GHA'IL RHODES BENJAMIN, poet, actress, singer, and storyteller, writes and performs her one-woman show "Spiritual Eclipse" in the New York tri-state area, Detroit, and Chicago. She has graced the stages of nightclubs, theatres, schools, churches, and homeless shelters with her homegrown lyrics, infused with survival, dignity and humor.
Trombonist, painter and composer, Dick Griffin is one of today's leading trombone players. In a career spanning over 40 years, he has performed with some of the biggest names in Jazz and Soul, as well as appearing with several symphony orchestras.
A mainstay on the New York City jazz scene for many years, Drake Colley is an active member of the Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium. Colley has recorded with Malachi Thompson and Wind Chill Factor, and has performed at the Jazz Gallery, Small’s Paradise, Sweet Basil, Seventh Avenue South, Up Over Jazz Cafe, the Jazz Spot, and many other venues.
Poet/storyteller Darryl Alladice in an afternoon of powerful, thought-provoking performance and artistry through words. Darryl’s readings are informed by his training as an actor and storyteller—he brings his poetry alive when he reads. For the past two years Darryl has been curating a monthly spoken-word series at the gallery, as a component of One Breath Rising,
As a child growing up in Harlem, poet E.J. Antonio traces her ambitions to be a storyteller and jazz singer back to her love of words. E.J. was known in her family as the writer, visual artist, and the one interested in dance and theater. She began writing poetry twelve years ago to relieve stress and her work has received recognition throughout the New York region from ...
To listen to the guitar-playing of Ruben Gonzalez is to enter a journey that crosses borders between distant places and spaces. South and North America, politics and poetry, pain and humor—Gonzalez’s sounds and lyrics are reflected in a world vision that includes politics and popular stories. His music echoes a vast set of influences from Latin American rhythms and genres, including jazz and rock.
A longtime advocate for the Latino voice in American Letters, Rich Villar is a poet, essayist, educator and performer. His first book, Comprehending Forever (Willow Book, 2014), was a finalist for the International Latino Book Award and he is at work on a second book as well as developing a one-man show.
Julia Ogilvie is a poet, actor, playwright and comedian from Hawaii who trained at Juilliard as well as the Maggie Flanagan Studio. She has performed sketch comedy on Maude Night at The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, has performed poetry, comedy, and music at many venues around New York City, and an excerpt from her poem, "Frozen Wagner" is quoted in The New Yorker.
One Breath Rising presents poet Patrick Rosal, the author of four books of poetry, most recently Brooklyn Antediluvian, which was a finalist for the Kingsley Tufts Award and winner of the Lenore Marshall Prize from the Academy of American Poets. Rosal’s other three books are Boneshepherds, My American Kundiman, a winner of the Association of Asian American Studies Book Award, and Uprock...
Vincent Chancey was born in 1950 in Chicago, Illinois. In 1976, he played professionally for Sun Ra Arkestra, where he worked to incorporate the French horn as a jazz instrument, which he would do throughout the remainder of his career. Chancey went on to perform with a number of other artists, including Ashford and Simpson, Melba Moore, Peggy Lee, Maxwell, Aretha Franklin, Cassandra Wilson...
Elana Bell is a bridge builder, walking compassionately through this complex world where many things are true at once. Whether through her soul-stirring poetry, her dynamic performances on the stage, or through her inspiring talks & workshops, she creates a space where all people’s voices and stories are heard and deeply valued.
Ngoma is a performance poet,multi-instrumentalist,singer/songwriter, Artivist and paradigm shifter, who, for over 40 years has used culture as a tool to raise socio-political and spiritual consciousness through work that encourages critical thought.
Mervyn Taylor is a Trinidad-born poet who divides his time between Brooklyn, New York and his island home. He has taught at Bronx Community College, The New School and in the NYC public school system, and is the author of six books of poetry, including No Back Door (2010), which received the Paterson Award for Sustained Literary Achievement, and his latest, Voices Carry (2017).
Ten teens from the James Baldwin School, our partner school, and elsewhere, will take to the mic in presenting their poetry and prose in this collaborative event between Live Arts and One Breath Rising. This event is free, but seating will be limited. Please RSVP to the address above by June 7.
DARRYL ALLADICE is a performance poet/storyteller who grew up in Harlem and Brooklyn, New York. His work has been produced and performed at the Actors Theatre of Louisville, Asolo Theater of Florida, Black Box Theater and Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts, New York's Schomburg Center, Frederick Douglass Creative Arts Center, City College of New York....
MELANIE DENISE DYER has an extensive performance background in improvised, orchestral and new music. She trained under William Lincer, Lee Yeingst, John Jake Kella and Naomi Fellows, and studied viola performance at the LaMont School of Music/University of Denver. After moving to NYC, Melanie began improvising with Makanda Ken McIntyre's Contemporary African American....
Born in Trinidad and raised in Queens, CHERYL BOYCE-TAYLOR is a poet and workshop facilitator. A recipient of the 2015 Barnes and Noble Writers For Writers Award, she is the founder and curator of Calypso Muse and the Glitter Pomegranate Performance Series. Cheryl earned her MFA in Poetry from Stonecoast: The University of Southern Maine. She is the author of three....
CATHERINE GIGANTE-BROWN’s works of fiction, nonfiction and poetry have appeared in publications as diverse as Ravishly, Essence, American Gardener, Diaspora, Huffington Post Woman and Dakota Outdoors. A number of her short stories appear in women’s fiction anthologies.
REGGIE NICHOLSON first gained a reputation as an outstanding drummer and percussionist in his home town of Chicago. In 1979 he joined the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), a consortium of composers and performers devoted to the art of improvisation and the creation of original music.
Born in Chicago, Illinois in 1934 WARREN SMITH was the descendant of musical parents. His whole family was involved in professional music. His father was a Saxophonist, teacher and repairman. His mother was a Harpist. Warren’s relatives were also involved on both sides of the family.
A native New Yorker, SABRINA HAYEEM-LADANI has been a poet and performer for more than 20 years, and her work has been performed across the United States, as well as in Europe. She was an invited author at the Calabash International Literary Festival in Jamaica and is a former member of the louderARTS Project.
ROBERT GIBBONS is a poet living in New York City. He is originally from Belle Glade, Florida and has been in the City since 2007 in search of his muse -- Langston Hughes. He is published in Brooklyn Poets Anthology; Paragram; Promethean; Turtle Island Quarterly; Deep Water Literary; Killer Whale; and Suisun Valley.
DÉLANA R.A. DAMERON holds a Master of Fine Arts in Poetry from New York University where she was a Goldwater Hospital Writer’s workshop fellow, and.a B.A. in History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has a strong interest in the intersections of history and literature.