On November 3rd Traditional Arts Indiana set up our tents once again for Indiana University’s monthly First Thursdays event. This month TAI featured instrument makers from a diverse set of traditions. Dulcimer maker Bill Berg displayed some traditional dulcimers and a recently crafted hammered dulcimer, playing each in turn to demonstrate how the instruments produce sound. He also displayed some of the tools and unfinished woods that he uses to construct his instruments.
Next door M. and David Roach displayed their handmade, fire glazed—think raku pottery—ocarinas. While M. demonstrated the process of forming the instruments out of clay, David showed interested event goers how to play them.
A few steps away Iuri Santos (graduate assistant’s note—he’s the guy who does Rastapops!!) and a fellow capoeira player alternated between demonstrating the construction of berimbaus and playing the berimbaus while singing.
Our programming integrated nicely with the displays and interactive activities provided by the Mathers Museum of World Cultures, and many people flowed naturally from listening to and discussing the instruments demonstrated by these artists over to the Mather’s instrument petting zoo and their instrument crafting table.
Traditional Arts Indiana will not be present at the final First Thursday event of the semester, but we hope you will go out and enjoy this excellent program on the first Thursday of December.