List of Events

  • Kurt Elling, dressed in a suit, sings into a microphone with a band member to the right of him
    September 21 2023
    Pioneering Grammy-winner Kurt Elling has secured his place among the world’s foremost jazz vocalists and has been proclaimed as “the standout male vocalist of our time” by the New York Times. Elling has always been a master of grooves, ranging from bebop to pure pop and from progressive jazz to... MORE »
  • September 22 2023
    With her spectacular banjo and fiddle playing, passionate vocals, and perceptive songwriting, Rhiannon Giddens uses her art to excavate the past and reveal bold truths about our present. A MacArthur “genius grant” recipient and winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Music for the opera Omar, Giddens... MORE »
  • Son Rompe Pera poses together against a white backdrop with a guitar, two marimbas, and drums
    While firmly rooted in the traditional marimba music of their youth spent outside Mexico City, the Gama brothers of Son Rompe Pera bring a punk-rock edge to classic cumbia rhythms. The band’s outrageous live shows get crowds dancing to modern interpretations of Mexican, Peruvian, and Colombian... MORE »
  • Alfredo Rodríguez wears a white blazer and plays piano live in blue lighting
    September 27 2023
    Grammy-nominated & world-renowned Cuban pianist Alfredo Rodríguez delivers a high-octane, warm and joyous live affair that’s a must-see for fans of Afro-Cuban and Latin jazz music. Known for his percussive playing and his ability to “play stories,” Rodriguez takes you on a musical journey... MORE »
  • Mick Flannery wears a black and white flannel and looks off into the distance as he stands against a bright blue backdrop
    From County Cork, Ireland, Mick Flannery creates indie folk–influenced songs that blend beautiful melodies with thought-provoking lyrics. The award-winning, double-platinum selling singer-songwriter hasa warm, textured voice and a rootsy songwriting aesthetic that draws from American folk, rock,... MORE »
  • Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol wears a black suit with sunglasses and poses against a white backdrop, playing the Zurna
    Grammy-nominated composer Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol creates ground-breaking jazz steeped in a variety of Turkish musical traditions. He and his band Whatsnext? featuring Anat Cohen and Migeul Zenón will celebrate the release of their latest album Turkish Hipster.  “A fascinating fusion of Turkish music... MORE »
  • Carminho wears black and poses with her hands above her head against a sunset gradient backdrop
    One of the most talented and innovative fado singers of her generation, Carminho sings with an outstanding, heartfelt voice that Songlines magazine describes as “beautifully translucent and stunning in its emotional charge.” She draws inspiration from fado legends Lucília do Carmo, Fernando... MORE »
  • Anoushka Shankar sits in front of a beige backdrop in a denim top
    Sitar virtuoso Anoushka Shankar, daughter of the late Ravi Shankar, is a singular, genre-defying artist who spans classical and contemporary, acoustic and electronic. She'll be performing new music alongside reinterpreted favorites with her new quintet that includes clarinetist Arun Ghosh, drummer-... MORE »
  • British singer-songwriter and guitarist Charlie Cunningham creates rhythmically driven, melancholic, and timelessly beautiful songs with a thoroughly modern lens. His expansive yet intimate music is laden with delicate flourishes, intricate melodic turns, and moments of stark introspection. Ethan... MORE »
  • A dancer with a light skin tone, beard, and hair in top knot dances with his arms lifted up and extended outwards
    October 20 2023, October 21 2023
    Boston’s own Subject:Matter explores where tap dance has been, where it’s going, and what it looks like right now. The company will perform two world premiere works that feature exciting explorations in tap dance composition, Gate 34 and Fun and Games. 
