The World from the Streets of New York

CTMD Touring Artists celebrates diverse cultures from around the world while cultivating awareness for the traditional performing art forms found here in the United States. Representing a multitude of ensembles from various world cultures, CTMD Touring Artists brings to stages across the country, a highly eclectic mix of electrifying traditional performing artists. From exhilarating African dance troupes and seductively rhythmic Latin dance bands to wildly virtuosic European folk ensembles and explosive Asian drummers, presenters are sure to find an ensemble that will entertain, engage and educate.

CTMD Touring Artists is a program of the CENTER FOR TRADITIONAL MUSIC AND DANCE (CTMD), a New York based non-profit organization dedicated to celebrating the practice of the traditional performing arts. Recently commemorating its 50th anniversary, CTMD continues to introduce audiences to vibrant ethnic folk traditions from around the globe through its highly lauded Touring Artists program.

Artists Based in the United States
Because CTMD’s artists are based in the United States, presenters are guaranteed the security of booking some of the most sought-after and exciting world artists without worrying about the hassle of visa applications or changing immigration regulations.

Artist Engagements
CTMD Touring Artists are regularly engaged for performances and residencies by major presenters around the country. Noteworthy presenters have included Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, The Music Center of Los Angeles and The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Jenneth Webster

Producer, Lincoln Center Out of Doors (NY)

Lincoln Center Out of Doors has worked with CTMD for over a decade. Their scholarly, thorough research brings to light artists of great quality and authenticity. It is a pleasure working with them and furthering their mission.

Holly Bergman Underwood

Artistic & Administrative Manager, Cityfolk, Dayton, OH

Our experience with CTMD has been great. The pride the artists have in sharing the traditions of their homeland is obvious and takes their performances and workshops to a high level. It's a pleasure to find authentically traditional performers right here in the US, without the hassles of visas or the uncertainty of overseas travel.

Susan Wahlmann

Performing Arts Director, Quad City Arts

CTMD has an excellent roster – full of top-quality artists from numerous ultures and discipllines. I always look forward to working with the staff; Quad City Arts has enjoyed a great working relationship with the organization for years.

  • All
  • Africa
  • Asia
  • Europe
  • The Americas
  • The Caribbean
  • The Jewish Diaspora and the Caucasian Mountains
  • The Middle East
  • The US