Cherry Jam Presented by
The Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival kicks off the season with Cherry Jam Downtown, a noon-hour concert at downtown’s Burrard SkyTrain station featuring local talent and memorable performances. Come soak in the festive atmosphere under the spectacular canopy of blossoming cherry trees and readings of the 2019 Haiku Invitational winning poems.
Thursday, April 2:
BC World Music Collective Trio
Kotojiro World Music
Stephan Stewart-Imbert (Hurdy Gurdy)
Vancouver Okinawa Taiko
Friday, April 3:
Cheondoong (Thunder) Performing Arts Society
Kiyoshi & Jesse
Mohamed Assani
Royal Academy of Bhangra
2020 Artist Bios
BC World Music Collective Trio
Cheondoong (Thunder) Performing Arts Society
Stephan Stewart-Imbert was born listening to the Hurdy Gurdy! He was born in France but moved to Canada with his family at the age of five. By the age of ten, he was already composing music for the piano and soon after joined the marimba group Jabulani. With them, he performed regularly, thus honing his performance skills. Stephan is now a very proficient player of the two instruments he inherited from his father, one acoustic and one electro-acoustic, which can sound like a cello, an electric guitar and everything between! He also inherited a great singing voice, which blends so beautifully with his instrument.

Kotojiro World Music “Kotojiro” incorporate the koto/guzheng, a traditional Asian instrument, into contemporary music, as well as playing it alongside a ubiquitous Western instrument, the guitar. Their music shows how traditions from different cultures can be adapted for modern styles, and be combined to perform together, as well as maintaining and continuing connections to the past.


Royal Academy of Bhangra 
Kiyoshi Iio (Handpan Journey)
Kiyoshi performs mysterious and soothing sounds with ancient and new-age instruments including Handpan. He has travelled through 40 countries and moved to Vancouver in 2018. Kiyoshi has performed at numerous events including the Powell Street Festival, West End Car Free Festival, Kamloops International Busker Festival, St. Andrew Wesley Church event, Cultural Days at Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Nitobe Memorial Garden event, and at yoga and private events.Jesse
Scribbly Doodle is a Vancouver based beatboxer and looper, known for his intricate rhythms and a broad selection of human sound effects. He brings colourful and creative energy to every performance, as he explores the magic of the human instrument.
Vancouver Okinawa Taiko has been performing in numerous cultural festivals, charity functions, sports and anniversary events for some over 15 years. The group’s aim is to promote and preserve Okinawan style drum-dancing called Eisa, and to share Okinawan cultural heritage. Our membership consists of a mix of several generations to reflect the presentation of grassroots folk art.
Mohamed Assani is an award-winning sitar player and composer, known for being a proactive ambassador for his rich musical tradition. He has brought the sitar to new audiences through innovative, genre-bending collaborations. According to the Georgia Straight, “Assani is both deeply rooted in the artistic traditions of South Asia and a one-of-a-kind innovator.”

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