Danielle Scott [visit her website]
Danielle Scott is the definition of music at the height of expression. This MC/singer/songwriter speaks of social awareness over tight grooves.
Gleaning influence from Jill Scott to Gil Scott-Heron, Danielle is guaranteed to intrigue as well as entertain.
Danielle’s debut album, The Price of Repression, which was released April 8th 2006, is a soulful call for change. Speaking on everything from impoverished conditions to love, this woman delivers from the heart both in rhyme and in melody.
In 2002, Danielle graduated from the acclaimed Berklee College of Music with a dual Bachelor’s Degree in Music Production and Engineering and Music Synthesis. Though she was classically-trained on piano, she also plays saxophone, bass, guitar, and can even spin a little.
Most importantly, Danielle follows up her positive lyrics with action. She has performed at countless fundraisers and community events and taught in numerous high school music programs. She also appears on Berklee’s Sudan Outreach CD entitled We Are All Connected. The song, ‘We Shall Heal’, features Meshell Ndegeocello on bass.’ Currently, Danielle is an instructor in the Ensemble Department at Berklee College of Music teaching the hip-hop curriculum as well as a mentor in Berklee’s City Music Community Outreach Program.
Natural Bliss [visit her website]
Natural Bliss, a name coined out of the notion that she needed no foreign stimuli to attain a mental state of utopia on earth. Passionate about Hip-Hop, she raps about the plight of Black people across the globe. She studied biotechnology, but her passions include literature and the arts. With a tendency to romanticise everything, Natural Bliss has written prose and poetry in a style reminscent of a melange of Shakespeare and Rita Dove.
Her thirst for knowledge is unsatiable and is demonstrated by her diverse field of interests. Hip-Hop is not a nominal or cliche adjectival used to describe her state of mind but something that has shaped the way this artist thinks, acts and sees the world, since her inception into the culture.
Born on the island of Haiti, she moved to the U.S. at 9.
Organism [visit their website]
Funk / Jazz / Hard House
Organism is energetic, raw, yet refined. These four experienced musicians share a deep love of musical exploration, collaboration and creation.
With an ever- growing arsenal of original jazz/funk/fusion/acid/house originals, this band keeps adding to its repetoire, pulling not only from the standard “jazz/funk” library, but from the best of the pop/rock genre from the 70’s through the 90’s, and arranging them in the most unexpected ways. Enjoy!
Tomas Fujiwara [visit his website]
Tomas Fujiwara is a New York based drummer, composer, bandleader, and teacher. Growing up in Cambridge, Brookline, and Roxbury, Tomas studied with Alan Dawson, Keith Gibson, and Joyce Kauffman. Tomas met Andrea at Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School and quickly formed a friendship based on their shared passions for music and pet guinea pigs. From 1990-94, they performed together as members of the CRLS Orchestra and CRLS Jazz Ensemble, both under the direction of Robert Ponte. In the summer following their high school graduation, Andrea and Tomas toured the UK with the CRLS Jazz Ensemble.
In 1994, Tomas moved to New York City where he has performed as both a leader and sideman in genres ranging from jazz to hip hop, world to improv, as well as experience as a composer for theatre, accompanist for dancers, and performer in the Off Broadway show Stomp.
With a “quiet energy that propels” (All About Jazz) and a style that is “both volatile and watchful” (New York Times), Tomas has toured extensively throughout North America, Europe, and Asia and has appeared on over a dozen recordings to date.
Tomas’ current projects include the Tomas Fujiwara / Taylor Ho Bynum Duo (True Events, 2007), Unified Quest (UQ, 1998), Taylor Ho Bynum Sextet ( The Middle Picture, 2007), Matana Roberts Quartet (The Calling, 2006), Greg Tate’s Burnt Sugar, Soo Jung Kae Trio (Soo’s Collage, 2006), Kwaku Kwakyee Obeng Group, Nate Wooley Quartet, Josh Sinton’s Ideal Bread, Nick Demopolous’s Exegesis, Jeremy Wilms’ Aji No Moto, and Terence Murren’s Eternal Now.
Other performance credits include Anthony Braxton, David Murray, Makanda Ken McIntyre, Ravi Coltrane, Arnie Lawrence, Joe Chambers, Butch Morris, William Parker, Roy Campbell, Daniel Carter, Warren Smith, Joe Daley, Vernon Reid, Herbie Mann, Junior Mance, Jimmy Owens, Mike Longo, and Norah Jones.