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Maryland Traditional Arts showcase RECAP

Last Thursday at Creative Alliance, the Maryland State Arts Council held a Maryland Traditional Arts showcase, which recognized the 2010-11 recipients of the program’s Master and Apprentice and Project Grants. Through this program, master artists worked with apprentices, helping them to hone their craft throughout the course of a year.

“The traditional arts are a vital part of our culture, keeping us connected to our heritage and enhancing awareness of Maryland’s unique folk artists,” said Governor O’Malley in a press release. “The Maryland Traditions program nurtures living traditions, forges bonds to history and inspires young people to be a critical part of this chain of humanity.”

This year’s showcase of traditional arts masters featured:

• Traditional Irish pianist Donna Long (Baltimore),

• Button accordion master Gustavo Nieto (Germantown),

• Jazz pianist Lafayette Gilchrist (Baltimore),

• Hindustani vocalist Samia Ahmad (Bethesda),

• Appalachian Gospel singer Burton DeBusk (Northeast),

• Persian tonbak and daf percussionist Ali Analouei (Rockville), and

Robert Giron (Silver Spring) and his Guatemalan marimba family band, Marimba Linda Xelaju.

This year the Masters were joined on stage with their apprentices. Click here to view the slide show for a photographic recap of the event. All photos by Shane Carpenter.

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