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 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 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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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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Charm is a St Louis born, New Orleans living creator. The transformative artist, culture keeper and change maker, first emerged as the vocalist and songwriter of the Electric Soul RocknRoll band, The Honorable South. In 2015, her acclaimed debut solo ep "The Road Within" projected a voice resonate with high power,purpose, and future vision. Charm has since released music in collaboration with local indie imprint Sinking City Records. Charm soars with lyrical prowess and majesty between the temples, corners, and classrooms.  Her music is a testament to a life dedicated to liberation and collective elevation. As a performance artist she fuses afro-futuristic soul vibes and socially charged anthems for the people’s love revolution with dance, rhythms, and ritual of the diaspora to create a temporal experience that evokes ancient ancestral memory and transformation. She is the future, where mysticism meets radical truth and music is mantra for the wellbeing of spirit and soul again.

 

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Songwriter, singer and guitarist Alex McMurray has been writing and performing music professionally in New Orleans since 1989. Past and current bands include Tin Men, The Valparaiso Men's Chorus, The Write Brothers, Royal Fingerbowl, 007, Debbie Davis and the Mesmerizers and Happy Talk Band. He has worked as a sideman with Paul Sanchez, Spencer Bohren, Greg Schatz, "Papa" John Gros, Lynn Drury and many others. He spent six months performing sea shanties as "Cap'n Sandy" at Tokyo DisneySea. Awards include a 2014 Big Easy award for best Roots Rock artist and 2010 Big Easy award for Album of the Year. He has been performing as a leader and sideman at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival since 1993. He played himself on the HBO series “Treme” for several episodes. His fourth solo album of original material, Lucky One, was released in February 2020.

 

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Sha'Condria "iCon" Sibley is a poet, writer, performer, teaching artist, visual artist, event host/organizer, and multiple-time regional and national individual  and team poetry slam champion. She uses her work and her voice to speak largely on identity, re-discovery, healing, and reclamation and is influenced heavily by the amazing women and good country folk who have shaped her.

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is a guitarist, multi-instrumentalist and composer. Mood trained at the Conservatory of Larache in Morocco and the National Conservatory in Rabat with a focus in music theory and classical guitar. His repertoire integrates the sounds and rhythms of various regions and instruments from North Africa and the Middle East including instruments of the Maghreb and Africa. His music draws from classical, Andalusian, Levantine, Maghrebian, Latin, and Jazz traditions. At the age of eighteen, Mood won first prize in the International Guitar Competition in St. Esteban del Puerto, Spain. He has performed around the world including the Magic Lutes Concerts, the Symphonic Orchestras in Qatar (2011) and Bahrain (2013), Pireneos Sur Festival in Sallent de Gallego, Spain, Snug Harbor in New Orleans, Cafe de la Danse, Paris, World Music Fest in South Korea, Sala Radio, and Romania. Mood is the Artistic Director of Rencontre Orient-Occident at Chateau Mercier in Sierre, Switzerland, where he organizes annual artist residencies bringing together master musicians from east and west culminating in a final concert.

 

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Glen David Andrews, a native son of New Orleans, is a warrior for cultural preservation in New Orleans at a time when indigenous traditions are being threatened. His remarkable singing voice and commanding trombone sound (both powerful, direct, resonant, and with just enough rasp) as well as his disarmingly honest manner have provided whatever the situation calls for: beauty, truth, compassion, anger, joy or all of the above. Andrews comes from a storied extended family of musicians. He was born in the historic Tremé neighborhood which many consider to be the oldest black community in the United States. Transfixed by the magic and mystery of the city’s second-line parades, Andrews and his older brother, Derrick Tabb of the Rebirth Brass Band, along with their younger cousin Troy Trombone Shorty, soaked up life’s musical lessons by learning the history of the brass band tradition firsthand from iconic figures like Tuba Fats. They also learned the power of the city’s Mardi Gras Indian culture. Starting on the bass drum as a child, Andrews soon picked up the trombone; he was blowing a joyful noise by the time he was 12. He practiced his musicianship and showmanship with the city’s most energetic brass bands, from New Birth and Li’l Rascals to ReBirth and Treme. SInce those early days he has toured the country and the world as an ambassador of New Orleans music and culture.

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is a singer/songwriter, fiddler, and guitarist currently based in Breaux Bridge, LA.

