On Saturday, Mar. 16 at 7 pm, Q2 Music and Williamsburg's upcoming Original Music Workshop presented an evening that bridged powerful new vocal styles from New York and Africa through two special acts. Enjoy on-demand video of this sold-out show here.
Vocalist and improviser Helga Davis opened the show with Kronos Quartet cellist Jeffrey Zeigler and clarinetist David Krakauer for premieres of newly written and improvised works that range from electronic music to traditionals to original, collaborative musings.
The second half featured the U.S. premiere of Zimbabwean vocalist Netsayi and her band Black Pressure – a ensemble of some of Zimbabwe's most gifted musicians. Netsayi's style embraces the traditional and modern, Africa and the West; she puts her unique stamp on lyrical, beautiful songs of love and loss, which are as likely to be about values, innocence and culture as about romance.