Planned Parenthood benefit with Banda Magda, Bria Skonberg, & r.O.T.i.
Phenomenal Women: A benefit for Planned Parenthood of New York City
6:30pm doors • 7:30pm show
Join us for a powerful, celebratory evening of performance from Phenomenal Women, a community of women in the arts supporting women at large. Meet other creative advocates for women’s rights while rocking out to an incredible lineup of all female artists including Banda Magda, Bria Skonberg, & r.O.T.i. All proceeds from the evening will benefit Planned Parenthood NYC and the vital work they do on behalf of reproductive healthcare, gender equity, and social justice. Those who purchase tickets before January 1st will have their names (and businesses, if applicable) printed in the event program, so get your tickets early to show your support for this excellent cause!
• Betsey Tumarkin, Executive Producer
• Caitlin Whittington, Designer
Led by Greek-born composer, orchestrator, singer, and accordionist Magda Giannikou (Kronos Quartet, Banda Magda) moves from samba to French chanson, from Greek folk tunes to Colombian cumbia and Afro-Peruvian lando. Drawing on the band’s global background (Greece, Argentina, Japan, Colombia, USA), the group combines South American rhythms with jazz improvisation, cinematic arranging, sophisticated audience participation, mid-century classics and world chansons”sung in 6 languages.
Founded in 2010 in New York, Banda Magda has toured in more than 22 countries and 5 continents. This group of close musical friends turn Giannikou’s songs into engaging romps that have won them a spot with Carnegie Hall Musical Explorers Series, Snarky Puppy’s Family Dinner Vol 1, and performances at discerning venues and festivals such as WOMAD, the Atlanta Jazz Festival, the Vancouver Jazz Festival, L’Olympia, Jazz à Vienne, Canarias Jazz, Apollo Hammersmith, the Kennedy Center, the Kathmandu Jazz Festival, and many more. After their debut album Amour, t’es là? and sophomore Yerakina, Banda Magda released its 3rd opus, the vibrant, technicolor Tigre on September 15, 2017 on groundUP/Verve Label Group.
“One of the most versatile and imposing musicians of her generation” — Wall Street Journal
A “millennial shaking up the jazz world” — Vanity Fair
In the last year, trailblazing trumpeter, vocalist, and songwriter Bria Skonberg has sung the music of Aretha Franklin alongside Michelle Williams (Destiny’s Child), played with U2 at the Apollo, sat in with the Dave Matthews Band, been a featured guest with Jon Batiste, and sung “The Star-Spangled Banner” at Madison Square Garden for a New York Rangers game. Described as “the shining hope of hot jazz” by the New York Times, Skonberg has been at the forefront of a revival of classic American music, channeling her hero Louis Armstrong. She is co-founder of the popular NY Hot Jazz Festival and NY Hot Jazz Camp for adults. Lincoln Center sought out her leadership to open Midsummer’s Night Swing for a tribute to the first integrated all-female big band, the International Sweethearts of Rhythm. In 2016, Bria released her debut LP on Sony Masterworks, which won a Canadian JUNO award and made the Top 5 on Billboard jazz charts; her music has over 3.5 million streams on Spotify. She tours constantly with her New York City–based band, performing her signature sound of fiery trumpet and smoky vocals with creative concoctions of old and new.
r.O.T.i. (resilience Of The intelligent) is an original alternative hip-hop/funk group lead by guitarist Simon CF Yu and featuring MC Likwuid with rhymes and lyrics full of potent messages targeted at the cutting-edge issues and dynamics of today’s society.