Folk music flows naturally from the cultural melting pot that is Florida. It is an evolving art form that accompanies community celebrations, religious ceremonies and everyday living. In some neighborhoods the exotic rhythms of Greek bouzouki players, Cuban bata drummers and Haitian rada percussionists immediately transport listeners to foreign villages and tribes. The sounds also crack the door open to the rich traditions that are woven into the daily lives of those who call Florida home. Three musicians named as Florida’s 2015 Master Folk Artists give audiences a glimpse into their diverse cultures and sacred ceremonies in Living Music: Exotic Rhythms of Life in Florida.

Amanda Hardeman Anastacios Karistinos Costa Garoufalidis folk art/folk music Georgios Makris Greece Haiti Hans Hernandez Kenneth "Skip" Burney Laurette Jean Leonidas Zafiris Louines Louinis Lucrece Louinis Tarpon Springs White Springs