Jojo Abot is an experimental Ghanaian singer, songwriter, and multidisciplinary artist based in Brooklyn whose music blends jazz, afropunk, spoken word, soul, and tribal and indigenous sounds. She completed her visual EP, “Power to the god within,” while in residence at Further Timber Cove: The Expanding Artist. Part liberation narrative, part tribute to Fela Kuti, the work came to her as a calling, she says, something she knew she had to create.
German-born spiritual teacher and breath work practitioner Miriam Adler is based in Tulum and travels globally to lead transformational journeys and traditional tea ceremonies at gatherings and retreats. Her strength lies in helping people reconnect with themselves and others through breath work, Kundalini kriyas, and mantras, as well as movement and sound. Her tea ceremonies are devotional rituals centered around inspiring connection through the wisdom of the tea plant. Miriam has studied yoga, meditation, zen, cha dao, somatic therapy, and breath work, and is co-founder of the lifestyle brand Mirabea which is dedicated to preserving global cultures and cultivating local community.
Mehdi Aminian is an Iranian musician and researcher based in Vienna with a lifelong interest in Sufism and the exploration of global musical traditions. He founded the organization Roots Revival in 2013 to bring together musiciansfrom a diversity of musical traditions, from Romania to Syria, to explore theirshared connection across instruments and musical styles. In his latest musicalproject, Quieter than Silence, Mehdi sings and plays the ney and thesetar, together with Syrian musician Mohamad Zatari on the oud. Mehdi is alsocurrently working on a documentary in Iran about female carpet weavers and thesongs they sing while weaving.
Fatimah Asghar is the writer behind the award-winning debut poetry collection, “If They Come for Us,” and the Emmy-nominated web series, “Brown Girls,” now in development with HBO. In both her screenwriting and her poetry, Asghar presents often-ignored perspectives, drawing frequently from her own experiences as a first-generation American with roots in Pakistan and divided Kashmir, growing up queer and parentless in the aftermath of 9/11. She was a resident at Further Troutbeck: The Poet Society.
Combining ancient musical traditions with contemporary sounds, Kurdish-Iranian musician Bahram Pourmand is inspired by the Sufi melodies he heard as a child. Singing lyrics that are based on Rumi’s poems and mystical poetry, Bahramji plays several traditional Persian instruments, including the stringed setar and santur, and the ney, a flute-like instrument. After a long period living in India, he has been based in Ibiza for over 15 years. His haunting and meditative music, which he has released on nine albums to date, is simultaneously designed to hypnotize and uplift.
Born in Aleppo to Armenian parents, Azniv Korkejian, aka Bedouine, spent her early childhood in Saudi Arabia, then moved to the US with her family at the age of 10, eventually winding up in California. This nomadic upbringing and wanderer’s spirit led to the name she chose for herself, Bedouine, and can be heard in the music of her critically acclaimed 2017 self-titled debut. She was a resident at Further Timber Cove: The Expanding Artist.
It’s been a decade now since Jesse Boykins III’s first two independent releases, the EP “Dopamine: My Life On My Back,” and the follow-up album, “The Beauty Created,” thrust him onto the radar of music bloggers and new-school R&B fans. His latest release, “Bartholomew,” was originally released on Soundcloud, then reissued on Def Jam when he signed with the major label in 2017. Boykins was a resident at Further Timber Cove: The Expanding Artist.
Julie Byrne is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist from Buffalo, New York. She has released two celebrated studio albums, “Rooms With Walls and Windows” and 2017’s “Not Even Happiness,” which Pitchfork likened to “across-section of Leonard Cohen’s mysticism and Judee Sill’s vulnerability.” In 2018, she was a resident at , where she co-wrote and recorded the song, “Índio do Brasil.”
Turkish composer, musician, and DJ, Mercan Dede brings together mystical Sufi traditions and classical instruments with contemporary electronic music. Based between Montreal and Istanbul, Mercan has released 10 albums to date and gained a global cult following. He plays the ney and the bendir, and incorporates the violin, clarinet, and zither into this music, while his live shows feature whirling dervishes. He has composed music for a dance piece by Pina Bausch, been featured in Fatih Akin's documentary onIstanbul’s music scene, “Crossing the Bridge,” and has played countless shows and festivals around the world from the Montreal Jazz Festival to Burning Man.
As the kitchen master at La Granja Ibiza, the native Patagonian works in close collaboration with master farmer Andy Szymanowicz, as well as with small producers from Ibiza and greater Spain, to prepare healthy, farm-to-table slow food for the communal table. A lifelong proponent of simple, fresh cuisine who worked at restaurants across Europe before making his way to Ibiza, José celebrates the local Mediterranean diet while taking cues from South American culinary traditions.
