Pezhham Akhavass is a musician, percussionist/multi-instrumentalist/music director, and instructor, master of tombak (a type of goblet drum from Persia) and daf (the frame drum), and Setar (Long Neck Lute which presents Iranian Radif, which is a collection of the melodies in modal system from different generations that have been orally…
Dr. Ellorin is the leading expert on maritime Southeast Asian gong-chime music in Southern California. He is also a master of the Filipino banduria (a version of the Spanish bandurria, a plucked string instrument similar to the mandolin) and the associated rondalla music. He is versed in the percussion music…
Nitya Narasimhan is a skilled dancer whose passion for bharatanatyam began at the young age of 4. Currently based in California, USA, Nitya regularly travels to India to hone her craft and showcase her talents through performances. As the Founder and Artistic Director of “Prayukti Arts,” Nitya has…
Berenice is a Spanish speaking Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, illustrator, muralist, and multimedia artist. She is an immigrant from Mexico and has found herself straddling intertwined cultural and subcultural identities her entire life. She illustrated an award-winning book “Am I Blue or am I Green?” that explores the identity…
Jose Trejo Maya is a remnant of the Nahuatlacah oral tradition, a tonalpouhque Mexica, and a commoner from the lowlands (i.e. Mexico) from a time and place that no longer exists. His poetry has gained recognition and been published in various countries, including the UK, US, India, Spain, Australia, Argentina,…
Winnie Wong was born in Hong Kong and raised in San Francisco, CA. She started her training on the guzheng in 1982 at the age of four under the expertise of guzheng virtuoso, Ms. Weishan Liu. At the age of 5, she had her first debut. The unconditional bond between…
Makeda Kumasi (MFA / M.Ed) is the founder of WE 3 PRODUCTIONS, as well as the co-founder and artistic director of The Umoja Ensemble of the Inland Empire. Along with being a featured performer on stage and T.V., Kumasi has danced for two prominent Southern California based African dance ensembles,…
Del Harrison is a standup comedian and singer who produces live comedy and music shows. She is a a phenomenal host and hosts Let’s Talk Hair on FOX Soul as well as Up Late with Sha & Del every Sunday on iHeartRadio. She is a Comedy Store and Hollywood Improv…
Kamini is an Indian Classical Hindustani Vocalist, composer and teacher based in Los Angeles area. She likes to incorporate various global sounds into her music. She truly believes that music unites and brings us closer. Her journey of music was initiated by her mother. Kamini spent over a decade learning…
Drawn between silence/sound, d. haejin bang’s transdisciplinary and community work is currently based within occupied Tongva land (otherwise known as Los Angeles) and corea. Born and raised in Koreatown, LA, their explorations revolve around the voice, body, and Silence. Their main focus underlines gaps and the interjacent: How can we…