• Winter/Spring 2017 is World Music/CRASHarts largest season to date, featuring 36 concerts of artists from 27 countries with ten of these artists making their Boston debut. More »
  • Bombino, San Fermin & NOW Ensemble, Salif Keita, Debo Band, Orkesta Mendoza, Daby Touré, Carrie Rodriguez, Air Congo, LADAMA, and more to be announced. CRASHfest transforms the House of Blues into an... More »
  • This holiday season stoke the hearth and gather 'round for a tinsel-flecked performance of festive music from around the globe. Pink Martini’s Holiday Spectacular features lead singer China Forbes and... More »
  • Winner of the prestigious 2015 MacArthur “Genius” Grant, Michelle Dorrance “has become the most exciting and original choreographer in tap today" (The New York Times). She honors tap dance’s unique... More »
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Coming Up

  • December 17   Orpheum Theatre
    This holiday season stoke the hearth and gather 'round for a tinsel-flecked performance of festive music from around the globe. Pink Martini’s Holiday Spectacular features lead singer China Forbes and pianist Thomas Lauderdale performing selections from Pink Martini’s album Joy to the World, and... MORE »
  • January 13 - January 15   Emerson/Cutler Majestic Theatre
    Winner of the prestigious 2015 MacArthur “Genius” Grant, Michelle Dorrance “has become the most exciting and original choreographer in tap today" (The New York Times). She honors tap dance’s unique American tradition while pushing the form rhythmically, aesthetically, and conceptually. With... MORE »
  • January 20 - January 21   The Institute of Contemporary Art / Boston
    San Francisco’s groundbreaking ODC/Dance presents innovative, exuberant, and fearless contemporary dance. Internationally acclaimed for its athleticism, passion, and intellectual depth, ODC makes its Boston debut with the Boston premieres of KT Nelson's Dead Reckoning, a powerful work that explores... MORE »
  • January 28   House of Blues Boston
    1 Night - 3 Stages - 10 Bands . . . Bombino, San Fermin & NOW Ensemble, Salif Keita, Debo Band, Orkesta Mendoza, Daby Touré, Carrie Rodriguez, Air Congo, LADAMA, and Emperor Norton's Stationary Marching Band. CRASHfest transforms the House of Blues into an indoor music festival with three... MORE »
  • February 10   Berklee Performance Center
    From Tunisia, Dhafer Youssef is widely considered the most inventive oud player today. In addition to being a consummate vocalist and prolific composer, he combines traditional Sufi music, world, and jazz influences with Arabic lyricism to create a spellbinding, sublime journey. Performing... MORE »
  • February 10 - February 11   The Institute of Contemporary Art / Boston
    Gallim Dance, one of New York’s leading contemporary dance companies, performs the Boston premiere of W H A L E, an evening-length piece created by Artistic Director Andrea Miller in collaboration with her acclaimed dancers, live sound designer Jordan Chiolis, and lighting designer Nicole Pearce.... MORE »
  • February 12   Somerville Theatre
    While Gad Elmaleh is arguably the most widely known and beloved comedian in Europe, he has now embarked on the newest chapter of his career:perfecting his act in America and not in his native French but in English. He has appeared on Jerry Seinfeld's Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, WTF... MORE »
  • February 12   Berklee Performance Center
    A timeless voice, improvisational prowess, and unique soul-jazz stylings mark Dianne Reeves as one of the world’s preeminent jazz vocalists. She will be joined by Peter Martin, Romero Lubambo, Reginald Veal, and Terreon Gully for a powerhouse live performance. Free preperformance talk with Grammy-... MORE »
  • February 19   The Rockwell
    One of South Africa’s most celebrated musicians and cultural activists, Vusi Mahlasela is a guitarist, singer-songwriter, and poet but is known simply as The Voice in his South African homeland. For this very intimate performance, he is accompanied by his longtime guitarist, Mongezi Ntaka.  “... MORE »
  • February 25   Somerville Theatre
    A jazzy, sexy twist on the chanson tradition, Paris Combo is an irresistible affair loaded with attitude and charm. Fronted by the mischievous vocals of Belle du Berry, the Paris-based quintet pays homage to a century of French cabaret music with the smoldering influences of swinging Gypsy... MORE »
  • March 03   Villa Victoria Center for the Arts
