04 Jan Anni Zylstra
Anni (she/they) is a folk singer, basketmaker, farmer, and weaver of community based in the traditional homelands of the Oceti Sakowin and Ho-chunk in SW so-called Wisconsin. She has been teaching, writing, and collecting new and old polyphonic songs in the oral tradition for a decade and studying music in various capacities all her life. In the spirit of folk, they believe that everyone can sing, and that using our voices to make beauty together is one of most pleasurable, accessible, and world building activities folks can do together in these times. Anni’s facilitation is rooted in anticapitalist values, play, reverence for the places and grandmothers who have kept the songs alive, ethnomusicology, and community leadership. They currently farm on the West Fork of the Kickapoo River, where they grow basketry willow, tend native and perennial food crops, host gatherings and classes in folk skills, and run Ember, an online and in-person community that sings traditional polyphonic music in La Farge, WI.
Anni will be sharing Folk Voices