ACT4Music Press Area

ACT4Music (Advancing Creative Transformation for Music) is a new organization dedicated to Creative Music, founded by Philly-based producer/bassist/educator/curator Anthony Tidd and Parisian videographer/web guru/archivist Dimitri Louis.

Act4MusicFest 2020



hours of music




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ACT4Music arose from a simple concept:

To build a cloud-based platform that could act as a virtual venue (or “CloudVenue”) focused on the transformative advancing edge of musics that lean towards creativity —  such as jazz.




In response to the corona pandemic and its devastating impact on the music scene, ACT4Music’s first initiative came into being just three weeks after its creation:

ACT4Music Fest — An 8-week, online international Creative Music festival, featuring specially curated video music performances by both well-established favorites and vibrant new voices.

A cross-section of the 260+ artists and curators featured to date include:


Steve Rowland— One of the most accomplished music documentarians in the US. Recipient of the Pew Fellowship for the Arts, two Peabody awards, be Prix Italia, Armstrong, and Nt’l Arts Journalism awards, among others. His new three-part interview series, “Steve Rowland: Interviews with Music Masters,” is currently available on and features interviews with Kenny Barron, Maxine Gordon, Louis Hayes, Sumi Tonooka, Oliver Lake, Steve Coleman, George Cables, Camille Thurman, Odean Pope, Burton Greene, Bobby Zankel, and Sam Reed. “Steve is not only one of the most outstanding Coltrane experts alive, but the co-producer, along with Larry Abrams, of one of the best things ever done on the jazz giant, a radio series called ‘Tell Me How Long Trane’s Been Gone.’ –Cornel West 

Jazz legend, NEA Jazz Master, and 9-time Grammy Nominee, Kenny Barron. “Kenny Barron is the leading practitioner of an elegant, economical and sure-fotted piano style.” – The New York Times

Genre-defying recording artist, educator, and composer, Brandee Younger. “Younger has almost single-handedly made a peruasive argument for the harp’s role in contemporary jazz.” – The New York Times

4-time Grammy award-winning virtuoso, composer, and educator, who has been among the most admired bassists in the world for four decades, John Patitucci. “Having a strong sense of history and a forwarded-minded vision have always been John Patititucci’s two greatest stregnths.” – Bass Magazine

2020 Grammy nominatee and Monk Institute Jazz Saxophone Competition Winner, Melissa Aldana. “What really blew me away was the maturity of her sound. It manifests through clean, nuanced phrasing, reminiscent of her early idol, Sonny Rollins.” – NPR Music

MacArthur Fellow, Doris Duke recipient, and 4-time winner of Downbeat’s “Jazz Artist of the Year” award, Vijay Iyer. “A forceful rhythmically invigorating performer who weds a cutting-edge sensibility to a unique sense of compositional balance.” Jazz Times

2018-19 Bassist of the Year and 2019 Up-and-Coming Artist of the Year JJA awardee, Linda May Han Oh. “Her innovative range and stellar improvisations have made her one of the most dynamic rising stars in jazz today – The Wall Street Journal

Grammy nominated tenor sax master & composer, Chris Potter. “One of the most studied (and copied) saxophonists on the planet.” – DownBeat

Grammy Award-winning pianist and composer, Michele Rosewoman. “Rosewoman is one of the under-the-radar starts of American music. She’s a mistress of integrating forms.” – DownBeat

Grammy nominated, DC Jazz Fest Lifetime Achievement Awardee, voted #1 Jazz Drummer in Modern Drummer reader’s poll, and living jazz legend…Billy Hart. “Hart has lived through multiple sea changes in jazz; what makes him exciting to watch is that he’s also clearly absorbed them all.” – NPR Music

2018 Sarah Vaughn International Jazz Vocal Competition winner, Laurin Talese. “Some of the most sumptuously phrased jazz vocals you could hope to hear.” – The Chicago Tribune

