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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

“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

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/

I LOVE EVERYTHANG about #SinnersandSaints Opening Night JukeJoint/Chuuuuch mash-up celebrating Black American Vernacular Culture!!! The “Joint was Jumping” and the Holy Ghost showed up and showed out!!!! So grateful to all the beautiful audience who graced us with your presence and soooo radiantly blessed by the immense gifts of the scholars, performers and practitioners that shared their immense talents, love, intellect, music and wisdom!!! Thank you LAWD and HALLELUJAH FOR Jarvis McInnis, Rozz Nash-Coulon Matthew D. Morrison, Andre Lassalle, Mikel Banks, Marvin Sewell Fredara Mareva Hadley and young Anthourn Walden (not pictured)!!! Anointed All!!!! Soooo looking forward to the remaining 3 Festival days!!! WELCOMING ALL SINNERS AND SAINTS!!! ~imani uzuri
http://sinnersandsaints.brownpapertickets.com/
#bliss

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/

I LOVE EVERYTHANG about #SinnersandSaints Opening Night JukeJoint/Chuuuuch mash-up celebrating Black American Vernacular Culture!!! The “Joint was Jumping” and the Holy Ghost showed up and showed out!!!! So grateful to all the beautiful audience who graced us with your presence and soooo radiantly blessed by the immense gifts of the scholars, performers and practitioners that shared their immense talents, love, intellect, music and wisdom!!! Thank you LAWD and HALLELUJAH FOR Jarvis McInnis, Rozz Nash-Coulon Matthew D. Morrison, Andre Lassalle, Mikel Banks, Marvin Sewell Fredara Mareva Hadley and young Anthourn Walden (not pictured)!!! Anointed All!!!! Soooo looking forward to the remaining 3 Festival days!!! WELCOMING ALL SINNERS AND SAINTS!!! ~imani uzuri
http://sinnersandsaints.brownpapertickets.com/
#bliss

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/

Imani Uzuri curates: Sinner and Saints, a four day festival (Feb 26-March 1)

#SinnersandSaints Festival (celebrating Black American vernacular culture) starts TONITE Wed Feb 26-Sat March 1!!!
Greetings Family,
WELCOMING ALL SINNERS AND SAINTS!!!

IMANI UZURI CURATES SINNERS AND SAINTS: a 4 day festival (Wed Feb 26- Sat 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 with panels, performances and music featuring a myriad of practitioners including:
RASHIDA BUMBRAY, KARMA MAYET JOHNSON, COURTNEY BRYAN, MARVIN SEWELL, TOSHI REAGON, GREG TATE, BRIAN POLITE, DJ REBORN, SHALEWA MACKALL, MATTHEW D. MORRISON, GUTHRIE RAMSEY, ROZZ NASH, GRAHAM HAYNES, FREDARA MAREVA HADLEY, DARIUS JONES, JARVIS MCINNIS, TYEHIMBA JESS, MARIKA HUGHES, AJA BURRELL WOOD, MIKEL BANKS, MARCUS GILMORE and more!!!


TICKETS: $10 PER NIGHT and $30 ALL FESTIVAL PASSES available! Advance purchase is recommended. 
Full schedule details below and Tickets available here: http://sinnersandsaints.brownpapertickets.com/

DAY 1: WED FEB 26TH 7:30PM- SINNERS AND SAINTS FESTIVAL OPENING NIGHT features musical guests rollicking, clapping, playin’ and saangin’ low down dirty Blues AND catchin’ the Holy Ghost while praising through Spirituals, early Gospel and Line-Singing old metered hymns; exploring the ways in which secular and sacred (sometimes even profane) often intertwine in these Black American cultural forms. 
The night will feature powerhouse performances by IMANI UZURI, COURTNEY BRYAN, MARVIN SEWELL, TYEHIMBA JESS, FREDARA MAREVA HADLEY, JARVIS MCINNIS , ROZZ NASH, MIKEL BANKS and surprise special guests followed by a high octane panel discussion moderated by MATTHEW D. MORRISON (Ph. D. Candidate in Historical Musicology, Columbia). Come bring your tambourine and your flask of moon shine for this Juke Joint/Chuuuch mash up!!

