirely self-taught and has, thus, developed a style all his own. Having intently studied traditional kora music for 10 years before he even touched the instrument, however, his playing is deeply rooted in the ancient Mande tradition.
John has released 6 CDs of original music.   Please visit John’s website to learn more:  www.johnhughesarts.com

Anticipated Guidelines:

  • Maintain 6 feet of separation from others not in your pod
  • Wear a mask, unless sitting on your blanket to eat or rest, or maintaining a significant distance from others outside
  • The buildings are still closed but bathrooms will be available.




photo: Anna M. Maynard