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imani uzuri

"We need in every bay and community a group of angelic troublemakers."
- ~Bayard Rustin
Imani Uzuri, performing at High Line Ballroom, Blue Note Jazz Festival, June 2014.
photo by Sosena Solomon

Imani Uzuri, performing at High Line Ballroom, Blue Note Jazz Festival, June 2014.
photo by Sosena Solomon

so happy I had the gift of being a part of King Britt’s The Beautiful Noise: A Sun Ra Tribute (co-curated by Kate Watson-Wallace) at FringeArts last night featuring yours truly, Imani Uzuri, on vocals (channeling my best June Tyson), King Britt (electronics, beats), Vernon Reid (guitar, electronics), Marlo Reynolds (keyboards, electronics) Anthony Tidd (bass), Tendai Maraire (percussion) with Movement by Jaamil Olawale Kosoko, Live Video by Jason Senk and after party DJ’d by HPrizm.
“Live improvised music, video and dance, performed unrehearsed by a cosmic ensemble of star artists who have never before shared a stage” and it was glorious! Thanks wonderful Philly family for being a part of the moment with us!! Thank you King Britt for creating the space and Thank you Sun Ra for being you!! #bliss

(King Britt and Imani Uzuri backstage at The Beautiful Noise: A Sun Ra Tribute)

so happy I had the gift of being a part of King Britt’s The Beautiful Noise: A Sun Ra Tribute (co-curated by Kate Watson-Wallace) at FringeArts last night featuring yours truly, Imani Uzuri, on vocals (channeling my best June Tyson), King Britt (electronics, beats), Vernon Reid (guitar, electronics), Marlo Reynolds (keyboards, electronics) Anthony Tidd (bass), Tendai Maraire (percussion) with Movement by Jaamil Olawale Kosoko, Live Video by Jason Senk and after party DJ’d by HPrizm.
“Live improvised music, video and dance, performed unrehearsed by a cosmic ensemble of star artists who have never before shared a stage” and it was glorious! Thanks wonderful Philly family for being a part of the moment with us!! Thank you King Britt for creating the space and Thank you Sun Ra for being you!! #bliss

(King Britt and Imani Uzuri backstage at The Beautiful Noise: A Sun Ra Tribute)

IMANI UZURI ON TOUR SUMMER 2014: 
JUNE 6: Philadelphia-THE BEAUTIFUL NOISE: SPECIAL TRIBUTE TO SUN RA curated by King Britt and Kate Watson-Wallace ft: Marshall Allen, Vernon Reid, Imani Uzuri, HPrizm and more, FringeArts 8pm.
JUNE 13: NYC-BLUE NOTE JAZZ FESTIVAL, with band ft: Christian Ver Halen (guitar), Neel Murgai (sitar), Todd Isler (world percussion) High Line Ballroom 8pm.

IMANI UZURI ON TOUR SUMMER 2014:
JUNE 6: Philadelphia-THE BEAUTIFUL NOISE: SPECIAL TRIBUTE TO SUN RA curated by King Britt and Kate Watson-Wallace ft: Marshall Allen, Vernon Reid, Imani Uzuri, HPrizm and more, FringeArts 8pm.
JUNE 13: NYC-BLUE NOTE JAZZ FESTIVAL, with band ft: Christian Ver Halen (guitar), Neel Murgai (sitar), Todd Isler (world percussion) High Line Ballroom 8pm.

This happened!! #banffjazz #bliss

(l-r, Imani Uzuri, Padma Shri Aruna Sairam, Tyshawn Sorey, Vijay Iyer, Matana Roberts, Reggie Workman)

This happened!! #banffjazz #bliss

(l-r, Imani Uzuri, Padma Shri Aruna Sairam, Tyshawn Sorey, Vijay Iyer, Matana Roberts, Reggie Workman)

Smiling before my talk on spirituality and music and performance as part of TED@250 salon on Belief and Doubt. #bliss

(vocalist, composer, cultural worker Imani Uzuri, TED HQ NYC, May 2015)

Smiling before my talk on spirituality and music and performance as part of TED@250 salon on Belief and Doubt. #bliss

(vocalist, composer, cultural worker Imani Uzuri, TED HQ NYC, May 2015)

