You may be wondering what we do at Grand Performances when it’s not summer.

Well first there is lots of rest (whew), a few international conferences, and most importantly, MORE music!

We started the new year off in New York City for the Association of Performing Arts Professionals (APAP) conference where, as snow fell, we listened, reflected and danced at venues like Lincoln Center, The Public Theater, DROM, Webster and Carnegie Halls. Some of our favorite performances included:

– The grunge of Montreal’s Betty Bonifassi, whose repertoire is inspired by slave songs from the turn of the 20th century

–  The Shamanistic Glam Rock of SsingSsing from South Korea

– Masters of Congolese Rumba, L’Orchestre Afrisa International et Mbilia Bel

– and finally Toronto’s Battle of Santiago steeped in Afro-Cuban rhythms

Back in L.A., we’ve had some time to keep our eye out for fresh, innovative artists. Here’s who to watch in 2017 (maybe even on our stage this summer ?)

Composer, upright bassist and L.A. native, Miles Mosley is a founding member of the West Coast Get Down alongside Kamasi Washington. A true juggernaut in the jazz scene, we have a hunch he’s about to take off in 2017.

The Nile Project unifies cultures and spreads a message of global sustainability and reservation of the Nile River through music. Performing at Valley Performing Arts Center this month.

Chanter, singer, and Native Hawaiian Kaumakaiwa Kanaka’ Ole will guide you through ancestral stories with execution and humor that will captivate you.

Also coming to L.A. is the African Guitar Summit at  Aratani World Series. This star studded group will have you dancing in the aisles with music from Madagascar, Ghana and Guinea.

(Video taken from Valley of Performing Arts Center website)


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