For decades, the residents of International House have rejoiced in music and dance. Though it usually happens in the company of friends and neighbors within one of the house’s majestic salon rooms, I-House residents frequently ‘take to tunes’ within the privacy of their own bedrooms. From cello to trombone, singing to salsa splits, the residents of International House are practiced in the arts of music, so follow them around the world as they share their favorite songs from A to Z! (As you scroll through, click on the song names for a listen!)

 


  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

 

 

Aaina Duggal(India) - “New Kid in Town” by The Eagles (India)

Marino Mugayar-Baldocchi (Brazil) - "Nao Quero Dinheiro (So Quero Amar)" by Tim Maia

Cale Holmes (United States) - “Chan Chan” by Compay Segundo

 

David Dhas (India)- “Rag Bag” by Dave Grusin


Recently Dhas has been listening to a lot of Ragtime, “an underdog” in music, he says, with Rag Bag as one of his favorites. He brings up Duke Ellington’s first composition, also a ragtime piece called Soda Fountain Rag— a track he says he’s obsessed with. “The problem is there’s no proper recording of it, else that would’ve been my first choice.”


Esmé Montgomery (Ireland) - “Starkare”  by Ana Diaz

Claudio Flores (Chile) - “Todos Juntos” by Los Jaivas


“This one is epic” says Flores, “the song is about how we try to live so separately when the earth is just one and is trying to unite us.”


Gizem Torunlar (Turkey) - “Ask-i Hurrem” by Can Atilla

Heba Madany (Egypt) - “Ten Years Gone” by Led Zeppelin

Oyinkansola RomiluyI (Nigeria) - “Mafikizolo” by Uhuru Khona 

Aniruddh Jain (India) - “Nightcall” by Kavinsky 

Arushi Kandya (India) - “The Man who Sold the World” by Nirvana 

Luz Marina Zamora (Venezuela) - “Sabana” by Simón Díaz 

Pegah Malek-Ahmadi (Iran/France) - “Helwa y'a baladi” by Dalida


Malek-Ahmadi was originally from Iran, but grew up in France. Dalida, the musician of the song she picked also had an interesting background. “She was an Italian who grew up in Egypt and became very famous in France 50 years ago.”

 

Nazuk Iftikhar Rao (Pakistan) - “Chaap Tilak” by Abida Parveen and Rahat Fateh 

Fatma Ozbek (Turkey) - “En Güzel Yerinde Evin” by Büyük Ev Ablukada

Cristina Piñeres (Colombia) - “Pa Mayte” by Carlos Vives

Quentin Dumont (France) - "Moonchild" by King Crimson

Karan Raul Viegas (India) - “What about me?” by Snarky Puppy

 

It’s “hard to pick”, says Viegas, “I’m into multifarious genres, but: What About Me? - Snarky Puppy, and Para Mexer - Animals as Leaders, You and I - Stevie Wonder to name a few.”


Sneha Sharma (Nepal) - “Parelima Lukai Rakha Na" by 1974 AD

Talha Chughtai (UAE/Pakistan) - “Give Me Your Name” by Dead By Sunrise

Takaya Uchida (Japan) - “Mask Off” by Future 

Vishal Juneja (India) - “Afreen afreen” by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan 

Yuliana Wijaya (Indonesia) - “Butiran Debu" by Rumor

FeliX Verduin (Netherlands) - “Under the Bridge” by Red Hot Chili Peppers

 

“It was the track that was number one in my country when I was born. The song still holds a special place in my heart.” 


Yida Lin (China)- “Beloved” by Glay


Lin is from China, but has lived in the U.S. for a decade. Though it was a hard choice to pick a favorite, he chose “Beloved”—a song from a Japanese rock band called Glay.

 

Rebecca Zissmann (France) - “Joga” by Björk

 

 

From the relaxed arias and ballads performed by residents at Salon Nights to the classical charm of spring’s Sakura Sweethearts concerts to the poise of a Capella during the annual All Nations festival, International House is in many ways as defined by the diversity of its resides as by the music that graces its walls.