Enriching the arts environment in Southern California and beyond, the Center for World Music has a long-standing tradition of supporting performing artists and ensembles.

On this page you will find rosters of the teaching artists and ensembles-in-residence currently active in our World Music in the Schools program, with indications of the wide variety of cultural traditions they represent.

2022–23 Teaching Artists in Residence

Cultures Teaching Artists Traditions / Activities
Africa (South Africa) Nomsa Burkhardt South African Music and Dance
Africa (Guinea) Idrissa Bangoura African Dance, Drumming, and Singing
Africa (Burkina Faso) Dramane Kone African Drumming and Dance
Africa (Zimbabwe) Piwai Shona Singing and Mbira
Africa (Zimbabwe) Garit Imhoff Shona Mbira and Singing
Australia Randin Graves Aboriginal Didjeridoo
Caribbean (Grand Cayman) Natasha Kozaily Caymanian Song and Folklore
Cuba Juan Carlos Blanco Afro-Cuban Dance and Drumming
Europe (Balkans) Marie Hayes Southeastern European Vocal Music
Europe (Ireland) Máirtín de Cógáin Irish Songs, Storytelling, and Percussion
Europe (Spain) Lakshmi Basile Flamenco Dance
India (East) Shibani Patnaik Odissi Folk and Classical Dance
India (North) Miles Shrewsbery North Indian Tabla
India (North) Sufi Raina Indian Kathak Dance
Indonesia (Java) Djoko Walujo Javanese Gamelan Ensemble
Indonesia (Java) Laurel Grinnell-Wilson Javanese Gamelan Ensemble
Indonesia (Bali) Matthew Clough-Hunter Balinese Gamelan Ensemble
Indonesia (Bali) Hirotaka Inuzuka Balinese Gamelan Ensemble
Mexico (Veracruz) Eduardo García Son Jarocho Music and Dance
Mexico (Veracruz) Cindy Carbajal Son Jarocho Music and Dance
Mexico (Veracruz) Cristina Juárez Son Jarocho Music and Dance
Mexico Kristina Cunningham Ballet Folklorico Dance
Middle East (Iran) Kourosh Taghavi Persian Music and Singing
North America Clinton Davis Traditional American Music
Pacific Islands (Hawaii) Anthony Kauka Stanley Polynesian Music and Ukulele
Philippines Bernard Ellorin Music of the Philippines
South America (Brazil) Claudia Lyra Brazilian Rhythm, Dance, Capoeira, and Song
South America (Brazil) Stefanie Schmitz Brazilian Music and Rhythms

2022–23 Ensembles-in-Residence

Cultures Ensembles Traditions / Activities
India Balabantaray and Friends Odissi Music and Dance
India Sitar and Tabla Duo Classical North Indian Music
Iran Setar Ensemble Persian Classical Music
Indonesia Kembang Sunda Gamelan Degung
Indonesia Gamelan Merdu Kumala Balinese Gamelan Angklung and Kecak
Philippines Pakaraguian Ensemble Kulintang Music and Dance
Africa Ballet Djelia Kadi West African Drumming and Dance
Africa Sene Africa Senegalese Kora Music
Africa Zimbeat Zimbabwean and South African Music and Dance
Africa Zimbabwean Mbira Duo Shona Mbira Music
Brazil Cajuína + The Super Sonic Samba School Brazilian Samba Music and Dance
Mexico Son de San Diego Mexican Son Jarocho Music and Dance
Brazil Nós de Chita Brazilian Music and Dance
Cuba Omo Aché Afro-Cuban Music and Dance
Finland Merja Soria and Friends Finnish Folk Music
Eastern Europe Trio Zheni Balkan Vocal Music
Ireland Gallowglass Traditional Irish Music and Dance