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LADAMA is a group of four women, virtuosic musicians, and educators— Lara Klaus, Daniela Serna, Mafer Bandola and Sara Lucas— from different countries and cultures of the Americas, who are sisters in song, rhythm and spirit. Harnessing music...
Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars were formed of a group of refugee musicians displaced to Guinea during the Sierra Leone Civil War. Since their return to Freetown in 2004, the band has toured extensively to raise awareness for...
The band La Santa Cecilia, named for the patron saint of music, is dedicated to voicing the experience of a new bicultural generation in the United States. Their music is rooted in their Mexican heritage, but also inspired by traditions of bossa nova...
Mariachi Arcoiris de Los Angeles prides itself on being the world’s first LGBTQ mariachi band. Their tight, energetic, and intricate sound has been honed by the work they’ve had to do to navigate the typically hypermasculine and...
These five siblings got their start playing in various other bands in the Vancouver music scene before joining together to form Suddenrush. Their sound is a seamless blend of Hmong sentimental song style and epic country rock, which works so well...
Ellas is a new trio that performs an exciting blend of mariachi, jazz, country, and various other styles. This performance will be one of their debut concerts. As individuals, the band members have previously recorded and performed with musicians...
Sweden is mostly known internationally for being a pop music powerhouse, but they also have an equally vibrant folk and world music scene less well known to the outside world. This nine-woman power band has taken that scene by storm, weaving together...
Based in San Francisco, the Qadim Ensemble is comprised of accomplished musicians whose repertoire includes Arabic, Jewish, Turkish Sufi, Hebrew-Yemenite, Armenian, Greek, Ladino and Moroccan music. Their performances have been described to convey...
Five-time Grammy Award winner Antonio Sanchez is one of the most sought-after drummers in the international jazz scene. He has performed and recorded with some of the most renowned jazz artists, including Pat Metheny, Chick Corea, Michael Brecker and...
Since coming together in 1993, Los Cenzontles has combined music and dance performance with social activism by bringing Latino traditions together and promoting pride, dignity, and cultural understanding. As described by the New York Times, Los...
Described by Jazziz Magazine as “an artist beyond category,” Eliane Elias is a multi-Grammy winner pianist, singer, and composer whose distinctive musical style blends virtuosic instrumental jazz, classical, and compositional skills with...
Arts UC Merced Presents is thrilled to welcome the Vijay Iyer Sextet to Merced for a free concert on Saturday, April 28th at the Merced College Theatre (3600 M St., Merced, CA). Iyer is a Grammy-nominated composer-pianist described by Pitchfork as...
Kaumakaiwa brings to the stage an immense talent as a singer, chanter, and dancer as well as a deep understanding of her Hawaiian culture and her place as a modern, transgender (mahu wahine) Hawaiian in this contemporary world. She seamlessly melds...
Alice Bag is a punk rock singer, musician, author, educator and feminist archivist. Alice was lead singer and co-founder of The Bags, one of the first wave of punk bands to form in the mid-1970's in Los Angeles, CA. Her self-titled debut solo...
Ladysmith Black Mambazo is an a capella singing group from South Africa that has declared its mission as “singing for peace live around the world.” For the past fifty years, Ladysmith Black Mambazo has been bringing joyous and stirring...

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