Thursday, June 13

6:30 - 10:30pm

Funky Joe's - 455 West 56th Street, Manhattan




General Admission - $125 / $105 for WMI Members



Please join us for an evening of live music, food & drinks, and a silent auction. Net proceeds will benefit WMI's 2019/2020 season.


Performances by:


Farah Siraj



Named Jordan's musical ambassadress, Farah Siraj balances a career that spans the United States, Europe, and the Middle East. She has performed at some of the world's most prestigious platforms including the United Nations, the World Economic Forum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Lincoln Center in New York, just to name a few. Farah represents Jordan annually on the United Nations World Peace Day. Farah serves on the WMI Honorary Board.




Balla Kouyaté




Balla Kouyaté was born in Mali and was raised in the Djeli tradition. His knowledge of the traditional Malian repertoire is unparalleled. Today, the first balafon, over 1,000 years old, remains in his family, guarded by his father, El Hadj Sekou Kouyaté. Since coming to the US in 2000, his collaborations with western artists in a variety of musical styles brought the need for innovation. He thus created a chromatic instrument using two balafons. Balla's superior musicianship has been featured on over 45 recordings with artists such as Yo-Yo Ma, Angelique Kidjo, and Vusi Mahlesela.





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The silent auction features unique items and experiences. Thanks to artists and friends of WMI for their generous donations:


Framed and signed page of original sheet music to a composition written by Philip Glass for pianist Maki Namekawa  - world premiere scheduled for Jul 4, 2019 


A signed copy of Zakir Hussain's autobiography A Life In Music (not yet released in the U.S.) with a Masters of Percussion DVD


VIP experience including two tickets to the Paco de Lucía Project show in October 2019 and backstage meet and greet with Javier Limón


The 30th-anniversary limited vinyl edition of Brazil 1,2,3, compiled and signed by David Byrne


Curator-led private tour of the Play It Loud: Instruments of Rock & Roll exhibition (co-organized with the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame) with curator-signed catalog from the Metropolitan Museum of Art


Series of six (6) framed limited edition photos from India by award-winning photographer Christian Skalnik


Two private Alexander Technique sessions by dancer, choreographer, and AmSat-certified teacher, Emily Faulkner


A pair of tickets to an upcoming WMI Salon 


Organic, cruelty-free skincare package from Beecause


Plus special offers on WMI memberships and CDs signed by this season's artists