Marika Hughes is a native New Yorker, a cellist, singer, and a storyteller on The Moth. Marika has worked with Whitney Houston, Lou Reed, Anthony Braxton, Stevie Wonder, David Byrne, Adele, Taylor Mac, Henry Threadgill, D’Angelo and Idina Menzel among many others. She has performed on The David Letterman and Jimmy Fallon shows as well as Saturday Night Live. For the last 10 years Marika has worked with the NGO Triad Trust, taking her on repeated trips to South Africa and Haiti as a music and self-care educator. She is a master teacher for Young Arts. Marika has self released three albums, The Simplest Thing and Afterlife Music Radio (2011) and New York Nostalgia (2016). She happily leads her bands Bottom Heavy and The New String Quartet. Marika lives in the countryside of Kings County.