WASHINGTON JEWISH MUSIC FESTIVAL SPOTLIGHT: SIMONE BARON

As diverse as D.C.’s music scene is, cross collaboration between different cultures and communities seems to be more the exception rather than the norm. But there are a few key people who have made strides to break down barriers in the community, one being Simone Baron.

“D.C. is a very international city,” she told DCMD in an interview. “There’s a lot of different communities and flavors, and that is the most wonderful thing about it.”

Baron’s upbringing and education was mostly rooted in classical music. She’s a graduate of Oberlin Conservatory of Music and Tel Aviv University’s Buchmann School of Music where she studied classical piano with esteemed teachers like prolific composer and percussionist Jamey Haddad. Eventually Baron became fascinated with the accordion, and began teaching herself how to play it.

Read more at DC Music Download.