May 23, 2018
The 62nd IPL 500 Festival Parade will begin with a never-before-seen collaboration between two unique and innovative performances. Hip-hop violinist Miri Ben-Ari and light show dance team iLuminate will kick-start the celebration on Saturday, May 26. Get to know these performers before they combine for an unforgettable performances to set the stage for a memorable Parade.
Miri Ben-Ari is a Grammy Award-Winning violinist, producer, and humanitarian, a “UN Goodwill Ambassador of Music” to the United Nations, a featured blogger, and CEO of the not-for-profit organization, Gedenk. Originally from Israel, she has created her own unique music; a revolutionary fusion of classical, Hip-Hop, soul and dance.
A classically trained violinist who once studied under the late classical master Isaac Stern, Ben-Ari has helped sell millions of records by collaborating with other Grammy award-winning artists such as Kanye West, Jay Z, Wyclef Jean, Alicia Keys, Wynton Marsalis, Britney Spears, Maroon 5, Akon, Patti Labelle, Brandy, Donna Summer, Janet Jackson, John Legend, Aventura, and Armin Van Buuren. Her album “The Hip Hop Violinist” on Universal Records features many of these collaborations.
Ben-Ari has been the face of many promotional campaigns, including Reebok, Vodafone, Pepsi, Coca-Cola and Harman Kardon.
Among Ben-Ari’s accolades are the “Grammy Award” for “Best Rap Song”, an “Apollo Legend” by the Apollo theater in New York City, “International Jewish Woman To Watch”, the “Martin Luther King Award” from Israeli President, Shimon Peres, “Remarkable Woman” by First Lady, Michelle Obama, “Girl Up Advocate Award” from the United Nations Foundation, and the “Ellis Island Medal of Honor” by Neco.
iLuminate is an entertainment technology dance group that combines state-of-the-art technology with electrifying entertainers who perform in the dark to create the ultimate performing arts experience. Founded by dancer and software engineer Miral Kotb, the group’s lighting effects and choreographed performances take viewers on an exhilarating ride. Once called “the best new act in America” during their run on America’s Got Talent in 2011, they’ve also performed alongside Grammy-winning superstars like Christina Aguilera, The Black Eyed Peas, David Guetta, and more. In 2012, iLuminate debuted, Artist of Light – their first theatrical production off-Broadway, in the heart of New York City and it continues to tour throughout the country today. On top of America’s Got Talent, they’ve been featured on Dancing with the Stars, X Factor, American Music Awards, MTV, BET, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and more.
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