Thalma de Freitas

Thalma de Freitas is a pioneer actress of color in the era of Afrocentric affirmation in Brazil, having performed in the theater and in over 15 telenovelas at Rede Globo. As a singer, she is one of the most prominent voices of her generation and continues to grow the legacy of her father, pianist and maestro Laércio de Freitas. DeFreitas smooth silky mezzo alto and charismatic performances were, for over a decade, a highlight of the big band Orquestra Imperial. Her songwriting and vision have led to a wide variety of collaborations with both contemporary and legendary musicians, such as João Donato, Caetano Veloso, Gal Costa, Céu, Anelis Assumpção, Tulipa Ruiz, Felipe Catto, Quantic, Georgia Anne Muldrow, Kamasi Washington and Moses Sumney. Living in Los Angeles since 2012, Thalma has been invited to perform her charismatic SambaJazz in venues like Blue Whale, Grand Performances, ArtPower at UCSD, Skirball Center, Union Station and UCLA's Royce Hall. She is married to hip-hop photographer Brian ‘B+’ Cross, co-founder of Mochilla, and founded its sister-brand, the Brazilla Music Collective.

Mia Doi Todd

Mia Doi Todd is a prolific singer-songwriter and California original. Her ninth album, "Cosmic Ocean Ship" (City Zen Records), was chosen by the New York Times as one of the Top Ten Records of 2011. After releasing primarily her own compositions, Mia took an interest in covering classic Brazilian songs and recorded "Floresta" at the beautiful Estúdio El Rocha in São Paulo, Brazil in 2014. Last year's "Songbook" on the Rings Label is a collection of some of Mia's favorite songs in English.

Mia has performed around the world on many great stages, including the Hollywood Bowl and Circo Voador in Rio de Janeiro. Besides her work as a solo artist, Mia has collaborated with many musicians, including Flying Lotus, Jose Gonzalez, Dntel and Miguel Atwood-Ferguson. She contributed tracks to Michel Gondry's recent films, "Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?" and "Mood Indigo," and to the compilations, "Red Hot + Rio2" and "Red Hot + Bach." Mia recently composed the score and soundtrack for a contemporary film adaptation of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" by William Shakespeare.

Asher Shasho Levy & Aram Soba

Oudist and vocalist Asher Shasho Levy and his ensemble of master musicians journey to the essence of the hypnotic traditional music of Syria, with a special focus on the sacred Aramaic, Hebrew, and Judeo-Arabic repertoire of his Aleppan Jewish community. Built around the modes of the classical Arabic maqam, and drawing influences from Andalusian, Ottoman, and Levantine traditions, this deep, mystical music constitutes an ancient, little known, facet of the musical tradition of Syria.

Levy traces his lineage to the Halabi Jewish community of Aleppo Syria, a rich tradition that derives it origin both from Sepharadi Jews of Spanish origin, and Mustarabi Jews who inhabited Syria, according to tradition, since biblical times. Born in Los Angeles into a musical family, from the age of five Levy began proving himself an adept multi-instrumentalist, mastering guitar, keyboards, bass, and mandolin, among other instruments, but the call of the music of his heritage, heard in the synagogue, around the holiday table, and on old records at relatives homes beckoned his soul towards a different form of musical expression. By age twelve he began studying the oud and traditional Halabi music with his father, a learned musician and Rabbi, as well as various elders in the Middle Eastern Jewish community of Los Angeles. He has amassed a formidable repertoire of liturgical music, secular song in Hebrew, Judeo-Arabic, and Judeo-Spanish, as well as piyyut, the mystical poetry of the Jewish Middle East. As a member of the diasporic Syrian Jewish community, Asher Shasho Levy seeks to bring the ancient history and vibrant musical and poetic traditions of his now-exiled community into focus as a vital, contemporary musical idiom that speaks to the heart.



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