Sozo Artists Welcomes Emeline Michel

Emeline Michel

It is with great joy that we welcome the incredible Emeline Michel to the Sozo Artists roster.

Vocalist, songwriter, and performer Emeline Michel is internationally acclaimed for fusing pop, jazz, blues, and traditional Haitian rhythms to create deeply moving and joyful music, delivered with a charismatic live show. A master entertainer, Michel has been sharing her message with audiences across Europe and the Americas for more than 20 years, including appearances at New York’s Carnegie Hall, The United Nations, Ontario’s Luminato Festival, Montreal International Jazz Festival, New Orleans Jazz Fest, Tasmania’s Ten Days On The Island, Zimbabwe’s Harare International Arts Festival, and on MTV’s Hope for Haiti Now: a Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief fundraiser.

Hailed by the New York Times as a “diplomat of music” and “the dancing ambassador with a voice serene and warm like the breeze,” Michel first began singing with the gospel choir in the church of Gonaïves, Haiti. She later studied at the Detroit Jazz Center and returned to Haiti, where her career blossomed. Now based in New York City, she runs her own production company, Production Cheval de Feu, and is currently touring in support of her long-awaited 10th album Quintessence. A remarkable blend of spirited songs, the album captures the reverence and gratitude for the present moment and showcases Michel’s virtuoso vocal, singing in Creole, French and English, with finger-picked guitars, soulful backing vocals, a children’s choir, Haitian percussion, lush strings, playful trumpet and accordion lines.

See Michel perform live in New York City and Atlanta this March:

UNCHARTED: Marc Ribot and Emeline Michel
Guitar legend Marc Ribot and Haitian songstress Emeline Michel pay tribute to Haitian classical guitar icon and Ribot’s mentor, Frantz Casseus. This performance is part of the Uncharted 2015 Concert Series

Thursday, March 26
8:00 PM
Greenwich House
46 Barrow Street
New York City

ANACAONA: Daniel Bernard Roumain with Emeline Michel
Emeline Michel comes to Atlanta’s Schwartz Center as the collaborator and vocalist for ANACAONA, a new work by composer and violinist Daniel Bernard Roumain, with libretto by acclaimed Haitian American author Edwidge Danticat. Commissioned as part of the Creation Stories Project (a collaboration between Emory Univerity and Atlanta Symphony Orchestra), the work is written from a perspective informed by the artists’ Haitian heritage and features arrangement for chamber orchestra. Anacaona (meaning golden flower) was a Taíno chief and is considered the primordial founder of Haiti.

Friday, March 20
8:00 PM
Schwartz Center, Emerson Concert Hall at Emory University
Atlanta GA

The Haus of Sozo is thrilled to partner with and support such an exquisitely talented artist.

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DBR | Daniel Bernard Roumain

DBR’s acclaimed work as a composer and performer spans more than two decades, and has been commissioned by venerable artists and institutions worldwide. “About as omnivorous as a contemporary artist gets” (New York Times), DBR is perhaps the only composer whose collaborations traverse the worlds of Philip Glass, Bill T. Jones, Savion Glover and Lady Gaga.

Known for his signature violin sounds infused with a myriad of electronic and urban music influences, DBR takes his genre-bending music beyond the proscenium. He has been nominated for an EMMY for Outstanding Musical Composition for his work with ESPN; featured as keynote performer at technology conferences; and written large scale, site-specific music for public parks.

DBR’s made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2000 with the American Composers Orchestra performing his Harlem Essay for Orchestra, a Whitaker commission. He went on to compose works for the Boston Pops Orchestra; Carnegie Hall; the Library of Congress; the Stuttgart Symphony, and myriad others.

DBR’s commitment to arts education has garnered long-term relationships with countless universities, orchestras, and performing arts centers.  DBR earned his doctorate in Music Composition from the University of Michigan, where he currently serves as Guest Entrepreneur.

An avid arts industry leader, DBR serves on the board of directors of the League of American Orchestras, Association of Performing Arts Presenters and Creative Capital, the advisory committee of the Sphinx Organization, and is co-chair of 2015 and 2016 APAP Conferences.

DBR is currently working on We Shall Not Be Moved, a chamber opera commissioned by Opera Philadelphia, with libretto by Marc Bamuthi Joseph, and direction by Bill T. Jones.


This year at  APAP NYC, ten artists have been invited to participate in the UP NEXT! Artist Pitch Session. Sozo is delighted to announce that BANDALOOP was chosen to be participate! The fast-approaching 2014 session will be moderated by Mike Orlove, Director of Presenting and Artist Communities at the National Endowment for the Arts. UP NEXT! is a chance to discover up-and-coming artists and new work that is in development or ready to tour. Artists and managers are given three minutes to spark the interest of presenters and producers, followed by an artist speed dating Q&A. The pitch session is a program to generate interest and opportunities for presenting and touring new work.


