Somi; Rachel Moran; Robert McDuffie
We are thrilled that critically acclaimed jazz vocalist and songwriter Somi
will open the evening’s program at 8:00 pm. A reading by internationally renowned survivor leader and author Rachel Moran
and a video appearance from Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Jason Mraz will follow. A performance by world famous violinist Robert McDuffie
will close our program.
With her original “New African Jazz” sound, Somi has taken the music world by storm. Lauded by the New York Times for her "supple jazz singing and compassionate social consciousness," and dubbed by The Huffington Post as "the new Nina Simone," she is an activist as well as a singer and scholar, using her art to advocate for causes in which she believes. Invited by Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Somi recently performed at the United Nations in commemoration of the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade. As her career has taken off, she has collaborated with various artists including Paul Simon, John Legend and Jennifer Hudson.
Hailing from Ireland, Rachel Moran will read from her memoir "Paid For: My Journey Through Prostitution." A world-renowned lecturer, she has spoken globally — from India to Sweden — at numerous prestigious venues, including the United Nations, the European Parliament and Harvard University. “Paid For” has been praised as essential reading by many. In fact, President Jimmy Carter applauded the book saying that "[p]eople who are working to end sexual exploitation will take heart from Moran's example of transformation and an insistence on basic human dignity."
Grammy nominated violinist Robert McDuffie has appeared as a soloist with most of the world’s major orchestras, including the New York and London Philharmonics, the National Symphony and the Santa Cecilia Orchestra of Rome. The American composer Philip Glass dedicated his Second Violin Concerto, "The American Four Seasons," to Mr. McDuffie — a piece the violinist world premiered with the Toronto Symphony. He is the founder of both the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings at Mercer University in his native city of Macon, Georgia and the Rome Chamber Music Festival in Italy.
We look forward to seeing you at Tribeca Rooftop for a night to remember!