Glenda Sol Koeraus
Glenda Sol Koeraus, “La Argentinita,” is a Buenos Aires-born flamenco dancer who over the past decade has established herself as one of the top flamenco dancers/choreographers in New York City.
Sol has appeared at illustrious venues such as Lincoln Center, Town Hall, Symphony Space, The New Victory Theater and The Joyce Theater and toured internationally with Soledad Barrios and Noche Flamenca.
In addition to performing, directing and choreographing, Sol is also an accomplished teacher, leading masterclasses as well as residencies with Flamenco Vivo, Alvin Ailey, Brooklyn Arts Council and others.
Tap dancer, balafonist
Irene Koloseus, born in Austria, is a dancer, choreographer, percussionist and educator. Irene founded the award-winning Brooklyn based touring company, Feraba-African Rhythm Tap in 1996 and is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Sunshine Award and Jubilation Foundation.
Irene has been a teaching artist for more than 20 years and is a faculty member of Third Street Music School, Young Audiences, Brooklyn Arts Council, Arts Horizons and many more. She has designed curriculum-based movement and music residencies for students of all ages and abilities and has also conducted staff development programs for educators.
Balafon, traditional West African Percussion, drum set
Andy Algire is a percussionist, composer, performer and educator based in New York. His formal musical training began in 1990 as a Percussion Performance Major at the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire. He has dedicated many years to the study of traditional balafon music from Guinea, West Africa. Andy’s cross-cultural compositions draw inspiration from the repertoire of the balafon as well as from his background in jazz. He is a faculty member at Sarah Lawrence College and leads percussion classes and residencies in NYC and the surrounding region.
He is a member of several New York-based groups including Kakande, Mandingo Ambassadors, Feraba and Drum Cafe.
"Pablo" Sekou Dembele, from Cote d'Ivoire, is a master of the banjo, guitar, and West African percussion.
He has been performing for over 25 years around the globe at world renowned venues including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the National Theater, BAM, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, Library of Congress, the United Nations, and many more alongside several esteemed musicians such as Salif Keita, Oumou Sangare, Toumani Diabate, Mamady Keita, and Soungalo Coulibaly.
Rade Bema Mgbass
bass player, singer, guitarist
David is originally from Madagascar. He has performed with many great artists including Azouhouni Adou, Olutosin Arib, and BeMaeva.