Yasmine Hamdan

Author, composer, singer
(Updated on 02/12/2014)
Having spent part of her life in Gulf countries and Greece, she returns to Beirut in 1990 to finish high school and start psychology studies, earning a BA in 1998. In the same year, she forms the group Soapkills along with Zeid Hamdan. Between 1998 and 2005, Soapkills released 4 albums including a Live recording. READ MORE

Christine Salem

Musician
(Updated on 02/12/2014)
Christine Salem is one of the rare feminine voices of maloya with a strong and charismatic personality. Accompanied on a kayanm (her favourite instrument) Christine’s voice seems to float as she sings in Creole, Malagasy, Comoran or Swahili, mixing with subtlety music from the Indian Ocean with African rhythms. READ MORE

Meredith Monk

Composer, singer, director/choreographer
(Updated on 02/13/2014)
Meredith Monk (b. November 20, 1942, New York, NY) is a composer, singer, director/choreographer and creator of new opera, music-theater works, films and installations. A pioneer in what is now called “extended vocal technique” and “interdisciplinary performance,” Monk creates works that thrive at the intersection of music and movement, image and object, light and sound in an effort to discover and weave together new modes of perception. READ MORE

Jérémie Rhorer

Conductor & Composer
(Updated on 02/13/2014)
Combining intellectual rigor, subtle musicality and a compelling and clear musical vision, Jérémie Rhorer consistently delivers thrilling performances of symphonic and operatic repertoire. In 2010 he made his Salzburg Festival debut conducting the Mozarteum Orchestra, and in 2011 his North American debut with a major orchestra at the Mostly Mozart Festival in New York, where he returns in August 2013. READ MORE

Stéphane Wrembel

Musician
(Updated on 02/13/2014)
He’s been called “a revelation” by Rolling Stone. Woody Allen recruited him to score the theme to the 2012 Academy Award winning film Midnight in Paris, and he performed live during this year’s Oscar’s telecast. To say that French-born guitarist/composer Stephane Wrembel—who learned his craft among the Gypsies at campsites in the French countryside—has already had a remarkable career would be an understatement. READ MORE

Lo'Jo

Musician
(Updated on 02/13/2014)
Thirty years of travelling with open ears has given Lo'Jo's sound a unique richness. They play funky dubbed-up chanson, raw yet intricate, with a bewildering variety of influences. It all adds up to a brilliant whole that scorns classification. Fronting the drums, double bass, keyboards and violin is the polyglot growl of Péan, who could be the gallic cousin of Tom Waits. READ MORE

Fatoumata Diawara

Musician
(Updated on 02/13/2014)
Fatoumata Diawara (aka Fatou) was born of Malian parents in the Ivory Coast in 1982. As a child she became a member of her father's dance troupe and was a popular performer of the wildly flailing didadi dance from Wassoulou, her ancestral home in western Mali. She was an energetic and headstrong girl and at the age of twelve her refusal to go to school finally prompted her parents to send her to live and be disciplined by an aunt in Bamako. READ MORE

Michael Attias Spun Tree

Musician
(Updated on 02/13/2014)
The product of migrations spanning North Africa, the Middle East, Western Europe and the American Midwest, saxophonist Michaël Attias settled in New York City in 1994, where he currently enjoys a teeming and multilayered activity as bandleader, sideman, composer, and improviser. READ MORE

Ibrahim Malouf

Musician
(Updated on 02/13/2014)
Ibrahim Maalouf is a trumpeter who is also a composer and arranger for trumpet. He also teaches trumpet. He was born on December 5, 1980 in Beirut, Lebanon, but now lives in France. READ MORE

Dan Tepfer & Lee Konitz

Musician
(Updated on 02/13/2014)
Dan Tepfer is a New York-based pianist and composer and one of the most formidable jazz musicians on the international stage — hailed as “brilliant” by The Boston Globe, “remarkable” by The Washington Post, a “player of exceptional poise” by the New York Times, “a singular voice” by Libération (France). READ MORE

Bugge ‘N’ Friends

Musician
(Updated on 02/13/2014)
Bugge Wesseltoft, grand piano, rhodes, synthesizer / Erik Truffaz, trumpet / Ilhan Ersahin, saxophon / Joaquin “Joe” Claussell, beats/electronic & organic percussion / Marius Reksjø, bass / Erik Holm, percussions / Andreas Bye, drums READ MORE

Benoît Delbecq

Musician
(Updated on 02/13/2014)
Born in 1966, Parisian pianist Benoît Delbecq figures today among the innovators of the international contemporary jazz scene. His reputation and influence have been growing steadily since the early 90’s, and the New York Times recently described him as « an original and unconventional pianist » who « expertly » invents a « serene » music. READ MORE

Yan Wagner

Musician
(Updated on 02/13/2014)
Yan Wagner is a young French-American artist. He was born and still lives in Paris but made his first solo appearances during an extended stay in New York City in 2008-2009. He writes and performs all his songs, merging electronic beats and sounds with a low and crooning voice. His influences span many genres and time frames, from Depeche Mode to D.A.F., from Prince to Tangerine Dream, from neo disco to early Detroit Techno… READ MORE