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A BIG THANK YOU to all the brilliant artists who came to perform at the 3rd Annual Unity in Diversity Celebration, and a big thank you to everyone who came to support the principle of unity in diversity.



Artist: Santa Cruz Blues Band

Santa Cruz Blues Band

Santa Cruz Blues is a Tucson based Blues band, originating from Santa Cruz County in 1995.

Artist: Yasel Mendoza Patterson

Yasel Mendoza Patterson

Through dance moves, melodic narrative and vibrant percussion — TMY featured artist Yasel Patterson (along with musical director/pianist Liudvik Luis Cutiño Cruz, guitarist Alejandro de Miguel, master dancers Jairo Cruz and Lorena Ochoa and several well-known Tucson musicians) intends to create a welcoming space for Cuban music, play and tradition on the TMY performance stage.

Artist: Andrea Gudrune

Andrea Gudrune

Another wonderful artist living in Tucson. Andrea is from Germany.

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2012 WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT!
E-mail received on Sat, Mar 17, 2012 at 7:54 PM

Hello,
I just wanted to send you a note. My family and I just returned from going to the Unity Festival. We had a wonderful time. My father, two sisters, brother and I are all music lovers. We had not been out together for quite sometime. The music was beautiful. I hope you have this again soon. I will tell all my friends and clients about it. Thank you and everyone involved who helped to put on such a wonderful production for our community!  
Blessings.

Artist: 5:00 PM - DOMINGO DEGRAZIA & BETH DAUNIS

5:00 PM - DOMINGO DEGRAZIA & BETH DAUNIS

Domingo's music couples dynamic rhythms with vibrant Latin, Salsa and rock drum beats. Domingo DeGrazia is an Arizona native raised with the sounds and imagery of the desert southwest. His guitar playing has charmed crowds with songs that are as rhythmic as they are percussive; moving with elegance from passionate to whimsical to sorrowful.

Artist: 3:00 PM - GABRIEL AYALA

3:00 PM - GABRIEL AYALA

A member of the Yaqui people of southern Arizona, Gabriel Ayala is at the forefront of a new generation of Native Americans making a career performing classical music. He began playing the guitar as a child. He earned a Master's Degree in Music Performance from the University of Arizona

Artist: Beth Daunis

Beth Daunis

Beth Daunis has been playing the violin for 27 years.  Her classical training began at the age of four, and continued through her years at Bennington College, under the tutelage of renowned soloist and chamber musician Diane Pascal.

Artist: Will Clipman

Will Clipman

Will Clipman began playing his father's drums and his mother's piano at the age of three. He played his first professional gig at fourteen, and has since then has mastered a pan-global palette of over one hundred percussion instruments in addition to the traditional drumset.

Artist: 1:30 PM - NASIM MAANI

1:30 PM - NASIM MAANI

Nasim Maani blends folk, jazz and world music into a mix of her own, a timeless musical expression of her multicultural upbringing, her love for spirituality, in particular the Writings of the Baha’i Faith, and her deep connection to music from childhood. Every artist has a story and Nasim’s begins with her growing up and living in different cultures (Iran, Austria, Slovenia, Hungary, New Zealand and the United States)

Artist: Ngoma Za Kongo

Ngoma Za Kongo

Created in November 1999 by Artistic Director and Founder Leonard Baniekona with the goal of promoting and improving the real Kongo traditional music and chorographical creativity in the Republic of Congo. This music and dance are a source of healing and balance providing aquality of education and entertainment for the public of all nationalities and from all walks of life.

Artist: 12:45 PM - ROBERT GILLIES

12:45 PM - ROBERT GILLIES

Robert Gillies is one part award-winning songwriter, one part folk-popper, and every bit an infectiously energetic performer, armed with a personality wrought from years of traveling the world and exploring it with a child-like wonder.

Artist: 10:00 AM - THE DARRELL ELMER RODGERS TRIO

10:00 AM - THE DARRELL ELMER RODGERS TRIO

The Darrell Elmer Rodgers Trio is comprised of three Arizonans: Darrell Elmer Rodgers, Rick Heyman, and Michael Parker. The trio performs original folk-blues songs played on guitar and sung by songwriter Darrell Elmer Rodgers with Rick Heyman providing melodious Bass accompaniment and Michael Parker supplying the foundation rhythm on Drums.

Artist: 12:00 PM - PLANET DJEMBE & THE MAMAXE DANCERS

12:00 PM - PLANET DJEMBE & THE MAMAXE DANCERS

Planet Djembe is a Tucson based group dedicated to performing and promoting traditional West African Percussion. This ancient music comes from countries like Mali, Guinea, Cote d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast), and Burkina Faso. Great teachers like Mamady Keita, Famadou Konate, and others have brought the music and dance of these countries to the west through tours and classes over the last thirty years or so.