is a musician, multi-instrumentalist, international recording artist, producer, storyteller and creator of the production "Pitch Dark" which premiered at the Music Box Village in 2019.  Her songwriting combines elements of traditional New Orleans folk forms with modern R&B to create a unique style brimming with positivity and uplifting messages.

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is a multi-disciplinary artist whose songwriting explores psychic landscapes thru blues and folk traditions using cello, viola, guitar, vocals & loops.  As a composer, they score theatre, dance, film, and radio projects, including Last Call, a queer oral history podcast, for which they also served as a producer, editor, and host.  free had the honor to be one of Found Sound Nation’s 2019 One Beat fellows and is a founding member of the New Orleans-based ensemble Les Cenelles. They are also a producer of  Letters from the Porch.

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is a sound artist and multi-instrumentalist (saxophones, accordion, voice) based in New Orleans.   She is deeply interested in the embodiment and sonification of everyday objects and knowledge-generation through the “stories” that sound holds.  Aurora is the leader of the Royal Roses, which draws its approach from a lineage of collective improvisation that spans New Orleans' Early Jazz traditions, the AACM, and collage-sound art. Nealand's other musical projects include The Monocle, her original music project and installation ensemble, redrawblak Trio, and the Instigation Orchestra. Nealand is a musical facilitator with Found Sound Nation/Bang On a Can, an organization for international musical collaboration and sonic diplomacy, and she has been a teacher and composer with the Walden School for Young Composers for 20 years.

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is a poet.

New Orleans born and raised, her future-forward and ancestor-led work reveals a profound understanding and appreciation for the city and its people.

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 each have a wealth of projects and outfits they grace with their talent.  Together they have Neva Wright and The My Bads. Neva Wright and The My Bads probably shouldn’t write a bio, as it would probably be all wrong anyway. But alas, they must. This jazz-thrashy rockin soul outfit twists and turns through genres.. relying on thumping beats, likely smeared lipstick, wild shrilling, raw vocals, slicky riffs, and mu-mu's to power rock through the pangs and giggles of life via SOUND. A Sound.. you aint Neva heard like dis before. They’ve also been doing The Rusty and Fanny Show throughout the pandemic.  It’s delightfully cute and not for children.

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is a Black Feminist butch dyke cultural worker born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. She uses story circles and song sharing, learned from her family of movement veterans, as tools for growing inspiration and building democratic process. Through her organization, Jaliyah Consulting, she has worked in local, regional, and national organizations, but her heart’s work is rooted at home, especially the kind of organizing that happens around kitchen tables and good food. She is a collaborative filmmaker, frustrated painter, freedom-song-singer and teacher-learner of liberatory culture.

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is an artist from Lake Charles, Louisiana who spends his time educating young children, playing with the Ramshackle Revival, and making theatre in New Orleans.

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is a veteran New Orleans musician, former park ranger with the National Park Service, actor, photographer, book author, former high school biology teacher, former college football All-American, and former NFL player (Kansas City Chiefs). Sunpie has traveled to over 50 countries playing his own style of what he calls Afro-Louisiana music incorporating blues, zydeco, gospel, Caribbean, and African influenced rhythms and melodies. He is a multi-instrumentalist, master accordion and harmonica player, also piano, rubboard, talking drum, and djembe. He learned accordion from some of the best Zydeco pioneers in Louisiana, including Fernest Arceneaux, John Delafose, and Clayton Sampy. He has performed across the US and around the globe with Sunpie and the Louisiana Sunspots.  In 2018, they performed with Carlos Vives in Colombia at the 51st Vallenato Festival. Sunpie has recorded six critically acclaimed CDs with his compositions featured in 16 Hollywood film productions. Sunpie is also a former member of the Paul Simon Band and embarked on a 58 city world tour “Paul Simon and Sting Together,” (2014-2016).

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This episode was filmed at the Backstreet Cultural Museum, a neighborhood museum that holds the world’s most comprehensive collection related to New Orleans’ African American community-based masking and processional traditions, including Mardi Gras Indians, jazz funerals, social aid and pleasure clubs, Baby Dolls, and Skull and Bone gangs. Special thanks to Mr. Sylvester Francis.

 
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Nomadic at heart and a creator at their core, Zoe Boekbinder (they/them) was born on a farm into a family of four children. While music wasn't very present in their upbringing, Boekbinder recalls some of their first memories as making up songs. For them, music is as natural and as necessary as breath, and the way they engage as an activist. Boekbinder was raised, in part, by their grandfather — a Holocaust survivor. Having survived the horrific, prejudiced violence of his past, he instilled in Boekbinder a deep belief in justice, equality, and anti-racism. Songwriting has become their resistance language, a way to lift up the voices and stories of people who are marginalized by capitalism. Using their music as a platform to bring light to stories and voices otherwise unheard, lost, or forgotten, Boekbinder continues their empowering work from their hometown in New Orleans, LA, performing both as a solo artist and in collaborations with artists including Ani DiFranco, Amanda Palmer, Jason Webley, Neil Gaiman, Mal Blum, and Mirah.