    Personal, political, outspoken, passionate, and experimental Nano Stern is the voice of a new generation inspired by the nueva canción movement in Chile. A guitar virtuoso with a powerful singing voice, Stern and his trio create an extraordinary fusion of indie, folk, rock, and jazz. You... MORE »
  • March 04   Villa Victoria Center for the Arts
    Mali’s great kora player Ballaké Sissoko and eclectic French cellist Vincent Ségal blend the sounds of bowed and plucked strings to mellifluous, virtuosic effect. Together, they craft a modern sensibility where West African and European origins are relevant but secondary to connection and presence... MORE »
  • March 05   The Rockwell
    Led by singer Tamar Ilana, Ventanas unites flamenco with an exhilarating blend of Ladino, Balkan, Mediterranean, and North African music to create modern interpretations and original songs. The group blends the intensity of flamenco guitar, the excitement of Middle Eastern doumbek, the soulful... MORE »
  • March 08   The Sinclair
    Pure, austere, and captivating, Agnes Obel infuses her exquisite, atmospheric songs with a deep and resonant melancholy. The Danish songwriter, pianist and producer is touring in support of her new album, Citizen of Glass, a recording that conceptually and thematically revolves around transparency... MORE »
  • March 10 - March 12   The Institute of Contemporary Art / Boston
    Named “the company of the future” by The Joyce Theater Foundation, one of Dance Magazine’s 25 to Watch, and Best of Culture by the Los Angeles Times, BODYTRAFFIC has surged to the forefront of the concert dance world, creating world-class contemporary dance by today’s most distinctive... MORE »
  • March 10   The Sinclair
    Hailing from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mbongwana Star features a new generation of Kinshasa musicians embodying the concept of change (mbongwana). Led by Coco Ngambali and Theo Nzonza, two founders of Congolese supergroup Staff Benda Bilili, along with Parisian producer Liam Farrell,... MORE »
  • March 11   Berklee Performance Center
    With six Latin Grammys and nearly two million records sold in Brazil alone, Maria Rita blends traditional bossa nova and sophisticated pop with her own free-flow style, bringing a fresh global voice to Brazilian song.  You may also enjoy Eliane Elias.
  • March 11   Sanders Theatre
    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 group came together in the early 1960s and continues to thrill audiences around the world with its strong, proud melodies harmonized in layers of... MORE »
  • March 12   Berklee Performance Center
    Known for her flamboyant skill and trademark step-dancing, Natalie MacMaster is the sweetheart superstar of the Cape Breton fiddle. Donnell Leahy was part of the brilliant, popular Canadian group Leahy. Together they create a whirlwind of fiddle-driven music, song, and dance. You may also enjoy The... MORE »
  • March 18   Somerville Theatre
    Alloy Orchestra presents brilliant live musical accompaniment for this exceptional silent film. Perfect for both kids and adults, The Black Pirate is a swashbuckling romp, featuring silent-film favorite Douglas Fairbanks, who many feel was the inspiration for Johnny Depp’s character in Pirates of... MORE »
  • March 18   Somerville Theatre
    Alloy Orchestra presents brilliant live musical accompaniment for this exceptional silent film. Varieté is a dark tale of love, deception, revenge, and redemption set in the circus. Directed by E. A. Dupont and starring acting great Emil Jannings (the very first recipient of the Academy Award for... MORE »
  • March 19   Berklee Performance Center
    With a nod to the past and a wink to the future, Joshua Redman’s Still Dreaming is a gift to his father, the legendary saxophonist Dewey Redman. In a program of new compositions inspired by his father’s band, which featured Don Cherry, Charlie Haden, and Ed Blackwell, Joshua Redman calls on Brian... MORE »
  • March 25   Berklee Performance Center
    Pianist, singer, and songwriter Eliane Elias is known for her distinctive and immediately recognizable musical style, which blends her Brazilian roots and her sensuous, alluring voice with her impressive instrumental jazz and compositional skills. With 25 recordings to date, Elias has sold over 2... MORE »
  • March 26   Sanders Theatre
    A gifted singer, Sanam Marvi is known as one of the finest singers of Sufi devotional music and Pakistani folk songs. Her work with major Bollywood stars has made her one of the leading voices in India and Pakistan. Whether singing in Urdu, Sindhi, or Saraiki, Marvi aims to reach across generations... MORE »
  • March 26   Brighton Music Hall
