July 8, 2002
Children of the Revolution are 'The World on One Stage'
by Carolyn Butler
The Duvall Arts Commission will present Children of the Revolution on Wednesday, July 17, 6:30 p.m., at McCormick Park on the Snoqualmie River at NE Stephens St. and Main St. in Duvall. Admission is free.
The program is a Mediterranean Riverdance with elements of the Gipsy Kings, Santana and the Buena Vista Social Club. Children of the Revolution perform a blend of music that crosses more boundaries than any other group on the world music scene. On July 17, they celebrate the inherent musicality of Greek, Croatian, Turkish, Middle Eastern, Gypsy and Spanish heritage when they open the Belmark Arts Onstage in the Park free concert series in Duvall's McCormick Park.
Children of the Revolution is a Seattle-based ensemble, comprising singers, dancers, drummers and stringed instrument players from six different countries. Led by Vassili on lead vocals, flute and acoustic guitar, and Eric Jaeger on flamenco guitar, bouzouki and vocals, the group transcends cultural boundaries to produce an infectious new blend of world music. Their motto, "We play with the hope that all Revolutions be musical ones," expresses their philosophy of peace, tolerance and acceptance of all cultures and beliefs. Audiences of all ages, backgrounds and musical tastes are drawn into their energetic performances.
Vassili and Jaeger are joined by a Greek lyric soprano opera singer, a mad violinist from Broadway, an exquisite young belly dancer, a Turkish/Greek world music virtuoso, a flamenco dancer from Barcelona, a Japanese flamenco singer, the foremost Middle Eastern percussionist in the region, and a Fijian tabla player whose mother played with the Beatles. Following a series of sold-out shows in Seattle's finest concert venues, Children of the Revolution is presented by the Duvall Arts Commission on July 17 at 6:30 p.m. in McCormick Park.
An added highlight of this first summer concert is a special twilight appearance by The Cabiri, a performance troupe named for ancient fire spirits. The Cabiri specializes in storytelling through physical theatre.
Come early and bring a picnic dinner. Several Duvall restaurants are offering "Wednesday Night Concert Take-Out Specials" between 5 and 7 p.m. For those with mobility impairments that make accessing the park difficult, the city of Duvall is again providing free shuttle service. The shuttle van leaves from City Hall on Main Street every 15 minutes beginning at 6 p.m. Due to the temporary closure of the Woodinville-Duvall bridge, be sure to allow time for a detour across the Novelty bridge or the High Bridge Rd. bridge if you are coming to Duvall from the west or north. Visit www. cityofduvall.com/dac for directions to McCormick Park.
For information, call (425) 788-2983.