Born in Geneva, raised between Milan and London, and currently in New York City, Alissia serves as the "future face of funk music" (Huffington Post). As a bass player, bandleader, and songwriter, she has garnered millions of views online as the leader of Alissia and the Funketeers, her 14-piece funk and pop project. Her debut EP features John Blackwell (Prince, D'Angelo), Louis Cato (Marcus Miller, Q-Tip), and many more heavy hitters, and is due for a late summer release.
Watch a music video for Alissia's "Let It Out" here:
Hailed by Herbie Hancock as showing “great promise as a new voice in the further development of jazz in the future,” educator, arranger, and award-winning composer Omar Thomas has created music extensively in the contemporary jazz ensemble idiom. He assembled his big band, the 18-piece Omar Thomas Large Ensemble, in 2008. The group’s first album, I Am, debuted at no. 1 on the iTunes Jazz Charts and peaked at no. 13 on the Billboard Traditional Jazz Albums Chart. Their second release, We Will Know: An LGBT Civil Rights Piece in Four Movements, has been hailed by Grammy Award–winning drummer, composer, and producer Terri Lyne Carrington as being a “thought-provoking, multilayered masterpiece” which has “put him in the esteemed category of great artists.”
Hungarian-born Hien, who is of Vietnamese heritage, is a nationally renowned singer-songwriter in her home country of Hungary. Combining indie pop and R&B with a hint of gypsy folk, she creates an eclectic mix of sounds in her deeply intimate and personal performances. Her honest music shares her triumphs and her struggles in a way that is universally relatable.