“Amjad Ali Khan—improvising furiously around the melody line with repeated, rapid-fire playing and then letting his equally frantic tabla player take over—it was easy to see why great Indian music can be as exciting as classic blues and rock.”—The Guardian
In a career spanning 50 years, Amjad Ali Khan has single-handedly elevated the sarod to one of the most popular instruments in the Northern Indian tradition. Trained by his father, the legendary Haafiz Ali Khan, Amjad Ali Khan is the sixth in an uninterrupted line of music masters. Joining him are his sons, Amaan Ali Khan and Ayaan Ali Khan, who are already beloved as the next generation of masters of this ancient instrument. Two tabla virtuosi will add percussive richness to the ensemble sound.
Singer Juana Aquerreta and her group perform original compositions influenced by the music of South America. Aquerreta was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and she blends her musical roots with contemporary styles. The harp principal has recently focused much of her time on singing and songwriting.
Charlie Puth is a 21-year-old singer-songwriter and producer from New Jersey. Puth is currently attending Berklee College of Music, majoring in music production and engineering. Puth has appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show twice after his cover of Adele’s “Someone Like You” with Emily Luther went viral on YouTube. Puth currently has more than 40 million hits on YouTube. Watch Puth and Luther’s cover of “Someone Like You” here:
Singer-songwriter Taylor Berrett mixes heartfelt folk with R&B and pop. The Virginia-based songwriter cites influences such as Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder, and Chris Martin of Coldplay. Watch Berrett’s video for his song “Whole Heart” here:
Singer Ariana Corradi performs a set of jazz, soul, and R&B songs with a pianist and guitar accompaniment on some songs. Corradi will be joined by Martina Albano, performing in styles ranging from Italian opera (“Ti Voglio Bene Assai”) to Broadway hits fromWicked (“For Good”).