DAY 2: THURS FEB 27TH 7:30PM: special musical staged reading of Karma Mayet Johnson’s INDIGO, A BLUES OPERA

At the intersection of ancestral conjure, herstorical fact, and raw ritual, INDIGO, A BLUES OPERA investigates the lesbian roots of the Blues through the lens of two lovers who refused to remain enslaved. Take the journey back to 1853 and remember…ONE NIGHT ONLY!!!
followed by artist talk with playwright, composer and performer KARMA MAYET JOHNSON moderated by composer, vocalist, culture worker TOSHI REAGON

DAY 3: FRIDAY FEB 28TH 7:30PM: BLACK VERNACULAR SOUNDS AND MOVES panel moderated by cultural critic Greg Tate followed by RINGSHOUT DANCE PARTY f/ the legendary DJ Reborn and Afro Mosaic Soul!

Cultural critic, musician and Black Rock Coalition co-founder GREG TATE moderates BLACK VERNACULAR SOUNDS AND MOVES roundtable discussion with practitioners RASHIDA BUMBRAY (Run Mary Run), DJ. REBORN, SHALEWA MACKALL (MUV), BRIAN POLITE (Afro Mosaic Soul) discussing the vibrant interplay between music and dance within the traditions of Ring Shouts, Cake Walks, Swing Dancing, etc, and how these systems have continued, expanded and transformed in contemporary DJ (House, Soul, 
Detroit Techno, Hip-Hop) and club dance culture via legendary underground spaces like the Chicago House clubs, New York’s The Loft, Paradise Garage, DC’s Go-Go clubs and other contemporary spaces. AND THEN WE DANCE 9-12MIDNITE RINGSHOUT DANCE PARTY with legendary DJ Reborn!!

DAY 4: SAT MARCH 1ST 7:30PM: SINNERS AND SAINTS CLOSING NIGHT EXTRAVAGANZA with Imani Uzuri’s NEW band PRAISE HOUSE, exploring improvisation as an ecstatic tradition! This raucous discussion (moderated by Ethnomusicologist AJA BURRELL WOOD) and closing night concert features IMANI UZURI (vocals, tambourine) and very special musical guests DARIUS JONES (saxophone), MARIKA HUGHES (cello), GUTHRIE RAMSEY (piano), GRAHAM HAYNES (cornet), MARCUS GILMORE (drums) and more musical surprises. WELCOMING ALL SINNERS AND SAINTS!!!

(TICKETS: $10 per night and $30 all Festival Passes available! Advance purchase is recommended. 
Tickets available here: http://sinnersandsaints.brownpapertickets.com/
http://www.jackny.org/

(photo: Imani Uzuri standing on maternal ancestor’s porch in rural North Carolina)

Greetings Family,
WELCOMING ALL SINNERS AND SAINTS!!!

IMANI UZURI CURATES SINNERS AND SAINTS: a 4 day festival (Wed Feb 26- Sat 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 with panels, performances and music featuring a myriad of practitioners including:
RASHIDA BUMBRAY, KARMA MAYET JOHNSON, COURTNEY BRYAN, MARVIN SEWELL, TOSHI REAGON, GREG TATE, BRIAN POLITE, DJ REBORN, SHALEWA MACKALL, MATTHEW D. MORRISON, GUTHRIE RAMSEY, ROZZ NASH, GRAHAM HAYNES, FREDARA MAREVA HADLEY, DARIUS JONES, JARVIS MCINNIS, TYEHIMBA JESS, MARIKA HUGHES, AJA BURRELL WOOD, MIKEL BANKS, MARCUS GILMORE and more!!!