Named “Best Artist in African Jazz” in the 2017 All-Africa Music Awards, and the first South African artist to be signed to Blue Note Records, Nduduzo Makhathini. “Makhanthini knows that to speak through the ancestors, you have to connect with the earth”. – NPR Music

MacArthur Fellow, Grammy Award-Winner, composer, and educator extraordinaire, Dafnis Prieto. “Prieto’s perspective is something like viewing the clave in a kaleidoscope: There’s a beauty to the symmetry.” – NPR Music

Portuguese improvisational vocalist, composer and educator, Sara Serpa. “Serpa posseses a preternatural cool, injecting weightless sophistication and melodic grace grace into everything she touches.” – The Chicago Tribune

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Tickets to all concerts are currently available for purchase on


Concert Title



April 20 Keepin’ It Rio Rio Sakairi Paul Cornish/Caroline Davis/Camila Meza/Joel Ross
April 21 The New Tuesday Brandee Younger Sarah Elizabeth Charles/Dezron Douglas/Greg Spero/Brandee Younger
April 22 New York, Philly, and Melbourne Ernest Stuart Alexa Barchini & Jackson Fitzgerald/I Hold the Great Rack/Ben O’Neill/Luke O’Reilly ft. Lee Mo
April 23 April in Paris Dimitri Louis Federico Casagrande/Tony Paeleman/Christophe Panzani/Isabel Sörling
April 24 88 Keys Productions Presents Orinn Evans Alex Claffy/Jon Michel/Sam Newsome/Vanessa Perea & Robert Edwards /Yuma Sung
April 25 MCK Presences Dimitri Louis Gaston Bandimic/Deve Golitin/Maciek Lasserre/Maxime Zampieri
April 27 I got Deux babe Eric Wortham II Cyrille Aimée/Justin Gilbert/Julius Rodriguez & Melo Gía/Eric Wortham II
April 28 Kokayi Presents Kokayi Jenna Camille/Cecily/flymyspcshp (Jason Lindner)
April 29 That Four Letter Word Luke Carlos O’Reilly Melanie Charles/Julius Rodriguez/Arturo Stable/Marcus Strickland
April 30 Dragons Lau Noah Josh Dion/Julia Easterlin/Larry Goldings/Lau Noah
May 1 Infinite Blooms Linda May Han Oh Fabian Almazan/Val Jeanty/Linda May Han Oh/Miles Okazaki/Dayna Stephens/Rajna Swaminathan & Ganavya Doraiswamy
May 2 Robitussin Immanuel Wilkins Nazir Ebo ft. Tim Motzer/Giveton Gelin/Alyssa McDoom/Immanuel Wilkins
May 4 Barcelona Road Crossings Aurelio Santos Hernán Jacinto/Meritxell Neddermann/Jurandir Santana & Joander Cruz/Still Life ( João Silva & Margherita Abita)
May 5 (A) Nashville City’s Music Marcus Finnie Marcus Finnie/Miqui Gutierrez/David Rodgers/Jay White ft. Adam Smith
May 5 (B) Transmission: Interviews with Mentors and Veterans Miles Okazaki Mike Allemana/Kenny Barron/Dennis Caroll/Rodney Jones/Linda May Han Oh/Miles Okazaki
May 6 Fabulous. Formidale. Female. Laurin Talese Vivian Green/Micki Miller/Amber Navran/Laurin Talese
May 7 Songs From WE THE NORTH Rich Brown John Kameel Farah/Hugh Marsh/Lydia Persaud
May 8 In My Solitude Sara Serpa Ran Blake/Sofia Rei/Sara Serpa & André Matos/Fay Victor
May 9 Mother’s Love Celebration J. Michael Harrison Nik Bäertsch/Dayramir Gonzalez/Vijay Iyer/Eric Lewis (ELEW)
May 11 River Recital Presents Narotam Horn Josh Doughty/Fran & Flora/Naomi Greene/Narotam Horn
May 12 Double Down (Duos in L.A) Dean Mucetti Rachel Eckroth & Tim Lefebvre/Aubre Hill & Dan Rosenboom/Molly Miller & Kenton Chen/Tina Raymond & Andrew Conrad
May 13 From Paris with Love Sélène Saint-Aimé Xavier Belin/Ignacio Maria Gomez/Sélène Saint-Aimé/Tony Tixier
May 14 I Am Here Now Kristin Lee Miki Aoki/Victor Caccase & Kristin Lee/Mark Dover & Jeremy Jordan
May 15 Transcendance Vijay Iyer Arooj Aftab/International Contemporary Ensemble/Shahzad Ismaily/Kassa Overall/Tyshawn Sorey/Himanshu Suri
