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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Lotus World Music and Arts Festival

Without fail since I first arrived in Bloomington as a student in 2006, I have somehow always managed to be out of town the weekend of the Lotus World Music and Arts Festival. Usually the festival falls during James Dean Weekend when I’m out of town at the Ducktail Run in Gas City, Indiana. This year, however, the festival was a weekend later and I finally had my first opportunity to attend and photograph Lotus. I experienced a sliver of what is a very expansive and beautiful collection of world music and art. Now as a card-carrying Bloomington townie, I’m looking forward to photographing the festival more extensively in the years to come.

Tuba player Steven Duffy, center, and fellow members of the Raya Brass Band perform at the conclusion of the festival parade in front of the Buskirk-Chumley Theater during Lotus World Music and Arts Festival on Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017. (James Brosher/IU Communications)

Steven Duffy, Matthew “Max” Fass, Nezih Antakli, Rich Stein, Ben Syversen, Greg Squared

The Raya Brass Band performs during Lotus World Music and Arts Festival on Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017. Pictured from left are: Steven Duffy, Matthew “Max” Fass, Nezih Antakli, Kolja Gjoni, Ben Syversen and Greg Squared. (James Brosher/IU Communications)

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Thursday, May 7, 2015

IU Student Building chime tradition revived

The camera is often a passport to places I otherwise would never be able to go. A recent example of this occurred last week when I had the opportunity to photograph an old tradition being revived at Indiana University: the playing of the alma mater on the IU Student Building chime. The weekly performance is being revived at the request of the IU President Michael A. McRobbie after he heard about the tradition from an alumnus. I was able to photograph IU’s curator of organs and carillons David Kazimir as he played the alma mater, “Hail to Old I.U.,” using wooden levers controlling the 14-bell chime in the tower.

David Kazimir

Indiana University’s Curator of Organs and Carillons David Kazimir shares a smile after performing “Hail to Old I.U.” on the chime atop the Student Building tower on Friday, May 1, 2015. (James Brosher/IU Communications)

Student Building Chime

Levers that ring specifically-tuned bells are part of a solid white oak console that controls the chime atop Indiana University’s Student Building on Thursday, April 30, 2015. (James Brosher/IU Communications)

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Monday, July 14, 2014

World Pulse Festival

World Pulse Festival

Fans react as Colton Dixon performs during the World Pulse Festival on Saturday, July 12, 2014, in the Compton Family Ice Arena at the University of Notre Dame. (James Brosher/South Bend Tribune)

World Pulse Festival

Colton Dixon performs during the World Pulse Festival on Saturday, July 12, 2014, in the Compton Family Ice Arena at the University of Notre Dame. (James Brosher/South Bend Tribune)

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