BANDALOOP will pitch HARBORING, their hour-long, immersive dance experience. Self-produced and premiered earlier in 2013 to sold out shows at the Fort Mason Center in San Francisco, the performance moves through images of travel, memory, the fluidity of the ocean, rope craft, and maritime industry using the medium of site-reactive multi-dimensional dance.

We look forward to seeing fellow APAP attendees at this session on Friday, January 10 at 1pm at the Hilton Midtown, NYC!

Jan 13 at The DiMenna Center NYC

Sozo Media is thrilled to announce an evening of fresh new sounds, sights, and words by today’s most sought-after contemporary artists on January 13, 2014 at The DiMenna Center in New York City.


Curated by Daniel Roumain, and co-hosted by composer Mohammed Fairouz and free to the attendees of APAP, ISPA and CMA conferences, the evening will feature works by Roumain, Fairouz, writer/performer Carl Hancock Rux, and sound artist/vocalist Bora Yoon with additional performers Theo BleckmannThe Voxare String Quartet and pianist Yayoi Ikawa.

General admission $20

Tickets are available here.

Note to APAP, ISPA & CMA Attendees:

Simply bring your conference badge, business card, or

RSVP on Facebook

Monday, January 13, 2014 @ 7pm

The DiMenna Center

450 West 37th Street New York, NY 10018

Please contact Rika Iino at rika@sozomedia.com, or call 917-538-6317 with questions.

APAP and ISPA – it’s a wrap!

Sozo Media was fortunate to be so well-represented at both APAP and ISPA this month, and we had an amazing time! Our clients did a phenomenal job of discussing and demonstrating their jaw-dropping talents – and we are so pleased with all the wonderful new connections we made as well as to catch up with so many familiar faces. BANDALOOP‘s Amelia Rudolph was part of an all-star panel at APAP’s Story Court session, Integrative Art Through Free Public Performance discussing the meaning of performance in a public space alongside other artists, presenters, and funders. She also grabbed the attention of the ISPA Congress with her pitch for BANDALOOP’s newest project, which is currently under development.


Daniel Roumain delivered a highly memorable and energetic presentation in the Pecha Kucha session “You May Say I’m a Dreamer.” You can read more about Daniel at APAP here.

APAP and ISPA were a wonderful way for all of us to kick off 2013, and each of our clients are off and running with their amazing new projects – stay tuned! We have some incredible things coming your way.

DBR Presents at APAP|NYC

DBR was a presenter in the APAP 2013 pecha kucha moderated by Future of Music Coalition Director Jean Cook alongside a lineup of other artists recognized for their innovation and entrepreneurship: Obie-winning playwright Young Jean Lee, storytelling “projectician” Adam Horowitz, Kickstarter art program director Stephanie Pereira, and Dawn Elder, the manager of Algerian musician Souad Massi.

The audience was wowed with DBR’s uplifting presentation sharing what inspires him. It was delivered in the 6 minute – 40 second pecha kucha presentation format, which incorporated 19 images and one moving video of his hospitalized father.



APAP|NYC is the most anticipated international convening of the performing arts field . “This year’s conference features speakers and leaders who have made innovation and entrepreneurship a way of life,” says APAP president/CEO Mario Garcia Durham. “In the midst of networking, business deals and organizational meetings, our attendees are in the company of professionals who care deeply about the performing arts, audiences and both the local and global communities in which we work. We all face challenges–and yes, we must always work together toward solutions. But our conference is also about the successes within the field and the power of learning from each other and bringing those lessons back to our home organizations.”

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Sozo Artists at APAP & ISPA

We are excited to announce our clients’ involvement with the upcoming ISPA and APAP Arts Conferences in New York this January.
Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR) will speak as part of APAP’s Pecha Kucha: You May Say I’m A Dreamer on January 12th. In addition, Bandaloop’s Artistic Director, Amelia Rudolph, will be also be a panelist at the APAP Conference in New York City.  Amelia joins a distinguished panel in Pecha Kucha: Integrative Art Through Free Performance on January 13th.  Finally, Dana Leong will perform as part of the Yamaha APAP Showcase on January 14th.


The work of Bandaloop will be presented in the upcoming ISPA congress in New York City on January 16th. Bandaloop will pitch their latest work, BOUND(LESS) as part of ISPA’s Pitch New Works Session.


Sozo sends congratulations for an exciting beginning to the New Year!

We are accepting meeting requests during the conference season. Please call Rika Iino at 917-538-6317 or email rika@sozomedia.com.