Samora Pinderhughes: Sounds of Saving’s Feedback Sessions
with Kate Mattison
7pm doors • 8pm show
“Samora Pinderhughes blurs the lines between music, poetry, and activism. He travels from contemplation to exaltation, anger to healing.” —Village Voice
The debut event from Sounds of Saving’s Feedback Sessions, a live performance series confronting issues in mental wellness that affect creative people and audiences alike, features performances by composer, pianist, and vocalist Samora Pinderhuges and Kate Mattison of 79.5; strikingly honest conversations about personal struggles with depression; and expert insights from the worlds of psychology and mental health. Moderated by psychologist Robert Galligan.
Samora Abayomi Pinderhughes is a composer, pianist, and vocalist known for large multidisciplinary projects and for his use of music to examine socio-political issues. Samora has performed in venues including Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, MoMA, the Sundance Film Festival, and the Monterey Jazz Festival, has toured internationally with artists including Branford Marsalis, Christian Scott, Gretchen Parlato, and Emily King, and has collaborated with artists including Common, Herbie Hancock, Glenn Ligon, Branford Marsalis, Sara Bareilles, Daveed Diggs, and Lalah Hathaway. He is the director and creator of The Transformations Suite, an acclaimed project combining music, theater, and poetry to examine the radical history of resistance within the communities of the African Diaspora, and is the first-ever 2018 Arts for Justice + Soros Justice Fellow, given to him in support of his upcoming project The Healing Project. Samora is a 2018 artist-in-residence at Joe’s Pub/The Public Theater and a Sundance Composers Lab fellow. He recently scored the award-winning documentary Whose Streets? and wrote songs for All About Nina, HBO’s The Tale, the Netflix film Burning Sands, and the PBS film The Talk.
Kate Mattison is a singer-songwriter, widely known for fronting her romantic soul/disco band 79.5. She has penned the tunes “Terrorize My Heart,” “Boy Don’t Be Afraid,” and “Facing East,” all from 79.5’s debut album Predictions (Big Crown Records). Prior to signing to Big Crown in 2016, she self-released an EP titled Mary (2009) and a 45 titled “X-mas Song” b/w “Watch Out” (2010) under her surname, Mattison, before changing the band name to 79.5 within the same year. The first release under the moniker 79.5 was a 12” single, “Boogie/OOO” (2012), which received a glowing review from the New Yorker. Many positive reviews soon followed with the debut LP Predictions. In addition to writing, singing, and playing Rhodes in 79.5, Kate has lent her voice to several releases over the years, including Blitz the Ambassador’s Stereotype, Durand Jones & The Indications’ American Love Call, and Lee Fields & The Expressions’ It Rains Love. A New Yorker for 15 years, Kate’s early roots come from the Kent/Akron Ohio rock scene, where playing basement shows with punk rockers remains a time not forgotten and palpable in Mattison’s style of songwriting: sweet, strange, and all that’s in between.