World acoustic fusion duo to perform July 25 Benjy Wertheimer and Michael Mandrell, the World Acoustic Fusion Duo from Portland, OR, will present a brown bag lunch program at the National Music Museum on the campus of The University of South Dakota, Thursday, July 25, at 12:05 p.m.
Known for their beautiful, fiery, transcendent guitar/tabla duets, both musicians have been featured on Public Radio International's Echoes, with host John Diliberto.
Mandrell, who blends Celtic, Jazz, and New Age music for six and 12-string guitar, has opened for such well-known artists as Lyle Lovett, Nanci Griffith, Jenny Bird, and Shadowfax.
Wertheimer, who plays tabla, djembe, esraj, and guitar, is a founding member of Ancient Future, the award-winning World Fusion Music ensemble, and was a contributing composer of the Zakir Hussain Rhythm Experience, along with Mickey Hart of the Grateful Dead. He has opened for Carlos Santana, Paul Winter, and Narada Michael Walden, among others.
The museum's popular brown bag lunch programs are held in the museum's Arne B. Larson Concert Hall. They are free and open to the public.