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"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)

This was a highlight of my residency as part of Hot Grrrls Cool Music at Red Rooster’s Ginny’s Supper Club!!! I love Chef Marcus Samuelsson!!! #bliss 

(photo: Chef Marcus Samulesson and Vocalist, Composer Imani Uzuri)

This was a highlight of my residency as part of Hot Grrrls Cool Music at Red Rooster’s Ginny’s Supper Club!!! I love Chef Marcus Samuelsson!!! #bliss

(photo: Chef Marcus Samulesson and Vocalist, Composer Imani Uzuri)

“Arise, my darling,my beautiful one, come with me…Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come.”~Song of Songs 2:10-12

TONITE so excited to make my Hot Grrrls Cool Music presents IMANI UZURI debut at Harlem’s RED ROOSTERS’ #GINNYSSUPPERCLUB at 8:30PM as part of theHotness HOT GRRRLS COOL MUSIC series celebrating Women’s History Month!!! Come join us for an intimate, moody set of music featuring: yours truly (Imani Uzuri) on voice and tambourine, Christian Ver Halen (guitar), Marika Hughes (cello) and Neel Murgai (sitar and daf-persian percussion). 
Tickets $20 Happy Spring Equinox!!!! #bliss

ÔÇťArise, my darling,my beautiful one, come with me…Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come.”~Song of Songs 2:10-12

TONITE so excited to make my Hot Grrrls Cool Music presents IMANI UZURI debut at Harlem’s RED ROOSTERS’ #GINNYSSUPPERCLUB at 8:30PM as part of theHotness HOT GRRRLS COOL MUSIC series celebrating Women’s History Month!!! Come join us for an intimate, moody set of music featuring: yours truly (Imani Uzuri) on voice and tambourine, Christian Ver Halen (guitar), Marika Hughes (cello) and Neel Murgai (sitar and daf-persian percussion).
Tickets $20 Happy Spring Equinox!!!! #bliss

Showtime! #Detroit #BlackWomenRock #bliss

(Imani Uzuri, Detroit, March 2015)

Showtime! #Detroit #BlackWomenRock #bliss

(Imani Uzuri, Detroit, March 2015)

i love(d) Robert Ashley. i met him a little over 2 years ago when i was asked to be a soloist in his remounted experimental opera That Morning Thing for Performa11. he taught me so much about alternative ways to think about composition, sound and counting. my role in the opera was titled “The Singer”. for each performance I was to enter onto the stage and start counting. counting with emotion. tell a story with the counting. express with the counting. the concept was challenging to me at first because i could not use melody, harmony or overt narrative to ground me. i had to depend on my own eternal rhythm to be my compass as i translated something even i couldn’t quite grasp. i even dreamed he came to my home and said the words he would always say to me in rehearsals “keep counting, imani. listen to the counting.” i found out he passed away today at 83 years old. i hadn’t been in touch with him directly for the last year although i kept tabs on his happenings. he was still performing, still conceptualizing, still counting. he was alive and full of vision. tonite as i was looking through email archives of our correspondences i found one that made me cry. he called me spectacular. he was spectacular. i love(d) Robert Ashely. i wish him heaven. i wish him peace. may he soar.~imani uzuri, March 4, 2014

(photo: composers Imani Uzuri and Robert Ashley)

i love(d) Robert Ashley. i met him a little over 2 years ago when i was asked to be a soloist in his remounted experimental opera That Morning Thing for Performa11. he taught me so much about alternative ways to think about composition, sound and counting. my role in the opera was titled “The Singer”. for each performance I was to enter onto the stage and start counting. counting with emotion. tell a story with the counting. express with the counting. the concept was challenging to me at first because i could not use melody, harmony or overt narrative to ground me. i had to depend on my own eternal rhythm to be my compass as i translated something even i couldn’t quite grasp. i even dreamed he came to my home and said the words he would always say to me in rehearsals “keep counting, imani. listen to the counting.” i found out he passed away today at 83 years old. i hadn’t been in touch with him directly for the last year although i kept tabs on his happenings. he was still performing, still conceptualizing, still counting. he was alive and full of vision. tonite as i was looking through email archives of our correspondences i found one that made me cry. he called me spectacular. he was spectacular. i love(d) Robert Ashely. i wish him heaven. i wish him peace. may he soar.~imani uzuri, March 4, 2014

(photo: composers Imani Uzuri and Robert Ashley)

As curator, I am sending out immense thank yous to all the practitioners, scholars, moderators, audience members who traveled from far and near, participants, archivists,special guests, press and JACK team members for helping to make #SinnersandSaints (a 4 day festival celebrating Black American Vernacular Culture) such a powerful, deep, revelatory, magical experience!!! Luminous Thank yous to the village of brilliance that joined me on the journey to help bring #SinnersandSaints to fruition: Matthew D. Morrison Jarvis McInnis Fredara Mareva Hadley Rozz Nash-Coulon Imani Wilson Mikel Banks Andre Lassalle Marvin Sewell Anthourn WaldenKarma Mayet Johnson Ashley D. Brockington Mercy Carpenter Toshi Reagon Greg Tate Deejay Reborn Rashida Bumbray Shalewa Mackall Brian PoliteAfro Mosaic Soul Movement for the Urban Village Dance Company/ MUV Aja Burrell Wood Marika Hughes Graham Haynes Marcus Gilmore Darius Jones Guthrie Ramsey, special thanks to Alec Duffy and team at JACK and radiant thanks to Carrie Mae Weems for blessing us with her support and presence!! MORE TO COME SOON!!!~imani uzuri 
sinnersandsaintsfestival@gmail.com #sinnersandsaints #bliss
http://sinnersandsaints.brownpapertickets.com/
(Imani Uzuri, curator at Sinners and Saints Festival, photo by Fussy Lo Mein)