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Mark "Tuba" Smith was born in 1959 and began playing music in 1972. He began performing with the Pinstripe Brass Band in 1976 spent the 80s touring the world with them, on the same bill as James Brown, Oscar Peterson and Al Jarreau.

From the Sixth Ward of New Orleans, trumpeter and singer Dwayne Burns heard the magic of trumpet virtuoso Thomas Jefferson and was hooked for life. Dwayne is a standout in the New Orleans’ brass band scene, playing with groups like the New Birth, the Tremé, the Doc Paulin Brass Band, the Olympia Brass Band, and legendary New Orleans jazz musician Danny Barker.

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is a songwriter who heals by sharing her life stories through song. Her songs create a vibration-made gateway for the stories of those who have not been well-heard. She listens, and calls this modality of healing “Akendor’s Hoop.” It is spirit-led, producing various songs of different genres and eras. Akendor loves to sing for healing and is most affectionately known for her mantras like “I Am the Prize” and “I’m So Thankful.”

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is a squishy humanist who loves pianos and makes orange music-the distant, more sober cousin of the blues. Robert Fontenot of OffBeat Magazine says her music is “the kind of experience that challenges you not to accept the artist so much as your own self.” Her band’s new album “We Belong” is out now.

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is a musician living in New Orleans,LA. Deeply inspired by the winding road and all that is carried along its endless meanderings, he has shared his experiences upon it through stories and songs. 

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Guided by boundless energy in New Orleans, Cassie Watson tells a spirited truth on the harp. Drawing from a melange of celtic, modern, and roots music, she constructs a sonically vibrant and bittersweet conversation about seeking justice over our impermanence and seemingly infinite imperfections. She also performs locally with fusion group "Shakespeare and the Blues" and has accompanied dynamic vocalists such as Tank and the Bangas, Mykia Jovan, and Julie Odell.

 

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Music and rhythm have always been a part of Stash, but they've been recording raps since pre-teen days.  They released their first mixtape in 2011, entering the underground internet world of national and international collaborations.  Since, Stash has traveled, performed music, and directed visuals to reflect their own being.  Subsequently, the grief, rage, joy and transformations of their black ass indigenous experience. Stash Marina continues to use their platform for creative expression and further sharing methods of self sustainability.  'Cheetah Szn' is the next music project coming from Stash Marina this summer.  

 

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Educator, entertainer, emcee, and New Orleans native Frederick “Wood” Delahoussaye has propelled through the elements of artistry, socially engaged interdisciplinary projects and entertainment for almost two decades.

He serves as Artist in Residence and Chief Creative Officer for the Ashé Cultural Arts Center, a nonprofit organization that creates and supports programs, activities and creative works emphasizing the contributions of people of African descent in Central City New Orleans, as well as Lead Artist for Junebug Productions’ Homecoming Project.  Wood is a published author, poet, and featured writer for several publications.  He is a recipient of the Asante Foundation’s Cultural Ambassador Award for Performance Art, National Performance Network Mentorship and Leadership award, Archdiocese of New Orleans’ Servant Leader Award, a Puentes Public Leader Fellow, Mellon Foundation Community Engagement Fellow, and is a National Advisory Board member for Imagining America.

 

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Washboard Chaz is an internationally acclaimed percussionist fluent in a variety of styles. Acoustic Blues, Jazz (Swing, Trad, modern), Rock, Western Swing  are performed in his various bands - Washboard Chaz Blues Trio, Tin Men, Palmetto Bug Stompers, and Washboard Rodeo. Chaz's delightful stage presence, charm, wit and stunning washboard  playing has captured audiences across the U. S. Europe and Japan. Playing with Chaz today is Andy J Forest, master harmonica player in Chaz's Blues Trio. 

 

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Mykia Jovan is a New Orleans native performing and recording artist. As a vocalist, her unique voice has drawn natural comparisons to the great Billie Holiday and Erykah Badu, while her original compositions and live performances have established her as a singular voice in the modern progressive soul genre. Music has been the primary tool of expression in her life, and the vehicle for healing and transformation in her work.

 

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This episode was filmed at the New Orleans African American Museum, an institution located in the heart of the historic Treme neighborhood dedicated to the preservation, presentation, and interpretation of the culture of the African Diaspora. Special thanks to Ms. Gia Hamilton.

