Musician/Activist/Producer—Music For your Life
Toshi Reagon is a talented, versatile singer, composer, musician, curator and producer with a profound ear for sonic Americana–from folk to funk, from blues to rock. While her expansive career has landed her comfortably in residence at Carnegie Hall, the Paris Opera House & Madison Square Garden, you can just as easily find Toshi turning out a music festival, intimate venue or local club. Toshi knows the power of song to focus, unite and mobilize people. If you’ve been lucky enough to be in Toshi’s presence, you know you can’t walk away from her without feeling better about yourself as a human being. She aims for nothing less. Toshi has been the recipient of a NYFA award for Music Composition, She co- composed music for two Peabody award winning films, The Black Lily Music and Film Festival Award for Outstanding Performance. She is a National Women’s History Month Honoree, and is the 2010 recipient of OutMusic’s Heritage Award. Her collaborators include Lizz Wright, Chocolate Genius, Robert Wilson, Ani DiFranco, her band BIGLovely and her mother Bernice Johnson Reagon www.toshireagon.com Toshi’s current touring projects include “Celebrate The Great Women of Blues and Jazz” A 16 piece all women’s ensemble of some of New York’s best Instrumentalist and vocalist. The Opera, “ Zinnias- The Life of Clementine Hunter”. Directed by Robert Wilson. Libretto and Music by Bernice Johnson Reagon and Toshi Reagon, Book by Jacqueline Woodson. “The Blues Project” A Collaboration by Dorrance Dance and Toshi Reagon and BIGLovely .
Toshi created the Words* Rock* & Sword: A Festival Celebration of Women’s Lives as a way to learn and be connected to the powerful work and skills coming from the Women in her community. The festival brings together, Musicians, Film Makers Heath Educators, Dance Instructors, Activist, Community Organizations and everyday brilliant people. It is open to all. Check Festival schedule on the website bellow for venues and times. September, 14-21 2014