The Brooklyn Art Song Society (BASS) is one of the preeminent organizations dedicated to the vast repertoire of poetry set to music. Its mission is to preserve art song’s direct expressiveness and emotional honesty for today’s audience and future generations. http://brooklynartsongsociety.org
Emel is a Harlem-based Tunisian singer-songwriter best known for her protest song "Kelmti Horra" ("My Word is Free"), which became an anthem for the Tunisian revolution and the Arab spring. She is passionate about human rights, revolution, and experimental music.
Traveling between experimental, electronic, North-African, Arabic, or cinematic music Emel Mathlouthi delivers a sound that’s as sensitive and non-conformist as herself, far from clichés and easy categories.
After she translated the energy of Tunisian uprisings in sound and collaborated with artists such as Valgeir Sigurdsson and Tricky, Emel Mathlouthi has established herself as an un-missable reference of the new Arabic music scene.
And as she continues to push her art forward, fed with multiple influences and gifted with an astonishing voice, she is also one of the most creative avant-gardists of today’s international scene.
Born Ashkan Kooshanejad in Tehran, Iran in 1985, Ash Koosha is an electronic musician and soundtrack composer whose work explores themes of synesthesia and virtual reality. His fluid, collage-like soundscapes are based on computer-generated sonic fractal patterns, incorporating altered voices as well as non-musical sounds like car engines and shattering glass. As heady and discordant as this sounds, his sound constructions are intriguing and accessible rather than harsh and punishing.