Imagine Sounds of Summer

Music 2021

Imagine Beginnings

Festival 2021 Opening Ceremony

IN-PERSON & LIVE-STREAMED EVENT

Imagine: A mini version of the whole International Festival of Arts & Ideas, complete with musical performances, talks, and a film!

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra

Opening Night

IN-PERSON & LIVE-STREAMED EVENT

Our first night of events on the New Haven Green will be silky smooth, improvisational, and freeing, set to the sounds of The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.

Dawn Tallman

IN-PERSON & LIVE-STREAMED EVENT

Dawn Tallman, The Queen of Gospel Energy, has been compared to those of many great vocalists, like Chaka Khan, Karen Wheeler and Oleta Adams, yet her style is completely & audibly her own.

Mwenso and the Shakes

IN-PERSON & LIVE-STREAMED EVENT

The “wild” (PRI) troupe of multi-talents Mwenso and the Shakes throws “intense, prowling, ebullient” live gigs (New York Times) that are as much party as they are performance. Join them on the New Haven Green.

Durand Bernarr

IN-PERSON & LIVE-STREAMED EVENT

A performer who “kills it all the time” (Lena Waithe), Durand Bernarr has worked with some of music's biggest legends, and his 2020 self-titled album DUR& debuted at the #1 spot on the Apple Music R&B charts.

Communal Listening Experience

IN-PERSON EVENT

Join Michael Mwenso for a Communal Listening Experience in the Festival Center.

Gospel Brunch: Kevin Monroe & Devotion with Pastor Danny Bland

with Sandra's Next Generation

IN-PERSON & LIVE-STREAMED EVENT

We’re bringing the prayer and pancakes together in a jubilant moment of harmony and high-energy spiritual connection.

Darrel Walls

IN-PERSON & LIVE-STREAMED EVENT

Multi-Grammy-nominated Gospel songwriter and vocalist Darrel Walls brings a strong sense of rhythm and melody to the songwriting process in equal measure.

Perform On Make Music Day

IN-PERSON EVENT

Record tracks and/or participate in a live jam-session on our main stage with music producer Roy Studmire.

Make Music Day Jam Session

IN-PERSON & LIVE-STREAMED EVENT

Watch the musicians of Make Music Day jam after a day of recording with music directorRoy Studmire, who has produced for Gucci Mane, Yung Thug, Future and more.

Riff Cohen

VIRTUAL EVENT

Singing in a melange of French, Arabic, English and Hebrew, in a style drawing on Algerian folk music, rock, and Mizrahi music, Israeli singer-songwriter Riff Cohen offers a heady window into our increasingly multicultural future.

Movimiento Cultural

IN-PERSON & LIVE-STREAMED EVENT

This New Haven community-based organization entertains and educates on Puerto Rico’s rich African-based folklore, music, and dance, focusing on the Bomba, an ecstatic expression of Puerto Rican tradition and culture.

Paa Kow

IN-PERSON & LIVE-STREAMED EVENT

Internationally acclaimed Ghanian drummer and composer Paa Kow performs on a custom, hand-carved, traditionally inspired Ghanian drum set that is the only one of its kind.

Los Pleneros de la 21

IN-PERSON & LIVE-STREAMED EVENT

Grammy-nominated Los Pleneros de la 21, a premier East Harlem-based ensemble, brings the sounds and sights of traditional Puerto Rican music and dance to the New Haven Green.

Kodo

VIRTUAL EVENT

Japanese drumming group Kodō has popularized traditional Japanese taiko worldwide with their athletic performances and manipulation of the world's most impressive drums.

New Haven Symphony Orchestra

Performing Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons"

IN-PERSON EVENT

New Haven Symphony Orchestra’s Concertmaster will perform a violin solo rendition of Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons" accompanied by four New Haven poets.

Thabisa Rich

IN-PERSON & LIVE-STREAMED EVENT

New Haven performer Thabisa blends elements of African jazz, Afropop, soul, and funk in a style that is unmistakably her own.

Creating “Magical Musical Moments” with Grace Kelly

Workshop

IN-PERSON EVENT
Musicians are invited to join Grace Kelly for a workshop in the Festival Center.

Grace Kelly

IN-PERSON & LIVE-STREAMED EVENT

Before the age of 16, Korean American singer, saxophonist, and composer Grace Kelly performed at Barack Obama’s inauguration and was a soloist with the Boston Pops. 

Chillie Willie Groove Band

IN-PERSON & LIVE-STREAMED EVENT

“Shake Your Body Baby” isn’t just a Chillie Willie song title, it’s a lifestyle. Chillie Willie fuses funk, rhythm and blues, soul, smooth jazz, and salsa influences into a dynamite dance floor invitation.

Ladama

IN-PERSON & LIVE-STREAMED EVENT

This band features four women musicians and activists originating from Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela and the US.

Bassel & The Supernaturals

IN-PERSON & LIVE-STREAMED EVENT

Bassel Almadani brings a Syrian heart and a Chicago soul to The Supernaturals' singular, funk-inspired compositions and “captivating” (Paste) performances.