Musicians

Pash of The Mad Twinz

Russian beatboxer
Pash and his brother Jayton form the Mad Twinz.  This duet from Kaliningrad went viral with their winning performance at the International Grand Beatbox Battle Tagteam Championship in 2017.  At 21 years of age, the twins gave a freestyle performance in Berlin in 2012, the prodigiousness of which was perhaps best illustrated by the reaction of French beatboxer (and current [...]

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Jayton of the Mad Twinz

Russian beatboxer
Jayton and his brother Pash form the Mad Twinz.  This duet from Kaliningrad went viral with their winning performance at the International Grand Beatbox Battle Tagteam Championship in 2017.   At 21 years of age, the twins gave a freestyle performance in Berlin in 2012, the prodigiousness of which was perhaps best illustrated by the reaction of French beatboxer (and [...]

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Beat Rhino

American beatboxer
Beat Rhino came to the US from South Korea when he was 10 years old.   He started beatboxing when he was 14.   At 19, he became the first American to represent the US at the Grand Beatbox Battle when he won the 2013 wildcard competition with this video performance.  Later that same year in August, [...]

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Bataco

Japanese beatboxer
Bataco grew up in Kobe, Japan, and started learning to beatbox when he was 15 years old.  Eight years later, he entered the 2016 Grand Beatbox “7 TO SMOKE” Battle as an unknown underdog, and he exited as a new school heavyweight.  With a distinctly calm-yet-calculated battle presence, Bataco delivered several stunning upsets and shined distinctly [...]

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Abbos Kosimov

Uzbek hand percussionist
Abbos Kosimov is a master percussionist from Uzbekistan. His principal instrument is called the doyra, a frame drum with metal rings suspended from the perimeter of the rear surface. He also plays the qayroqs, the darbuka, the dof, and the riqq. Abbos has toured with Zakir Hussain’s Masters of Percussion .  He has recorded with Stevie Wonder.  He [...]

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Arslan Hazreti

Azerbaijani kamancha player
Arslan Hazreti was born in Tabriz, Iran in 1976.  He began learning kamancha (Azerbaijani spike fiddle) at the age of 13.  When he was only 18 years old, Arslan performed on a self-built kamancha at the Fajr Music Festival in Tehran with Khananda vocalist Aghakhan Abdullayev and Qawwali vocalist Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.  Arslan has studied Mugham (Azerbaijani modal theory) under such masters as Cavit Murtezaoğlu and Adalet Vezirov.  He moved [...]

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Sinan Ayyıldız

Turkish bağlama player
Sinan Ayyildiz studied at the Turkish State Music Conservatory in Istanbul and was named best modern folk musician by the 2013 Troya Awards in Turkey. He plays a long-necked (sometimes double-necked) Turkish stringed instrument called the bağlama (pronounced BAH-le-mah) in a style called şelpe(pronounced SHEL-pee), which involves an overhand 8-finger tapping technique. He has made several appearances on Turkish national television. He has toured internationally [...]

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Endris Hassen

Ethiopian masenqo player
Endris Hassen was born in Wolo, Ethiopia in 1977.  He began learning masenquo (Ethiopian spike fiddle) at the age of 21.   Endris has performed with the prestigious Nile Project  ensemble and Ethiocolor.  He has recorded  with the “Ethiolicious Afro-Pop band” MistO-MistO, the traditional Ethiopian ensemble Fendika, and the Ethio-Fusion band Damakase featuring banjo player Cory Seznec.  In October 2017, he joined Stereognosis for the [...]

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Miles Jay

American Upright Bassist
Miles Jay is an upright bassist, composer, producer, and instrument maker/inventor.   He has performed and recorded extensively throughout Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Greece, and the Persian Gulf. Miles has appeared onstage with Youssou N’dour, Ziad Rahbani, Naseer Shamma, and Omar Faruk Tekbilek, in venues ranging from Carnegie Hall in New York, the Emirates Palace in Dubai, to TED 2013.  He formerly [...]

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Naghib Shanbehzadeh

Persian hand percussionist
Naghib Shanbehzadeh has studied hand drumming since he was 3 years old.  He is fluent in Persian and Arabic percussive techniques.  He has performed with the NPR-acclaimed Afro-Iranian Shanbehzadeh Ensemble at The Kennedy Center in Washington DC and the Apollo Theater in NYC.  Naghib also performed in Dubai with Trilok Gurtu and Hariprasad Chaurasia. He later performed in a concert at the Asia Society with a project called Sound: The Encounter which was [...]

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