Trumpeter, composer, and musical director RILEY MULHERKAR is a founding member of The Westerlies, and regularly collaborates with a range of artists including Wynton Marsalis, Alan Cumming, Fleet Foxes, and Anna Deavere Smith. Riley also serves as Artistic Director for Jazz at the Joye in Aiken festival, and is actively engaged in educational outreach across the country.

Riley is a SPACE alumni and performed at SPACE’s Farm in the City Gala in 2018.

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LAUREN HENDERSON is a jazz, Latin jazz, soul, and fusion vocalist. A recording artist and composer from Massachusetts, Henderson's Caribbean and Latin Heritage are central themes in her original music. She has performed at the Blue Note, Birdland, Joe’s Pub, Casa del Jazz (Italia), Regattabar, WGBH, and various national and international venues. Henderson has toured the United States, Russia, Italy, Spain, Germany, Mexico and various countries. Her original music was recently featured in The Drowning, directed by Bette Gordon and starring Julia Stiles, Avan Jogia, Josh Charles, Tracie Thoms and an outstanding cast. Lauren's eclectic vocal influences spread across genres. Her Afro-Latin influence aids her in producing a distinct yet versatile sound. Lauren's diverse musical background is rooted in jazz and has been influenced by artists like Shirley Horn, Anita O’Day, Julie London, Sarah Vaughan, Omara Portuondo, and many others.


MICHAEL THURBER is a composer, performer and bassist. He has written music for productions at The Public Theater, MTC and The Royal Shakespeare Company. He has held creative residencies at The Eugene O'Neill Institute, The Kimmel Center, Joe's Pub and Ryder Farm. He was also a member of the House Band on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.

Michael is a 2018 Working Farm alumnus, and Michael and Lauren wrote Alma Oscura together at SPACE in 2018.