Guitarist Julian Lage is a composer, educator and performer who has been a favorite at SMF in the past five years, serving as Lead Clinician for our annual Acoustic Music Seminar. He has performed in an array of settings including house concerts with bassist Jorge Roeder, as a member of Mark O’Connor’s Hot Swing Trio, with guitarist Martin Taylor, in duo with Chris Eldridge of the Punch Brothers and alongside Mike Marshall and Casey Driessen during the annual Stringband Spectacular. Often categorized as a jazz guitarist, Lage’s music is rooted in both traditional and acoustic forms. He has performed and/or recorded with such varied artists as Fred Hersch, David Grisman, Nels Cline, Joshua Bell, Yoko Ono and Jim Hall. In this appearance, Lage brings his trio to the festival featuring bassist Scott Colley and drummer Nate Smith.
Söndörgő is one of the leading exponents of tamburitza music from Hungary. Unlike the fiddle driven village music and brass band traditions often associated with eastern European folk music, tamburitza is propelled by the tambura, an instrument akin to the mandolin that is often accompanied by wind instruments and accordions. Founded by the Eredics brothers in the mid-90s, this exciting ensemble is committed to performing and promoting the southern slavic folk music collected by Béla Bartók and Tihamer Vujicsis and celebrated by communities along the Danube River.