JAZZ FOR GENDER JUSTICE
An Evening of Joyful Resistance Benefiting the Feminist Press
Thanks to everyone who joined us on May 1 for Jazz For Gender Justice! We loved hearing from The Bjorkestra (featuring Pyeng Threadgill), Candice Hoyes, Lauren Sevian, Rana Farhan, and the Resistance Revival Chorus. Watch this space for details on Jazz For Gender Justice 2019!
(Photos: Sarah Marie Mayo, Rogue Photo)
About the 2018 artists:
The Bjorkestra featuring Pyeng Threadgill
Travis Sullivan’s Bjorkestra is a genre bending jazz orchestra that interprets the music of Bjork Gudmundsdottir, one of the most influential pop artists of the past 20 years. The Bjorkestra transcends the boundaries of popular music and modern jazz, and continues to thrill and mesmerize audiences with its engaging blend of improvisation, brilliant arrangements, and danceable grooves.
Pyeng Threadgill creates unique musical and movement experiences for audiences and students alike. She has appeared as a featured vocalist with dance theater troupe Urban Bush Women and music collective Brooklyn Raga Massive. Annually she performs SNOW, a distinctive holiday concert highlighting songs of winter.
Candice Hoyes is an impassioned vocalist, public speaker and educator, and has written for publications including the Los Angeles Review of Books, Columbia Journal of Gender and Law, and Blavity. As a public speaker, Hoyes is honored to have delivered a 2017 TED Salon Talk including a live performance, and has spoken on international platforms including Music @Google, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Dropbox Artist Spotlight (for which she was the first), LinkedIn Artist Spotlight, Left of Black, Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights in Law, and the Harvard Alumni Association. She has led educational initiatives and taught across the US including Jazz at Lincoln Center, United Nations School, as well as numerous museums, cultural centers, and public schools for all ages. She has currently become an endorsed artist by Earthworks High Definition Microphones.
The Resistance Revival Chorus is a collective of more than 50 women who come together to sing protest songs in tribute to the historical importance of music in the protest movement. Join us. Let's get the country singing!
Grammy award winning saxophonist Lauren Sevian has been performing professionally since the age of 12, first on the piano, then on the saxophone. Lauren has two bands, the "LSQ", her quartet, and "LSAT" which she co-leads with saxophonist Alexa Tarantino. In addition to performing, Ms. Sevian is highly involved in jazz education, having been a guest artist, clinician, and adjudicator at numerous institutions and festivals all over the country.