Feb
7
Fri
Haiti Cultural Exchange Tribute to Toto Bissainthe @ Shapeshifter Lab
Feb 7 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Haiti Cultural Exchange presents Pa Bliye | Toto Bissainthe, a multi-media exhibition and concert benefiting Haiti Cultural Exchange, in partnership with Fondation Haiti Jazz, in honor of Haitian songstress Toto Bissainthe. Performances by Talie, Nathalie Joachim & Riva Precil.

Feb
9
Sun
Difficult Grace: Seth Parker Woods in Recital @ Octave 9
Feb 9 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Inspired by Dudley Randall’s poem “Primitives,” this interactive concert by cellist Seth Parker Woods features five world premieres and one Seattle premiere by Monty Adkins, Nathalie Joachim, Pierre Alexandre Tremblay, Fredrick Gifford, Ryan Carter and Freida Abtan. Difficult Grace showcases an array of visual art and music by some of today’s most imaginative storytellers.

Feb
10
Mon
Face the Music with Nathalie Joachim @ National Sawdust
Feb 10 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Kaufman Music Center’s teen new music ensemble, Face the Music, joins forces with composer/flutist/vocalist Nathalie Joachim, a member of eighth blackbird and Flutronix and 2019-20 Kaufman Music Center Artist-in-Residence, to perform new arrangements from her critically-acclaimed debut album Fanm d’Ayiti (Women of Haiti), a joyful and life-affirming evening-length work for voice, flute, string quartet, and electronics.

A celebration of some of Haiti’s most iconic yet underrecognized female artists and an exploration of Joachim’s Haitian heritage, Fanm d’Ayiti features original songs incorporating the recorded voices of Joachim’s grandmother and the girls’ choir of her family’s home village of Dantan; new arrangements of songs by some of Haiti’s greatest female singers; and recorded interviews with these artists about their lives fighting for social justice and uplifting the people of Haiti.

Feb
19
Wed
Fanm d’Ayiti at University of Maryland @ Clarice Smith Center
Feb 19 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

FANM D’AYITI
A celebration of iconic yet under-recognized Hatian female artists, Fanm d’Ayiti (Women of Haiti) is an evening-length work for voice, flute, string quartet and electronics developed by composer/performer Nathalie Joachim and featuring Chicago’s own Spektral Quartet.

Equal parts an encounter with her own Haitian heritage and an effort giving voice to marginalized artists, Fanm d’Ayiti is iridescent in its exhibition of powerful women – in revolution, on stage, or in the home. From the deeply personal – including recorded voices of Joachim’s grandmother and the girls choir from her family’s farming village of Dantan – to the inspiringly prominent – featuring arrangements of songs by some of the greatest known female voices in Haitian history and recorded interviews with them about their fight for social justice – Fanm d’Ayiti is an uplifting and thought-provoking sonic experience.

Go behind the scenes of Fanm d’Ayiti with Nathalie Joachim’s recent appearance on NPR’s On Being

NATHALIE JOACHIM
Nathalie Joachim is a Brooklyn born Haitian-American flutist, composer, and vocalist known for creating “a unique blend of classical music, hip-hop, electronic programming and soulful vocals reminiscent of neo-R&B stars like Erykah Badu.” (The Wall Street Journal) She is co-artistic director and flutist of the four-time Grammy winning contemporary chamber ensemble Eighth Blackbird, and co-founder of the critically acclaimed urban art pop duo, Flutronix. 

SPEKTRAL QUARTET
Two-time Grammy award nominees, the Spektral Quartet actively pursues a vivid conversation between exhilarating works of the past and the extraordinary works of today. With the New York Times writing that, “they have everything: a supreme technical command that seems to come easily, a capacity to make complicated music clear, and, most notably…an ability to cast a magic spell”, Spektral is regarded as one of the boldest ensembles working today.

Mar
26
Thu
Fanm d’Ayiti at Big Ears Festival
Mar 26 – Mar 29 all-day
Apr
2
Thu
“Discourse” World Premiere at Carolina Performing Arts @ Current Art Space
Apr 2 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

In this emotionally resonant new work from flute and electronics duo Flutronix, the voices and personal stories of Chapel Hill are brought to vibrant life. Commissioned by Carolina Performing Arts, Discourse draws inspiration from—and incorporates—individual stories from this place for a stunning immersive musical performance in the intimate setting of CURRENT ArtSpace + Studio.

Created over a two-year residency at Carolina Performing Arts, the seeds of Discourse were planted in response to the fear, uncertainty, and frustration dividing the US. From it was born a new artistic work that is of, by, and for the Triangle community. Flutronix premiered a sneak peek at this new work during their September 2018 performance at Carolina Performing Arts.

Apr
3
Fri
“Discourse” World Premiere at Carolina Performing Arts @ Current Art Space
Apr 3 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

In this emotionally resonant new work from flute and electronics duo Flutronix, the voices and personal stories of Chapel Hill are brought to vibrant life. Commissioned by Carolina Performing Arts, Discourse draws inspiration from—and incorporates—individual stories from this place for a stunning immersive musical performance in the intimate setting of CURRENT ArtSpace + Studio.

Created over a two-year residency at Carolina Performing Arts, the seeds of Discourse were planted in response to the fear, uncertainty, and frustration dividing the US. From it was born a new artistic work that is of, by, and for the Triangle community. Flutronix premiered a sneak peek at this new work during their September 2018 performance at Carolina Performing Arts.

Apr
18
Sat
Brooklyn Youth Chorus: she is called, featuring Blood Sister World Premiere @ UNC Chapel Hill, Memorial Hall
Apr 18 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

WORK-IN-PROGRESS

A remarkable musical portrait of women’s experiences from biblical times to the present day, she is called traces a path from early texts by men about women to explorations of current themes through the work of contemporary women composers, including the world premiere performance of Nathalie Joachim’s Blood Sister, with text by North Carolina Poet Laureate, Jaki Shelton Green.

Brought to life by the acclaimed Brooklyn Youth Chorus (BYC), this work-in-progress showing illuminates the musical and spiritual lives of women today in radiant form. This developmental production is conceived and conducted by Dianne Berkun Menaker, founder and artistic director of BYC, and was developed with Helga Davis, who is also a Creative Futures fellow at Carolina Performing Arts.