Isabel Soffer

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participation in

  • WOMEX 2017
  • WOMEX 2016
  • WOMEX 2015
  • WOMEX 2014
  • WOMEX 2013
  • WOMEX 2012
  • WOMEX 2011
  • WOMEX 2010
  • WOMEX 2009
  • WOMEX 2007
  • WOMEX 2006
  • WOMEX 2003
  • WOMEX 2002
  • WOMEX 2001

Isabel Soffer has been at the forefront of global music programming in the USA for more than twenty-five years. She is founder of Live Sounds an independent company that produces, creates and curates international music events in New York and across the country and co-founder/co-director of globalFEST. Her innovative programming style aims to preserve and cultivate ancient traditions, as well as to promote hybrid styles at the intersection of old and new. She is producer and curator of two important international music series in New York at the Schimmel Center for the Arts (Pace University) and at Live@365 at Elebash Hall (The Graduate Center); and curates arts Brookfield’s The Global Beat at the Winter Garden Atrium and Fronteras at the River to River Festival. She also co-produces an ongoing series entitled The Rebel Spirit, which promotes and highlights Latin American artists throughout history and invites audiences and communities to think and learn about Latin American history through music.
Isabel was director of programming at World Music Institute where she worked for more than two decades and curated Zankel Hall’s World Views series, the NY World Festival at Central Park Summerstage and the NY Flamenco Festival. She has produced four Grammy‐nominated recordings; produced several pioneering tours including Gypsy Caravan, Masters of Persian Music, Ghazal: Persian and Indian Improvisations, Theyyams of Kerala, India, and created Reel Rhythms, an international music and dance film festival.
globalFEST, Inc is a groundbreaking festival + a non profit organization serving the world music community since 2003. Through its eleven festival editions, globalFEST has become one of the US’s most anticipated and diverse cultural events and an essential catalyst for the world music field in North America, stimulating cultural dialogue and touring opportunities. While launching the careers of over one hundred and twenty artists, globalFEST focuses on creating an exceptional live experience for the artist and audience alike. gF runs an innovative touring fund and produces stages at Bonnaroo, sxsw and more. livesounds.org globalfest.org

Isabel Soffer


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