6:30pm doors • 7:30pm show
National Sawdust 2018–19 Artist-in-Residence L’Rain melds the evocative jazz of Alice Coltrane and the lyric virtuosity of underground hip hop into a searing, personal style. Her live performances are “hypnotizing, a wonder of practice and refinement” with “uncommonly tight” orchestrations (Village Voice). In her first residency concert, she presents a new work in development that explores the intersection between music, the written word, and powerful expressions of thought.
Taja Cheek, known professionally as L’Rain, is a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and vocalist from Brooklyn. She released her self-titled debut LP as L’Rain in 2017. She works as Curatorial Assistant at MoMA PS1, where she organizes the ongoing Warm Up series and Sunday Sessions, among other things.