Cellist and vocalist Jordan Hamilton is a mix of mastery and maverick musicality; hip-hop influences, rhythmically layered, melodically robust. Avant garde, folk-soul music, a key to navigate space, time, and change, gracefully, for those who use it. Driven by diversity, drawn to the cello's tone, cosmic strings calling souls home. "Plucking, sawing, pounding, and caressing the cello to extract sometimes other-worldly sounds; melding live looping with classical music interludes, hip hop, and jazz." (John Sinkevics, Local Spins). Shared truth, delivered and triggered by melodies, experienced as one, emanating from a deep, russet realm. Genres groomed together to represent and inquire the soul. A different kind of symphony, hopeful enough to grow our empathy, "part political activism, part hopefulness, part performance art, part soundscapes, and all entirely mesmerizing." (John Sinkevics, Local Spin). Emotional energy crafted from integrity, immaterial and immortal, experienced at the speed of sound, with a bit of bounce, groove by the ounce, and all the jump you'll need to move.
This is a General Admission seated show held in the theater of CSPS Hall. Doors will open one hour before showtime.
$16 Advance | $20 Door
Akwi Nji is an interdisciplinary artist creating in words, voice, and visual art. Her work and words have appeared on stage from California's Wine Country to New York's Fashion Week and her collaborative partners include Emmy-award winning composers and nationally-recognized videographers, musicians, dancers and choreographers, and photographers.
Her most recent performances of poetry and spoken word include Correspondence, a short film of choreopoetry funded in part by the Iowa Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts; Enuf, an album of studio-recorded spoken word and music released in 2023; and Consider the Meaningful, an interdisciplinary collaboration with Ballet Des Moines.
Akwi is the producer and curator of Threshold Gallery's In Living Color, an alternative arts experience which recently showcased 14 Iowa-based Black artists and led to nearly $10,000 invested in those artists through the event. She is also the creator of the Remoir Project, a nationwide audio and visual storytelling arts initiative and serves as an arts advocate on the boards of Brucemore and the Iowa Arts Council. She was a 2016 Iowa Arts Council Fellow for her work as a spoken word artist and performance poet and has been awarded two project grants for word and performance based projects in 2022 and 2023 by the Iowa Arts Council and with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.