From Brazil To The Beltway: The WJMF Takes You Around The World In 10 Days

November 2-12 for its 19th edition, the Festival brings together some of the most prestigious and boundary-pushing artists working in the Jewish space around the world.

Standout performers include Festival opener Tararam—known around the world as “Israel’s Stomp.” Performing their signature blend of rhythm and movement, they produce percussive music from ordinary objects, industrial tools, and originally designed instruments. If bluegrass is more your tune, take a trip to AMP for a double bill performance led by acclaimed musician Andy Statman. Closing the Festival is WJMF Master Artist (and Juno award-winner) David Buchbinder’s Nomadica, which celebrates the joyful music of Arabs, Roma, and Jews.

This year’s line-up doubles down on highlighting the work of local musicians with hip-hop, klezmer, bossa nova, and cantorial concerts. Dance to the Jewish-Brazilian connection with WJMF Artist-in-Residence Simone Baron’s Contra Ponte Project and experience Hip Hop-Klezmer fusion with Christylez Bacon and Seth Kibel at Songbyrd. You can also enjoy a classical exploration of the music of Leonard Bernstein, WWII-era Soviet composers, and Olivier Messiaen, performed by Levine Music.

The WJMF’s robust classical lineup is headlined by The Defiant Requiem Foundation’s Hours of Freedom: The Story of the Terezín Composer. The program combines music, video, and narrative to showcase music by fifteen composers imprisoned in the Theresienstadt concentration camp.

Experience a 10-day global journey of Jewish sound with a Festival Pass, or purchase concert tickets at WJMF.org.

Read more at DCist.