• "...in days like these, this sort of celebration is its own form of resistance... The night offered a continual argument that walls meant to divide people are never tall enough to keep the music out."  More »
  • The 2020 festival spans the month of March, featuring artists direct from Spain, with performances taking place at three different venues. See 1, 2, 3, or all 4 performances! More »
  • Global Arts Live puts the spotlight on artistic excellence from all corners of the globe, reflecting the diverse and vibrant community that is Boston.   More »
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  • Celebrating music without borders, CRASHFEST transforms the House of Blues into an indoor global music festival. With more than ten bands playing on three stages, CRASHFEST features an expansive dance floor and seated balcony overlooking the main stage, and additional stages in the... MORE »
  • Altan holding their instruments and looking at camera in the woods
    Regarded by many as the world's finest traditional Irish band, Altan is renowned for its heartwarming, dynamic live performances that range from touching ballads to hard-hitting reels and jigs. Throughout its career Altan has shown an unwavering commitment to the beauty of traditional music,... MORE »
  • Omar Sosa and Yilian Canizares performing live on stage holding hands singing to the audience
    Pianist Omar Sosa and violinist-vocalist Yilian Cañizares draw on their Afro-Cuban roots, along with Western classical music and jazz, to perform beautiful and personal music from their recent album Aguas. The recording is dedicated to water and especially to Oshun, the Goddess of Love and Mistress... MORE »
  • Leahy family sitting on a gray couch, looking and smiling at each other
    March 06
    Leahy is an award-winning Canadian family of musicians and one of the most highly regarded progressive folk-roots bands. Their exceptional performances are full of energy, big rich sound, poignant songs, fiery instrumentals, and percussive step-dancing.   You might also like Altan, We Banjo 3, and... MORE »
  • Sunny Jain with the dhol drum on stage, with the trumpet player to his left
    March 08
    Red Baraat is a pioneering band from Brooklyn, New York. Conceived by dhol player Sunny Jain, the group has drawn worldwide praise for its singular sound, a merging of hard-driving North Indian bhangra with elements of hip-hop, jazz, and raw punk energy. Red Baraat Festival of Colors is a... MORE »
  • Roberto Fonseca floating in water with arms outspread, wearing plaid pants
    March 11
    World-renowned Havana-born pianist Roberto Fonseca has toured the world with Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club® and the legendary Omara Portuondo. Now a hugely charismatic artist in his own right, he’s performing with a trio in support of his ninth recording, Yesun. Combining everything from jazz... MORE »
  • Male Malpaso dancer in gray shirt holding a female dancer with long hair behind him, her hand gripped on his thighs, against a red background
    An exceptional contemporary company from Cuba, Malpaso Dance Company is committed to working with top international choreographers while also nurturing new voices in Cuban choreography. Passionate, fluidly athletic dancers perform Indomitable Waltz by Aszure Barton; Carrying Floor, a solo danced... MORE »
  • Tomate sitting on stage in all black, playing the guitar
    March 15
    Young flamenco guitarist José del Tomate was born in Almería in the heart of a family of artists. His father, Tomatito, and his great-grandfather Miguel Fernández Cortés “El Tomate” have been his main inspiration, although he also recognizes strong influences from Sabicas, Paco de Lucía, and,... MORE »
  • Antibalas live photo, small image.
