"...jarring and innovative
ladyybirdd features original music by flutist Gina Izzo framed in the context of flute through washed out reverbs, analog synthesizers, and FX. The flute's acoustic sound transforms to create a new musical vocabulary drawing upon ambient electronics & improvisation through analog guitar pedals.
ladyybirdd's music video, "into what is wanted" was recently recorded at the Berklee Power Station in New York City and will release in 2021. The debut album, in collaboration with producer and engineer Joseph Branciforte, features guest artists including:
Andy Akiho, steel-pan
Ambrose Akinmusire, trumpet
Erika Dohi, keyboards
Nick Dunston, bass
Carol Féliz, spoken word
Ian David Rosenbaum, percussion
Immanuel Wilkins, saxophone
The album is set to release in 2022.
Photo: Ryan Nava
"....rattles speakers and expectations with stop-time razzle, vocal (flute-talk) and electronic (phaser) effects"
-NYC Jazz Record
"....jarring and innovative...dynamic energy" -CLASSICALITE
"...outside of the realm of expectation...truly unique sound…"
-ARE YOU HIP TO THIS?
"The whole of gathering blue, featuring compositions by Vijay Iyer, Ambrose Akinmusire, and others, displays the same enthralling quick-change artistry."
"...one of the most adventurous new music debut albums in recent years."
-I Care If You Listen
Spring 2021 Fellows
bespoken co-founders Gina Izzo & Eunbi Kim welcome 16 incredible artists from around the world who make up their Spring 2021 fellows cohort. Through this selective fellowship, bespoken is thrilled to continue developing fellows' artistic projects, ideas, and goals. Together, we can create more opportunities for women to take on leadership positions in the arts.
Spring 2021 bespoken Fellows (alphabetical order): Erica Ball, Erika Banks-Alvarez, Melissa Cheng, Chelsea Czuchra, Camille De Beus, Eva Ding, Danika Fernandez, Rose Hegele, Michelle Hromin, Molly Jones, Rebecca Luppe, Nnenna Ogwo, Mansi Shah, Basia Thomas, Jackie Traish, and Audrey Vardanega.
bespoken provides motivation for fellows to become more active members of the community through connections and familiarity with an array of projects, organizations, and institutions while encouraging them to advocate for themselves and their art.
The programs wide-range of creative career building skills have played a critical role in the development and outcome of bespoken fellows who have been recognized by presenters, organizations, publications, and institutions such as TEDx, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Kaufman Music Center, Spirit Music Group, Rockwood Music Hall, Smalls Jazz Club, I Care If You Listen, among others.