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inside+Out Upstate NY spotify-playlist by Isabel Soffer

TGIF! Enjoy Inside+Out’s Music Playlist Curated by Isabel Soffer

By inside + out | January 20, 2023

Happy Friday! We are dancing to the global sounds of this hot Spotify music playlist created by Hudson Valley resident, and Global Music maven, Isabel Soffer, founder of globalFEST. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

We recently interviewed Isabel about living and working in the Hudson Valley and her mission of bringing global music to millions! Here’s a snippet from that interview. You can read the full interview HERE.


You are working to make the Hudson Valley a hotbed of world music. Can you tell us about the recent events you are producing, at venues like White Feather Farm and the Colony Woodstock?

I have spent the last 30+ years helping develop the global music scene in NYC and throughout the States. My dream now is to be able to shift most of my work to the Hudson Valley and bring extraordinary arts from all over the world here, so we don’t have to go to NYC or elsewhere to experience great music and make musical discoveries.

I am working on programming at a variety of unique spaces in the area including farms, barns, churches, festivals, site-specific spaces and theaters. My music partner Danny Melnick and I recently created Hudson Valley Live, and programming at White Feather Farm and The Colony Woodstock where brought luminaries such as the renowned band Dakha Brakha from Ukraine; a new project from The Meridian Brothers from Colombia; one of Iran’s greatest musical treasures Kayhan Kalhor; jazz great Bria Skonberg; a Fela tribute band, Cumbia music, Afropop and more.

Photo of Isabel Soffer in front of a lilac bush with sunglasses on

Isabel Soffer

What are some of your favorite world music artists, a list that would make a great playlist for newbies to the genre?

Instead of a list, I’ve created a Spotify playlist for Inside+Out Upstate NY fans that will give you a fun overview of great music from all over the world, as well as some songs that have had a big influence on me. I’ve really enjoyed putting it together and will continue to add to it so if anyone is interested, please follow it. To name a few: Ali Farka Touré from Malia, Parov Stelar from Australia, Cha Wa from Louisiana, Concha Buika from Spain and Ghanaian-American singer-songwriter Moses Sumney. The list goes on!

Listen to Isabel’s INSIDE+OUT Music Playlist on SPOTIFY | ENJOY


Thank you, Isabel!

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