Iona Fyfe (Scotland, UK)
Rooted in the singing traditions of Aberdeenshire, Iona Fyfe has quickly become one of Scotland’s most celebrated young folk singers. Having spent her early years learning from local singers of bothy ballads (songs traditionally sung by farm labourers in the northeast region of Scotland), Iona became the youngest ever winner of Scots Singer of the Year at the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards in 2018.
Simon Leleux (Belgium)
Simon Leleux is a Belgium-based percussionist specialising in doholla, darbuka and other Arab and Middle Eastern percussion instruments and styles. Shaped like a tumbler, the darbuka provided the starting point for Simon’s percussion journey and his interest in many other instruments, including frame drums, tombak, riqq, and drum kits. Simon has focused on studying the doholla (bass darbuka)
Azin Zahedi (Iran / Germany)
Born in the Iranian capital Tehran, Azin Zahedi began playing the flute at the age of seven and took up the santoor (Persian dulcimer) four years later, winning first prize at Iran’s National Festival Youth Music in 2007.
Robert Bisha (Albania / Italy)
Robert Bisha, originally from Shkodra in northern Albania, is a pianist, improviser and composer who plays an array of other instruments, including accordion, çifteli (a stringed instrument found in Albania and some surrounding countries), frame drums and guitar. While much of his music is improvisatory, with avant-garde and jazz leanings
Thamires Tannous (Brazil / Austria)
Thamires Tannous is a Brazilian singer and songwriter. She hails originally from Mato Grosso do Sul in the central area of Brazil, home to the world’s largest tropical wetland, the Pantanal. Her style blends the musical heritage of her home state with contemporary Brazilian music. It occasionally pays subtle homage to the heritage of her Lebanese family, who settled in Brazil two generations ago.
Liz Hanks (UK)
Liz Hanks is a cellist, composer and collaborator based in Sheffield. While she has worked with an impressive array of high-profile artists across many different genres, she is particularly drawn to folk, Indian classical, and other music traditions.
Ahmet Ozan Baysal (Turkey / UK)
Ahmet Ozan Baysal is a Turkish bağlama (saz) player, composer and performer, specialising in şelpe – an Anatolian bağlama performance technique that dispenses with a plectrum. Having played the instrument from a very early age, much of his music synthesises traditional bağlama şelpe performance practices and harmonic practices in tonal and jazz music.
Brigitte Hart (Australia / UK)
Brigitte Hart is an Australian sound artist working across performance and installation. Currently based in London, her practice explores relationships between voice, objects, histories and ecologies. She often engages with text, environmental sound recordings, remnants and archives.