Praised in the New York Times for her ”gorgeously chesty ruminations”, vocalist, composer, cultural worker Imani Uzuri is an eclectic interdisciplinary artist who travels internationally including creating concerts, experimental theater, performance art, theater compositions and sound installations in venues/festivals including Central Park SummerStage, Joe’s Pub,The Kitchen, Blue Note Jazz Club, Whitney Museum, Lincoln Center, Performa Biennial, Festival Sons d’hiver, London’s ICA and MoMA (Museum of Modern Art). The Village Voice says, “With a voice that would sound equally at home on an opera stage or a disco 12-inch, Imani Uzuri is a constant surprise…seamlessly combining jazz, classical, country and blues motifs into highly personalized compositions”. Uzuri has collaborated with a wide range of noted artists across various artistic disciplines including Herbie Hancock, Wangechi Mutu, John Legend, Vijay Iyer, Carrie Mae Weems, Trajal Harrell, Sanford Biggers and Robert Ashely. Her television credits include a featured commercial on BET for their Black History Month campaign and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon show performing with Talib Kweli, Hi Tek and the Roots. New York Magazine has called her work “stunning”. Her acclaimed new album The Gypsy Diaries draws on her rural Southern roots as well as influences ranging from Sufi devotionals to Romany laments.
Uzuri is currently composing a new musical GIRL Shakes Lose Her Skin with book by playwright Zakiyyah Alexander and inspired by the works of Philadelphia Poet Laureate Sonia Sanchez. Recently Uzuri premiered her first orchestral composition Placeless at Ecstatic Music Festival and was subsequently named by The New Yorker as one of the emerging “female composers edg[ing] forward”. Time Out New York says, “Uzuri never fails to mesmerize with her narcotic blend of ethereal sounds”.www.imaniuzuri.com