World music act Banda Magda, Canadian jazz trumpeter and vocalist Bria Skonberg and Alt-Hip-Hop Funk group r.O.T.i (Resilience Of The Intelligent) with MC LiKWUiD will be performing Monday, January 21, 2019 at 7:30pm at National Sawdust Brooklyn, New York.
The event, called Phenomenal Women, is a benefit concert curated and executed by women in the arts in support of women. All proceeds from ticket sales will benefit Planned Parenthood of New York City.
“With the current political and social climates facing us today, many professional creatives desire to make a difference with their art,” says Caleigh Drane, Artistic and Executive Director of the event which she intends to be the first of many. “In forming Phenomenal Women, we hope to create tangible opportunities for both women and men in the arts to support women’s rights, identity and healing. This first concert will raise funds for PPNYC, a bastion of reproductive rights that provided care to over 56,200 individuals in 2017 alone, the vast majority of whom were women.”
The event’s title was inspired by Maya Angelou’s poem “Phenomenal Woman” and by Laura Mvula’s song of the same name.
Says Bria Skonberg: “Planned Parenthood was there for me when I had difficult questions early on and gave me the confidence to explore intimacy on my own terms and timeline. Every girl deserves unprejudiced access to education and resources to make choices for her body and future.”
Banda Magda – Tigre (Verve Label Group/GroundUP Music, 2017)
Banda Magda’s sound has changed on Tigre. The global music influences are less visible. Instead, Tigre is deeply influenced by retro French pop and chanson as well as Brazilian popular music. While the album features lush arrangements with strings, superb percussion and brass, pop music dominates at least half of this recording.
The highlights of the album are the songs where the band introduces a greater dose of roots music such as the Brazilian-flavored “Coração,” “Vem Morena” and “Ase Me Na Bo,” and the laid back “Muchacha.” Throughout the album, the polyglot band leader, Magda Giannikou, sings in French, Portuguese, Greek and Spanish.
The lineup on Tigre includes Magda Giannikou: piano, accordion and lead vocals; Engin Gunaydin on drums; Marcelo Woloski on percussion and vocals; James Shipp on percussion and vocals; Andres Rotmistrovsky on electric bass and vocals; Ignacio Hernandez on electric and nylon-string guitar; Bob Lanzetti on electric guitar; Justin Stanton on keyboards, trumpet and vocals; Mike Maher on flugelhorn, trumpet and vocals; Chris Bullock: tenor sax, alto flute, clarinet and bass clarinet; Michael League on hammertone, baritone guitar and bass; Mika Mimura: vibraphone and marimba; Maeve Gilchrist on lever harp; Max ZT on hammered dulcimer; Richard Vogt on guitar; Or Bareket on double bass; Ayum Ueda on vocals; Giorgia Renosto on vocals; Anette Phillip on vocals; Debo Ray on vocals; Lei Stern on ngoni; and Juan Andrés Ospina on vocals.
Also featured is the Banda Magda String Orchestra with Maria Im, Curtis Stewart, Brooke Quiggins Saulnier, Sami Merdinian, Lev Ljova Zhurbin, Irena Momchilova, Maria Jeffers, Sam Quiggins and Colin Stokes.