(also known as Mem Nahadr and simply "M"), is an internationally acclaimed performance artist and film composer best known for the performance of the song “I Found God In Myself - Ntozake’s Song” from the major motion picture “For Colored Girls” from LIONSGATE Films, Hollywood, and the ballad: “Butterfly”, composed by Yoko Kanno and lyricized by Chris Mosdell for the major motion picture ”Cowboy Bebop”, a Japanese Anime Cult Classic- Tokyo. She is also an author, composer, independent filmmaker and multidisciplinary video/sonic visionary.
In 2008, she presented her Off-Broadway theatrical production, Madwoman: A Contemporary Opera; co-produced by Grammy Award winning Producer/Engineer James P. Nichols, and Theatrical Director Claude E. Sloan, Jr., of the LOEB Drama Center Experimental Theater at Harvard, and the New York Shakespeare Festival at the Public Theater.
Nahadr, an Albinistic African-American, was requested in 2004 by National Geographic Magazine to have a portrait made of her by renowned photojournalist Robert Clark, to be included in an article on genetic inheritance, ideas of diversity and acceptance of difference. Later that year, the portrait and some of Nahadr's artistic work was included in the magazine's "Best of the Year" collection of images, and currently remains on exhibition...
Another portrait of Nahadr travels internationally and is exhibited in the American Smithsonian Institute, Washington, D.C., by Rick Guidotti, founder of Positive Exposure, a human rights organization whose mission is to re-define beauty and to eradicate the stigma of difference. The collection was launched at the Smithsonian Institute during the Mapping of the Human Genome Celebration in 2000.
In 2009, Nahadr ranked #8 on the BBC soul charts, and was reviewed as “The best soul record of the Year, for its’ challenge to the genre itself...” by BBC Music, for her album: “EclecticIsM”. USA’s Billboard Magazine gave the effort “Four Stars”.
Currently Ms. Nahadr has composed a french foreign film soundtrack with Parisian music producer Vincent Theard, attended the 2011 Cannes Film Festival to promote her independent art film "Madwoman" based on her Off Broadway play, and in addition has created a new opera entitled: "Femme Fractale: A VisualSonic Opera".
Find out more online at: www.MNahadr.com
Mem Nahadr Filmmaker, Composer, Performance Artist, Activist:
“Nahadr is a beacon, a reminder that the aforesaid (Ella, Chaka, Aretha) had more than pipes. There was electricity in their character, too. Within a flurry of high notes and the quivering vibrato held with a grace that puts gospel and opera in near perfect balance, Nahadr studiously avoids the temptation to shoot for the scream queen antics that her multi-octave range would allow. Basically, she gets the theatre of song......M simply arrests the listener with an urgent, eruptive clarion, a kind of primal ecstasy,...”
-Kevin Le Gendre, BBC #8 Soul Album of the Year
“ Nahadr obviously knows how much jazz elements can do to enrich an R&B foundation -- and she is certainly free-spirited in a way that most of the R&B singers who emerged in the 2000s are not. Nahadr isn't afraid to be quirky when she feels like it; “
-Alex Henderson, Billboard US 4 Stars
“For Colored Girls” - LIONSGATE Adaptation of Ntozake Shange’s legendary Broadway hit “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Is Enuf”.
SONG: “I Found God In Myself - Ntozake’s Song” www.imdb.com/title/tt1405500/soundtrack www.forcoloredgirlsmovie.com/
“Cowboy Bebop - THE MOVIE” SONY PICTURES Popular Japanese Anime made into feature film featuring music by Yoko Kanno.
SONG; “Butterfly” www.imdb.com/title/tt0275277/www.youtube.com/watch?v=M0dd4ZsT_QM
“Indelible” BLAQUELIGHT FILMS Independent film created by S. C. Gunn and BlaqueLight Films. SONG; “Another Like Me’ www.blaquelightfilms.com
“Madwoman: A Contemporary Opera” MADWOMAN MULTIMEDIA Independent Art Film Written and Directed by M. Nahadr
OFF BROADWAY SHOWS
“Madwoman: A Contemporary Opera”
Lilliane - Resurrection of a Daughter by Ntozake Shange
PORTRAITS & IMAGES
IMAGE OF THE YEAR - NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CLICK TO PAGE 13-14 A portrait of M. Nahadr taken by photojournalist Robert Clark for Naitonal Geographic Magazine www.ngm.nationalgeographic.com/ngm/0411/feature1/multimedia/index.html
POSITIVE EXPOSURE: International Albinism Activist Organization with a portrait of M. Nahadr exhibited at the Smithsonian Institute, to celebrate the mapping of the Human Genome. M has been bestowed memebership to the Board of Directors of Positive Exposure, as is an advocate of the erasure of stigma concerning Albinism.www.madwoman2.com/events/eventimages/mpix.jpg
MAXIM (USA) Image as part of a New York Modeling Agency.Article. www.madwoman2.com/events/eventimages/maxim1.jpg
ELLE (Germany) Image as part of Salon Ad. www.madwoman2.com/events/eventimages/melledec2007.jpg
M. Nahadr in Concert - Madwoman: A Contemporary Opera
M. Nahadr In Concert - Pure Jazz Festival
Mem @ The China Club
M. Nahadr Special Guest @ “SoulRaye Celebration” Joe’s Pub