  • a member of the band performs live on stage with a guitar, while another member wears white and holds a mic
    From the Republic of Burkina Faso, Baba Commandant and the Mandingo Band distills a potent mix of traditional and modern Burkinabe funk with a reverent take on the iconic Mandingue guitar music of the 1970’s. The band’s live concerts are a non-stop hit parade of Afrobeat bangers destined to light... MORE »
  • The band members stand on stage in front of a packed audience, bathed in blue and white lights
    October 29 2023
    Le Vent du Nord (The North Wind) is a leading force in Quebec's progressive folk revival movement. Drawing from  French, Irish, and Canadian traditions, the band blends vocals, fiddle, hurdy-gurdy, guitar, accordion, and percussive feet to create a joyous new sound that swings, reels, jigs, and... MORE »
  • In dim blue lighting, Harold López-Nussa plays the piano and swivels his head towards the camera
    November 04 2023
    One of the brightest lights on Havana’s thriving jazz scene, Cuban pianist and composer Harold López-Nussa is a musician with astonishing gifts, combining dazzling technique and an abundance of soul. His tight-knit quartet plays with a relentless vivaciousness that "bridges generations and genres... MORE »
  • A member of the collective wears a black dress and stands in the center alongside other members wearing white against a multicolored backdrop outdoors
    One of South Africa's most exciting new musical exports, BCUC—Bantu Continua Uhuru Consciousness is a hard-hitting, deep-grooving collective that turns Soweto Township–inspired percussion, bass, and vocals into rebellious and righteous dance music. The band takes inspiration from their ancestors... MORE »
  • Kotoko Brass wears blue clothing and stand together in a group
    Inspired by the traditional drum rhythms of Ghana, Kotoko Brass has created a unique, joyful, and improvisational style of West African dance music described by the Boston Globe as “propulsive, infectious party music.” The drums provide the heart and soul of Kotoko Brass—merging syncopated African... MORE »
  • Nathalie Lermitte wears a sparkling green blouse and smiles against a white backdrop
    Directed by Gil Marsalla, Piaf! The Show tells the story of famed French singer Edith Piaf through her unforgettable songs alongside original scenography and projections of unpublished images of Piaf from throughout her career. Legendary French actor Alain Delon says of the portrayal of Piaf by... MORE »
  • Four members of DakhaBrakha wear black and face forward in front of trees and greenery
    November 11 2023
    Drones, beats, and towering black lamb's-wool hats all serve as a striking backdrop to the Ukrainian folk-punk quartet DakhaBrakha. With one foot in the urban avant-garde and the other rooted in Ukrainian village culture, the group's self-proclaimed "ethno-chaos" is a refreshingly novel vision of... MORE »
  • José González wears a printed shirt and smiles against a blue and brown backdrop
    November 15 2023
    Swedish artist José González premieres his film A Tiger In Paradise, a musical journey into the mind of the visionary singer-songwriter/guitarist narrated by González himself through his personal thoughts and notes. The film is accompanied by a unique live performance and discussion—promising ... MORE »
  • A member of Body Traffic wears a flowy white shirt and is pictured in motion against a white backdrop
    November 17 2023, November 18 2023
    Los Angeles‒based BODYTRAFFIC is internationally recognized for its high-caliber work, blending contemporary, jazz, and ballet. The company will perform the Boston premieres of Recurrence by choreographer Ethan Colangelo, The One to Stay With by choreographic team Baye & Asa, PACOPEPEPLUTO by... MORE »
  • Brad Mehldau wears a black suit and faces to the side as he plays the piano
    One of the most lyrical and intimate voices of contemporary jazz piano, Brad Mehldau, will be performing with Larry Grenadier on bass and Jeff Ballard on drums.   “Mehldau is the most influential jazz pianist of the last 20 years." —New York Times  
  • Ndlovu Youth Choir wears pink clothing and poses together outside
    Since its inception as part of an after-school program for vulnerable youth in 2009, the inspiring Ndlovu Youth Choir has become one of South Africa’s most treasured choral groups, recognized globally for its unique musical arrangements, vocal talents, and infectious energy. From their home base in... MORE »
  • Mike Block and Balla Kouyaté stand together against a window holding their instruments
    Balla Kouyaté is a balafon player and singer coming out of the Djeli tradition of Mali. Mike Block is an American cellist/singer/composer and Grammy Award-winning musician with the Silkroad Ensemble. The two musicians have been collaborating for over a decade, bonding over their shared commitment... MORE »
  • Patrick Watson looks forward in a black and white photo
    December 12 2023
    Montreal-based singer, songwriter, film composer, and pianist Patrick Watson  and his band  create lush, melodic  indie music  that blends orchestral chamber pop,  synthesizer washes, and a melancholy tone.  His dreamy, contemplative music has been featured  widely in films and on TV, including  ... MORE »
  • Dancers are captured in motion in front of a black backdrop
    January 13 2024, January 14 2024
    Seamlessly blending illusion, acrobatics, magic, and whimsy, MOMIX sends audiences flying down the rabbit hole in Moses Pendleton’s newest creation, Alice, inspired by Lewis Carroll’s classic Alice in Wonderland. Join the dazzling company on a mind-bending adventure as Alice encounters time-honored... MORE »
  • Basel Zayed wears a blue shirt and hat as he plays the oud in front of a gray backdrop
    Basel Zayed is a virtuoso oud player and an acclaimed vocalist skilled in classical and contemporary Arabic music. He draws on deep experience with the Arabic maqam musical tradition to explore the beauty and universality of Middle Eastern music. He’ll be accompanied by a full band. 
  • Drummer captured performing live with his arms in motion as he looks upward with pink colored hair
    With explosive taiko drumming and innovative, acrobatic choreography, DRUM TAO offers a breathtaking, vibrantly modern twist on a traditional art form—and a visual and sonic tour de force celebrating its 30th anniversary. 
  • 6 members look at the camera and stand in front of a red brick wall. They wear blue and black robes.