So EXCITED to officially announce: IMANI UZURI at TED@250, 6:30pm on Thursday, May 15: Belief and Doubt. I will give a brief intro of my thoughts on spirituality and music (1min) sing a medley of African American Spirituals (2 min) and end with an original song that deals with spirituality, belief and doubt. (3min) 
(I will be joined by the wonderful Marvin Sewell on guitar). 
Full speakers list below:
Naomi Oreskes, Professor of history of science, Harvard University
Ruth Chang, Professor of philosophy, Rutgers University 
Michael Lynch, Professor of philosophy, University of Connecticut 
Imani Uzuri, Vocalist, Composer, Cultural Worker, New York City
Anthony Appiah, Professor of philosophy and law, New York University
Location: TED HQ, event is sold out!! #bliss

photo by Dan Andrako

So EXCITED to officially announce: IMANI UZURI at TED@250, 6:30pm on Thursday, May 15: Belief and Doubt. I will give a brief intro of my thoughts on spirituality and music (1min) sing a medley of African American Spirituals (2 min) and end with an original song that deals with spirituality, belief and doubt. (3min)
(I will be joined by the wonderful Marvin Sewell on guitar).
Full speakers list below:
Naomi Oreskes, Professor of history of science, Harvard University
Ruth Chang, Professor of philosophy, Rutgers University
Michael Lynch, Professor of philosophy, University of Connecticut
Imani Uzuri, Vocalist, Composer, Cultural Worker, New York City
Anthony Appiah, Professor of philosophy and law, New York University
Location: TED HQ, event is sold out!! #bliss

photo by Dan Andrako

So cool to be tweeted by luminous Metropolitan Opera diva Joyce DiDonato before our concert today with Carnegie Hall’s Lullaby Project!! #bliss

So cool to be tweeted by luminous Metropolitan Opera diva Joyce DiDonato before our concert today with Carnegie Hall’s Lullaby Project!! #bliss

Sound Advice: Imani Uzuri Discusses Improvisation on NY1!!!!

Starting TODAY (Wednesday) on NY1 at 6:55a 9:55a 2:55p 4:55p & 6:55p there will be a really cool segment on Eric Holland’s Sound Advice about my NEW concept band PRAISE HOUSE and our recent concert at The Jazz Gallery featuring yours truly, Imani Uzuri (vocalist, tambourine), and special musical guests Aruan Ortiz (piano), Marika Hughes (cello), Darius Jones (saxophone), Graham Haynes (cornet), Nasheet Waits (drums)!!! Here is the preview link below!! So excited!!! #bliss
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7tlCtLHHu4I 

http://www.ny1.com/content/lifestyles/208183/sound-advice—imani-uzuri-discusses-improvisation

Sound Advice: Imani Uzuri Discusses Improvisation on NY1!!!!

Starting TODAY (Wednesday) on NY1 at 6:55a 9:55a 2:55p 4:55p & 6:55p there will be a really cool segment on Eric Holland’s Sound Advice about my NEW concept band PRAISE HOUSE and our recent concert at The Jazz Gallery featuring yours truly, Imani Uzuri (vocalist, tambourine), and special musical guests Aruan Ortiz (piano), Marika Hughes (cello), Darius Jones (saxophone), Graham Haynes (cornet), Nasheet Waits (drums)!!! Here is the preview link below!! So excited!!! #bliss
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7tlCtLHHu4I

http://www.ny1.com/content/lifestyles/208183/sound-advice—imani-uzuri-discusses-improvisation

Starting TODAY (Wednesday) on NY1 at 6:55a 9:55a 2:55p 4:55p & 6:55p there will be a really cool segment on Eric Holland’s Sound Advice about my NEW concept band PRAISE HOUSE and our recent concert at The Jazz Gallery featuring yours truly, Imani Uzuri (vocalist, tambourine), and special musical guests Aruan Ortiz (piano), Marika Hughes (cello), Darius Jones (saxophone), Graham Haynes (cornet), Nasheet Waits (drums)!!! Here is the preview link below!! So excited!!! #bliss
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7tlCtLHHu4I

Starting TODAY (Wednesday) on NY1 at 6:55a 9:55a 2:55p 4:55p & 6:55p there will be a really cool segment on Eric Holland’s Sound Advice about my NEW concept band PRAISE HOUSE and our recent concert at The Jazz Gallery featuring yours truly, Imani Uzuri (vocalist, tambourine), and special musical guests Aruan Ortiz (piano), Marika Hughes (cello), Darius Jones (saxophone), Graham Haynes (cornet), Nasheet Waits (drums)!!! Here is the preview link below!! So excited!!! #bliss
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7tlCtLHHu4I

Heading out yesterday to The Jazz Gallery for my concert with my NEW concept band PRAISE HOUSE, exploring improvisation as an ecstatic tradition! #bliss

