In recent years–under the enthusiastic leadership of MPAartfest Music Curator Ken Avis–music has become an integral and much-loved part of MPAartfest. The 15th Annual MPAartfest continued this tradition with performances throughout the day by some of the DC-area’s most celebrated musicians.
10:00am: Blues Alley Youth Jazz Orchestra — Premier youth Big Band Swing orchestra and long-time MPAartfest favorites
11:00am: Sheyda Do’a Band — Latin and World music from an Albanian vocalist and Strathmore Artist in Residence
12:00pm: Nataly Merezhuk’s Hot Band — American/Russian violin virtuoso with one foot in classical and one foot in gypsy swing
1:00pm: Project Locrea — All-star international collective featuring musicians from China, Argentina, Ethiopia, Bulgaria, Peru, and even the USA
2:00pm: Irene Jalenti — Italian vocalist/looper with a multilingual repertoire, brings a fresh musical vision
3:00pm: Josanne Francis — Trinidad & Tobago steel-pan gem crosses genres with a Caribbean feel