Tariq Al-Sabir is a composer and vocalist based in New York City. Since being a lead voice on the season 4 theme song of HBO’s “The Wire,” Al-Sabir has been described as a “boundless talent” by Baltimore’s City Hall and the Baltimore Examiner dubbed him “a rising musical mastermind.” A conservatory-trained musician with roots in gospel and soul music, he has been featured on Al Jazeera, TEDx, Lincoln Center and Joe’s Pub Public Theater in New York for his work that pushes the boundaries of classical music and sensitively fuses several genres.
Tamar-kali Brown is a second-generation Brooklyn born and bred artist with roots in the coastal Sea Islands of South Carolina. As a composer, Tamar-kali has defied boundaries to craft her own unique alternative sound. The pieces she composes and arranges for her string sextet and voice project: Psychochamber Ensemble, marries the classical music of her Catholic upbringing with post-punk sensibilities. The start of 2017 marked her debut as a film score composer for Dee Rees’ “Mudbound” which premiered to rave reviews at the Sundance Film Festival. Her powerful vocals have been featured in the Rees’ award-winning film Pariah (2011, Focus Features) and in HBO’s biopic Bessie (2015), starring Queen Latifah. She has performed with a diverse list of artists from Paramore, Vernon Reid, and Roger Waters to Vijay Iyer, Me’shell Ndegeocello and The Roots.
Davalois Fearon is a critically acclaimed dancer, teacher, and choreographer born on the island of Jamaica and raised in The Bronx, New York. She is the founder and Artistic Director of Davalois Fearon Dance. Her choreography has been presented throughout New York City, including by the Joyce Theater, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Manhattan Movement and Arts Center, Dance Enthusiast’s “Moving Caribbean in NYC,” the Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance, E-Moves 17 dance series, and the Inception to Exhibition Dance Festival, as well as in Berkeley (CA), Portland (OR), Tampa (FL), and Kingston, Jamaica. Fearon has collaborated with internationally renowned poet Patricia Smith, multi-reedist Mike McGinnis, fashion photographer Nigel HoSang, and interdisciplinary artists Andre Zachery and Deborah Castillo.
Sanaz Ghajarrahimi is a director, writer and choreographer as well as a Drama League Director’s Project Alum. Recently she directed “Orestes 2.0” by Chuck Mee at Colorado State University while in residence as a guest artist, “Drunkfish Oceanrant” (Prelude Festival, Dixon Place), and “Red Wednesday” at the OBIE Award-winning Ice Factory Festival. Before that she directed “Nuclear Love Affair” which played to sold out houses in NYC, Prague, Rome, and Krakow. Current fascinations include the integration of media and film into live performance and working with playwrights on developing innovative play structures. She has served as a guest director at New York University where she also received her BFA.