(photo: vocalist, composer, bandleader Imani Uzuri)

Heading out yesterday to The Jazz Gallery for my concert with my NEW concept band PRAISE HOUSE, exploring improvisation as an ecstatic tradition! #bliss

(photo: vocalist, composer, bandleader Imani Uzuri)

Introducing last night’s gorgeous ensemble for our concert at #TheJazzGallery with my NEW concept band PRAISE HOUSE, exploring improvisation as an ecstatic tradition! Featuring, yours truly, Imani Uzuri (vocals, tambourine), Aruan Ortiz (piano), Graham Haynes (cornet, dusinguni), Marika Hughes (cello), Nasheet Waits (drums), Darius Jones (saxophone) and not pictured Aja Burrell Wood (ethnomusicologist, improvisation roundtable discussion moderator). So thankful to, inspired by and soaring in supreme love for these beautiful brilliant souls!! Radiant thanks to the wonderful team at The Jazz Gallery (special thanks to Rio Sakairi), to the beautiful engaging audience and special thanks to journalist Eric Holland who recorded a segment on PRAISE HOUSE last night for NY1!!! #bliss

(photo l-r, Graham Haynes, Darius Jones, Nasheet Waits, Imani Uzuri, Marika Hughes, Aruan Ortiz)

Introducing last night’s gorgeous ensemble for our concert at #TheJazzGallery with my NEW concept band PRAISE HOUSE, exploring improvisation as an ecstatic tradition! Featuring, yours truly, Imani Uzuri (vocals, tambourine), Aruan Ortiz (piano), Graham Haynes (cornet, dusinguni), Marika Hughes (cello), Nasheet Waits (drums), Darius Jones (saxophone) and not pictured Aja Burrell Wood (ethnomusicologist, improvisation roundtable discussion moderator). So thankful to, inspired by and soaring in supreme love for these beautiful brilliant souls!! Radiant thanks to the wonderful team at The Jazz Gallery (special thanks to Rio Sakairi), to the beautiful engaging audience and special thanks to journalist Eric Holland who recorded a segment on PRAISE HOUSE last night for NY1!!! #bliss

(photo l-r, Graham Haynes, Darius Jones, Nasheet Waits, Imani Uzuri, Marika Hughes, Aruan Ortiz)

"Imani Uzuri is a special lady. You have to come to The Jazz Gallery on Friday and experience her. Words do not suffice."~Rio Sakari, Artistic Director and Director of Programming, Jazz Gallery 

Thanks so much to Rio Sakari for her beautiful words!
Family, I hope to see you all at THE JAZZ GALLERY, this Friday May 2nd (9pm & 11pm) for my NEW concept band PRAISE HOUSE (which premiered with great success at Sinners and Saints Festival), exploring improvisation as an ecstatic tradition. Each musician submits a compositional motif into the circle and the band improvises around that. Each set is uniquely it’s own journey of sound, listening, sonic conversation and musical communion. Featuring yours truly,IMANI UZURI on vocals and tambourine and very special musical guests DARIUS JONES (saxophone), MARIKA HUGHES (cello), GRAHAM HAYNES (cornet), ARUAN ORTIZ (piano), NASHEET WAITS (drums) and a revelatory roundtable on improvisation moderated by ethnomusicologist AJA BURRELL WOOD. 
http://www.jazzspeaks.org/imani-uzuris-praise-house/

photo by Dan Andrako

"Imani Uzuri is a special lady. You have to come to The Jazz Gallery on Friday and experience her. Words do not suffice."~Rio Sakari, Artistic Director and Director of Programming, Jazz Gallery

Thanks so much to Rio Sakari for her beautiful words!
Family, I hope to see you all at THE JAZZ GALLERY, this Friday May 2nd (9pm & 11pm) for my NEW concept band PRAISE HOUSE (which premiered with great success at Sinners and Saints Festival), exploring improvisation as an ecstatic tradition. Each musician submits a compositional motif into the circle and the band improvises around that. Each set is uniquely it’s own journey of sound, listening, sonic conversation and musical communion. Featuring yours truly,IMANI UZURI on vocals and tambourine and very special musical guests DARIUS JONES (saxophone), MARIKA HUGHES (cello), GRAHAM HAYNES (cornet), ARUAN ORTIZ (piano), NASHEET WAITS (drums) and a revelatory roundtable on improvisation moderated by ethnomusicologist AJA BURRELL WOOD.
http://www.jazzspeaks.org/imani-uzuris-praise-house/

photo by Dan Andrako