Judah Adashi

The music of composer Judah Adashi, grounded in the classical tradition and imbued with soul and pop influences ranging from Nina Simone to Björk, has been described as “beguiling” (Alex Ross, New Yorker), “elegant” (Steve Smith, Boston Globe), "affecting" (Tim Smith, Baltimore Sun) and “impassioned” (Will Robin, Bandcamp). His recent work centers on the the interplay of art and activism, guided by a belief that the creation and performance of new music can bear witness to injustice, bring together diverse constituencies, create space for empathy, and serve as a call to action. Dr. Adashi is on the faculty of the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, where his teaching is focused on new music and community engagement. He is also the founder and artistic director of the Evolution Contemporary Music Series, which has made Baltimore a destination for outstanding new music and musicians since 2005. Dr. Adashi holds degrees from Peabody and from Yale University. He lives in Baltimore with his wife and frequent collaborator, cellist Lavena Johanson. More information is available at