Aug 22 + 23, 2018 | Roulette | Brooklyn

Archives: Projects

Diana Oh

Performer

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Cele McEwen Pahucki

Performer

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Martha Redbone and Aaron Whitby

Composers

Martha Redbone is a maverick artist who has never been chained by borders. Her award-winning music of Native and African American roots are knee-deep in Appalachian folk and Piedmont blues favored by the matriarchy from Harlan County, Kentucky. Mentored by the late Walter “Junie” Morrison of Ohio Players/Parliament Funkadelic, Redbone has earned a solid reputation as a sought-after collaborator. Currently in development with long-time collaborator Aaron Whitby is Bone Hill, commissioned by Joe’s Pub/Public Theater, a devised, interdisciplinary work inspired by the lives of Redbone’s family in the hills of coal-mining Appalachia. Redbone is a 2016 Fellow of the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation.

London-born Whitby, producer, composer/songwriter and pianist, also mentored by Walter “Junie” Morrison, is best known for the multiple award-winning albums written and produced with Redbone. Whitby engineered Natalie Cole’s Grammy winning single “Living for Love” and has recorded and/or performed with George Clinton, Randy Brecker, Lisa Fischer, Nona Hendryx, and Vernon Reid, among others. Redbone and Whitby have completed a commission for the New York Theater Workshop’s Plurality of Privacy Project with Jim Nicola in partnership with the Goethe Institute.

Photo: Molly Magnuson

T. Oliver Reid

Performer

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Jermaine Rowe

Performer

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Logan Rozos

Performer

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Stew and Heidi Rodewald

Composers

Heidi Rodewald is the Tony Award nominated, Obie Award winning co-composer of the musical Passing Strange, which transferred from The Public Theater to Broadway in 2008. Rodewald composed music for Karen Kandel’s Portraits: Night and Day (2004); Brides of the Moon by The Five Lesbian Brothers (2010); and co-composed music for Shakespeare’s Othello and Much Ado About Nothing and Romeo and Juliet (2010-12). Rodewald joined the band The Negro Problem in 1997, where she began a longtime collaboration with singer songwriter, Stew. She has collaborated with him in a range of capacities — as a co-composer, producer/arranger and performer.  She is the co-composer with Stew of the musical Family Album which premiered at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival during the 2014 season, Notes of a Native Song, at Harlem Stage in 2015, Wagner, Max! Wagner!! at the Kennedy Center in 2015, and The Total Bent at The Public Theater, May 2016.  Heidi is the composer of The Good Swimmer, with librettist Donna DiNovelli, presented by Prototype Festival January 2016 at the space HERE in NYC, and scored her first film I Dream Too Much, which had it’s world premiere at the 2015 SXSW Film Festival. heidirodewald.com

Stew: Passing Strange, 2008 Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical. Two-time Obie Award winner for same. Stew leads a band called Stew & The Negro Problem who are currently touring Notes of a Native Song, commissioned by Harlem Stage. His musical The Total Bent, co-composed with Heidi Rodewald, rocked the Public Theater in 2016. Fall 2017 will see two album releases from Stew & The Negro Problem: the cast album of The Total Bent and Notes of a Native Song. See Spike Lee’s film of Passing Strange.