    February 17 2024
    With the power of gospel and the precision of Broadway, Ladysmith Black Mambazo is the undisputed king of mbube, South African a cappella singing. The multi-Grammy-winning group came together in the early 1960s and continues to thrill audiences around the world with its strong, proud melodies... MORE »
  • Tomatito wears a black blazer and plays guitar in front of a brick wall
    Winner of six Grammys, José Fernández Torres, known as Tomatito, is a guitarist of major significance within the realm of flamenco. His unique approach and elegant style highlight his unprecedented musical sensitivity and interpretive power. He will be accompanied by a full ensemble, including his... MORE »
  • Dancer performs live in a red dress with a guitarist playing live behind her
    Direct from Madrid, dancer Alfonso Losa is an internationally renowned dancer, choreographer, and director, known for his strength and virtuosity. He is widely recognized as the most genuine current representative of the Madrid school of flamenco dance and the necessary bridge between the masters... MORE »
  • Dancer wears gold clothing and is captured in motion with her leg in the air in front of a black backdrop
    March 08 2024, March 09 2024
    Celebrated San Francisco–based company Alonzo King LINES Balletis recognized for its impeccable technique, captivating dancers, and rich visual works. The company performs the Boston premiere of Deep River, a soulful new work created in collaboration with Grammy-winning vocalist Lisa Fischer and... MORE »
  • Dancer performs live on stage in dark blue clothing with a guitarist playing music behind him
    Gala Flamenca captures all the beauty, power, and passion of flamenco, starring two mavericks of the flamenco world, Manuel Liñán and Alfonso Losa, accompanied by rising flamenco star El Yiyo. The three dancers will be accompanied by a full music ensemble including guest singer Sandra Carrasco. ... MORE »
  • Tigran Hamasyan wears black clothing and looks off to the side against a gray and white backdrop
    With Tigran Hamasyan, potent jazz improvisation fuses with the rich folkloric music of his native Armenia. A piano virtuoso with groove power, he’s one of the most remarkable and distinctive jazz-meets-rock pianists of his generation. “With startling combinations of jazz, minimalist, electronic,... MORE »
  • Dancers are captured in a "V" formation in front of a black backdrop
    Directed and choreographed by Boston-and-Chicago-based artist Jessi Stegall, The Theremin Vignettes is an ode to the late theremin virtuoso Clara Rockmore. Set to Rockmore’s arrangements of classical scores for theremin, the dance-theatre piece explores themes of grief, remembrance, and devotion... MORE »
  • Three dancers are on stage. They have dark skin and wear orange, lacy robes, and straw hats.
    As Jean Appolon says, “Jean Appolon Expressions’ (JAE) choreography showcases the relationship between being deeply connected to our roots and the power to heal ourselves, heal our community, and fight for the purpose of keeping our community safe.” The company performs An'n Ale which features... MORE »
  • The band poses together against a red backdrop
    Born in the streets of Los Angeles,  Las  Cafeteras  is known for its vibrant live performances that  remix  Latin  roots music  in  what the  Los Angeles Times calls a “uniquely  Angeleno  mishmash of punk, hip-hop, beat music,  cumbia,  and rock. . . . Live, they’re magnetic.”   
  • Zakir Hussain wears blue clothing and plays Table live on stage against a black backdrop
    World-famous tabla virtuoso Zakir Hussain, renowned bansuri player Debopriya Chatterjee, and master sarangi player Sabir Khan perform a brilliant evening of traditional Indian classical music.
  • Altan holding their instruments and looking at camera in front of stone wall.
    March 24 2024, March 24 2024
    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 »
  • The two artists sit and face each other as they perform live with their instruments
    Malian kora virtuoso Ballaké Sissoko joins South African guitarist Derek Gripper to explore the musical tradition of the griots of Mali, one of humanity’s most astonishing aural traditions. 
  • Sona is on stage singing into a microphone and plays an acoustic guitar. She has dark skin and hair that is breaded and wears a colorful shirt and gold earrings.
    March 30 2024
    A modern-day griot, Sona Jobarteh contemporizes the presentation of the kora, a West African stringed instrument, by breaking gender barriers and playing while standing. Performing with an electric Afropop band, she sings about cultural identity, gender, love, and respect.  
  • Angélique Kidjo wears a pink and white tie dye dress with a long necklace and looks off to the side with her arms facing upwards against a blue backdrop
    April 06 2024
    1ST ANNUAL GALA featuring Angélique Kidjo   Join the Global Arts Live community for a spectacular night full of food, fun, and fundraising!   Sponsorship packages and individual tickets will be available.   Stay tuned for more details!  
  • The band poses together around a piano in a room with brown walls
    The Hot Sardines effortlessly channel New York speakeasies, Parisian cabarets, and New Orleans jazz halls to transform songs from past eras into music for the 21st century.  
  • The dancers are captured together in motion wearing multicolored clothing against a gray backdrop
    May 10 2024, May 11 2024
    Founded in 2018 by Jessie Jeanne Stinnett, Boston Dance Theater (BDT) is a Boston-based contemporary dance company codirected by Stinnett and award-winning Israeli choreographer Itzik Galili. BDT showcases the talents of Boston-based dancers performing the US premieres of If As If by Itzik Galili... MORE »