 

Notables: three solo albums; longtime fiddler with Bruce Daigrepont; Official showcase artist, Folk Alliance International (2020, in New Orleans); Most Wanted Emerging Artist, Falcon Ridge Folk Festival (2016); 1/3 of two great trios—the Malvinas and the Mid-City Aces. She possesses a soulful alto and songs that cut straight to the heart.

 

Gina’s 2016 CD, Copper Rooster and Other Tunes and Tales features her prodigious fiddle chops.  In 2015-16, Gina released two full-length CDs and an EP: Mid-City Aces (a return to Cajun roots), and The Fiddle EP, the precursor to the CD of fiddle tunes.  Gina’s 2012 release, Promised Land, was top ten on the Folk DJ List in 2012.

 

Gina is a master of the dance hall style of Cajun fiddle, which she infuses with a love for country, blues and old-time fiddle tunes.

 

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HaSizzle is the pulsating thump and the vivaciousness known as Bounce music. Never heard of him? Then you've probably never been to New Orleans. To save you the trip, I suggest turning on Drake's "Child's Play" to hear his voice being sampled.

 

"She rode that **** like a soulja." But Drake's recognition is only the tip of the iceberg for HaSizzle, who's been making music for nearly 15 years."Bounce music is 100% party music. Meaning, dance music... that Pop/Rock  booty shaking sound that you rejoice in and enjoy yourself. I want the world to know that no matter what type of Bounce song you hear, slow or fast, you're gonna have a good time."  

In this video, he is joined by Kayla Jasmine and DJ Rockie, with dance by TeamSizzle

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Dr. Jee-Yeoun Ko is a Korean native cellist, educator, and concert organizer. Her education and careers in Asia, Europe, and the United States have developed a wide interest in the many musical styles such as tango, pop, Asian folk tunes, and jazz, along with classical music. Artists she has collaborated with include Marta Casals, Aldo Parisot, Ellis Marsalis, Wynton Marsalis, Phil Wood, and the Faubourg Quartet (of which she is the founder and leader). She was featured at an event in honor of Dalai Lama and congressman John Lewis, and performed a selection of Korean folk tunes. Dr. Ko is known for producing big-hearted benefit concerts such as: “Dr. Ko’s Coats-for-Kids Concert,” disaster relief concerts, and many other fundraising events to support education and communities in New Orleans where she currently resides. In fall 2019, Dr. Ko joined Xavier University as a string professor after teaching at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts as a chair of the classical instrumental department for 11 years.

 

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Grupo Yurumeina is a ensemble of Honduran musicians living and playing in the city of New Orleans, enlivening audiences with a potent mixture of voices, conch shells, and drums. The group plays and sings music in the native language of it's members, Garífuna. The Garíifuna are a unique people, proud and culturally distinct from the rest of Central Americans. Using the rhythms of Punta and Paranda, Grupo Yurumeina traces an ancestral line from the north coast of Honduras to the shores of St. Vincent Island ("Yurumein" in Garífuna), and to the west coast of the African continent, where the origins of these rhythms traveled with enslaved peoples brought to the "New World." This is music to enjoy and to dance to. We hope the songs of Grupo Yurumeina get to you up and moving!

Grupo Yurumeina es un conjunto de músicos Hondureños viviendo y tocando en la ciudad de New Orleans, animando al publico con una méscla potente de vozes, caracoles, y tambores . El grupo toca y canta música en el lenguaje nativo de sus miembros, Garífuna. Los Garífuna son una gente única, orgullosa y distíncta culturalmente al resto de Latinoamérica. Utilizando los ritmos de Punta y Paranda, Grupo Yurumeina traza una linea ancestral de la costa norte de Honduras a las orillas de las isla de San Vicente ("Yurumein" en Garífuna) y a la costa oeste del continente de la Africa, donde venían los antecedents de estos ritmos con las personas esclavadas, traídas al “Nuevo Mundo.” Esta es música para disfrutar y bailar.  Esperemos que las canciones de Grupo Yurumeina se pone a usted en marcha!

