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MUSIC FORUM PRESENTS “THE BRYAN YOUNGER UZURI TRIO” JANUARY 19TH Music Forum presents dynamic female vocal, harp, & piano trio, Bryan Younger Uzari Trio at landmark Church For All Nations. NEW YORK, New York – December 13, 2012 – On Saturday, January 19th, Music Forum of Church For All Nations will present a concert featuring three wonderfully talented women as they bring their special musical blend to Hell’s Kitchen. The Bryan Younger Uzuri consists of pianist Courtney Bryan, harpist Brandee Younge... r, and vocalist Imani Uzuri. Courtney Bryan, a native of New Orleans, is a prolific and eclectic composer, pianist, and arranger. Her compositions range from solo works to large ensembles in the jazz and new music idioms, film scores, and collaborations of dancers, visual artists, writers, and actors. In addition to performance, she is the Organist and Director of the Institute for Sacred Music at Bethany Baptist Church of Newark, NJ and is an Instructor at Columbia University of New York. Brandee Younger is a versatile artist who has been proven to defy genres and labels. This young harpist has created a unique niche in both traditional and non-traditional harp arenas. She has worked and recorded with a number of jazz luminaries including Jack DeJohnette, Ravi Coltrane, Wycliffe Gordon, Charlie Haden, Reggie Workman, Kenny Garrett, Rashied Ali, Butch Morris, Bill Lee, as well as a host of New York City’s top, young jazz musicians. In hip-hop, Younger has worked with several artists and producers including Common, Ryan Leslie, Cassie, Talib Kweli, and Drake. She effortlessly performs in many diverse genres, due to her proficiency as an artist and all around musician, not just as an instrumentalist. Stunning vocalist and thoughtful, globally-inspired composer Imani Uzuri offers unparalleled depth and sweetness. She finds the deep ties that bind her rural Carolina roots to Eastern Europe and North Africa. Uzuri’s open, curious ear has made her an eclectic bandleader who carefully gathers multicultural musicians bringing together unexpected instruments, from sitar and daf to acoustic guitar and cello. Her mosaic approach feels seamless, as it's drawn together by Uzuri’s compelling and versatile voice. Bryan Younger Uzuri will be providing interesting insight on the works to be performed throughout the program. Doors open at 7:30pm with the concert following at 8pm. While the concert is free, Music Forum will be accepting suggested donations of $12. Patrons will receive a free gift when donating the full suggested cover. This special presentation is part of a series presented by Music Forum of Church For All Nations, Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod. Music Forum of Church for All Nations sponsors this series as well as The Stoop Concert Series and provides the landmark venue as a contribution to the cultural and spiritual life of Hell’s Kitchen. Who: Bryan Younger Uzari Trio: Courtney Bryan, Piano; Brandee Younger, Harp; Imani Uzuri; Voice Genre: Sacred, Acoustic, Multi-Genre What: Music Forum Presentation Where: Church For All Nations; 417 West 57th Street between 9th & 10th Avenues Subway: 1 A B C D to 59th Street/Columbus Circle When: Saturday, January 19th. Doors open at 7:30pm; Concert at 8pm. Admission: Pay-What-You-Wish/$12 Suggested Donation supporting The Stoop. Free tote bag with suggested cover. Telephone: (212) 333-5583 Websites: TheStoopNY.com Facebook.com/TheStoopNY CFAN.net Facebook.com/ChurchForAllNations MySpace.com/ChurchForAllNationsNYC Sponsors: The Atlantic District – LCMS (AD-LCMS.org) Flat World Productions (FlatWorldPro.com) For more info or to schedule an interview, please contact Music Forum/The Stoop Concert Series Founder & Producer, Jennifer Rosa at (212) 333-5583 or at Church@cfan.net.
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"[Imani Uzuri] sounds like mantra and prayer and dream and…yes ocean, and lava. really massive and gorgeous. and the album journeys, india, russia, africa, tennessee, ny, outer space, inner space…it’s really good, and really unique, and when she says she is ready, when she says ‘you are so beautiful’, it is impossible not to believe her."