TICKETS: $10 PER NIGHT and $30 ALL FESTIVAL PASSES available! Advance purchase is recommended.
Full schedule details below and Tickets available here: http://sinnersandsaints.brownpapertickets.com/

DAY 1: WED FEB 26TH 7:30PM- SINNERS AND SAINTS FESTIVAL OPENING NIGHT features musical guests rollicking, clapping, playin’ and saangin’ low down dirty Blues AND catchin’ the Holy Ghost while praising through Spirituals, early Gospel and Line-Singing old metered hymns; exploring the ways in which secular and sacred (sometimes even profane) often intertwine in these Black American cultural forms.
The night will feature powerhouse performances by IMANI UZURI, COURTNEY BRYAN, MARVIN SEWELL, TYEHIMBA JESS, FREDARA MAREVA HADLEY, JARVIS MCINNIS , ROZZ NASH, MIKEL BANKS and surprise special guests followed by a high octane panel discussion moderated by MATTHEW D. MORRISON (Ph. D. Candidate in Historical Musicology, Columbia). Come bring your tambourine and your flask of moon shine for this Juke Joint/Chuuuch mash up!!

DAY 2: THURS FEB 27TH 7:30PM: special musical staged reading of Karma Mayet Johnson’s INDIGO, A BLUES OPERA

At the intersection of ancestral conjure, herstorical fact, and raw ritual, INDIGO, A BLUES OPERA investigates the lesbian roots of the Blues through the lens of two lovers who refused to remain enslaved. Take the journey back to 1853 and remember…ONE NIGHT ONLY!!!
followed by artist talk with playwright, composer and performer KARMA MAYET JOHNSON moderated by composer, vocalist, culture worker TOSHI REAGON

DAY 3: FRIDAY FEB 28TH 7:30PM: BLACK VERNACULAR SOUNDS AND MOVES panel moderated by cultural critic Greg Tate followed by RINGSHOUT DANCE PARTY f/ the legendary DJ Reborn and Afro Mosaic Soul!

Cultural critic, musician and Black Rock Coalition co-founder GREG TATE moderates BLACK VERNACULAR SOUNDS AND MOVES roundtable discussion with practitioners RASHIDA BUMBRAY (Run Mary Run), DJ. REBORN, SHALEWA MACKALL (MUV), BRIAN POLITE (Afro Mosaic Soul) discussing the vibrant interplay between music and dance within the traditions of Ring Shouts, Cake Walks, Swing Dancing, etc, and how these systems have continued, expanded and transformed in contemporary DJ (House, Soul,
Detroit Techno, Hip-Hop) and club dance culture via legendary underground spaces like the Chicago House clubs, New York’s The Loft, Paradise Garage, DC’s Go-Go clubs and other contemporary spaces. AND THEN WE DANCE 9-12MIDNITE RINGSHOUT DANCE PARTY with legendary DJ Reborn!!

DAY 4: SAT MARCH 1ST 7:30PM: SINNERS AND SAINTS CLOSING NIGHT EXTRAVAGANZA with Imani Uzuri’s NEW band PRAISE HOUSE, exploring improvisation as an ecstatic tradition! This raucous discussion (moderated by Ethnomusicologist AJA BURRELL WOOD) and closing night concert features IMANI UZURI (vocals, tambourine) and very special musical guests DARIUS JONES (saxophone), MARIKA HUGHES (cello), GUTHRIE RAMSEY (piano), GRAHAM HAYNES (cornet), MARCUS GILMORE (drums) and more musical surprises. WELCOMING ALL SINNERS AND SAINTS!!!

(TICKETS: $10 per night and $30 all Festival Passes available! Advance purchase is recommended.
Tickets available here: http://sinnersandsaints.brownpapertickets.com/
http://www.jackny.org/

(photo: Imani Uzuri standing on maternal ancestor’s porch in rural North Carolina)

"Begin doing what you want to do now…We have only this moment,
sparkling like a star in our hand-and melting like a snowflake…"
- ~Frances Bacon, Sr. #bliss
Me (Imani Uzuri ) and my #NorthCarolina Brother, scholar and satorialist Matthew D. Morrison repping for the upcoming #SinnersandSaints Festival (a 4 day festival celebrating Black American Vernacular Culture) before our #BKLive appearance promoting the festival Here is the link to our segment: https://vimeo.com/87214645 Radiant Thanks to the segment producer Kecia Élan and the whole amazing BK Live team!!! Sinners and Saints Festival starts next Wed Feb 26-Sat March 1st at JACK in Brooklyn! Here is the link for more details and to purchase $10 for each night or a $30 all festival pass:
http://sinnersandsaints.brownpapertickets.com/
#bliss 

