Julian Loida is a percussionist, multimedia artist, and curator exploring repertoire spanning Western Classical Music, to Cuban Bata drumming, to Jazz and R&B. Julian grew up in St. Louis with his rock band Project 324 along with the St. Louis Youth Orchestra. Since then he has gone on to perform with Alarm Will Sound, the Callithumpian Consort, and the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra. He has attended some of the country’s most prestigious music festivals such as Spoleto Music Festival USA, the National Orchestral Institute, the Chautauqua Music Festival, and Round Top Music Festival. Though Julian is a proficient sideman, he is a passionate entrepreneur, curator, and producer as he has directed interdisciplinary projects such as Versus through Verses, Zeitgeist, as well as his solo project Recital of Dedications. His leadership extends beyond the Western Art tradition as he leads a folkloric Cuban and Brazilian band called INA (formerly Bata Boston), a modern world-jazz quintet called Mojubá, as well as his awarded folk band Night Tree that is the 2016-17 New England Conservatory Wildcard Honors Ensemble. In his final year at New England Conservatory, Julian will be receiving a Master’s Degree in Classical Percussion.