Vocalist, composer and cultural worker Imani Uzuri has been called "a post modernist Bessie Smith" by The Village Voice. Uzuri creates music that reflects her North Carolina roots where she grew up singing Spirituals and line-singing hymns with her grandmother and extended family in their small rural church. Uzuri's music also highlights her affinity for her African American cultural musical practices like antiphony, polyrhythms and the use of melisma, guttural sounds and moans. She has recently been praised in the New York Times for her "gorgeously chesty ruminations".
Fred Herko and Friends - a celebration in music, poetry and dance. As part of a weeklong program curated by Gerard Forde to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the death of Judson Dance Theater choreographer Fred Herko, Avant Media presents a concert of music, poetry, dance, and film by Herko's friends and collaborators at Judson Memorial Church.