Berlin-based dance collective Dabkesim was founded in 2018 by Syrian refugees Ali Hasan and Medhat Aldaabal, who met while dancing in the world-renowned German dance company Sasha Waltz & Guests. Their work combines contemporary and Syrian folk dance, incorporating rhythms from the Middle East, the Balkans, and Greece, while paying tribute to the diverse, pluralistic city that has become their home. Dabkesim also functions as a community cultural organization, hosting workshops and other social gatherings in Germany and beyond.
Lidewij "Li"Edelkoort is one of the world's most influential trend forecasters. Under her Paris-based company Trend Union, she creates books that are tools used by strategists, designers, and marketers at international brands. Perhaps best known for her 2016 “Anti-Fashion Manifesto,” which sent shock waves through the design world, she is the Dean of Hybrid Design at the New School in New York, where she developed the MFA textiles.
Safia Elhillo is a Sudanese-American poet and Further resident whose award-winning first collection, “The January Children” (University of Nebraska Press, 2017), refers to her grandfather’s generation, those born in Sudan under British occupation, where children were assigned birth years by height and all given the birth date January 1. Elhillo was a resident at Further Troutbeck: The Poet Society.
Raised in Jerusalem, Hadas Kleinman is a cellist and singer who began her career at 19 in the band, the Mojos, earning three Israeli gold albums and playing some of the world’s most prominent stages, from Carnegie Hall to the Cannes Film Festival. A resident of and , she has released two albums with Aviv Bahar, including the 2014 hit, “Me’at Pashtut” (“A Little Simplicity”).
Kelsey Lu is an avant-pop cellist whose lush, arresting recordings with the likes of Florence + the Machine and Solange have drawn widespread acclaim. Her 2016 debut EP Church was recorded live, in one take, at a Catholic church in Brooklyn. Since then, she’s taken on a full band and a major label, Columbia, but her output remains distinctly hers. Lu was a resident at Further Rio de Janeiro: Song of the Amazon in 2018.
London-based French architect Arthur Mamou-Mani is a trailblazer of a new breed of pop-up, digital-fabrication-led architecture. His award-winning firm, Mamou-Mani Architects, designed Galaxia, the immensespiraling 3D-printed wooden temple at Burning Man in 2018, and created theacclaimed Conifera installation for COS at Salone del Mobile in 2019. Havinghoned his craft at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts and the Architectural Association, Arthur workedwith Jean Nouvel and Zaha Hadid before starting his own practice. He alsoteaches at the University of Westminster, where he and his students havedevised several experimental pop-up structures for Burning Man.
Axel Mansoor is a Los Angeles-based, Emmy-award-winning singer-songwriter whose 2017 single, “Wasted My Love,” reached #5 on Spotify’s US Viral 50 chart. In 2018 he released his debut EP, "Somerset," of self-produced, stripped-down acoustic songs. As a resident of Further Timber Cove: The Expanding Artist, Mansoor composed an original song, which deals lyrically with alienation, loss, and the redemptive power and magic of creativity.
Aja Monet is a poet, writer, lyricist, and activist of Cuban-Jamaican descent raised in Brooklyn. She was the youngest poet ever to be named the Nuyorican Poets Café Grand Slam Champion in 2007 at the age of 19. In 2018, Her first full poetry collection, “my mother was a freedom fighter,” was nominated for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work. Monet was a resident at Further NeueHouse: New Sanctuaries.
Hieu Minh Nguyen is an award-winning poet whose two collections deal with his identity as a queer Vietnamese-American raised by an immigrant single mother in the Mcdonough Housing Projects in Saint Paul, Minnesota. His first poetry collection, “This Way to the Sugar” (Write Bloody Publishing, 2014), was a finalist for both the Lambda Literary Award and the Minnesota Book Award. He was a resident at Further Troutbeck: The Poetry Society.
Islandman started as Istanbul based producer Tolga Böyük’s solo project and has grown to include band members Eralp Güven and Erdem Başer. Together the trio tour the world playing their particular amalgamation of live electro-acoustic dance music at festivals and clubs. Hazy Anatolian-psychedelic guitar riffs meld with shamanic and African rhythms to create mellow, synth-laden electronica. Islandman’s first album, “Rest in Space” (2017), was followed in August of 2019 by “Kaybola,” a distinct evolution of the group’s sound, incorporating field recordings of Central Asian throat singers alongside other ethnocultural musical strains, from Bulgaria to Japan.
Born into a family of artists, curators, art dealers, professors, and critics, French artist Lyora Pissarro (a direct descendent of Impressionist master Camille) was immersed in the art world from a very young age. A former resident of Further Troutbeck: The Poetry Society, she creates dreamlike figurative and abstract works rooted in painting but gesturing at performance and has exhibited in Texas, San Francisco, New York, London, and Boston.
Justin Phillip Reed, a native South Carolinian poet now based in Brooklyn, was the winner of the National Book Award in Poetry for his first poetry collection, “Indecency” (Coffee House Press, 2018). His work often deals with what it means to be a queer black man in America. His second full-length collection of poetry, “The Malevolent Volume,” will be released in Spring 2020. He was a resident at Further Troutbeck: The Poetry Society.
