Curated by Maria Bauman
Featuring Ashley Phillips, Ganessa James, Monica McIntyre, and Christine King
Saturday, November 8 @ 8:00pm
Tickets: $16 General, $10 Low-income
As Audre Lorde said “…for it is not difference which immobilizes us, but silence. And there are so many silences to be broken.” The exciting artists that are part of the November Submerge! performances are breaking silences with their work, indeed.
On Saturday, November 8, Ashley Phillips, Ganessa James, Monica McIntyre, and Christine King lift their voices as artists, as healers, as Black women, as queer people piercing through silence with clarity and panache. This show brings the storytelling of the four songwriters in a round robin which offers spontaneous collaboration and a way to weave four very distinct voices together with the common thread of love, spirituality and community.
Ashley Phillips is a singer/songwriter/guitarist steeped in the tradition of Soul music. She describes her sound as APSoul: acoustic guitar led, soulful and spiritual storytelling that is both universal and timeless. As a vocalist, her pure tone dances between light and lyrical, earnest and compelling. Her often percussive and rhythm-driven guitar playing creates a full sound that adds depth and supports the delicacy of her delivery. www.apsoul.com
Ganessa James is a singer-songwriter, a self taught guitarist and electric bassist whose foremost passion is music. With her guitar, her voice, and a musical sensibility indelibly marked by listening to popular music from all over the world as a kid (soca, zouk, hi-life, hip hop, soul, folk) – Ganessa James sings about love. She delivers these songs urgently, thoughtfully, and joyfully, infusing them with the experiences that have touched her life. Her EP entitled ‘Believer’ is available on iTunes and CDBaby. She is currently at work on a full length CD.
Ganessa is also deeply committed to working in collaboration with other artists. From the beginning of her musical career she has worked with artists on the NYC independent music scene, paving the way for play in the studio and on stages with such artists as Toshi Reagon, Saul Williams, Nona Hendryx, Tamar-Kali, and many other incredible talents. She is especially excited to collaborate with fellow songsmiths Ashley Phillips and Monica McIntyre in SUBMERGED. Hear more at www.ganessajames.com
Artist, Cellist, Singer, Lyricist, Wellness Advocate and Healer; these are a few titles which could be used to describe Monica McIntyre.
Living in the city of Brotherly Love, where she was immersed in: Funk, Soul, R & B, Jazz, and World Music; brought her back to her first love, music. In October 2003 she released her debut album ‘Blusolaz’ — a collection of original songs which fused the genres of Blues, Soul and Jazz. Bars of Gold, her first single, was released in August 2005. Monica has been featured at numerous events throughout the world most notably: Soul Sista’s Jukejoint (GA) 2005, The 215 Festival (PA) 2005, Sistahood Celebration (Vancouver) 2008, The Philadelphia Fringe Festival (PA) 2008 & 2009, The Black Women’s Art Festival (PA) 2009, Sisterspace (MD) 2009, Ladyfest New Orleans (LA) 2010 & 2011, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (LA) 2013, and The French Quarter Fest (LA) 2013. Most recently Monica was a featured artist on the online International music show “Balcony TV”.
In November 2010, Monica relocated to New Orleans, LA and became immediately involved in the thriving local music community. She joined forces with singer-songwriters Lynn Drury and Margie Perez forming The Honeypots, an acoustic women-led group which beautifully blends genres, original songs and harmonies. Their debut album ‘Something Sweet’ was released in April 2011 on the ThreadHead Record label. The Honeypots have had immediate success being nominated for The Best of The Beat Awards 2013 and landing coveted spots on the Abita stage of the French Quarter Fest (LA) 2013 and the Lagniappe stage at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage (LA) 2013.
Her new album ‘It Soon Come’, October 2014, produced by John Chelew, features Monica’s new stripped down earthy sound. For more info on this artist go to www.monicamcintyremusic.com
Christine King ,hails from Michigan, was a resident of New York City for 20 plus years, where she preformed with Urban Bush Women for the majority of that time,dancing/acting/singing. Ms. King now lives in Champaign Urbana Illinois (10month), with her partner of 17 years, where they met. Contributed vocals ( “the live band”) to the sound score for the University of Illinois dance department November (2013) dance series. I am currently moving/acting in a creative project leading to a premier performance of the development in 2015 with Paloma McGregor (Choreographer, & a UBW alumni ), we continue development of her choreographic work ‘Building a Better Fish Trap’. Ms. King spent the spring of 2014 developing movement and vocalizations for a collaborative project with Kirstie Simson (UI Dance faculty), Darrel Jones (Columbia College Dance faculty), other movers and musicians, and a cadre of graduate students from the UI Department of Engineering.
Maria Bauman (Curator) is an artist and a community organizer. She founded MBDance in 2007, created from a desire for equity and a fascination with relationship. Bauman has danced with Urban Bush Women, Nia Love/Blacksmith’s Daughter, Adele Myers and Dancers, Angela’s Pulse, Mendi + Keith Obadike, and jill sigman/thinkdance, and apprenticed with Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company. She was with Urban Bush Women for eight seasons, recently serving as Associate Artistic Director. Among other honors, she has received a 2014 CUNY Dance Initiative Residency Award, 2013 NY Foundation for the Arts Emerging Arts Leaders Award, and 2012-13 and 2009-10 Harlem Stage Fund for New Work via The Jerome Foundation. Bauman works closely with the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond on Understanding and Undoing Racism workshops for arts communities and is a WOW Café Theatre collective member (theater space by and for women and transgender artists). www.mbdance.org/
l.n. Hafezi (Associate Producer) is an undergraduate student of performance and Critical Theories of the Body at Eugene Lang College. Most recently they have performed collaboratively with Katy Pyle and Miguel Gutierrez, and have shared their own work in radical intentional qtpoc community spaces throughout New York City. They are a community organizer as well as a student organizer on their campus with The New School Feminist Collective and Students for Justice in Palestine. Some of their performance criticism can be found at www.helixqpn.org
The Helix Queer Performance Network
The Helix Queer Performance Network is a collaboration between La MaMa Experimental Theater Club, The Hemispheric Institute of Performance & Politics and BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange, seeking to empower queer performers, unite diverse communities and celebrate the legacy and lineage of queer performance in New York City. www.helixqpn.org
Photo Credits: Ashley Phillips by Giovanna Gruiero | Ganessa James (supplied by artist) | Monica McIntyre by Muthi Reed | Maria Bauman by Lucilene Barbosa.
This work was supported by an Exploration grant from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation to Brooklyn Arts Exchange Inc. for the Building Demand for the Performing Arts Program.