Brooklyn born and bred vocalist and composer Tamar-kali is a 2nd generation musician with roots in the coastal Sea Islands of South Carolina. Her 5 piece outfit enchants you with its melody, while delivering a swift kick to the gut with its incisive emotional core. As a songwriter and vocalist Tamar-kali has defied boundaries and blended styles to craft her own unique sound. The uninitiated may have caught a glimpse of her artistry in the documentary AfroPunk or in Focus Features’ award winning film Pariah, with incendiary performances and contributions to their soundtracks introducing viewers to a rare and unique talent. A Tamar-kali performance is a study in a soul yearning to break free of its earthly bounds. There are moments, when her voice soars amidst a flurry of hardcore riffs and earth shaking rhythms, that you believe you may just witness its escape. Her eclectic sound and versatility has allowed her to perform on variety of domestic and international stages with a diverse list of artists from Paramore and Fishbone to Jean Grae and The Roots. This performance will include excerpts from Demon Fruit Blues, a collaborative work featuring Adia Whitaker’s Ase Dance Collective.
ASE Dance Theatre Collective
Adia Tamar Whitaker, Artistic Director of Ase Dance Theatre Collective, has performed contemporary vernacular movement, modern dance, and Afro-Haitian dance in the U.S. and abroad for 16 years. Adia completed a BA at San Francisco State University, the Independent Studies Program at The Ailey School, was an Urban Bush Women Apprentice and a Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography at FSU Choreographic Fellow. She received an Isadora Duncan Award for performance in “Ampey!” – a choreopoem she wrote, directed and choreographed – along with grants from the Puffin Foundation, Hip-Hop Theater Festival, and Jerome Foundation. Her work has been presented at Lincoln Center, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn Academy of Music, El Museo del Barrio, Queens Museum, The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Museum of Art and Design, Harlem Stage and The Whitney. Adia has traveled to Cuba, Haiti, Brazil, Ghana, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago to study contemporary and traditional African dance.
For SummerStage 2016, composer and vocalist Tamar-kali’s performance will include excerpts from “Demon Fruit Blues,” a multidisciplinary collaboration with Adia Whitaker’s ASE Dance Theatre Collective and visual artist, Sarah Olson. Sweet and bitter, crisp and brooding, “Demon Fruit Blues” is a collaboration steeped in meaning, music, and movement. Undertaken by two Brooklyn-based innovators, these excerpts give viewers a glimpse into a work-in-progress that composer Tamar-kali and choreographer Adia Whitaker are shaping, honing, and melding from their considerable, yet distinct, experiences. Featuring music from Tamar-kali’s 5 piece rock repertoire (prominently featured in the independent films “Afro-Punk” and “Pariah”), paired with Adia’s signature neo-folkloric movement that links contemporary dance, original vernacular movement and traditional dance theater from the African Diaspora, “Demon Fruit Blues” will show what’s possible when two dynamic voices tell the same compelling story.
Nathan Trice is the artistic director/founder of nathantrice/RITUALS project-by-project dance theater company based in New York City 1998. Project’s to date are: The Recognizing Women Project, an inter-disciplinary research and performance initiative aim to explore various contributions and experiences of women, Strange Love: EPISODES a serialized episodic performance exploring the invisible structures of courtship, intimacy and love, amidst the music of John Coltrane & Miles Davis and The Summer Intensive Project a 3-week collaborative exploration that develop future societal frameworks to transform contemporary concerns into relevant forward thinking dance theater. Trice and his company have toured throughout the United States, Bermuda, Aruba, Japan, Argentina and Hong Kong. Over the past fourteen years, the company has performed in some of the world’s most prestigious festivals and venues, including Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, 92nd Street Y’s Harkness Dance Festival, City Center’s Fall For Dance, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Judson Memorial Church’s (DADD) series, International Association of Blacks in Dance, Hiroshima City Museum, Aruba Arts Festival and the Hong Kong Hip Hop Festival.
For SummerStage 2016, Nathan Trice Rituals will present one work that has a number of sections and is an excerpt of a episodic work. The title of the work is “Strange Love,” a visual, audio, sensory, theatrical dance performance exploring the anatomy and beauty of courtship, intimacy and love, amidst the music of John Coltrane and Miles Davis. The work features 8 dancer/singers and a live jazz trio who explore a combination of themes (stereotype, resistance, terror, eroticism, violence, memory and embarrassment) to develop a number of scenes expressing complex layered perspectives on courtship, intimacy and love.