 
 

is a singer-songwriter from New Orleans with a background rich in jazz, folk and popular music. She is a charming performer, devoted guitarist and her voice is instantly recognizable. Quintana attended The New Orleans Center for Creative Arts and received a CODOFIL heritage scholarship, which sent her to France as a teen. Quintana splits her time between the US and France, working alongside Michael Doucet of BeauSoleil, saxophonist Raphael Imbert, touring on her own repertoire with French and American musicians.  Quintana is a member of the Pantheatre (Linda Wise and Enrique Pardo) as well as a hatha yoga instructor. In her latest studio recording, Daddy Lies (Independent 2017), Quintana collaborates with Mark Bingham. Quintana grew up in New Orleans where live music is ingrained in many aspects of daily life. In 2010 she went from singing on the streets of Provence with a traveling circus, to the stages of the Jazz and Heritage Festival and later, the Lincoln Center for Mid-Summer Swing with The New Orleans Moonshiners. In 2012, Quintana was awarded an artist residency at A Studio in the Woods where she composed “Miss River,” music with water.

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Courtney Bryan is “a pianist and composer of panoramic interests” (New York Times). Her music is in conversation with various musical genres, including jazz and other types of experimental music, as well as traditional gospel, spirituals, and hymns. Bryan has academic degrees from Oberlin Conservatory (BM), Rutgers University (MM), and Columbia University (DMA) with advisor George Lewis, and completed postdoctoral studies in the Department of African American Studies at Princeton University. Bryan is currently an Assistant Professor of Music in the Newcomb Department of Music at Tulane University, and the Mary Carr Patton Composer-in-Residence with the Jacksonville Symphony. She was the 2018 music recipient of the Herb Alpert Award in the Arts, a 2019 Bard College Freehand Fellow, a 2019-20 recipient of the Samuel Barber Rome Prize in Music Composition, and is currently a recipient of a 2020-21 Civitella Ranieri Fellowship, and a 2020 United States Artists Fellow.

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This episode was filmed at the New Quorum, a non-profit arts organization dedicated to bringing professional musicians and writers from across the globe to New Orleans for meaningful cultural exchange with local and regional artists, through residencies, music and literary events, and a host of other programs.  Special thanks to Ms. Gianna Chachere.

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is a tri-lingual Afro-Dominican songwriter, musician, bandleader, composer, actor, and poet living and creating art in New Orleans. He studied music at the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo (UASD) and was a professor of music for the Dominican Republic Secretary of State for Culture National School System. His primary musical instruments are the accordion, guitar, piano, and voice. Fermín is continually working on several musical projects in the Gulf South and around the US such as Merengue4-FOUR, a musical project focused on Dominican Music (Bachata & Merengue Típico), Fermín’s Latin Fusion Orchestra which performs original salsa-inspired compositions, and Fermín Acústico, a musical concept based on guitar and voice. With all his projects, he performs original compositions based on his fusion of different sounds and musical rhythms. In 2019, he released his first book of poems in Spanish and English entitled, “Pisando Mi Sombra” (Walking My Shadow).

 

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is a New Orleans guitarist, singer/songwriter. Her musical artistry feels like a warm, fresh twist on the fervently familiar, and her tranquil yet ardent original creations boasts a bluesy vibe with a splash of folk sensibility and a dash of alternative appeal. Joy truly embodies the bliss that comes with creating melodies and rhythms to celebrate peace and the undeniable power of love.

 

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Mr. Powell is a highly sought after drummer and percussionist, and is considered a living legend in New Orleans music. He is heralded as "The King of Treme," the neighborhood where he grew up in New Orleans, which has given birth to countless musical inspirations and innovations. Powell has toured and recorded with a lifetime of musical artists, including Wynton Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoln Center, Marcus Roberts, Diana Krall, Dr. John, Earl King, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, John Scofield, Ellis Marsalis, Jason Marsalis, Nicholas Payton, Donald Harrison, Blind Boys of Alabama, Topsy Chapman, John Boutte, Kermit Ruffins, Charmaine Neville, Jeremy Davenport, Juanita Brooks,  Mighty Sam McClain, George Porter, Jr., Snooks Eaglin and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band.  

Currently, he is a bandleader and has recorded his own CD, "Powell's Place," which showcases a mix of traditional and original jazz songs and also features Powell on vocals. Powell is considered a leading force on the traditional jazz circuit and also serves as an educator and clinician.  He has been featured at workshops presented at universities and jazz festivals all over the world.

 

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Alexis Marceaux is multi-instrumentalist and songwriter from New Orleans. Early on, at age nine she began taking private voice lessons and classically her voice through to college. Taking her knowledge of rhythm, songwriting and classical training to the Musical Theater department at NOCCA allowed Marceaux to become skilled in every of performing. Returning to New Orleans after hurricane Katrina after studying music at Southeastern Louisiana University she formed Alexis & the Samurai and soon thereafter, Sweet Crude. Presently, she keeps a busy schedule touring internationally. Marceaux has just come off of an extensive European tour and has released Sweet Crude's debut album on Verve Records. Her 2020 calendar included appearances at New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, Bonnaroo had it not been canceled due to COVID-19.

 

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