There have been and will be artists from all parts of the world in the naTo. The naTo tries to balance the cultural dominance of America and England, by organising artists from Japan, Brazil, Italy, Nigeria, Kiew, Newfoundland, Iceland, Serbia, and Finland.
The naTo has a unique atmosphere with an intimate relationship between the artist on the stage and the public. The diverse interests of the naTo lead to weekend program mixes such as a North Korean film Friday, free experimental jazz on Saturday, and Sundays a Mongolian throat singer holding the public spellbound. Due to this variety ZDF German Televisions Second Channel in its “Aspekte” called the naTo “… the most important centre for free culture in Leipzig”.
With the concert program East Wind created in 1995 the NATO started a singular podium for Eastern, European and Asiatic music culture in Germany. The project includes all kinds of music Klezmer, Gipsy, jazz, Folk… and is committed to tradition as well as innovation. East wind demonstrates the rich Eastern European music culture, just over the chart music horizon. Under Jens-Paul Wollenberg direction the concerts have gained importance in and outside Leipzig. The list of Performers includes The Klezmatics, Manana Menabde, the Kocani Orkestar, Muzikas, the Black Sea Trio, Bratsch and Kroke.
Another current concert program is “Weltempfänger”. Since 1998 under this title, sounds and artists from the whole world are presented. It showcases improvised and experimental music styles, with performers manipulating technology, styles and instruments to produce fresh styles under the banner jazz music. Jazz meets fusion, Groove, Soul, radio, Brazil, Samba, Salsa. Lee Konitz, Mal Waldron, Willem Breuker, Perry Robinson, Aki Takase, the Balanescu Quartett, Kenny Wheeler, Günther “Baby” Sommer, Alexander von Schlippenbach, Mardi Gras.BB and many others. The events concentrate on progressive jazz, preferably as live listening performance.
In the concert program “Noise club” music amplified to unimaginable levels, experiments between Sonic Youth and the Pixies. Electric Guitars and more electric guitars dominate the concerts which have become insider tip in the Indie scene. Bands include JUD, Karate, Slut, Blackmail, Yuppie Flu, Mother Tongue and Bottom 12.