Festival Favorite Todd Crowley’s Musical Petting Zoo Returning to Mariposa
Ever pluck a harp or drum on a djembe? Ever womp-womp on a didgeridoo or buzz into a shofar? Ever strum a mountain dulcimer or frail a banjo? All of these traditional folk instruments and about 100 more are part of Todd Crowley’s Musical Petting Zoo. It is a fully interactive, hands-on exhibition for musicians, young and old, novice to professional. The instruments tell a story of their own each time a child connects to the folk tradition by trying an instrument for the first time, or an adult rediscovers the joy of making music. Check it out – you will be surprised how much fun it is.
Yang Qin (Chinese hammered dulcimer) Master, Li Wang, to Perform at Mariposa
Following studies in Chinese hammered dulcimer (Yang Qin) under the tutelage of a renowned master, Li Wang took first place at the North China Yang Qin Competition in 1978. She went on to win numerous other awards in national competitions. Li earned a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Shanxi, and became a Yang Qin teacher before immigrating to Canada where she continued her Yang Qin teaching career. She has performed in various ensembles across Canada, at festivals and galas, and has been broadcast live on CBC. Li revels in bridging cultures and thrilling audiences with her Yang Qin musical mastery.