It's hard not to smile at the work of L.A.-based performance artist and music maker Fresh Big Mouf. He makes "fun" professionally, and with serious results; over 1 billion views of his work to date. Best-known for his series, BEAT SCOUT, Fresh Big Mouf can make music out of anything! From sailboats to taco trucks from Los Angeles to Shanghai, Fresh Big Mouf takes the sounds he finds and creates beautiful songs that are adored around the world. Fresh Big Mouf has received accolades from Apple to the Music Recording Academy, as his BEAT SCOUT version of Lorde's "Royal" was featured on the Grammys! Fresh Big Mouf has also caught the attention of some of the world’s biggest advertisers, working with such brands as Toyota, Kia, Intel and Lipton. Most recently Fresh Big Mouf produced a campaign for FedEx which included a series of BEAT SCOUT videos as well as an online interactive experience called SoundTrack, a site where a customer's tracking number generates a musical journey that can be shared. Most recently, Fresh Big Mouf has been hard at work in the studio, releasing his debut album Taco Boom Box.
Galymzhan Moldanazar - a Kazakh singer and musician, a soloist of the Moldanazar group. He began his creative activity in 2011. Widely became known to the public in 2013, after the clip "Akpen birge" (with white). Musical critics noted that the use of Kazakh language in the songs and direct orientation to the best Western samples like Tesla Boy and Ivan Dorn opens up for Galymzhan a route to the music markets of Russia and the world.
The project Godfathers was formed four years ago. It consists of two masters of club culture of Kazakhstan - Nariman Isenov and Nurbergen Makhambetov. Created by chance for a friendly party, this tandem has become one of the most popular musical projects in a short time, constantly performing in the most known places in Almaty and Astana. Combining a completely different approach to music and technology, Godfathers is invariably a sample of excellent taste and an incredible selection of classical hip-hop, R’n’b and house music. The audience of "Godfathers" is always listeners with high demands on life, who prefer "right" music.
The versatile style of Kazakh DJ and music producer Sultan Karimov, better known as Farleon, has gained the attention of electronic music fans worldwide with his intoxicating blends of funk, nu disco, and house.
Grace Garrett brought a ukulele with her on her first visit to Kazakhstan, hoping to connect with a new culture through music. Encouraged by her friends and host family in Almaty she learned to sing in Kazakh, and eventually began writing songs in her native English as well. Originally from Portland, Oregon, Grace has come to love Kazakhstan as a second home. She will be working this summer as a Student Ambassador representing the United States at EXPO 2017.
iLuminate - dance-technology ensemble from Las-Angeles founded in 2009 by American dancer and software engineer Miral Kotb. iLuminate is an entertainment technology company that combines state-of-the-art technology with entertainers who perform in the dark to create the ultimate performing arts experience. iLuminate’s unique L.E.D. technology and modern choreography is used in live performances of superstars like Chris Brown, Christian Aguilera, and The Black Eyed Peas. They took third place in the sixth season of “America’s Got Talent” and featured on hit primetime TV shows including “Dancing with the Stars,” “X Factor,” as well as awards shows like the American Music Awards, MTV’s Video Music Awards andBET Awards. The iLuminate team features renowned dancers, including JRock (John Nelson), Dario Mejia, Adrienne Hicks, Lisa Bauford and Trevor Harrison. Each of the dancers has exceptional talent and rich dancing backgrounds, specializing in various dance styles: popping, b-boying, jazz, ballet and hip-hop.
Mercury Cachalot. Merey Alimkulova performs her own lo-fi styled songs in Kazakh. She was born and now lives in Astana. In 2012 she started uploading her songs on Internet. She hopes that her art will find its listener and stay in people's hearts.
Genres: electronics, trip-hop, experimental music. Beisembaeva Zarina (born on May 10, 1989) is known under her stage name - Zzara. She is a Kazakhstani singer and songwriter. Her debut EP album, entitled "Perplex" was released in February 2015. Songs of Zzara - "Fly" and "Girl in the dark" from her album- "Peprlex" entered the official collection of soundtracks for the film "Unfriended", USA directed by Levan Gabriadz and produced by Timur Bekmambetov. At the moment, Zzara is working on her second album and is collaborating with the American label "Aetherial"
Raikhana Mukhlis is a singer from Almaty. She moved to live and study in New York, U.S when she was 17 years old, and had lived there for 5 years. Raikhana Mukhlis’s professional musician career started in January, when the singer released her first single “Navsegda”. Several singles followed by afterwards: Feel me, No more and Dash. Although the first release is in Russian, Mukhlis writes her songs mainly in English. It is RnB, Soul, Pop, Hip-Hop style. She plans to release her first album by the end of summer 2017.
