In these times of increasing and consistent violence against black and brown bodies, against women, against those who do not abide by the norms set out by our dominant culture, Love is Alive calls our attention to the healing we are capable of enacting through love.
We are often brought to our knees by whatever particular woes, and when we meet the ground in this way, we can access the power of our roots. We are given the choice to know our strength, our capacity for love, in a way that extends beyond the present, this dimension, into a cosmic web that supports our aliveness.In these times of increasing and consistent violence against black and brown bodies, against women, against those who do not abide by the norms set out by our dominant culture, Love is Alive calls our attention to the healing we are capable of enacting through love.
Tammy L. Hall
Tammy L. Hall, a supremely gifted pianist versed in jazz, gospel, and classical music, began keyboard studies at age four in her native Dallas and relocated to the Bay Area to attend Mills College. Following a two-year stay in Belgium, she returned to San Francisco in 1989 and established herself as a first-call keyboardist and accompanist, performing with artists including Houston Person, David “Fathead” Newman, Marcus Shelby, Regina Carter, Kim Nalley, Melba Moore, and Etta Jones, to name but a few. Hall is a respected educator and bandleader, releasing a pair of superb albums under her name as well as a duo recording of spirituals with vocalist Valerie Joi.
Amber McZeal is inspired by the literary works of Toni Morrison, Ursula Le Guin, Octavia Butler, and artistic scholar Omi Osun Joni L. Jones (the theatrical jazz aesthetic). Her soul is continually ignited by the aural musings of Betty Carter, John and Alice Coltrane, Oumou Sangare, Joni Mitchell, Bobby McFerrin, and Nina Simone. Her affinity for the transcendent has been nurtured by the works of Sobonfu Somé, Caroline Shola Arewa, Edward Bynum, Robert Farris Thompson, and many other scholars and healers. McZeal has recently completed her master’s degree in Depth Psychology, with Somatic Specialization, and will begin dissertation development in the Community Psychology, Liberation Psychology, and Ecopsychology specialization at Pacifica Graduate Institute in October 2015. She resides in Oakland, CA.
Arisa White is a Cave Canem fellow, an MFA graduate from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and is the author of the chapbooks Disposition for Shininess and Post Pardon, as well as the full-length collections Hurrah’s Nest and A Penny Saved. She is a 2013-14 recipient of an Investing in Artist Grant from the Center for Cultural Innovation and a BFA faculty member at Goddard College. Augury Books will publish “you’re the most beautiful thing that happened,” her third book, slated for fall 2016.
Derek Lassiter, curator
Derek Lassiter, a mainstay on the San Francisco arts scene, has received accolades for both his recordings and live performances featuring Bay Area notables such as pianist/composer Tammy L. Hall, producer/percussionist PC Muñoz, and composer/pianist Art Khu. Lassiter is profiled in Julian C. R. Okwu’s book, Face Forward: Young African American Men in a Critical Age.
Tammy L. Hall, piano, spoken word, and vocals
Amber McZeal, spoken word, and vocals
Arisa White- writer, spoken word, and vocals
Derek Lassiter, curator
DOORS AT 6:30PM, SHOW AT 7:00PM
$10-15 Sliding Scale
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