The Spirit of the Suffragettes Summer Festival presents…
CLIMBING POETREE & OKAN
Performing in Freedom Square on July 23rd, 2019, join us for the Spirit of the Suffragettes Summer Festival and Community Resource Fair!
Climbing PoeTree will be performing from 5:15PM to 6:30PM, and OKAN will be performing from 6:45PM to 8PM.
ABOUT CLIMBING POETREE
Over the last 16 years Climbing PoeTree has harnessed creativity as the antidote to destruction through their award-winning spoken word, hip hop infused world music, multimedia theater, and popular education models. Co-creators Alixa Garcia and Naima Penniman have independently organized more than 30 national and international tours, taking their work from South Africa to Cuba, the UK to Mexico, and throughout the U.S. including 11,000 miles toured on a bus converted to run on recycled vegetable oil.
Climbing PoeTree has stirred crowds at diverse venues from the United Nations to the world- renown TED: Ideas Worth Spreading, Harvard University to festivals where they have performed on the main stage, including Lightning In a Bottle, Many Rivers to Cross, and Symbiosis, among others. They have been featured alongside powerhouses such as Alicia Keys, Alice Walker, Janelle Monáe, Erykah Badu, Maxwell, Cornel West, Madonna, and Angela Davis.
Taking its name from the word for heart or soul in the Afro-Cuban religion of Santeria, OKAN fuses Afro-Cuban and other global rhythms with jazz, folk and classical forms. Embracing genres and roles that have historically been dominated by men, co-leaders, composers and multi-instrumentalists Elizabeth Rodriguez and Magdelys Savigne bring a fresh perspective to Latin and world jazz fusion through their powerful vocals, incredible musicianship and potent lyrical content. Born in Havana, Cuba, Elizabeth Rodriguez is a classically trained violinist who served as concertmaster for Havana’s Youth Orchestra. Magdelys Savigne hails from Santiago de Cuba and graduated with honours in orchestral percussion from Havana’s University of the Arts. Both are JUNO-nominees for their work with Battle of Santiago and Grammy-nominees for their contributions to Jane Bunnett and Maqueque of which they are former members.
Living and collaborating in the intensely multicultural city of Toronto has enriched OKAN’s compositions with influences from Brazil, Spain and New Orleans. Having performed at the Beaches, Toronto and Markham Jazz Festivals as well as Harbourfront, Lulaworld Kultrun and the National Arts Centre, OKAN will tour Canada and the U.S. in 2019/20. Backed by some of the Canada’s finest jazz and Latin players such as Miguel de Armas, Roberto Riveron, Frank Martinez, Bill King, Danae Olano, Jeremy Ledbetter, Pablosky Rosales, Alexis Baro and Reimundo Sosa and with ample experience on both large and intimate stages, OKAN usually performs as a Quintet.
WHERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR PERFORMERS
ABOUT SPIRIT OF THE SUFFRAGETTES
Spirit of the Suffragettes is a summer concert series and community resource fair showcasing women and gender non-conforming musicians from the international to the local. Diverse local organizations will share access to information and tools to support women, who bear a heavy load caring for families against all odds.summer concert series and community resource fair based in North Troy at Freedom Square.
The century-old suffragette message needs to be heard and updated to be made more inclusive. Women, especially women of color, still struggle for equity in their everyday lives. We’ll bring history alive with music, positioning the suffragettes as radical role models to explore gender imbalance throughout society–from music festivals to single mother households in low-wealth communities.
The Spirit of the Suffragettes is an 8-week summer concert series and Women’s Resource Fair celebrating the history of radical historical activists through an updated and more racially/economically inclusive lens. We’re presenting female and gender non-conforming musicians (predominantly women of color) alongside a resource fair highlighting the organizations and opportunities that support women and families in our extremely low-wealth neighborhood.
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Events will take place on Saturday 6/8 3-6 PM as well as Tuesdays 7/16, 7/23, 7/30, 8/6, 8/13, 8/20 5-8 PM and Saturday 9/21 3-6 PM. Here is a list of organizations supporting our community resource fair!
Thank you to the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature for making this project possible!