    One of the leading bands in Colombia’s thriving new music scene, Monsieur Periné returns after its exceptional debut at CRASHfest last year. Winner of a Latin Grammy for Best New Artist in 2015, the band’s signature “swing a la Colombiana” blends 1930s Paris with the youthful spirit of modern... MORE »
  • April 01   Orpheum Theatre
    Representing over a thousand years of Chinese martial-arts culture, Shaolin Warriors showcases the remarkable skill, stunning artistry, and death-defying martial-arts prowess of more than 20 kung fu masters. This spectacular theatrical display features many forms of Shaolin kung fu as well as a... MORE »
  • April 02   Sanders Theatre
    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. For this special solo... MORE »
  • April 07   Villa Victoria Center for the Arts
    Vieux Farka Touré crafts Malian blues in the rich Songhai tradition of his late father, famed guitarist Ali Farka Touré. Vieux draws on haunting Saharan blues and traditional Malian melodies and infuses them with his own global influences to create an irresistible Afropop sound all his own.  “The... MORE »
  • April 14   The Royale
    Tinariwen, a Grammy-winning band of nomadic Tuaregs from the Sahara Desert in northern Mali, brings a rebellious sensibility to entrancing desert blues. A sensational live act, they electrify traditional Tuareg melodies with edgy blues, rock, pop, Berber, and Arabic influences, producing a gritty,... MORE »
  • April 14   Somerville Theatre
    With tight microtonal harmonies, haunting vocal timbre, and unearthly yips and yelps, Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares (The Mystery of the Bulgarian Voices) specializes in both traditional and contemporary Bulgarian folk music. The Grammy-winning choir continues to enrich Bulgaria’s age-old vocal... MORE »
  • April 15   Somerville Theatre
    Much more than just a band, The Nile Project is a tight cross-cultural collaboration that brings together artists from 11 countries along the Nile basin to create a unified new sound. Lilting melodies and deep grooves from Ethiopia, Egypt, Sudan, Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, and beyond support... MORE »
  • April 16   Sanders Theatre
    Renowned santoor player Rahul Sharma and world-famous tabla virtuoso Zakir Hussain perform a brilliant concert of Indian music. You might also enjoy Sanam Marvi. Presented in association with Learnquest   
  • April 21 - April 22   The Institute of Contemporary Art / Boston
    In lyrical, sculptural transcendence, Maureen Fleming invents surreal movement poetry, curving her body into shapes of shattering beauty. Fleming’s new multimedia creation, B. Madonna, features text by David Henry Hwang and music by Philip Glass (performed live by pianist Bruce Brubaker), original... MORE »
  • April 22   Berklee Performance Center
    With fiddlers Martin Hayes and Caoimhin Ó Raghallaigh, guitarist Dennis Cahill, singer Iarla Ó Lionáird, and pianist Thomas Bartlett (aka Doveman), The Gloaming has burst onto the music scene with a distinctive new sound. In a rare combination of lush Irish tunes, ancient sean-nós songs, brave... MORE »
  • April 28   Berklee Performance Center
    Seamlessly blending Sufi poetry and traditional folk songs from their native Iran with rich acoustic instrumentation and modern electronic rhythms, Niyaz creates a mesmerizing, distinctively 21st century global sound. Led by vocalist Azam Ali and multi-instrumentalist Loga Ramin Torkian on oud and... MORE »
  • April 29   Berklee Performance Center
    Producer, keyboardist, and composer Idan Raichel became a global music icon with The Idan Raichel Project, a multiethnic tour de force that changed the face of Israeli popular music. Performing a very special solo concert called Piano Songs to support his new album, At the Edge of the Beginning,... MORE »
  • May 11   Somerville Theatre
    Founding member of the Grammy-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops, Rhiannon Giddens displays an emotional range to match her dazzling vocal and instrumental prowess. She is touring with her own band and multi-instrumentalist Dirk Powell, to support her new studio album, which was recorded in Louisiana... MORE »
  • May 19   Villa Victoria Center for the Arts
    From Zimbabwe, Mokoomba brings an exuberant energy to traditional Tonga and pan-African music with dashes of funk, soukous, and Afro-Cuban music.  You might also enjoy CRASHfest: a music festival featuring Bombino, Salif Keita, and San Fermin, Mbongwana Star, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Tinariwen/... MORE »