About Plot the Industry Panels:
Cross Cultural Collaborations Panel: This panel discussion will explore the experiences of Arts Professionals who have had the opportunity to work overseas in a residency capacity. We would like for our panelists to give insight into finding the opportunities, preparing for the experience, creating engaging content, the actual experience of connecting with a foreign culture through the language of music, and how this experience has or will shape your journey going forward.
About the Panelists:
Carl Kokayi Walker is a GRAMMY-nominated emcee, producer and educator. His music can be heard in the new Kevin Hart feature film “Laugh At My Pain”. His most recent album, Robots & Dinosaurs still receives critical acclaim, receiving a 93/100 from the tastemakers at Okayplayer, and subsequent video for lead single “RoxTar” won “The Freshmen” contest for MTVU and is currently in rotation on MTV worldwide. He continues working within the DC community as a mentor and consultant to both burgeoning and established artists and is faculty at the School of Improvisational Music in NY.
Debórah Bond and her band Third Logic’s “eclectic mix of R&B, funk and British soul” have solidified her reputation as an intensely sensitive, spiritual and funky artist. The DC based act has shared the stage with Raheem Devaughn and Kem, and headlined at London’s Jazz Café and the Howard Theatre. Their third album, Madame Palindrome, was #1 on the “UK Soul Chart” for three consecutive weeks, and named “best soul album 2011” by Chris Wells of Echoes Magazine. The charmingly whimsical video for the debut single "You Are the One" is currently featured on VH1Soul and MTV.com.uk.
A long-time lynchpin in the DC arts scene, Risikat Okedeyi aka Kat shares her time between two passions: cultural architecture and teaching. Risikat is a self-defined cultural architect and owner of LiL SoSo Productions, LLC (www.lilsoso.com) where she creates high-quality nightlife experiences, produces and directs conversations on and around progressive culture and aesthetics, and works with artists and creatives of all sorts in a variety of branding and administrative capacities. In addition, she is currently an associate professor in the English department at Prince George's Community College where she teaches courses in composition writing, specializes in African-American literature and also serves as the college's director for its Book Bridge Project. She is also now an adjunct professor at Bowie State University where she teaches a course on self-promotion and marketing to students in the Department of Fine Arts.
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Conceived by Gerald Watson and produced by DJ 2-Tone Jones, SHAOLIN JAZZ – The 37th Chamber is a testament to the stylistic connection between both Jazz and Hip-Hop. It is a mix project whereby various Jazz songs and breaks are fused with a cappellas and vocal samples from the iconic Hip-Hop group Wu-Tang Clan. The music and lyrics are astutely crafted to match both in cadence and tone, with the Jazz selections used also helping to further accentuate the essence and intensity of the Clan. The initial inspiration for SHAOLIN JAZZ came by way of graphic designer Logan Walters who recreated a series of Wu-Tang album covers to resemble those of earlier Blue Note and Impulse Jazz album covers.
As the 37th Chamber Mixtape came together it became apparent that SHAOLIN JAZZ was going to be more than just a simple novelty piece. From there it has evolved into a series of innovative engagements and creative extensions that explore Jazz and Hip-Hop culture. These engagements not only re-emphasizes the greatness of both Jazz and Hip-Hop, but also serves to further the connection between the two while also educating people of all ages about both respective genres. Through SHAOLIN JAZZ we hope fans of Hip-Hop will have a better understanding of the origins of the music they enjoy and Jazz aficionados will gain more of an appreciation for various aspects of Hip-Hop.
About Creative Nomads:
Creative Nomads' mission is to both enhance the development of arts professionals and uplift youth through unique arts education and programming.
Creative Nomads is a nonprofit** organization that supports a border-less community of arts professionals and youth arts enthusiasts. Through platforms of peer to peer learning experiences and quality colleague connections Creative Nomads designs programs for arts professionals intended to enhance their professional development and craft skills for continued growth and success in their careers. Youth arts enthusiast centered programming comes straight from the arts professionals in our community who are building and then imparting their arts skills on youth who are curious and absolutely benefit from hands on arts education.