NAsia "from Asia" is a young Kazakh singer. She studied at Almaty Jazz school of Tagir Zaripov, after that she studied at a private music Academy in Milan, Italy. A characteristic feature of the performer is a soft silvery timbre of voice and penetrating depth of performance. She mostly sings jazz, blues, soul, hip-hop, dub, folk, and pop.
Charlotte Cooper oversees digital strategy as well as development and execution of a wide variety of social impact and education campaigns at Show of Force, a New York based Peabody and Emmy award winning production company. She oversees development of the organization's growing social good division including global development work for the World Bank and USAID, as well as producing content for IGOs such as the UN. She designed and executed the digital outreach and education campaign for We the Voters, an award-winning collection of digital shorts, providing educators with critical materials to discuss US governance in the election year. Cooper also developed the international digital strategy for the Soundbreaking, an eight-part series on the history of recorded sound which aired on PBS in 2016. Previously, she created the digital content and action campaign for the award-winning documentary series A Path Appears, based on the work of Sheryl WuDunn and Nicholas D. Kristof of The New York Times raising over a million dollars for NGOs serving the needs of women and girls.
Griffin Hammond is a documentary filmmaker in New York City, known for producing DIY filmmaking tutorials for indie filmmakers, and his award-winning documentary Sriracha. Since 2009, he has shot with the Panasonic GH1, GH2, GH3 and GH4 cameras. In 2016 Panasonic named him the global brand ambassador for the Panasonic GH5. In 2014, Griffin moved from Bloomington, Illinois to New York City to cover the U.S. presidential election for the Bloomberg Television/MSNBC show. The University of Southern California and the U.S. State Department named Griffin a Film Envoy for the 2017 American Film Showcase — a cultural diplomacy program that sends independent filmmakers around the world to teach. Previously, he worked for YouTube Next Lab, as executive producer of the YouTube channel Indy Mogul, and started his career as a video producer and social media strategist at State Farm Insurance. Griffin studied film at New York University, earned a Masters in Communication from Illinois State University, taught video production at Millikin University, and produced an online course—Shooting Documentary Short Films.
Kana Beisekeyev a young director and photographer from Kazakhstan who specializes on histories about people. An author of the famous short documentaries about Kazakhstani immigrants in the USA. A 25 year old Kana Beisekeyev had worked at the Voxpopuli website. In 2013 left to study in the New York film academy and is filming documentaries for about a two years now. This year Kana directed and filmed one of his most awaiting work "BALA".
Katerina Suvorova is a filmmaker based in Almaty/Kazakhstan. Katerina was born in the 80's in the USSR and was raised in Kazakhstan/Almaty/ where she received her art education. She studied live action cinema at the High Courses of Script Writers and Directors in Moscow and at the Werner Herzog’s Rogue Film School in LA. Her numerous short documentaries were awarded with various international prizes (Critics Guild's Award at "Kinoshok" FF, National Russian Premium “St. Anna”, Special Prize from Robert Bosch Stiftung etc). Katerina was a co-writer and editor of the Julian Assange’s film MEDIANSTAN which was the Best Documentary at the Gothenburg Independent Film Festival, 2014. SEA TOMORROW, her debut full-length documentary, was premiered 2016 in Locarno FF (Critic’s Week). Currently she is working on a new documentary ABOUT LIFE OF PLANETS dedicated to the amateur astronomers saving the abandoned observatory in the mountains of Almaty.
Elena Pogrebizhskaya is a film director, and art manager of the “Partisan” documentary film studio. Elena holds two TEFI statuettes for best documentary films and the "Laurel wreath" award. Among her international prizes, Elena notes her receipt of the Amnesty International Prize (Pesaro, Italy). Elena is the author of the film "Doctor Lisa", which introduced audiences to Elizaveta Glinka. Yelena Pogrebizhskaya's film about orphans "Mom, I'll Kill You" caused a discussion in society and a resonance at the government level. This ultimately led to a radical change in Russian legislation--the children's boarding schools would cease to exist in their old form. Elena Pogrebizhskaya leads an independent film studio, and all her films are shot for voluntary donations. In the past (1994-2001), Elena was a political commentator on the program "Time" on Channel 1 and made reports from the Kremlin, from the Balkans, and Chechen wars. Disappointed in politics, Elena left television and for 9 years was a rock musician. After the end of her musical career, Elena completely devoted herself to documentary films.