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Blue Thread – All Over The Map II at the Dining Hall Patio

Indian stories and the roots of ragas in women’s tales from the
Mediterranean and American ballads

07/16/22 Mount Sequoyah, Fayetteville 6:30-8pm
In July 13-16, 2022, Blue Thread will launch a week of concerts, installations,
and outreach programs in Northwest Arkansas. Venues include the Crystal
Bridges Museum of American Art, the Five and Dime Walton Museum in
Bentonville, the King Theater in Van Buren, and Mount Sequoyah in
In this program, based on their recent album launched in 2021, Blue Thread
brings together the Hindustani and Carnatic classical and folk music
traditions, and pairs them with Portuguese, Sephardic, Celtic, and American
song traditions, as well as with folk ballads. For the past ten years, Catt and
Radan have been conversing and collaborating on a project about the
various ways in which music connects people as it travels. Like a replicating
organism, over land or by sea, music adapts and regenerates, finding life in
new times, different places. Through music, cultures, and languages, people
find common ground. For each one of the programs, Catt and Radan have
invited special guests and members of local communities to join the
conversation; this way, a new thread begins. For these concerts, they have
invited singers Daniela Tosic from the Balkans and Priya Ram from India,
as well as Indian violinist and percussionist Kartik Balachandran, and Santos
Ramaswamy and Cody Lucas a guitarist from the Ozarks.
Catt specializes in Medieval music and has built numerous performance
and recording projects around the Galician-Portuguese Cantigas de Amigo
folk songs. Nikola Radan, on the other hand, has long been fascinated by
Sephardic ballad traditions that have traveled from Spain to diverse points
around the globe, as well as by the roots of western music influences from
the Middle East and the Indian subcontinent. Together with their special
guests, Radan and Catt trace ballads that have traveled from Portugal, to
India, Greece, the Ozarks, and beyond.
A beloved Portuguese romance and folk song, Bela Infanta, is also a world
traveler. It pairs perfectly with the Cantigas de Amigo. In the cantigas, a
woman waits by the sea for her lover to return. Bela Infanta opens with a
young woman waiting by the sea and her lover returns in disguise. He, then,
tests her loyalty and, in most versions, the two lovers are reunited. In their
new album, Blue Thread presents a new telling of this tale that weaves
together Portuguese, Sephardic, and Ozark ballads with its Indian roots.
They also include a new version of the popular ballad, Cruel Sisters. This
version shows traces of its travel through China, Scandinavia, Ireland,
Iceland, and the US. Join Blue Thread for a musical journey of global
storytelling full of love, longing, suspense, betrayal, and in some cases,
The program includes:
• Medieval Cantigas de Amigo
• Scottish and Al-Andalus dances
• American, Italian, Balkan, Portuguese, and Sephardic folk songs
• A set of Carnatic and Hindustani ragas (Jog, Yaman, Sindhu Bhairavi,
Bilahari, and Madhuvanti Raga)
“Blue Thread revealed a vibrant and playful music that transported
us to the rich and varied musical experience of medieval time
without abandoning the present.” Evora News (Portugal


Cristi Catt, voice
Nikola Radan, flutes
Our guests:
Daniela Tosic, voice
Priya Ram, voice
Kartik Balachandran, violin
Cody Lucas, guitar
Santosh Ramaswamy, mridangam