7S: Seven Songwriters
7S: Seven Songwriters is a concert series that showcases composers and songwriters of cross-genre: musical theater, jazz, classical art song, pop, rock, experimental—multidisciplinary musicians whose work in-between genres defies definition or any one label. These are melodies in search of an ear, hidden gems slipped through the crack; new poetry, words, and lyrics set for the voice.
7S: Witchy Women
October 15, 2017
Whitman & Bloom
384 3rd Ave, New York, NY
(between 27th and 28th)
: downstairs speakeasy lounge
Witchiness is the darkest form of charisma.
This concert features female composers of musical theatre and art song. Join 7Songwriters for an evening of new works by Witchy Women with ferocious charm.
RACHEL DEAN performs songs from her musical “Medusa” (opening Off-Broadway next year), a feminist re-telling of the Greek myth. Co-authored by Wes Braver. Vocals by Kai An Chee and Emily Chiu. Andrew Drannon on piano; Danny Ursetti on drums/guitar.
ALAINA FERRIS sings excerpts from her theater piece “Raid 2.0 / Myrmidon,” which is about video games, trauma processing in virtual spaces, and how the dungeon raid is a direct mirror of choral performance.
AYA AZIZ, a songwriter and performance artist, channels her distinct hip-hop/R&B style into political raps and vocal percussion loops; honest stories of her Egyptian-American heritage and existing in the in-between.
HARRIET STEINKE premieres her song cycle “Under The Gold,” an imaginative setting of Jean Valentine’s (b.1934) dreamlike poetry. Performed by Whitney Cleveland, soprano; Alberto Nevada Lozano, piano.
RONA SIDDIQUI showcases a diverse set of musical theatre songs, including from her musical “Salaam Medina: Tales from a Halfghan,” which confronts the issue of identity through the unique and confusing experience of growing up as a "half-breed" in America, while jamming to eighties and nineties pop, contemporary folk, and middle eastern grooves. Performed by Alex Tripp and Sherz Aletaha.
LACY ROSE, lyric poet, regales you with the elegiac tale of “Ria Munk,” her new song triptych based on the Gustav Klimt paintings, accompanied by guitarist Colin Fullerton
KATYA STANISLAVSKAYA presents songs from “Going South,” her musical that shines a light on outdated and outrageous laws on divorce, discrimination, gender/bathroom issues, and campus rape in today's American South. Performed by Matthew Hardy and Christiana Cole.
Show: 6:30PM - 8:00PM
$15 Advance | $20 Cash Door
7S: Concert One: July 24, 2017
July 24, 2017
Scholes Street Studio
375 Lorimer St, Brooklyn, NY
1. Kristina Koller (jazz/r&b/alternative rock)
2. Jesse Lozano (classical/musical theater)
- with Mick Bleyer and Stefanie Sable
3. Michelle Green (singer-songwriter/pop/soul)
4. Ben Morris (classical/jazz/music theater)
- with sopranos Amy Marie Stewart and Leigh Remy, and cellist Thea Mesirow
5. Michael Lauckner (classical/indie pop)
- with tenor Andrés Peñalver and soprano Leigh Remy
6. Arianna Neikrug (pop/r&b/jazz)
7. Felix Jarrar, text by Brittany Goodwin (classical/jazz)
- feat. soprano Sara Lin Yoder, with sopranos Emily Hughes and Petra Jarrar