    March 19
    Called “one of the world’s finest Afrobeat bands” by The Guardian, Antibalas adds its distinct New York City grit to the classic Afrobeat sound. Over the past two decades, Antibalas members have appeared alongside some of today’s biggest stars, including Beyoncé, The Roots, Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars... MORE »
  • Terry Riley with blue shirt and awesome beard smiling at camera in front of black background
    Terry Riley turns 85 on June 24, 2020, and celebratory performances have already begun. This larger-than-life character created an unconventional minimalist musical style that inspired many: Steve Reich, Philip Glass, Brian Eno, John Cale, Pete Townshend, and many more. Terry Riley: Live at 85!... MORE »
  • Mercedes Ruiz in white dress surrounded by musicians
    March 21 - March 22
    Gala Flamenca captures all the beauty, power, and passion of flamenco with spectacular dancers Mercedes Ruiz, Eduardo Guerrero, and María Moreno, joined on stage by powerful singers María Terremoto, Ismael El Bola, and Miguel Rosendo; guitarists Santiago Lara and Javier Ibañez; and percussionist... MORE »
  • Photo of Joey Alexander in a white tshirt and blazer, sitting on a wood block against a green backdrop
    Pianist, composer, and bandleader Joey Alexander is enjoying one of the most ascendant careers in jazz today. With three Grammy nominations to his name, this 16-year-old phenom plays with astonishing technique, innate musical intelligence, and uncanny ability to communicate irresistible joy.  You... MORE »
  • Dancing in a white skirt and top with fringe hanging down from Manuel Linan's outstretched arms
    March 28 - March 29
    One of the most exciting forces in Spain’s new generation of flamenco artists, Manuel Liñán is driving the form forward as both dancer and choreographer. He won Spain's National Dance Prize in 2018 and has choreographed for Ballet Nacional de España, Nuevo Ballet Español, Rafaela Carrasco, Belén... MORE »
  • Black and white photo of the band standing in a line all facing the camera
    March 31
    A Spanish quintet led by vocalist Pere Martínez, Los Aurora creates a new perspective for flamenco by innovating the most popular songs by composer Manuel de Falla with piano, drums, and bass, accompanied by impassioned dancer José Manuel Álvarez.   You might also like Flamenco Festival 2020:... MORE »
  • Leyla McCalla in a green dress with a decorative coral colored shawl with a red "cancelled" banner over the photo
    April 02
    Deeply influenced by traditional Creole, Cajun, and Haitian music as well as American jazz and folk, Leyla McCalla's  music vibrates with three centuries of history, yet feels strikingly fresh. She rose to fame as cellist of the Carolina Chocolate Drops before leaving in 2013 to pursue her solo ... MORE »
  • Charlie Parker in tuxedo playing saxophone passionately
    Acclaimed co–musical directors Rudresh Mahanthappa (alto saxophone) and Terri Lyne Carrington (drums) celebrate one of the most innovative and influential artists in modern musical history and examine his impact in pop, hip-hop, rap, rock, and jazz. Joined by a superb lineup including Charenée Wade... MORE »
  • Brad Mehldau in black attire playing grand piano passionately on stage
    Over the last two decades, pianist Brad Mehldau has forged his own path, embodying the essence of jazz exploration, classical romanticism, and pop allure. With an inspired range of expression and intensity, he has transformed the paradigm of jazz and classical performance. He will perform a solo... MORE »
  • Max Raabe & Palast Orchestra formal group photo in warehouse in front of brick wall and windows
    From Berlin, Max Raabe & Palast Orchester luxuriate in the high style and musical glory of the ’20s and ’30s with a cool contemporary twist. With a unique talent for coy understatement and charm, Max Raabe makes it easy to dream a little dream or to dance cheek to cheek.   You might also like... MORE »
  • Zakir Hussain in grey shirt smiling at camera with hands on tabla
    World-famous tabla virtuoso Zakir Hussain, renowned violinist Kala Ramnath, and master veena player Jayanthi Kumaresh perform a brilliant evening of traditional Indian classical music. You might also like Red Baraat and Amir ElSaffar's Rivers of Sound Orchestra. 
