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The Tiny Desk Concert Video is Live!!! 

Doing so much more to bring visibility to my music. If you like the video below please share with others. We are hoping to win the contest and represent Chicago!! 

Our Tiny Desk honors the ancestors who pioneered the music we call jazz, especially those from Chicago! Fred Anderson's Velvet lounge was a delta of greats. He mentored so many and provided a space where musicians could learn, grow, and innovate new sounds. I am so glad to share "Bloody Stained Dandelions" featuring Adam Zanolini, Angel Bat Dawid, and Scottie McNiece- with you.- Look for it on the new album A Call to Love

 

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Previous events

Jul8

Resonant Objects Opening Reception After Party with Aquil Charlton

TAC's Lounge , 5114 S. Parie Ave. , Chicago

come celebrate the opening of the CSRPS/APL Artist in Residence's culminating exhibition Resonant Objects, and the birthday of resident artist Aquil Charlton. HOsted by Columbus Ohio MC Jae Exquire with a performance featuring Aquil AQ Charlton and his band, Simpson X and much more

May25

David Boykin and the SEBAU

The Promontory Chicago , 5311 S. Lake Park Ave. West, Chicago

"The Lynching of (Insert the Name of Any white Killer of an Unarmed Black Here)": an Avant Garde Soul Jazz Hip H-Opera is the story of two young lovers that are activists in the movement for black liberation.

Composed and performed by David Boykin and the SEBAU

The SEBAU is a new band formed specifically for this project featuring Isaiah Spencer on drums, Rollo Radford on bass, Gira Dahnee on piano, Brenda Gilbert on violin, Jayve Montgomery on turntables and samples, Sankara Harouna on vocals, Manu Wisdom on rhymes,

The story is inspired by the current phenomena of the many social protests and demonstrations occurring across the United States (and other countries in sympathy), in response to the large number of unarmed blacks being killed by white civilians and police officers (such as George Zimmerman and Darren Wilson) in the United States, who suffer no punishment for their actions from the U.S. justice system. The music will combine hip hop rapping, soul singing, avant-garde jazz, hip hop dj-ing, and operatic singing.

May21

WERKSHOP III: feat music from Koku Gonza

D.C. Torium, 3026 W. Armitage , Chicago, IL

Candid lyrical conversations of futuristic la femme soul. A flexible night of innovative collaborations with femail songwriters presenting original compositions. Line-Up 1. Koku Gonza- Vocalist and Guitar 2. Gira Dahnee- Vocalist and Keyboard 3. Nycee-Vocalilst 4. Chris Paquette- Percussionist.

May14

Chicago Home Theatre Festival

South Shore , Chicago

Hosted by LaShana Jackson + Faheem Majeed Produced by La Keisha Leek Artists Bad News Women, Christian Cruz, Gira Dahnee, Heather 'Byrd' Roberts, Maya Mackrandilal, Ladan Osman, + Stephanie Graham

This evening features women of color who’s current work in some form, represent manifestos which by identifying personal and familiar narratives, perform womanhood and cultural heritage. Through text, video, sonic healing, humor, and movement, the artists take in to question what it means to be woman and, addressing but not limited to oppression, respectability, liberation, and love. The evening includes xicana cultural performance artist Christian Cruz, transdisciplinary artist and writer Maya Mackrandilal, founder of Selected Black Experience Council Stephanie Graham, native South side poet and performer Heather Roberts, author of The Kitchen Dweller's Testimony Ladan Osman, vocalist and songwriter Gira Dahnee, and Bad News Women tweeting and Instagramming live.
Purchase tickeets https://dime.io/events/the-2016-chicago-home-theatre-festival/