Kalia Vandever and Joy Guidry, two rising stars in New York City’s jazz scene, unite on this double bill and will perform music from their albums We Fell In Turn and Radical Acceptance.
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Kalia Vandever and Joy Guidry, two rising stars in New York City’s jazz scene, unite on this double bill and will perform music from their albums We Fell In Turn and Radical Acceptance. Vandever’s forthcoming album debuts her solo works for trombone, effects, and voice and is inspired by Hawaiian mythology, ephemerality, dreamscapes, and ancestry. Guidry’s Radical Acceptance tells a story of processing trauma, self-care, self-love, and finding hope for the future using improvisation, graphic scores, electronics, bassoon, gospel, and more. Join us to hear these groundbreaking records performed live by the composers.
About Kalia Vandever
Kalia Vandever is a trombonist, composer, and educator living in Brooklyn, NY. She released her debut album, “In Bloom” in 2019 which has been described as "the rise of an exciting voice for the music." (Seton Hawkins, Hot House Jazz Magazine) Kalia's sophomore album, Regrowth released in May, 2022 on New Amsterdam Records and "confirms her strengths as a composer and bandleader with a distinctly contemporary point of view." (Nate Chinen, WBGO Jazz) She has toured and performed internationally with her quartet, as well as a side-woman, performing with jazz artists including Joel Ross, Immanuel Wilkins, Maria Grand, Fay Victor and others. She is also known for her side-woman work with pop artists including Harry Styles, Lizzo, Jennifer Hudson, Demi Lovato, Japanese Breakfast, and Moses Sumney. Kalia is an awardee of
the 2022 Next Jazz Legacy, a program founded by New Music USA and Berklee Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice. She has performed in such venues as Carnegie Hall, Sydney Opera House, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Preservation Hall, the Hollywood Bowl, The Jazz Gallery, The Blue Whale, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, SMOKE Jazz Club, the Blue Note, and the Rose Theater at Jazz at Lincoln Center. While performing regularly as a bandleader and side-woman, Kalia is also an active composer and arranger. She has been commissioned to write works for groups and individuals including Tesla Quartet, The Westerlies, Katherine Kyu Hyeon Lim, Hats & Heels Duo and more.
About Joy Guidry
Radical self-love, compassion, laughter, and the drive to amplify Black artmakers and noisemakers comprise the core of bassoonist and composer Joy Guidry’s work. Their performances have been hailed by The San Diego Tribune as “lyrical and haunting...hair-raising and unsettling.” A versatile improviser and a composer of experimental, daring new works that embody a deep love of storytelling, Joy’s own music channels their inner child, in honor of their ancestors and predecessors. In every aspect of their practice, Joy seeks to support, hire, and promote Black artists.
Joy holds a bachelor’s degree in Bassoon Performance from the Peabody Conservatory and a Graduate Performance Diploma from the Mannes School of Music. They have performed with the Dance Centre Kenya Ballet Orchestra, International Contemporary Ensemble, Alarm Will Sound, and have been a featured soloist in Yvette Jackson’s opera Fear is their Alibi that premiered at the 2021 PROTOTYPE festival. They have been commissioned by National Sawdust, Long Beach Opera, JACK Quartet, and the I&I Foundation, and they have attended and been featured by prestigious festivals including the Spoleto Festival USA and the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. In addition, Joy Guidry is the winner of the 2021 Berlin Prize for Young Artists.