Published Oct 2022
The Unsung in conversation with Gabrielle Davenport
Date: October 29, 2022
Time: 3:00 pm (following the second rehearsal-performance at 2:30pm)
The Unsung and Gabrielle Davenport will talk about songs, cyborgs, and the process of making Hymn to the Strange in collaboration with Neo Muyanga. The Unsung, directed by Tyrone Clinton, is a community-based music collective devoted to celebrating stories of the Black experience. In addition to performance, The Unsung is a non-profit dedicated to serving the local NYC community through expanding the confines of the Western musical canon and fostering educational relationships with those who are “willing to listen.”
In making Hymn to the Strange, a live choral act of Muyanga's recomposed revolt songs in Zulu performed by 8 singers, The Unsung is in constant correspondence with Muyanga including bi-weekly live rehearsals. Davenport and The Unsung will explore how this collaboration has transformed the exhibition thus far and The Unsung's larger aspirations as a collective to expand their role in contemporary choral music.
The Unsung singers are: Kalia Baptiste, Charles Carter, Patrice P. Eaton, Jay St. Flono, Karen Gonzalez, Olanna Goudeau, Elle Green, Angelo Johnson, Kevin Johnson, Tristan Layne, Asha Lindsey, Taiwan Norris, Ian Rawle George, Rodari Simpson, Michelle Trinidad, Clayton G. Williams. Sound Designer: Ben Manley
Gabrielle Davenport is an Oakland-raised, Brooklyn-based curator & creative producer whose work centers on forging community through music and food.
She is also the co-founder of BEM | books & more, a new home for food literature of the African diaspora, which she and her sister Danielle launched in January 2021.
Gabrielle has programmed music, dance, and performance for tiny clubs and large-scale venues alike since 2015. She is on the curatorial team at the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival, where she is proud to help introduce early-career and local artists to 200,000+ fans every summer alongside living legends across genres. Her earliest producing jobs in global music & jazz festivals ignited her drive to work in live arts that inspire, delight, and provoke.
Photo of The Unsung: Michael Palma Mir