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
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
Schwartz Center, Emerson Concert Hall at Emory University
The Haus of Sozo is thrilled to partner with and support such an exquisitely talented artist.
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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.