The People I Love

Hailed by The New York Times as “a state-of-the-art musical thinker” and “a quietly dazzling saxophonist,” Steve Lehman has built a career creating innovative, uncompromising music that packs a visceral wallop. His signature alto sound — searing with emotional intensity and crystal clear articulation — has been featured in high-profile partnerships with Vijay Iyer, Jason Moran, and […]

Stephen Rush

Stephen Rush is a Professor at the University of Michigan, where he has taught since 1987. Rush’s compositional output includes six operas, chamber music (some of which is standard repertory), orchestra work and over 150 scores for dancers. His compositions have been recorded and performed worldwide by the Warsaw and Detroit Symphonies and members of […]

Titos Sompa

Titos Sompa, the master dancer, choreographer and drummer was born in Brazzaville, Congo, and as a child met Louis Armstrong when the legendary New Orleans trumpeter was on a tour through the region. It had a profound impact on the young Titos. His performances in New Orleans, in conjunction with the Foundation’s Congo Square New […]

Dudu’ Kouate

Dudu’ (Doudou) Kouate: Born in Senegal in 1963, percussionist and multi-instrumentalist Dudu’ Kouate plays in various bands and theatrical productions. The constant search for the sound (sound of elements), has always led him to new experiences in the world music. Recognized enhancer of traditional instruments, especially percussion and idiophones, he has managed to devise their […]

Rodolfo Cordova-Lebron

Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Rodolfo Córdova is a composer, vocalist, and improviser. His music fuses diverse influences with electronic media, chance operations, gradual processes, noise, improvisation, extended vocal and timbral techniques of composition. His work explores intersections with literature and visual arts and engages with issues of colonialism, geopolitics and migration. He has […]

Tomeka Reid

Recently described as a “New Jazz Power Source” by the New York Times, cellist and composer Tomeka Reid emerged as one of the most original, versatile, and curious musicians in the Chicago’s bustling jazz and improvised music community over the last decade. Now based in New York, her distinctive melodic sensibility, usually braided to a […]

Edward Yoon Kwon

EDWARD YOON KWON (Eddy Kwon) is a composer-performer, violinist/violist, and community-based teaching artist living in Cincinnati, Ohio. Eddy is a City of Cincinnati Art Ambassador Fellow, a Cincinnatus Presidential Scholar, and a 2016 United States Artists Ford Fellow. Recent composition commissions include VIOLENCE, a performance work for electro-acoustic ensemble that explores structural violence in America, […]

Jean Cook

Jean Cook has been playing violin since 1979. She is part of the 11tet, a New York based jazz composer’s workshop, and is a founding member of the PnR Salon in Washington, DC, which brings together post-punk rockers and classically trained musicians. In 2000, she appeared at the Kennedy Center’s Hip-Hop Festival and the Smithsonian […]

Fred Berry

Fred Berry is actively involved in bay area music as a trumpeter, contractor, conductor, and band leader, and is presently musical director for vocalist and recording artist, Jaime Davis. He was musical director for the Northern California Louie Bellson Orchestra for five years. He is a charter member of the AACM (Association for the Advancement […]

Enoch Williamson

Enoch Williamson is a multi-instrumentalist percussionist that is known for playing on records with The Art Ensemble of Chicago, Don Moye, Michael Mason, Hannibal, The Lyannaj Ensemble of Chicago, and Glawdys N’dee.