w/ Be Steadwell , Martha Redbone , Nona Hendryx , Toshi Reagon , Joan As Police Woman , Allison Miller , Jessica Care Moore , Abena Koomson , Arooj Aftab CD Release Concert , Morley , KimberlyNichole , Invincible , Christelle Durandy , Imani Uzuri , and many more
About This Event
Doors Open:6:00 PM
Show Time:7:00 PM
Word*Rock*& Sword is about women taking and holding space, sharing experiences and skills, teaching and celebrating—spirit, body and mind, all in the name of justice and rights for women. Open To All.
JOAN AS POLICE WOMAN
WORD*ROCK*&SWORD Band of Angels
+ DJ TIKKA MASALA
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This is a general admission, standing event. Happy hour from 6-7pm including $3 beer and $5 well drinks.
Be Steadwell is a songwriter and filmmaker from Washington DC. Redefining the love song in a modern context, Be describes her music as “queer pop and soul”. In her live performances, she utilizes vocal layering, elaborate harmonies, and beat boxing to compose her songs on stage.
As she pursued her career in music, she began a career in film. Shooting and editing her own music videos, Be explored rhythm and texture in experimental film. In the past two years, film festivals in Oakland, London, New Delhi, Berlin, and New York have featured her short films.
Be is currently completing her MFA in film from Howard University, facilitating songwriting workshops and touring internationally.
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Miss Redbone’s music flows equally from her own unique, award-winning blend of Native American elements with funk and her deep roots in Appalachian folk and Piedmont blues favored by the matriarchy that raised her on a rich sojourn from Clinch Mountain, Virginia to Harlan County, Kentucky and beyond to Brooklyn’s Dodge City-esque mean streets. Indeed, Garden Of Love seamlessly evokes the mid-20th century old timey gold rush when such artists as her fellow Kentuckians Jim Ford and Jackie DeShannon fearlessly infused their downhome blues between canyon air ballets and retronuevo cabinessence – before their followers developed newgrass and Redbone’s twangy forebears Buffy Sainte-Marie and Rita Coolidge brought Indigenous concerns to the rock & roll arena in the 1970s. Yet don’t call this project bluegrass or the purists might have a fit.
Described by Vibe magazine as “one helluva rock’n’roller-coaster ride” and by Pop Matters as “a treasure waiting to be found,” Toshi Reagon is a one-woman celebration of all that’s dynamic, progressive and uplifting in American music. Since first taking to the stage at age 17, this versatile singer-songwriter-guitarist has moved audiences of all kinds with her big?hearted, hold-nothing-back approach to rock, blues, R&B, country, folk, spirituals and funk. The New York Times described her blend as “…a love of mixing things up…[her] vocal style ranges from a dirty blues moan to a gospel shout to an ethereal croon.” Her live performances, in particular, aren’t just accessible; they’re irresistible. And Toshi Reagon loves her audiences. Leading her renowned band–BIGLovely, launched in 1996–she instantly connects, inspires and empowers.
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Photo credit: JOMOTO/Molly Rubin and Tony DiPietro
Arooj Aftab is a New York based Pakistani female vocalist, composer and music producer. Arooj has spent the last few years developing a new genre in world music. Naming it Neo-Sufi, Arooj has created a sound that culminates the energy and sensibilities of jazz upright bass tones, inverted chords and modal scales, americana acoustic folk guitar, south asian ancestral vocal melodies and lastly, sufi/mystic poetry from the 13th century and beyond.
Through exposure to diverse musical genres and incredibly talented artists in Boston and in New York City, Arooj is inspired to continuously develop her art and deepen her understanding of the possibilities of music. Layering subtle, intricate, dynamic vocals over acoustic instrumentation, Arooj skillfully re-imagines indigenous soul with signature ‘cool.’
Her recently released debut album ‘Bird Under Water’ is quickly catching the attention of indie bloggers, major music publications and countless fans across the globe.
In 2011, NPR listed Arooj as one of the top young 100 composers of today, alongside names such as grammy award winning Esperanza Spalding and Fusion Jazz piano virtuoso Vijay Iyer. The New York Times included Arooj in their list of Best Concerts of 2012. TimeOut Magazine rated one of her collaborative projects in the Top 10 Classical Albums of 2013. Most recently, Curious Animal Magazine has listed Bird Under Water among the 10 best albums including Bjork, Sufjan Stevens and Kendrick Lamar.
Arooj has collaborated with world renowned artists such as Meshell Ndegeocello, Esperanza Spalding, DJ /rupture, and Abida Parveen to name a few. She has performed her music at major venues such as the Lincoln Center Outdoors, Highline Ballroom, Le Poisson Rouge, and the Asia Society.
AROOJ AFTAB IN THE NEWS:
“Aftab’s debut album Bird Under Water gets 4/5 Stars from us!”
