Lumby area residents will be treated to an exceptional evening of music and dance featuring Vernon’s Expression Collective, Lumby’s own Tribally Hipnotic belly dancers, and the local Community Collective drummers, who are participating in the drumming workshop sponsored by the Monashee Arts Council.
This culturally super-charged performance will take place on Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Charles Bloom Secondary School theatre.
The Expression Collective performs French fusion songs and world music chants. Their music is blended with three-part harmonies and upbeat musical arrangements. The collective offers an experience for audience members of all ages.
“The intention is to share indigenous music from around the globe with messages of peace, social-cultural acceptance and unity,” said Angela Roy, founder and vocalist/percussionist with Expression Collective. “Each song both brings you new musical roots to experience, as well as the cultural origins from which the songs were born.”
The collective is known for their energetic performances at events such as Salmon Arm Roots and Blues, Komasket Music Festival, Parks Alive, Rainbow’s Roost and One Big Tree festival.
Joy Farr started the Tribally Hipnotic belly dance performing group in Lumby in 2007 shortly after moving to the area from California. The group dance together in sequence to rhythms and beats to express the beauty of tribal style belly dance.
“You’ll be entertained by the swirling colours of twirling skirts, hip hits and shimmys as the Tribally Hipnotic dancers perform this traditional form of belly dancing,” said Farr.
A very exciting aspect of the night will be the first performance by the local drumming group, Community Collective. A diverse mix of ages have come together to explore world music through rhythm, percussion and song through the month of October in the drumming workshop offered by Roy through the Monashee Arts Council. The group, who range in age from elementary school children to seniors, have been building their skills and confidence using world percussion instruments and hand drums.
“It will be very exciting to see how the performance comes together,” said Jennifer Greenwood, the council’s arts and culture program coordinator. “The energy levels at the drumming workshop have been phenomenal and with the Tribally Hipnotic dancers and Collective Expression performing on the same night I know it will be an amazing experience for the audience.”
Advance tickets are $7/adults, $3/students, $25/family), available through the Monashee Arts Council office located at 1961 Vernon St. Lumby, the Lumby Health Food Store, and Café Mazzega in Lumby. Tickets will also be available at the door. Call 778-473-3029 for more info.