Songs of Freedom
Formidable Tribute to Freedom
Under the direction of Grammy Award-winning drummer, Ulysses Owens Jr., the 1960’s are explored through the work of Joni Mitchell, Abbey Lincoln and Nina Simone; three prolific artists who expressed freedom in various ways. Joni sung about the freedom of love, Abbey Lincoln expressed freedom of her individuality and race through her lyricism, and Nina Simone demanded freedom politically through song.
The program features vocalists Theo Bleckmann, Alicia Olatuja, and René Marie. Ulysses Owens, Jr. is a rapidly evolving producer, composer, educator, and entrepreneur. Grammy nominated Theo Bleckmann is a jazz singer and composer of eclectic tastes and prodigious gifts. Alicia Olatuja has been astounding audiences with her exquisite vocals, artistic versatility and captivating demeanor. René Marie has cemented her reputation as not only a singer but also a composer, arranger, theatrical performer and teacher. This triple threat is sure create a performance that you will never forget!!