The Financial Times UK
“Haunting and Beguiling…”
Paul Sexton of Prog Magazine
“Arooj Aftab, a Pakistani-American singer, reworked the gentle, rippling phrases of the light-classical style called thumri over meditative guitar parts that eased toward jazz and rock harmonies…” The New York Times
“… a girl like this, with drive and ability and goals, she’s going to inspire a lot of people. That’s how you get evolution.” Guitarist Steve Vai for The Boston Globe
“Bird Under Water is one of those rare records that comes completely out of the blue and promptly ensconces itself in head, heart and playlist. It’s an astonishingly good record in every way, a fact made even more impressive when you realise that it’s only Arooj Aftab’s debut album. A transcendent and essential listen, this is indeed the sound of the oneness of being.” Folk Radio UK
“Sufi Inspirations make Arooj Aftab’s music S ar! While Aftab conveys an obvious sense of “Eastern” harmony, her work has more in common with, say, the ambient jazz coming out of Scandinavia than any of the aforementioned styles. Sure, even to native Pakistanis, Bird Under Water will conjure sensations of being at your local Indian market. But Aftab, a discreet and remarkably nimble weaver of styles, never once comes off like she views sound as spice for an inter-continental stew. Several of the songs, in fact, build with the unmistakable tension we’ve come to expect from pop-rock experimentalists like Bjork and Radiohead.” MTV WORLD
“SOARING HIGH WITH A CLASSICAL TWIST! Arooj Aftab is from Pakistan originally and now a resident of that melting pot of international talent that is New York. Such a shift in cultural identities and values would be fertile ground for mixing the western and traditional sounds, which is what Arooj Aftab has done with solo album ‘Bird under Water’. It has overarching sounds of stripped back elements from Electronica, a bit of a Folk sound all with a modern Classical feel about it too. ” Jon Cooper of Musictresspass.com
“It would be impossible to review, “Bird Under Water” without the use of the word depth, it’s an album that works on body, spirit and soul. The hooks want to transport you off to other places, the sort of places where unicorns drink from waterfall fed pools. A real album of imaginings and reimaginings. “Bird Under Water” has been a long time coming, but it would definitely be worth the wait. Arooj Aftab has delivered an album that is both eclectic and soothing. The arrangements are a real marriage of sounds and the result is an album that is going to have a very long honeymoon period.” Neil King of FATEA RECORDS
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main photo credit: Desdemona Burgin
From Carnegie Hall, Nice Jazz Festival to the Nomad Women’s Festival in the Sahara Desert, Morley has brought her unique blend of jazz, folk and soul to the world’s stage. Be it solo with her acoustic guitar or with full electric band, her message is consistent and clear; love, justice and inspiration. Morley performs all over the world, and had the distinct honor of presenting at TEDWomen. Her song “Women of Hope” (video by Damani Baker “Still Bill”) has been featured in Nobel Women’s Initiative documentaries and has brought her before many world leaders and policy makers. She has performed for His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Nelson Mandela, Ban Ki-moon, Mary Robinson, and Ela Gandhi. She has written, collaborated, and shared the stage with such distinguished artists as Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon, Toshi Reagon, Richie Havens, Robert Wilson, Raul Midón, Amadou et Mariam, Joan Wasser, Dave Matthews, Sheryl Crow, Queen Latifah, Angélique Kidjo, Sarah McLachlan, Max Roach, Wynton Marsalis,Joan Wasser, Manu Katche and Cassandra Wilson. Morley’s previous recording, Seen, came out on Universal/Polydor. Prior to that, the Days Like These CD was released independently, before being picked up by Universal. Morley’s debut, Sun Machine, was released on Sony/WORK, songs from her albums have been featured on several television programs, both nationally and internationally. Morley’s voice was also featured as the soundtrack for the Ralph Lauren fragrance, “My Romance”.
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It is truly rare to find an artist like Invincible. Their spitfire wordplay has received acclaim from fans all across the world, while their active involvement in progressive social change has taken their music beyond entertainment toward actualizing the change they wish to see. As a co-founder of EMERGENCE Media, they released their debut album ShapeShifters (2008) and produced award winning videos like The Revival (2009) about women in hip-hop, and Locusts (2008) exploring displacement and gentrification in Detroit. They have performed on stages and in clubs, community centers, campuses, pride celebrations, and festivals around the world for over a decade, both as a solo artist, and featured as part of the anti-misogyny Hip-Hop collective ANOMOLIES. They teamed up with longtime producer Waajeed in 2010 to release a limited edition 7″ single “Detroit Summer/Emergence.” Invincible is a fellow of Kresge Arts in Detroit, and the Ellen Stone Belic Institute for Women and Gender in the Arts and Media.
Innovative vocalist and composer Imani Uzuri is an eclectic artist who travels internationally from Morocco to Moscow creating and performing in world class venues across various genres including concerts, recordings, experimental theater, performance art and sound installations. Uzuri’s work has been called “stunning” by New York Magazine and incorporates her interests in world culture, experimentation and sacred music. She has earned critical acclaim for her debut album, Her Holy Water: A Black Girl’s Rock Opera as well as for her collaborations with diverse artists such as Herbie Hancock, John Legend, Wangechi Mutu, Sandford Biggers and Vijay Iyer. The Village Voices says, “With a voice that would sound equally at home on an opera stage or a disco 12-inch, Imani Uzuri is a constant surprise…seamlessly combining jazz, classical, country and blues motifs into highly personalized compositions.” Uzuri’s new album, The Gypsy Diaries, draws on her rural Southern roots as well as influences ranging from Sufi devotionals to Romany laments and features sitar, acoustic guitar, cello, violin, Japanese shinobue flute and world percussion. It is a vibrant lyrical and spiritual soundscape that was named #2 on Rhapsody’s World Top 10 List Summer 2012. Uzuri is currently composing a new musical GIRL Shakes Lose Her Skin that she is developing with playwright Zakiyyah Alexander inspired by the works of Philadelphia Poet Laureate Sonia Sanchez. “Uzuri never fails to mesmerize audiences with her narcotic blend of…ethereal sounds” (Time Out New York)