Climbing PoeTree returns to Oakland for a soulful set featuring 7 musical collaborators, and incredible supporting acts: Audio Pharmacy, Zena Carlota and Taina Asili.
Sunday, October 8th, 2017
The New Parish
$13 ADV / $18 DOS / All Ages
Based in Brooklyn, NY with a dedication to the whole planet, Climbing PoeTree harnesses creativity as the antidote to destruction through their boundary-breaking performances. Partners-in-rhyme, Alixa Garcia and Naima Penniman have independently organized more than 30 national and international tours, taking their work from South Africa to Cuba, the UK to Mexico, and throughout the U.S. including 11,000 miles toured on a bus converted to run on recycled vegetable oil. Climbing PoeTree has stirred crowds at diverse venues from the Brooklyn Academy of Music to the United Nations, Harvard University to Rikers Island Prison. They have been featured alongside powerhouses such as Alicia Keys, Janelle Monáe, Erykah Badu, Maxwell, Little Dragon, Talib Kweli, MC Lyte, Madonna, Goapele, Rising Appalachia, Angelique Kidjou, T.I. and Dead Prez. Their lyricism is a medium to expose injustice, catalyze healing, and to make a better future visible and irresistible.
Climbing PoeTree returns to Oakland, on tour with their latest album INTRINSIC~ a new collection of 17 rebel-rousing anthems, bilingual ballads, and unconventional love songs. Alixa and Naima will be performing selections from INTRINSIC with live musicians and vocalists, alchemizing their brazen lyricism into soulful compositions bridging hip-hop, rock, blues, folk, and Afro-Latin beats. The new body of work explores the inescapable network of mutuality that binds our existence through the ricochet of oppression and the reciprocity of liberation, reminding us that we belong to each other.
DJ set with live elements ft. Teao Sense :: Desirae Harp :: Brass Medik
Audiopharmacy is a live world hip-hop ensemble that inspires to make music that is unique & avant-garde, yet always speaks the language of the people. Extending its repertoire beyond the genre, Audiopharmacy intricately fuses together inspiration from all corners of the earth with global musical styles, live instrumentation, turntablism, electronics, soulful poetics & technical lyricism that stirs insight, healing and consciousness.
Audiopharmacy has been strongly rooted in community for over 15 years. The musical ensemble is a part of Audiopharmacy Prescriptions, an international art collective founded by multi-instrumentalist/DJ/Producer Teao Sense, based in the San Francisco Bay Area, and nurtured by womb manager, Love/Speak. The vision of the Audiopharmacy Prescriptions (APP) Collective is to unify communities across the world through positive cross-cultural exchanges, using art, media, education, and other creative mediums. Domestically, Audiopharmacy has performed all over the West Coast, New York, Washington D.C. and New Mexico, while internationally, the band has taken the stage at festivals, concert halls, clubs, cultural centers, orphanages, schools, and US Embassy events in Canada, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Holland, France, the UK, Japan, the Philippines, Indonesia, Samoa, New Zealand (Aotearoa), Fiji, the Solomon Islands, Ecuador, Morocco, Oman, Cyprus and Tanzania.
In both 2013 and 2014, Audiopharmacy was chosen out of 300 bands nationwide for their musical excellence and educational capability as US Music and Cultural Ambassadors traveling to the South Pacific, South East Asia, North Africa, and the Middle East. The band successfully fostered cross-cultural engagement and understanding through their music, performances, workshops and daily interactions, and was awarded the Mayoral Proclamation by the City & County of San Francisco upon returning home from their first tour.
Zena Carlota is a composer, multi-instrumentalist, visual and theater artist whose work navigates the space between dreams, ancestry and memory through sound and imagery. The past ten years of studying the Kora, a 21-string West African bridge harp that originates from the Malian Empire during the 13th century, enabled Zena to live and travel in the US, West Africa and Europe, studying both ritual and experimental forms of indigenous string music and storytelling with masters from The Gambia, and Guineau; most recently completing an intensive training in Paris with Grammy award winner, and Kora virtuoso, Toumani Diabate of Mali.
These teachings are the threads that have allowed Zena to combine the ancient past with the present moment, using language as both a sacred invocation of her ancestry, and musical inspiration, by singing traditional and original songs in English, Bambara, French, Arabic and Spanish.
Taina Asili is a New York based Puerto Rican singer, songwriter, bandleader and activist carrying on the tradition of her ancestors, fusing past and present struggles into one soulful and defiant voice. Her newest artistic work is an energetic fusion of powerful vocals laid over Afro-Latin, reggae, and rock sounds. Residing in Albany, NY, Taína Asili performs her social justice songs as a solo artist, and also with her dynamic eight-piece band, Taína Asili y la Banda Rebelde, bringing love, resistance, and ancestral remembrance to venues, festivals, conferences and political events across the globe. Taína Asili’s voice exudes strength of Spirit, filling listeners with the fervor for freedom and inspiring audiences to dance to the rhythm of rebellion.