May 16 Live From Spaceship Earth Josh Lawrence Buzzed Armstrong ft. Ben Rubin & Anwar Marshall/Marc Cary/Ingrid Jensen/MAST
May 18 Wear Your Corona Like A Garland of Stars Eugene Skeef Narotam Horn/Abel Selaocoe/Vilk Collective/Alice Zawadzki
May 19 New and Old Worlds Dan Blacksberg Judith Berkson ft. Frake Vogl/Dan Blacksberg ft. Nick Millevoi/Frank London/Cookie Segelstein & Josh Horowitz
May 20 Let’s Keep Playing … Repeat Until Cue! Oscar Peñas Frank Carlberg/Christine Correa/Manel Fortia/Oscar Peñas/Elio Villafranca
May 21 From There to Hear Sophia Wong Adam Falcon/Ingrid Laubrock & Tom Rainey/Dafnis Prieto/Edward Simon
May 22 The Music of Ornette Coleman Scott Colley Scott Colley/Julian Lage/Ron Miles/Chris Potter
May 23 A Reason to Live J. Michael Harrison Teodross Avery/Jean-Paul Bourelly/Robin Eubanks/Bria Skonberg
May 25 In Our Hands Sumi Tonooka Kenny Barron/Michele Rosewoman/Billy McCoy/Sumi Tonooka
May 26 The Dominican-Haitian Rhythmic Connection Joselo Locandro Toné Vicioso & Aumbata/ La Carisalve/Thurgot Theodat/Johnbern Thomas
May 27 (A) Umsamu: An Ancestral Gathering Nduduzo Makhathini Nduduzo Makhathini & Omagugu Makhathini/Linda Sikhakhane ft. Amaeshi Ikechi & Tumi Mogorosi/Sibusile Xaba/Zawadi Yamungu
May 27 (B) Interviews with Music Masters: Thinking About the Past and the Present Moment/Part I Steve Rowland Kenny Barron/Steve Coleman/Oliver Lake/Sumi Tonooka
May 28 Jammin Colors: “Stay Strong” Stefany Calembert Paul Jost/E.J. Strickland/Manuel Valera/Reggie Washington
May 29 4 Solos Matt Mitchell Dustin Carlson/Kim Cass/Wendy Eisenberg/Ches Smith
May 30 One Chilly Day Festival Chile Jazz Felipe Catrilef/Luz Cuadros/Ángel Parra Orrego/Raimundo Santander
June 1 Tim Motzer Presents: Solo Voices Tim Motzer Jeremy Carlstedt/Doug Hirlinger/Tim Motzer/Julie Slick
June 3 Interdimensional Resilience Nicole Mitchell Renée Baker/Ben LaMar Gay/Susie Ibarra/Rob Mazurek
June 4 Recife Variations Fred Lyra Henrique Albino & Surama Ramos/Gilú Amaral/Fred Lyra & Alípio C Neto/               Itálo Sales
June 5 Feet En La Tierra, Head En El Cielo Michele Rosewoman Román Diaz/Liberty Ellman/Román Filiú/Billy Hart
June 6 Ari Hoenig Presents Ari Hoenig Jorge Glem/Tigran Hamaysan/Ari Hoenig/Munir Hossn & Gilmar Gomes
June 8 (A) Songs in the Key of Quarantine ACT4Music Lucas Brown/Mahoganee/Dara Tucker & Greg Bryant/Joseph Wooten
June 8 (B) Interviews with Music Masters: Thinking About the Past and the Present Moment/Part II Steve Rowland George Cables/Maxine Gordon/Louis Hayes/Camille Thurman
June 9 (A) The Young Lions ACT4Music Joe Block/César Filiu Douglas/Maya Keren/Kalia Vandever
June 9 (B) Cubana Sounds Melvis Santa Ana Bia/Camila Cortina/Magela Herrera/Brenda Navarrete
June 10 Impulse, Instinct, Intuition, Craft Steve Coleman Melissa Aldana/Nowa Jane & Obura Jarro/Charles McPherson Trio/Charles McPherson & San Diego Ballet
June 11 (A) Vox Iconoclasm JD Walter Emily Braden/Gian Slater/Charenee Wade/JD Walter
June 11 (B) Creative Minds (In 4 Turbulent Times) Aruán Ortiz Michaël Attias/Don Byron/Brad Jones/Aruán Ortiz
June 12 (A) Bass In Ya Face Anthony Tidd Rich Brown/Linda May Han Oh/John Patitucci/Anthony Tidd
June 12 (B) Interviews with Music Masters: Thinking About the Past and the Present Moment/Part III Steve Rowland Burton Greene/Odean Pope/Sam Reed/Bobby Zankel
June 13 The TD Toronto Jazz Festival Presents Toronto Downtown Jazz Society Linda Allemano/Adrean Farrugia & Sophia Perlman/Alex Samaras/Michael Shand Trio/Sarah Thawer