  • A full photo of Newpoli dancing and playing instruments including the tamburello
    April 24
    Newpoli crosses through time, culture, and musical styles as it performs modernized taranta music from southern Italy and surrounding countries. The high-energy ensemble stirs up a mesmerizing sound that melds traditional Italian folk music, Greek and Turkish grooves, Mediterranean and Spanish... MORE »
  • The full 17-piece band performs on stage in front of a live audience against a black backdrop. Amir ElSaffar stands to play the trumpet
    Acclaimed composer, trumpeter and multi-instrumentalist Amir ElSaffar’s Rivers of Sound brings together 17 musicians from a broad spectrum of traditions, ranging from Iraqi maqam to American jazz. Deeply rooted in the musical traditions of Iraq, the ensemble finds ecstatic common ground among the... MORE »
  • Harold Lopez Nussa sitting on a white piano
    One of the brightest lights on Havana’s thriving jazz scene, Harold López-Nussa is a musician with astonishing gifts, combining dazzling technique and an abundance of soul. A classically trained pianist and composer, López-Nussa integrates his love of jazz improvisation with his Cuban roots. The... MORE »
  • Lila Downs with a crown of peppers on her head with a black background
    Iconic Grammy-winning singer Lila Downs bridges traditions from across the Americas, with influences ranging from the folk and ranchera music of Mexico and South America to North American folk, jazz, blues, and hip-hop. As a passionate human-rights activist, Lila write lyric that often highlight... MORE »
  • The four members of 47SOUL standing with the sun shining from behind them
    Rising stars from the Middle East, 47SOUL specialize in a style they call Shamstep, an irresistible mixture of traditional dabke dance music fused with electronic beats, analog synthesizers, hypnotic guitar lines, and shattering vocals. They deliver a call for celebration and freedom sung in both... MORE »
  • Raphael Xavier doing a headstand with legs locked together in black and white
    Known for his “artful and mesmerizing” (Dance Magazine) take on hip-hop and Breaking, Raphael Xavier takes this movement vocabulary to uncharted territory with a transcendent mix of poetry, precision, and spontaneity. His new work, Sassafrazz: From Roots to Mastery, explores the three stages of... MORE »
  • Mariza standing with her arms holding up a beautifully detailed green, silver, and black dress while looking off to the side
    Portuguese fado star Mariza has become one of the most widely acclaimed stars on the global stage. Whether singing traditional numbers or new songs, she honors the legacy of fado with her clarion voice and mesmerizing stage presence. You might also like Ana Moura.
  • Profile of Djavan singing with a microphone at this lips and a brown hat wearing sunglasses
    Djavan is one of the most important and creative artists in Brazilian Popular Music. A prolific singer-songwriter, his innovative and poignant music is filled with poetic images, honesty, and humility. Djavan returns to the US after a 10-year hiatus with his acclaimed show "Vesúvio" featuring new... MORE »
  • The 4 members of DuoDuo in assorted positions with a pink and gray background
    DuoDuo brings together the duo of Celtic cellist Natalie Haas and Québécois guitarist Yann Falquet with the duo of Scottish harpist Maeve Gilchrist and Michigan-born percussive dancer Nic Gareiss. With four individually powerful artists from Irish, Québécois, Scottish, and folk traditions, the... MORE »
  • Beatrice Martin in yellow sitting on white chair gazing into distance in front of green wall
    Cœur de Pirate (French for pirate heart) is the stage name for award-winning French-Canadian singer-songwriter and pianist Béatrice Martin. Her whimsical, magical pop songs blend cabaret music, French lyrics, and playful indie sensibilities. She will be performing a special acoustic concert of her... MORE »
  • Fantcha standing on the beach with her blue dress blowing in the wind and her arms outstretched at her sides
    A protégé of the great Cabo Verdean vocalist Cesária Évora, Fantcha has developed her own unique musical style that swings with African, Cuban, and Brazilian influences. A charismatic performer with a rich, sensuous voice, she sings romantic soulful mornas along with buoyant danceable coladeras.... MORE »
  • Black and white photo of Ana Moura where she's looking directly into the camera and smiling
    Exquisite vocalist Ana Moura possesses a sound unlike any other in fado. Her voice strolls freely through the Portuguese tradition, flirting elegantly with pop and broadening the soul-baring genre with stunning results. You might also like Mariza.