The Kennedy Center

John Murchison


John Murchison is a Brooklyn-based bassist and multi-instrumentalist. He is active in many of the various music scenes of NYC, from pop and musical theater, to jazz and avant-garde, to traditional musics from Africa and the Middle East. John is one of the most in-demand bassist for traditional Arabic music in in the United States. While bass is his primary instrument, he also performs regularly on the qanun, bendir, gimbri, and ney. He has performed in a variety of theater productions from downtown to Time Square, including the Broadway production of "Natasha, Pierre, & the Great Comet of 1812". He has performed around NYC and in Puerto Rico as bassist with folkloric dance ensemble Danza Fiesta. He has also performed with popular artists from West Africa such as Fode Kouyate and Sekouba Kandia, and plays regularly in NYC with Kakande, featuring Famoro Dioubate and Missia Saran Dioubate.

Watch Past Performances

Video 3/20/2019: Lubana Al Quntar and Ensemble: Two Millennia of Musical Kinship

Dramatic, ethereal, and resilient, Damascus-born Lubana Al Quntar is a world-renowned coloratura soprano. She returns to the Kennedy Center alongside popular oud player, Ramy Adly, double bassist, John Murchison, percussionist, Nezih Antakli, and pianist Edvinas Minkstimas and a six-person choir to celebrate and honor the tradition of Syriac and Aramaic music in a contemporary light.

Presented in collaboration with Media and Arts for Peace (MAP).

March 20 - John Murchison Headshot