The Rahim AlHaj Trio

Iraqi oud virtuoso and composer Rahim AlHaj perfectly blends traditional and contemporary music with breathtaking skill and emotion. Joined by santour maestro Sourena Sefati and Palestinian-American Arabic percussion master Issa Malluf, this 2-time Grammy nominee translates the haunting sorrow, joy, angst, passion, and determination that he has experienced and witnessed in his lifelong struggle against injustice — as an Iraqi, a political refugee, and now as an American citizen—into soulful and passionate music.

Daymé Arocena

With exceptional warmth and a powerful presence to augment her virtuosity, Daymé Arocena is one of the “most inviting ambassadors” for Cuba’s contemporary music. Santerian chant, rhythmic complexity, fluid jazz styling, and a nuanced Afro-Cuban soulfulness—she channels the elements in service to her audience and culture.

“Ms. Arocena unites cosmopolitan musicianship with deep roots”—New York Times.

DakhaBrakha

Reshaping ancient and contemporary Ukrainian music, DakhaBrakha’s hypnotic textures meld soulful folk and ritual songs with Balkan, African, Jazz and R&B. This playful band from Kiev will perform new songs from their yet to released album as well as old favorites.

AURELIO

Singer-songwriter, guitarist, and percussionist Aurelio Martinez is a cultural warrior for the Garifuna people of the Caribbean Coast of Central America. Aurelio’s sound is firmly rooted in surging rhythms, driven by the spirited thumping of traditional drums alongside hypnotic melodies. Aurelio’s passion for his culture is matched by his joyful spirit, powerful voice, and musical chops. “Not only the leading figure of Garifuna music but one of the great artists of Latin America”—London Evening Standard.

Maarja Nuut

An enchanting blend of traditional Estonian storytelling, folk music, and experimental electronic soundscapes.
“… bridging minimalism, experimental music and the village entertainment of pre-World War II Europe… giving her musical brand a digital-age twist” — The Washington Post.

Alash Ensemble

These Tuvan throat singing masters subtly infuse their songs with western elements, creating a unique style that is fresh and new, yet true to their musical heritage.

Emeline Michel

Accomplished dancer, versatile vocalist, songwriter, and captivating performer Emeline Michel is the reigning Queen of Haitian Song.
“The dancing ambassador with a voice serene and warm like the breeze” —The New York Times.