JUTTA & THE HI-DUKES

Euro Roots World Music

LIBRARY PROGRAMS

Interactive all-ages Concerts and Lectures for Libraries

Our energetic band offers a wide array of engaging, budget-pleasing library concerts of traditional music and dance and ethnic history lectures with illuminating examples of music, all designed to transport your soul (and soles), on an exciting worldbeat tour.

Flexible content and program length to fit your library’s needs and interests.

Our band has a total repertoire of about 400 melodies and 50 dances from over 20 cultures so their programing is very flexible with what can be presented. Programs can focus on a specific area of interest such as Chanukah / Christmas ethnic holiday music as seen below, or on a specific ethnicity like the Greek, Balkan Gypsy, Jewish, Scandinavian, French, or German cultures. Special Americana music programs are also available.

So, whether your library needs a group that can highlight the theme of your reading series or needs a program that focuses on a specific culture, we are happy to talk about how a presentation will enhance the experience of your patrons.

General
Concerts
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Meet Your Neighbors Folk Music

A cultural adventure in music and dance for all ages.

Meet Your Neighbors Folk Music

A cultural adventure in music and dance for all ages.

LACONI YSS (Library Administrators Conference of Northern Illinois Youth Services Section) included the Hi-Dukes in their “Best of the Best” list.

Carol Carter (Lake Bluff Public Library’s Head of Adult Programming) wrote: “Your concert was delightful and so entertaining.”

Librarian M. Wegnzyn (Flossmoor Public Library) summed it up, saying: “A musical treat for the whole family to enjoy.”

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Living, interactive culture

Awareness of the world, society, and history all increase when the Hi-Dukes introduce folks to the traditional music and dance of over twenty cultures, such as those of the Balkan lands.

Gorgeous musical scales like Hijaz and Sabach ride on the asymmetrical rhythms of the Balkans while the Hi-Dukes play traditional ethnic instruments, like the Bulgarian end-blown flute, Greek baglama, Middle-eastern drums, and world-famous ocarina alongside the violin, mandolin, and guitar. Vocals are sung with up to three-part harmonies.

Audience members learn dances, sing simple songs in non-English languages, and drum along on the band’s percussion.

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Discover Three Continents of Christmas and Chanukah music

An ethnic holiday tour that gets audiences singing, drumming, and dancing along.

Discover Three Continents of Christmas and Chanukah music

An ethnic holiday tour that gets audiences singing, drumming, and dancing along.

Jutta & the Hi-Dukes are your travel guides for the Holiday season. The eclectic band takes audiences on a three-continent holiday tour and gets audiences singing and drumming along to a very old French Noel as well as giggling to the humorous version of “Deck The Halls” written by Walt Kelly for his famous cartoon strip “Pogo.”

Folks will learn to count to eight in Ladino (the Spanish-related language of the Sephardic Jews) as part of a Bosnian Chanukah song and then find out about the Julenisse of Danish Christmas tradition. Plus, folks will have the chance to do some simple, fun traditional ethnic circle dances.

Blending Winter Seasonal music with the holiday music of Jews and Christians makes this program a wonderful end-of-the-year change of pace.

Ethnic History
Lectures
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Click for more information about Klezmer In America lecture.

Klezmer in America

Discover what Klezmer is, how it came to America, and how it helped shape American popular music.

Click for more information about Klezmer In America lecture.

Klezmer in America

Discover what Klezmer is, how it came to America, and how it helped shape American popular music.

In Klezmer in America, audiences discover what Klezmer is, how it came to America, and how it helped shape American popular music. The story comes to life via the engaging examples of Klezmer tunes chosen to underline the spoken content.

Audiences will learn how Big Band leaders like Benny Goodman incorporated Klezmer into Americas unique musical style, Swing.

For those who enjoy direct involvement, folks can drum along on band-supplied percussion and the band will lead folks through a Klezmer dance or two.

Click for more information about the shared path of the Gypsies and the Jews lecture.

The Long Road

Follow the shared path of two historically wandering cultures: the Roma (popularly known as “gypsies”) and the Jews.

Click for more information about the shared path of the Gypsies and the Jews lecture.

The Long Road

Follow the shared path of two historically wandering cultures: the Roma (popularly known as “gypsies”) and the Jews.

The Roma (commonly known as “gypsies”) and the Jews have, as primarily landless cultures, faced many of the same challenges.

This musical lecture takes a look at the individual histories of these two groups as well as examining how they have interacted together and how they have been treated by the world at large.

Click for more about the 200 Years of Ethnic Illinois lecture.

200 Years of Ethnic Illinois

A look at the cultures which shaped Illinois from before its incorporation in 1818 to the current day.

Click for more about the 200 Years of Ethnic Illinois lecture.

200 Years of Ethnic Illinois

A look at the cultures which shaped Illinois from before its incorporation in 1818 to the current day.

For the 200th anniversary of Illinois incorporating as a state, Jutta & the Hi-Dukes developed 200 Years of Ethnic Illinois: A Look at the Cultures Which Shaped Our State.

This lecture sweeps across the prairie of Illinois history giving you a bird’s eye view of culture in this state. Since its incorporation in 1818 and even before then, Illinois has been a crossroads for water and rail travel, attracting people from across the world.

Your patrons will hear how ethnic groups and their skills created the conditions that set the stage for the next wave of immigrants to arrive. The audience will also experience some of the traditional music these immigrants brought with them from Greece, Ireland, Sweden, Bulgaria, and many other cultures.

In this fascinating exploration of Illinois, just as in all the band’s other programs, everyone is invited to participate by singing, drumming, and even dancing with the band.

Flexible and affordable

We are happy to customize our programs to fit your interests and to adjust the bands size to your budget and needs.

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Folks say…

[Their] music is exciting, and listeners will find it hard to keep from leaping up to dan­ce.” Natalie Wainwright, Arts & Life reviewer, Round Table

…such a wonderful show! Not only was your performance entertaining, but also informative and instructive, which is what we were hoping for in a university environment. … everybody had a wonderful time. Thank you again for a great show!” Michael B. Cosmopoulos, Ph.D., Fellow, Academy of Science St. Louis, Professor of Archaeology, The Hellenic Government-Karakas Foundation Professor in Greek Studies, Department of Anthropology, University of Missouri

You get Gypsy music, music from Spain, Israel, everything. Finland! What more could you ask for? Not only is it entertaining and educational but you get up and dance and get a little sweaty, which is awesome! … Book them! Amaz­ing!” Enthusiastic librarian

Your performance was truly amazing and we are very glad that you could be part of this special e­vent.” Juan Carlos Acevedo, Outreach Coordinator, Wheeling Park District

Thank you so much for performing at our Bishop Hill Folk Festival! We have heard nothing but compliments about your mus­ic.” Todd DeDecker, Bishop Hill Heritage Association Administrator

Their artistry and sense of musical history is infused in their delicious tracks. I like [their] intelligent approach to music as well as the old world flavor of what [they] d­o.” Terry Loncaric, entertainment writer and poet

After over twenty years of focusing on rootsy Blues acts, I decided to branch into World Music because of this eclectic band. Their enthusiastic and authoritative approach to music convinced me to sign them to the Earwig Music label. Their CD, ‘On the World Beat’, is a fine overview of their work. I imagine you will find Jutta & the Hi-Dukes(tm) as exciting as I d­o!” Michael Frank, owner of Earwig Music Company.

I am not exaggerating or giving empty words when I say your performance was my favorite e­ver.” Ashleah White, Reporter for The Current, University of Missouri — St. Louis, Nov. 28th, 2015

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