The Gundecha Brothers have been enthralling audiences around the world for over 25 years with their deeply meditative and powerful rhythmic performances. They are arguably the most active performers and teachers of dhrupad music in the world, the most ancient form of classical raga music.
Vocalists Umakant & Ramakant along with their younger brother pakhawaj player Akhilesh were nurtured in the lineage of the Dagar Bani tradition which reaches back over 18 continuous generations of musicians. They have been recognized with the highest awards from the government of India for their excellence, creativity and commitment to this transcendent vocal art.
Starr KalAhiki & the Liliʻu Project
An exploration into the memoirs of Queen Liliʻuokalani, the last reigning monarch of the Hawaiian Kingdom who was known for her unwavering commitment to peaceful opposition to the overthrow of her nation. Award-winning vocalist Starr Kalahiki leads the Liliʻu Project as they preserve the legacy of Liliʻuokalani through her songs.
Having studied under some of the greatest qawwali masters for over 20 years and performing at the shrines of the saints in India and Pakistan, Fanna-Fi-Allah carries the torch of this vibrant tradition to ecstatic audiences around the world. Carrying the ancient wisdom of Sufi tradition, they embody a universal message of devotion and tolerance that is crucial to our time.
Sufi love of God is expressed through the poetry in powerful soaring choruses, dramatic vocal improvisations and the driving rhythmic energy of qawwali tabla and clapping. Its fundamental intention is the annihilation of the ego boundary between the performer, the listener and the divine source.
From Agusan, Northeastern Mindanao, Grace Nono is a singer and scholar specializing in the performance of Philippine oral chants with sacred themes. Grace Nono will be joined by guest artists including Charles Wandag from the Cordillera region who will perform Kalinga chants, tongatong (stamping tubes), and gangsa (gongs).
Innov Gnawa is a grammy-nominated ensemble dedicated to exploring Morocco’s venerable gnawa music. Maalem Hassan Ben Jaafar has groomed this dedicated group of younger musicians in NYC to bring this profound ceremonial music to new ears. Gnawa music carries a raw and hypnotic spiritual power. It is the ritual trance music of Morocco’s black communities, originally descended from slaves and soldiers once brought to Morocco from Northern Mali and Mauritania.
LOS ANGELES CHILDREN’S CHORUS
Los Angeles Children’s Chorus provides choral music education of the highest quality to young people who represent richly diverse racial, economic, and cultural backgrounds. Through the beauty of inspired and joyful singing, Los Angeles Children’s Chorus brings the transformative power of music to communities throughout Southern California, the nation and the world.
AROHI FEATURING JUSTO ALMARIO & DWIGHT TRIBLE
The music of Arohi is a contemporary sound steeped in the classical ragas and rhythmic dynamism of Indian music. Incorporating elements of jazz, Latin music and classical counterpoint on traditional instruments from India and the west, Arohi’s ‘ragajazz chamber music’ weaves raga meditations, polyrhythmic counterpoint and exciting improvisations into their unique sound. Paul Livingstone on sitar, Pete Jacobson on cello, Dave Lewis on drums, and Neelamjit Dhillon on tabla have been recording performing together for many years.
Justo Almario, a reedman, composer, and Colombia-native, has fused Latin, Afro-Cuban, South American, Funk, and Jazz genres into his own humble offering. Mr. Almario studied at the prestigious Berklee School of Music before a stint with Mongo Santamaria as the band’s musical director.
Dwight Trible is a jazz singer who prizes a sense of adventure, musicians, and modernity. In addition to singing with experimental jazz musicians, he seizes the opportunity to record with electronica and hip-hop outfits, distinguishing him from many of his jazz peers.