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Helen Gillet is a singer-songwriter and surrealist-archeologist exploring synthesized sounds, texture, and rhythm using an acoustic cello. For someone with her varied background, New Orleans, with its mix of cultures and musics, seemed like a natural place to call home. She was born in Belgium, raised in Singapore from the ages of 2 to 11, and routinely shuttled between the homelands of her Belgian father and American mother. Over the years — working in New Orleans with musicians of all stripes, from avant-garde jazz and classical to pop and funk — Gillet has developed a singular polyglot style. The core of her work is solo performance with live looping, layering cello parts and vocal lines. Rhythmic figures emerge with bowed or plucked ostinatos or a variety of rubbing and slapping on the body of the cello, then enhanced with melodies played or sung in her haunting alto. Her mixed musical vocabulary is commensurate with her disparate travels — French chanson of the 1940s, Belgian folk tunes sung in Walloon, a mix of rock and punk from the likes of PJ Harvey and X-Ray Spex, and her own affecting originals, like audience favorite “Julien,” sung in a mix of French and English. Gillet’s solo performance is known for its enigmatic quality as she fabricates each song with innovative use of the cello and true mastery of live looping technology.

 

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The Goodman Family has been instrumental in preserving this culture in diverse and much deeper ways.  Big Chief Kevin Goodman was the first recording artist in 1992 with Here Come The Indians Now, and the latest CD is Live At Jazzfest 2013-Present. 

 

Goodman has noted, “This was something I inherited from my father. That was his dream and his legacy. Growing up being a part of it, it grew on me and it became a part of me. I understood the reason why I was putting on that suit and the regalia. Why I masked for Mardi Gras is because I wanted to represent the Indian that helped my ancestors when they got free. St. Joseph’s Night is real spiritual.” 

 

Big Chief Kevin Goodman re-formed the tribe, The Flaming Arrows, leading family and friends in the sewing tradition of costume-making and irresistible performances throughout the world. Traveling worldwide with movies, short films as well as bios, which include What You Gonna Do When The World Is On Fire, Walking Down Caliborne, Austin City Limits, WWOZ radio and New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, just to name a few. His talent, craft and skill are unmatched. His legacy belongs to the world and beyond. In this video, Big Chief Kevin is joined by Flaming Arrows, Leroy Ross, Bruce Merritt, and Kingston Williams.

Special thanks to Dr. Marc Perry for making this episode possible.

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Clarinetist Evan Christopher first arrived in New Orleans in 1994 after university studies in his native Southern California. For Evan, New Orleans and its musical heritage marks the starting point of his “Clarinet Road“ journey. The personal style he has developed combines virtuosity with an enthusiastic commitment to exploring the full range of possibilities for the New Orleans clarinet tradition.

 

Although the global health crisis has severely curtailed his once active touring and live performance schedule, Evan remains active as a recording artist and advocate for the New Orleans cultural community and music education. His website, ClarinetRoad.com, has resources for historically informed mentoring and he performs a weekly live show with pianist David Torkanowsky.

 

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The Original Pinettes Brass Band, World's Only All female Brass Band, was formed by Mr. Jefferey Herbert in 1991.   The Original Pinettes Brass Band can be seen at many different venues, such as: The Jazz & Heritage Festival, The Satchmo Festival, The Essence Music Festival, and The French Quarter Festival, just to name a few.  They also experienced traveling overseas when they performed in Istanbul, Izmir, and Ankara Turkey and Ascona Jazz Fest in Ascona, Switzerland.  The band has very much in common with the other male brass bands around the city.  The only difference being is the Original Pinettes are all females! The ladies gained more respect when they were crowned the winners of the 2013 Red Bull "Street Kings" brass band blowout competition when they beat three other male brass bands changing the name to Red Bull "Street QUEENS!" The ladies have also performed with Arcade Fire and Katy Perry.

 

Some of the ladies specialize in other careers, also.  From college students to a computer tech, some of the ladies are mothers and wives.  Nothing will get in the way of these ladies who consider one another sisters. "We're not blood related, we're love related...." says leader, Christie Jourdain.

 

Today, the band is still on a journey of becoming the best in the business and to take over this male dominant industry.  The Original Pinettes Brass Band dream is to travel worldwide and to show everyone that music definitely is a universal language!

 

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Support for this series is provided by:

Xylem Watermark, Xylem's Corporate Social Responsibility Program

Tulane Frontline Providers Fund: Green Wave Heroes

The Phyllis M Taylor Center for Social Entrepreneurship and Design Thinking