Nobody’s more plugged into New York’s thriving (and intersecting) jazz and world music scenes than Meera Dugal. As programming manager for Lincoln Center’s David Rubenstein Atrium, Meera curates some of New York’s most eclectic performances—hundreds of them every year. She manages Innov Gnawa, a New York–based sextet that plays Gnawa, the ancient spiritual dance music from across the African continent, as well. (For more on Gnawa music, read this terrific primer from Lincoln Center). Meera is also on the advisory board of Brooklyn Raga Massive, a collective dedicated to Indian classical music that throws genre-bending concerts (it has previously held a John Coltrane birthday celebration and a concert of Beatles tunes, among others).
Meera is always in pursuit of fresh talent and inspiring live music experiences. She describes her taste as “omnivorous and open-minded.” As she says, “I tend to fall for things on opposite sides of the spectrum: either an uncontrollably jubilant party situation or a devastatingly beautiful, raw, ancient, spiritual-feeling vibe. I look for passion and depth in the artists, chemistry between band members, warmth toward an audience, and then that je ne sais quoi that gets me in the back of my throat and has me awestruck about what humans are capable of.”
And that’s why we love her. So next time you feel like being “awestruck about what humans are capable of,” check out Meera’s latest picks, or contact one of our planners for a fully planned day or night out and discover just how transporting New York City can be.