Board of Directors

 

Pictured left to right:

 

Kate Winn

Zette Emmons, Secretary

Andrew Faulkner, Co-chair

Daisy Paradis, Co-chair

Jinghong Li

Moez Doraid

Andy Ayres (not shown)

                               
                                   
                                                                                                                                  

 

ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERS

 

Erin Ardleigh

 

Growing up in New Orleans, I was surrounded by music, especially jazz. After 20 years of listening to the concerts and cab drivers in New York, I've been exposed to music from all over the world and have developed a passion for African music. When I travel, I love to ask the locals what they're listening to. Music is an opportunity to connect people across countries and cultures - a much needed common ground. I'm excited to support a cultural treasure like the World Music Institute.

 
 

Mike Harrell

 

I'm grateful to be part of an organization that promotes cultural exchange and understanding through the presentation of world-class music and dance. Here's to the joy of music and the discovery of diverse culture.

 

 

Rex Niswander

 

Every year the World Music Institute gives us dozens of opportunities to enjoy live performances of world music and dance in a variety of New York City venues.  We're lucky to have them and I'm proud to be involved through service on the World Music Institute's Advisory Board.

 

 

Kellie Castruita Specter

 

My love of world music began early. My grandmother would listen to Mexican Ranchera and Bolero music, and through it, I learned the joys and sorrows of my family's culture. I also learned that music has no barriers or borders. I have been attending concerts presented by the World Music Institute for over 15 years, and those musical experiences have enriched my life in New York City. I am deeply honored to serve on the Advisory Board of this important organization. 

 

 

Beata Krasowska

 

I have been introduced to world music through my extensive travels. Visiting different countries and getting to know their cultures came with an understanding that great music comes from every corner of the world, in every genre and style. And the greatest joy for all is to share the music. I have been following World Music Institute for several years in their pursuit to share the music and I am honored to serve on the Advisory Board.

 

 

Gargi Shinde

 

 

HONORARY BOARD MEMBERS

Philip Glass
Zakir Hussain
Mira Nair
Javier Limon

 


"Javier Limón's career as a musician and producer has developed in many genres and styles from different cultures including Flamenco, Fado, Latin American Music, Mediterranean, Jazz, the Middle East, Africa, and India among others. In WMI, Javier finds the perfect laboratory to share the knowledge learned during these years. "

 

 

Named Jordan's Musical Ambassadress, Farah Siraj balances a career that spans the United States, Europe, and the Middle East. She has performed at some of the world's most prestigious platforms, including the United Nations, the World Economic Forum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Lincoln Center in New York, just to name a few. Farah represents Jordan annually on United Nations World Peace Day and has been named the "Norah Jones of the Middle East" by New York Time Out. We are pleased that this acclaimed musical talent and humanitarian has joined WMI's Honorary Board of artists who support world music and dance as well as our efforts to raise awareness and appreciation of the world's rich cultural traditions.