At 8 weeks and counting, ACT4Music Fest is one of the longest continuous music festivals ever.


Two internationally renowned jazz festivals and 260 artists from around the world have participated in our festival.

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Participants List

Abel Selaocoe

Adam Falcon

Adam Smith

Adrean Farrugia

Alex Samaras

Alexa Barchini

Alexander Claffy

Alice Zawadzki

Alípio C Neto

Alyssa McDoom

Amaeshi Ikechi

Amber Navran

Anna Bia

André Matos

Andrew Conrad

Ángel Parra Orrego

Anthony Tidd

Anwar Marshall

Ari Hoenig

Arooj Aftab

Atruro Stable

Aruán Ortiz

Aubre Hill

Aurelio Santos

Ben LaMar Gay

Ben O’Neill

Ben Rubin

Billy Hart

Billy McCoy

Black Out Tuesday

Bobby Zankel

Brad Jones

Brandee Younger

Brenda Navarrete

Bria Skonberg

Burton Greene

Buzzed Armstrong

Camila Cortina

Camila Meza

Camille Thurman

Caroline Davis


César Filiu Douglas

Charenee Wade

Charles McPherson & The San Diego Ballet

Charles McPherson Trio

Ches Smith

Chris Potter

Christine Correa

Christophe Panzani

Cookie Segelstein

Cyrille Aimée

Dafnis Prieto

Dan Blacksberg

Dan Rosenboom

Dara Tucker

David Rodgers

Dayna Stephens

Dayramir Gonzalez

Dean Mucetti

Dennis Carroll

Deve Golitin

Dezron Douglas

Don Byron

Doug Hirlinger

Dustin Carlson

E.J. Strickland

Edward Simon

Elio Villafranca

Emily Braden

Eric Lewis (ELEW)

Eric Wortham II

Ernest Stuart

Eugene Skeef

Fabian Almazan

Fay Victor

Federico Casagrande

Felipe Catrilef

Festival Jazz Chile

flymyspcshp (Jason Lindner)

