Arooj Aftab

Arooj Aftab is a Grammy award winning Pakistani singer, composer, and producer based in the United States. She works in various musical styles and idioms, including jazz, minimalism, and Urdu poetry. She has been named one of NPR’s Top 100 composers, and has been featured on several best concerts lists, including The New York Times. Her Vulture Prince album […]

Martha Mooke and The Scorchio Quartet

Scorchio is a cutting edge electro-acoustic string quartet that made it’s debut at Carnegie Hall performing with David Bowie at the 2001 Tibet House Benefit Concert. Scorchio has performed with Philip Glass, Iggy Pop, Patti Smith, Phoebe Bridgers, Lou Reed, Trey Anastasio, Michael Stipe, Sturgill Simpson, David Byrne, the Kronos Quartet and others. Scorchio is […]

Tenzin Choegyal

Tenzin Choegyal is an artist, composer, activist, and cultural ambassador. One of the world’s finest musicians in the Tibetan tradition, he is a bona fide master of the lingbu (bamboo flute) and dranyen (3-stringed lute), but is best known for his extraordinary vocal ability.  Born the son of Tibetan nomads, Tenzin feels a particular affinity […]

The Philip Glass Ensemble

The Philip Glass Ensemble: The Philip Glass Ensemble (PGE) comprises the principal performers of the music of Philip Glass. In 1968, Glass founded the PGE in New York City as a laboratory for his music. Its purpose was to develop a performance practice to meet the unprecedented technical and artistic demands of his compositions. In […]


Say zhhh like a phone on the table, like a bee says hush, then put on an “ayla” and that’s Zsela who cried so spooky as a baby that all the neighbor dogs would pace outside her house. But doesn’t the story of a voice get duller with every line of background? Pinch your nose […]

Marc Anthony Thompson of Chocolate Genius, Inc.

Marc Anthony Thompson is a reluctant singer and indolent songwriter; an autodidactic musician, composer, sound designer and filmmaker. He has collaborated with a wide range of genre defying citizens from Phillip Glass and Spike Lee to Bruce Springsteen and The Roots.  Mr. Thompson’s songs have been recorded by Lizz Wright & Mandy Patinkin as well […]

Laurie Anderson

Laurie Anderson is a writer, director, composer, visual artist, musician and vocalist who has created groundbreaking works that span the worlds of art, theater, experimental music, and technology. Her recording career was launched by O Superman in 1981.  Anderson’s live shows range from simple spoken word to expansive multimedia stage performances such as the eight-hour United States (1982), Empty […]

New Order’s Bernard Sumner

From the ashes of legendary band Joy Division, New Order triumphed over tragedy to emerge as one of the most influential and acclaimed bands of all time. After Ian Curtis tragically took his own life, Bernard Sumner (keyboardist and guitarist), Peter Hook (bassist) and Stephen Morris (drummer) re-formed the same year as New Order, with the addition of […]

Allison Russell

Allison Russell

Born and raised in Montreal, poet, singer, songwriter, activist and multi-instrumentalist, Allison Russell (co-founder of Our Native Daughters and Birds of Chicago) imbues her music with the colors of her city – the light, the landscape, the language – but also the trauma that she suffered there. Outside Child, her acclaimed debut album, is a […]