Multidisciplinary artist Daniel Popper’s larger-than-life sculptures have been appearing in locations that hold spiritual and historical resonance, including festivals in Tulum, Portugal, Australia, and beyond. The South African artist collaborates with artists and technicians to incorporate music, LED lighting, and projection mapping into his works. For Further Mykonos, Daniel was inspired by ancient Cycladic art and delved into Greek mythology with his rattan woven sculpture of Leto pregnant with Apollo and Artemis.
Yesika Salgado is a Los Angeles-based Salvadoran poet, co-founder of the Latina feminist collective Chingona Fire, and an internationally recognized body positivity activist. Her two poetry collections, “Corazón” and “Tesoro” (Not a Cult), were bestsellers. Her next collection, “Hermosa,” is forthcoming on Not a Cult. A four-time member of Da Poetry Lounge Slam Team and a 2017 and 2018 National Poetry Slam finalist, Salgado was a resident at Further Troutbeck: The Poetry Society.
Chris Sanderson is the London-based co-founder and CEO of The Future Laboratory, a world-leading strategic foresight consultancy specializing in trends intelligence, strategic research, and innovation strategy that’s consulted for Louis Vuitton, Microsoft, BMW, and many other top brands. He has won numerous awards for his work, lectured at universities, presented a TV-series for Channel 4, and is a regular speaker for organizations and companies around the world.
Danniel Schoonebeek is a poet who has authored three celebrated works, including the collection “American Barricade” (YesYes Books, 2014), which was named one of the year’s 10 standout debuts by Poets & Writers, a travelogue called “C’est la guerre” (2015), and “Trébuchet,” which was selected by Kevin Prufer for the 2015 National Poetry Series. He was a resident at Further Troutbeck: The Poetry Society.
Greg Seider is a New York-based mixologist and the author of “Alchemy in a Glass: The Essential Guide to Handcrafted Cocktails.” The co-founder of Summit Bar and Manhattan Cricket Club in New York, he is a consultant for a range of bars and hospitality brands across the world. Recently, through his company Seiderhouse, he has expanded into the realm of plant-based restorative elixirs, which aims to create a “healthier and higher vibrational drinking experience,” using ingredients like CBD and MCT oils, D-ribose, and ionic fulvic minerals.
Sasha Spielberg is a musician and actress who also goes by the stage name Buzzy Lee. After playing in the indie-folk act Wardell with her brother Theo and in Just Friends, an electro-pop collaboration with the producer Nicolas Jaar, Spielberg released her first solo musical project last April, an EP titled “Facepaint.” Her output at Further Timber Cove: The Expanding Artist includes a video performance of a song from that EP, “On the Radio.”
Rory Spowers is a celebrated British author, environmentalist, and documentary filmmaker whose fascination with sustainable farming and food culture has seen him play a leading role in establishing Amorevore, a food and consciousness festival set in Ibiza where he currently lives. The former River Café chef and Further resident ran a sustainable farm and biodiversity refuge in Sri Lanka and chronicled the experience in his most recent book, “A Year in Green Tea and Tuk-Tuks.”
Andy Szymanowicz, the master farmer of La Granja Ibiza, oversees 20 tiered acres of farmland where fertile soil is sown for the free-flowing exchange of energy and restorative growth. Trained in Northern California, Andy is an expert in biodynamic agriculture. His care for the farm includes harvesting around moon cycles, using a probiotic spray on the plants, or soil-drenching them, a process of lacto-fermentation that activates the plants to fight against disease and fungus by giving them a healthy microbiology.
Mezzo soprano Ariana Vafadari breathes new life into the traditional Zoroastrian Gathas she heard as a child, using her classical operatic training to create something entirely new. Moving to France from Iran at the age of five, she went on to study opera at the Academy of Music in Paris and at the Hanns Eisler Academy of Music in Berlin. Ariana released her album, “Gathas, Songs My Father Taught Me” in 2016. On the back of its success, she has performed around the world, from the Sacred Music Festival in Fez to Burning Man and Further Mykonos.
Matsipaya Waura Txucarramãe is a musician and songwriter who descends from the Xingu tribe, indigenous to northern Brazil. In 2018, as part of , he co-wrote and recorded the song “Índio do Brasil” with Kelsey Lu, Zach Tetreault of , Purity Ring,, and to raise funds and awareness for sustainable development communities in Brazil and beyond.
Tiphanie Yanique is a novelist, poet, and essayist whose evocative writing, often set in her native Virgin Islands, has drawn comparisons to Toni Morrison and Gabriel García Márquez. Yanique's debut collection, “How to Escape a Leper Colony: A Novella and Stories,” was published by Graywolf Press in 2010 to great acclaim. A resident of Further Troutbeck: The Poetry Society, Yanique teaches creative writing at Wesleyan University.