Fran & Flora

Frank Carlberg

Frank London

Franke Vogl

Fred Lyra

Ganavya Doraiswamy

Gaston Bindimic

George Cables

Gian Slater

Gilmar Gomes

Gilú Amaral

Giveton Gelin

Greg Bryant

Greg Spero

Henrique Albino

Hernán Jacinto

Himanshu Suri

Hugh Marsh

I Hold The Great Rack (Reuben Lewis & Emily Bennett)

Ignacio Maria Gomez

Immanuel Wilkins

Ingrid Jensen

Ingrid Laubrock

International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE)

Isabel Sörling

Itálo Sales

J.Michael Harrison

Jackson Fitzgerald

Jay White

JD Walter

Jean-Paul Bourelly

Jenna Camille

Jeremy Carlstedt

Jeremy Jordan

Joander Cruz

Joe Block

Joel Ross

John Kameel Farah

John Patitucci

Johnbern Thomas

Jon Michel

Jorge Glem

Joselo Locandro

Joseph Wooten

Josh Dion

Josh Doughty

Josh Horowitz

Josh Lawrence

Judith Berkson

Julia Easterlin

Julian Lage

Julie Slick

Julius Rodriguez

Jurandir Santanna

Justin C. Gilbert

Kalia Vandever

Kassa Overall

Kenny Barron

Kenton Chen

Kim Cass


Kristin Lee

La Carisalve

Larry Goldings

Lau Noah

Laurin Talese

Lee Mo

Liberty Ellman

Linda Allemano

Linda May Han Oh

Linda Sikhakhane

Louis Hayes

Lucas Brown

Luke Carlos O’Reilly

Luz Cuadros

Lydia Persaud

Maciek Lasserre

Magela Herrera


Manel Fortia

Manuel Valera

Marc Cary

Marcus Finnie

Marcus Strickland

Mark Dover


Matt Mitchell

Maxime Zampieri

Maxine Gordon

Maya Keren

Melanie Charles

Melissa Aldana

Melo Gía

Melvis Santa

Meritxell Neddermann

Michaël Attias

Michael Shand Trio

Michele Rosewoman

Micki Miller

Mike Allemana

Mike Aoki

Miles Okazaki

Miqui Gutierrez

Milly Miller

Munir Hossn

Naomi Greene

Narotam Horn

Nazir Ebo

Nduduzo Makhathini

Nick Millevoi

Nicole Mitchell

Nik Bäertsch

Nowa Jane

Obara Jarro

Odean Pope

Oliver Lake

Omagugu Makhathini

Orinn Evans

Oscar Peñas

Paul Cornish

Paul Jost

Rachel Eckroth

Raimundo Santander

Rajna Swaminathan

Ran Blake

Reggie Washington

Renée Baker

Rich Brown

Rio Sakairi

Rob Mazurek

Robert Edwards

Robin Eubanks

Rodney Jones

Román Diaz

Román Filiú

Ron Miles

Sam Newsome

Sam Reed

Sara Serpa

Sarah Elizabeth Charles

Sarah Thawer

Scott Colley

Sélène Saint-Aimé

Shahzad Ismaily

Sibusile Xaba

Sofia Rei

Sophia Perlman

Sophia Wong

Stefany Calembert

Steve Coleman

Steve Rowland

Still Life (João Silva & Margherita Abita)

Sumi Tonooka

Surama Ramos

Susie Ibarra

TD Toronto Jazz Fest

Teodross Avery

Thurgot Theodat

Tigran Hamaysan

Tim Lefebvre

Tim Motzer

Tina Raymond

Tom Rainey

Toné Vicioso & Aumbata

Tony Paeleman

Tony Tixier

Toronto Downtown Jazz Society

Tumi Mogorosi

Tyshawn Sorey

Val Jeanty

Vanessa Perea

Victor Caccase

Vijay Iyer

Vilk Collective

Vivian Green

Wendy Eisenberg

Xavier Belin

Yuma Sung

Zawadi Yamungu

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