One of my all time favorite performances is Stevie Wonder doing Superstition on Sesame Street, with all the kids dancing in the background on a mock city block with apartments and fire escapes. When I began brainstorming a project idea with Mindy from Tom Tom Magazine, I told her this was the energy I wanted –the audience on all sides of performers. Not sure how it developed from there but we landed on this idea of filling the hotel lobby with nearly 20 women drummers who would set up on tables, over peoples’ dinners, on stairs and hallways … anywhere we could fit them. Mindy then scored a few works and acted as band leader –it was a magical night.
Drummers: Venzella Joy (Beyoncé), Emily Wells (Emily Wells), Maia Macdonald (Mirah), Gabriela Jimeno (Balancer), Emi Kariya, Chris Bouza, Shayna Dunkelman, Mariana Ramirez, Suzi Analogue, Jordyn Blakely, Cati Bestard, Sean Desiree (bell’s roar), Colleen Clark, Eva Kaufman, Kat Casale, Mickey Vershbow, Chihiro, Shibayama, Sarah Strauss, Mindy Abovitz, Rosana Cabán
After party: Tom Tom DJs Mursi Layne & Stas THEE Boss
Video: Directed and Edited by Teale Failla for Tom Tom Magazine.
Flyer: Atelier Ace