The Hum presents: An Evening with Kadhja Bonet
7:30pm doors • 8pm show
The Hum — an exclusively female and nonbinary series — presents an evening of spectacular orchestral pop with Kadhja Bonet and a full live band and choir. Bonet is a skilled singer, songwriter, and arranger whose debut album blends folk, jazz, and soul into a sound that is “as familiar is it is haunting”, and her latest release is “expansive and engulfing” (Pitchfork). With lush arrangements, incisive lyrics, and psychedelic soul, this is sure to be an evening to remember.
Her biography states it very clearly: “Kad-ya”, it says, “was born in 1784 on the backseat of a green car”. Yes, 1784, it says. No, Kadhja Bonet is not 234 years old. In fact she is not even 30, she comes from California and is the daughter (the middle child of seven siblings) of an opera singer and a musician, and as a child was well on her way to becoming a classical violinist. But she soon discovered that the guitar was more her thing, a sort of extension to what is finally the real star: her voice. A voice as sweet as it is expressive and penetrating, that comes from the fifties and from the future simultaneously, that reminds us both of Shirley and Amy. With Childqueen, her second album, Kadhja welcomes us into her car: one that sets off from the essence of soul and jazz, and from there goes to other planets which are rich in psychedelic fauna, orchestral landscapes and brilliant skies.
The Hum is an entirely female and nonbinary concert series that celebrates, instigates, and nourishes the community of female and nonbinary musicians in New York City and beyond. Since its formation in April 2015, the series has fostered collaborations between 250+ musicians including Kimbra, Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, Julie Byrne, OSHUN, Adrianne Lenker of Big Thief, Kelsey Lu, members of tUnE-yArDs, The Cranberries, Lake Street Dive, Cat Power, The Julie Ruin, Cibo Matto, and more.
Hum concerts feature only women or nonbinary artists on stage and all walks of life in attendance. Each installment invites a group of female and/or nonbinary musicians to form impromptu “dream bands”, shedding the usual dynamics of their main projects and exploring new avenues of their creativity. Long lasting friendships, creative relationships, and even bands have emerged from these collaborations, not to mention magical results on their stage. The music crosses a constellation of genres and influences, all coming together to form a space where women are linked — not ranked — and celebrated for their artistry on its own terms