(vocalist, composer and cultural worker Imani Uzuri and musicologist Matthew D. Morrison, Feb 2014)

Me (Imani Uzuri ) and my #NorthCarolina Brother, scholar and satorialist Matthew D. Morrison repping for the upcoming #SinnersandSaints Festival (a 4 day festival celebrating Black American Vernacular Culture) before our #BKLive appearance promoting the festival Here is the link to our segment: https://vimeo.com/87214645 Radiant Thanks to the segment producer Kecia Élan and the whole amazing BK Live team!!! Sinners and Saints Festival starts next Wed Feb 26-Sat March 1st at JACK in Brooklyn! Here is the link for more details and to purchase $10 for each night or a $30 all festival pass:
http://sinnersandsaints.brownpapertickets.com/
#bliss

(vocalist, composer and cultural worker Imani Uzuri and musicologist Matthew D. Morrison, Feb 2014)

Welcoming all SINNERS AND SAINTS!!!

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! 

(TICKETS: $10 per night and $30 all Festival Passes available! Advance purchase is recommended. 
Tickets available here: http://sinnersandsaints.brownpapertickets.com/)

WED FEB 26TH 7:30PM- SINNERS AND SAINTS FESTIVAL OPENING NIGHT features musical guests rollicking, clapping, playin’ and saangin’ low down dirty Blues AND catchin’ the Holy Ghost while praising through Spirituals, early Gospel and Line-Singing old metered hymns; exploring the ways in which secular and sacred (sometimes even profane) often intertwine in these Black American cultural forms. 
The night will feature powerhouse performances by Imani Uzuri, Courtney Bryan, Marvin Sewell, Tyehimba Jess, Fredara Mareva Hadley, Jarvis McInnis, Rozz Nash, Mikel Banks and surprise special guests followed by a high octane panel discussion moderated by Matthew D. Morrison (Ph. D. Candidate in Historical Musicology, Columbia). Come bring your tambourine and your flask of moon shine for this Juke Joint/Chuuuch mash up!!

THURS FEB 27TH 7:30PM: special musical staged reading of Karma Mayet Johnson’s INDIGO, A BLUES OPERA

At the intersection of ancestral conjure, herstorical fact, and raw ritual, INDIGO, A BLUES OPERA investigates the lesbian roots of the Blues through the lens of two lovers who refused to remain enslaved. Take the journey back to 1853 and remember…ONE NIGHT ONLY!!!
followed by artist talk with playwright, composer and performer Karma Mayet Johnson moderated by composer, vocalist, culture worker Toshi Reagon

FRIDAY FEB 28TH 7:30PM: BLACK VERNACULAR SOUNDS AND MOVES panel moderated by cultural critic Greg Tate followed by RINGSHOUT DANCE PARTY f/ the legendary DJ Reborn and Afro Mosaic Soul!

Cultural critic, musician and Black Rock Coalition co-founder Greg Tate moderates Black Vernacular Sounds and Moves roundtable discussion with practitioners DJ. Reborn, Shalewa Mackall (MUV), Brian Polite (Afro Mosaic Soul) and Rashida Bumbray (Run Mary Run) discussing the vibrant interplay between music and dance within the traditions of Ring Shouts, Cake Walks, Swing Dancing, etc, and how these systems have continued, expanded and transformed in contemporary DJ (House, Soul, 
Detroit Techno, Hip-Hop) and club dance culture via legendary underground spaces like the Chicago House clubs, New York’s The Loft, Paradise Garage, DC’s Go-Go clubs and other contemporary spaces. AND THEN WE DANCE 9-12MIDNITE RINGSHOUT DANCE PARTY with legendary DJ Reborn!!

SAT MARCH 1ST 7:30PM: SINNERS AND SAINTS CLOSING NIGHT EXTRAVAGANZA with Imani Uzuri’s NEW band PRAISE HOUSE, exploring improvisation as an ecstatic tradition! This raucous discussion and closing night concert features Imani Uzuri (vocals, tambourine) and very special musical guests Darius Jones (saxophone), Marika Hughes (cello), Guthrie Ramsey (piano), Graham Haynes (trumpet), Marcus Gilmore (drums) and more musical surprises. WELCOMING ALL SINNERS AND SAINTS!!!

