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…
A Lao culture dancer and singer, Choummaly dances in traditional, folk, old and modern styles. She has been dancing and singing since she was five years old. Choummaly was trained and taught by multiple teachers, but mostly taught by one of the last Lao royal dancers and teachers, named Chaiphet.
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…
Francis is a performer and educator from Ghana, West Africa. Born and raised in the melting pot neighborhood of New Town, Francis grew up in an environment bursting with the sights and sounds of Ghana’s many ethnic groups. During his almost two decades as an instructor at the University…
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…
Reaksmey “Mea” Lath is a professional Cambodian classical dancer and instructor based out of Southern California. As a refugee in an underserved community in Long Beach, she uses this sacred art form to connect to her Cambodian roots and empower her to continue the rich tradition through performing and teaching.
Terry Nguyen, known as “tsugaruterry,” is a musician and educator specializing in minyo (folk) and traditional music of Japan as performed on the Tsugaru shamisen and taiko drums. Terry began playing the Tsugaru shamisen in 2006. Initially self-taught, in 2010 she started her training with instructor Mitsuru Sasaki of the…
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,…
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…