Women's Work - A SisterCentric Collective
NEW PROJECT. Excited about this new musical collaboration that takes first-flight in Southern California this summer: WOMEN'S WORK.
Women's Work is a collective core ensemble of female musicians/composers/songwriters, featuring Steph Johnson (guitar/vocals), Melonie Grinnell (piano/keys) from San Diego; Shirazette Tinnin (drums/percussion) from NYC, and me -- Shana Tucker (cello, vocals, guitar), repping NC, with Rob Thorsen on bass (he's from San Diego, too).
Our first encounter was for a benefit concert for Sister Support at The Warehouse on Prime in Spring 2017 in Pasadena, CA. I wanted to produce a meaningful, musical offering featuring some of my most talented SisterSledges, and called Steph and Shirazette to ask them to participate. Together with pianist/composer Amy Bormet (Washington Women in Jazz Festival founder/curator) and singer-songwriter Maritri (The SoulFolk Experience, HUE), we presented a concert that left us all feeling like there was more music to be written, more stories to be shared, and more spirits to be uplifted...specifically from a woman's perspective.
So, we decided to form this new creative collective, Women's Work. In for-us-by-us fashion, the music will originate and be performed by a female-led ensemble. Original compositions and arrangements reflecting our Jazz, Soul, R&B, ChamberSoul, and Acoustic Pop sensibilities will be the resulting vibe and flavor of Women's Work. We plan to feature guest artists in the future; for now, as a new concept, we're eager to share the bodies of work that each sister brings to the stand.
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