TICKETS are only $10 each night and $30 all Festival Passes are also available! Advance purchase is recommended. #bliss
http://www.jackny.org/imani-uzuri-curates.html

(photo: Imani Uzuri standing on maternal ancestor’s porch in rural North Carolina)

Welcoming all SINNERS AND SAINTS!!!

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!

(TICKETS: $10 per night and $30 all Festival Passes available! Advance purchase is recommended.
Tickets available here: http://sinnersandsaints.brownpapertickets.com/)

WED FEB 26TH 7:30PM- SINNERS AND SAINTS FESTIVAL OPENING NIGHT features musical guests rollicking, clapping, playin’ and saangin’ low down dirty Blues AND catchin’ the Holy Ghost while praising through Spirituals, early Gospel and Line-Singing old metered hymns; exploring the ways in which secular and sacred (sometimes even profane) often intertwine in these Black American cultural forms.
The night will feature powerhouse performances by Imani Uzuri, Courtney Bryan, Marvin Sewell, Tyehimba Jess, Fredara Mareva Hadley, Jarvis McInnis, Rozz Nash, Mikel Banks and surprise special guests followed by a high octane panel discussion moderated by Matthew D. Morrison (Ph. D. Candidate in Historical Musicology, Columbia). Come bring your tambourine and your flask of moon shine for this Juke Joint/Chuuuch mash up!!

THURS FEB 27TH 7:30PM: special musical staged reading of Karma Mayet Johnson’s INDIGO, A BLUES OPERA

At the intersection of ancestral conjure, herstorical fact, and raw ritual, INDIGO, A BLUES OPERA investigates the lesbian roots of the Blues through the lens of two lovers who refused to remain enslaved. Take the journey back to 1853 and remember…ONE NIGHT ONLY!!!
followed by artist talk with playwright, composer and performer Karma Mayet Johnson moderated by composer, vocalist, culture worker Toshi Reagon

FRIDAY FEB 28TH 7:30PM: BLACK VERNACULAR SOUNDS AND MOVES panel moderated by cultural critic Greg Tate followed by RINGSHOUT DANCE PARTY f/ the legendary DJ Reborn and Afro Mosaic Soul!

Cultural critic, musician and Black Rock Coalition co-founder Greg Tate moderates Black Vernacular Sounds and Moves roundtable discussion with practitioners DJ. Reborn, Shalewa Mackall (MUV), Brian Polite (Afro Mosaic Soul) and Rashida Bumbray (Run Mary Run) discussing the vibrant interplay between music and dance within the traditions of Ring Shouts, Cake Walks, Swing Dancing, etc, and how these systems have continued, expanded and transformed in contemporary DJ (House, Soul,
Detroit Techno, Hip-Hop) and club dance culture via legendary underground spaces like the Chicago House clubs, New York’s The Loft, Paradise Garage, DC’s Go-Go clubs and other contemporary spaces. AND THEN WE DANCE 9-12MIDNITE RINGSHOUT DANCE PARTY with legendary DJ Reborn!!

SAT MARCH 1ST 7:30PM: SINNERS AND SAINTS CLOSING NIGHT EXTRAVAGANZA with Imani Uzuri’s NEW band PRAISE HOUSE, exploring improvisation as an ecstatic tradition! This raucous discussion and closing night concert features Imani Uzuri (vocals, tambourine) and very special musical guests Darius Jones (saxophone), Marika Hughes (cello), Guthrie Ramsey (piano), Graham Haynes (trumpet), Marcus Gilmore (drums) and more musical surprises. WELCOMING ALL SINNERS AND SAINTS!!!

TICKETS are only $10 each night and $30 all Festival Passes are also available! Advance purchase is recommended. #bliss
http://www.jackny.org/imani-uzuri-curates.html

(photo: Imani Uzuri standing on maternal ancestor’s porch in rural North Carolina)