As curator, I am sending out immense thank yous to all the practitioners, scholars, moderators, audience members who traveled from far and near, participants, archivists,special guests, press and JACK team members for helping to make #SinnersandSaints (a 4 day festival celebrating Black American Vernacular Culture) such a powerful, deep, revelatory, magical experience!!! Luminous Thank yous to the village of brilliance that joined me on the journey to help bring #SinnersandSaints to fruition: Matthew D. Morrison Jarvis McInnis Fredara Mareva Hadley Rozz Nash-Coulon Imani Wilson Mikel Banks Andre Lassalle Marvin Sewell Anthourn WaldenKarma Mayet Johnson Ashley D. Brockington Mercy Carpenter Toshi Reagon Greg Tate Deejay Reborn Rashida Bumbray Shalewa Mackall Brian PoliteAfro Mosaic Soul Movement for the Urban Village Dance Company/ MUV Aja Burrell Wood Marika Hughes Graham Haynes Marcus Gilmore Darius Jones Guthrie Ramsey, special thanks to Alec Duffy and team at JACK and radiant thanks to Carrie Mae Weems for blessing us with her support and presence!! MORE TO COME SOON!!!~imani uzuri
sinnersandsaintsfestival@gmail.com #sinnersandsaints #bliss
http://sinnersandsaints.brownpapertickets.com/
(Imani Uzuri, curator at Sinners and Saints Festival, photo by Fussy Lo Mein)

"It is important for me as a Black American to celebrate the specificity and nuances of my culture (like I am in my festival #sinnersandsaints) while honoring and celebrating the myriad and distinct Black cultures that are found throughout the African Diaspora! We as Black people around the globe are not a monolith! We are a true rainbow of Blackness!!"
- ~imani uzuri #blackisglobal #bliss
TONITE!! TONITE!!! WELCOMING ALL SINNERS AND SAINTS!!!!
Imani Uzuri curates 

SINNERS AND SAINTS FESTIVAL DAY 3: 
BLACK VERNACULAR SOUNDS AND MOVES roundtable discussion moderated by cultural critic GREG TATE, w/ RASHIDA BUMBRAY, SHALEWA MACKALL, DJ REBORN, BRIAN POLITE followed by RINGSHOUT DANCE PARTY 9PM-12MIDNITE featuring DJ REBORN and special guest dancers MOVEMENT FOR THE URBAN VILLAGE and AFRO MOSAIC SOUL!!
THURSDAY FEB 28TH 7:30PM, RINGSHOUT DANCE PARTY w/ DJ REBORN 9PM-12MID

TICKETS: $10. Advance purchase is strongly recommended. Limited number of $30 all-festival passes available. Tickets and Festival Passes available here: http://sinnersandsaints.brownpapertickets.com/)

Imani Uzuri curates 
SINNERS AND SAINTS: a 4 day festival (Feb 26-March 1st at JACK in Brooklyn) celebrating Black American vernacular culture (Ring Shouts, Spirituals, Blues, early Gospel, Line Singing, Praise Houses, Jazz) and their contemporary counterparts! 
http://sinnersandsaints.brownpapertickets.com/

(image: still from Rashida Bumbray’s Run Mary Run, photo by imani uzuri)

https://www.facebook.com/events/456795611115033/

TONITE!! TONITE!!! WELCOMING ALL SINNERS AND SAINTS!!!!
Imani Uzuri curates

SINNERS AND SAINTS FESTIVAL DAY 3:
BLACK VERNACULAR SOUNDS AND MOVES roundtable discussion moderated by cultural critic GREG TATE, w/ RASHIDA BUMBRAY, SHALEWA MACKALL, DJ REBORN, BRIAN POLITE followed by RINGSHOUT DANCE PARTY 9PM-12MIDNITE featuring DJ REBORN and special guest dancers MOVEMENT FOR THE URBAN VILLAGE and AFRO MOSAIC SOUL!!
THURSDAY FEB 28TH 7:30PM, RINGSHOUT DANCE PARTY w/ DJ REBORN 9PM-12MID

TICKETS: $10. Advance purchase is strongly recommended. Limited number of $30 all-festival passes available. Tickets and Festival Passes available here: http://sinnersandsaints.brownpapertickets.com/)

Imani Uzuri curates
SINNERS AND SAINTS: a 4 day festival (Feb 26-March 1st at JACK in Brooklyn) celebrating Black American vernacular culture (Ring Shouts, Spirituals, Blues, early Gospel, Line Singing, Praise Houses, Jazz) and their contemporary counterparts!
http://sinnersandsaints.brownpapertickets.com/

(image: still from Rashida Bumbray’s Run Mary Run, photo by imani uzuri)

https://www.facebook.com/events/456795611115033/