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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

Imani Uzuri’s NEW concept band PRAISE HOUSE at Jazz Gallery Fri May 2, 9pm &11pm

special invitation to Jazz Gallery this Friday May 2, (9pm & 11pm) for a concert of vocalist, composer Imani Uzuri’s NEW concept band PRAISE HOUSE, (originally 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 Imani Uzuri (vocals, tambourine) and very special musical guests Darius Jones (saxophone), Marika Hughes (cello), Graham Haynes (cornet), Nasheet Waits (drums) and more surprises including a revelatory roundtable on improvisation moderated by Ethnomusicologist Aja Burrell Wood.
http://www.jazzgallery.org/live/

Fri May 2nd at The Jazz Gallery (1160 Broadway, 5th Floor) Sets 9pm and 11pm

(Imani Uzuri, photo by Dan Andrako)

Imani Uzuri’s NEW concept band PRAISE HOUSE at Jazz Gallery Fri May 2, 9pm &11pm

special invitation to Jazz Gallery this Friday May 2, (9pm & 11pm) for a concert of vocalist, composer Imani Uzuri’s NEW concept band PRAISE HOUSE, (originally 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 Imani Uzuri (vocals, tambourine) and very special musical guests Darius Jones (saxophone), Marika Hughes (cello), Graham Haynes (cornet), Nasheet Waits (drums) and more surprises including a revelatory roundtable on improvisation moderated by Ethnomusicologist Aja Burrell Wood.
http://www.jazzgallery.org/live/

Fri May 2nd at The Jazz Gallery (1160 Broadway, 5th Floor) Sets 9pm and 11pm

(Imani Uzuri, photo by Dan Andrako)

very special invitation TONITE MON APRIL 21ST 9:30PM at Joe’s Pub to a very special ONE NIGHT ONLY concert of music from our New musical ‘GIRL SHAKES LOOSE HER SKIN with compositions by yours truly (IMANI UZURI),book by ZAKIYYAH ALEXANDER and inspired by and featuring the poetry of the legendary SONIA SANCHEZ! 

Starring a powerhouse ensemble of some of New York’s premiere musical theater and downtown artists with REBECCA NAOMI JONES, KEVIN MAMBO, CHRISTINA ACOSTA ROBINSON, MCKENZIE FRYE, KARMA MAYET JOHNSON, PETER JAY FERNANDEZ and full band featuring TORU DODO (piano, co-arrangement) MARIKA HUGHES (cello) KEITH WITTY (bass) SWISS CHRIS (drums) and more!! SONIA SANCHEZ will be in the house!! Yaaaay!!! Hope to see you there!!! 

Advance Purchase strongly recommended. Click here for Tickets ($15) and more details:
http://joespub.publictheater.org/en/Tickets/Calendar/PlayDetailsCollection/Joes-Pub/Girl-Shakes-Loose-Her-Skin/

very special invitation TONITE MON APRIL 21ST 9:30PM at Joe’s Pub to a very special ONE NIGHT ONLY concert of music from our New musical ‘GIRL SHAKES LOOSE HER SKIN with compositions by yours truly (IMANI UZURI),book by ZAKIYYAH ALEXANDER and inspired by and featuring the poetry of the legendary SONIA SANCHEZ!

Starring a powerhouse ensemble of some of New York’s premiere musical theater and downtown artists with REBECCA NAOMI JONES, KEVIN MAMBO, CHRISTINA ACOSTA ROBINSON, MCKENZIE FRYE, KARMA MAYET JOHNSON, PETER JAY FERNANDEZ and full band featuring TORU DODO (piano, co-arrangement) MARIKA HUGHES (cello) KEITH WITTY (bass) SWISS CHRIS (drums) and more!! SONIA SANCHEZ will be in the house!! Yaaaay!!! Hope to see you there!!!

Advance Purchase strongly recommended. Click here for Tickets ($15) and more details:
http://joespub.publictheater.org/en/Tickets/Calendar/PlayDetailsCollection/Joes-Pub/Girl-Shakes-Loose-Her-Skin/

very special invitation MON APRIL 21ST 9:30PM at Joe’s Pub to a very special ONE NIGHT ONLY concert of music from our New musical ‘GIRL SHAKES LOOSE HER SKIN with compositions by yours truly (IMANI UZURI),book by ZAKIYYAH ALEXANDER and inspired by and featuring the poetry of the legendary SONIA SANCHEZ!
Starring a powerhouse ensemble of some of New York’s premiere musical theater and downtown artists with REBECCA NAOMI JONES, KEVIN MAMBO, CHRISTINA ACOSTA ROBINSON, MCKENZIE FRYE, KARMA MAYET JOHNSON, PETER JAY FERNANDEZ and full band featuring TORU DODO (piano, co-arrangement) MARIKA HUGHES (cello) KEITH WITTY (bass) SWISS CHRIS (drums) and more!!
Advance Purchase strongly recommended. Click here for Tickets ($15) and more details:
http://joespub.publictheater.org/en/Tickets/Calendar/PlayDetailsCollection/Joes-Pub/Girl-Shakes-Loose-Her-Skin/

Heading out to rehearsal dressed in colors and smiles for the first preview Tonite of Marcus Gardley’s brilliant new play ‘The Box’ that I’m composer for!! The play features Black American folk music (work songs, spirituals), music references from popular culture and original compositions by me. It has been Amazing working with the talented cast as composer, vocal coach and vocal arranger. I’ve learned immensely from being involved in this process and have rediscovered my high school passion for theater!! Excited to have this play in the world!! Bravo Marcus!! Bravo Team!! Hope to see everyone there!! The play runs April 11- May 11th at Irondale Center in Fort Green!! (official opening night April 16th!!). Click here for more details and ticket info.(discount code for $20 tickets: thesis) http://thefoundrytheatre.org/the-box/ #bliss

(Composer Imani Uzuri, Spring 2014)

Heading out to rehearsal dressed in colors and smiles for the first preview Tonite of Marcus Gardley’s brilliant new play ‘The Box’ that I’m composer for!! The play features Black American folk music (work songs, spirituals), music references from popular culture and original compositions by me. It has been Amazing working with the talented cast as composer, vocal coach and vocal arranger. I’ve learned immensely from being involved in this process and have rediscovered my high school passion for theater!! Excited to have this play in the world!! Bravo Marcus!! Bravo Team!! Hope to see everyone there!! The play runs April 11- May 11th at Irondale Center in Fort Green!! (official opening night April 16th!!). Click here for more details and ticket info.(discount code for $20 tickets: thesis) http://thefoundrytheatre.org/the-box/ #bliss

(Composer Imani Uzuri, Spring 2014)