Nistha Raj has been regarded as "stunningly skilled in western and eastern classical music" by the Washington City Paper. Nistha is emerging as a fresh voice in creative and world music. Her self-released debut album, "Exit 1" has been described as "edgy, innovative, and clearly awe-inspiring...Indian fusion at its best" (Inside World Music). A versatile musician, Nistha pursues new horizons by melding tradition with contemporary innovation - lending her talents to the Jazz trio The Fourth Stream, collaborations with Hip Hop artist Christylez Bacon and six-string electric cellist Wytold; and recording on rock band NRI's album. A distinguished performer and teacher in the Washington, DC community, Nistha has performed at the United Nations, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and the American Embassy in Bogota, Colombia.
Christylez Bacon is a Grammy Nominated Progressive Hip-Hop artist and multi-instrumentalist. As a performer, Christylez multi-tasks between various instruments such as the West African djembe drum, acoustic guitar, and the human beatbox (oral percussion), all while continuing the tradition of storytelling through his lyrics. Through his cross-cultural collaborative concert series, "Washington Sound Museum" Christylez has collaborated with guest artists from diverse musical genres and various cultural backgrounds. He has performed at National Cathedral, Smithsonian Folklife Festival, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the Smithsonian Institute. He is the recipient of multiple honors awarded by the Washington Area Music Association including 2013 Artist of the Year.