M³ Lifetime Achievement Award Ceremony 2024

Tickets: $30, includes complimentary wine/beverage. Kids get in free (contact m3musicians@gmail.com, so we can set aside their seats if need be)

M³ will present its 3rd Annual M³ Lifetime Achievement Award Ceremony, World Premieres of Films by Cohort 6, and Announcement of Cohort 7

Following 5 virtual festivals and 2 in-person festivals, M³ will present its Third Annual M³ Lifetime Achievement Award to saxophonist-composer Erica Lindsay on June 4, 2024, at the National Jazz Museum in Harlem (a regular partner organization with M³) in recognition of her contributions to the community through her prolific musical accomplishments, leadership, and educational work. The award is an unrestricted prize of $5,000.

Hosted by composer-vocalist Cleo Reed (M³ Cohort 2), this event will also celebrate and premiere six new duo commissions of video and music completed by the current cohort of musicians, the M³ Fall Equinox 2023 Cohort 6:

To celebrate Erica Lindsay, pianist Sumi Tonooka (M³ Cohort 1) will perform a short solo piano set before the award presentation. To conclude the event, M³ will announce the 12 composer-performers of the next cohort (M³ Fall Equinox 2024 Cohort 7), which will start their mentorship season in September 2024.

6:00pm Doors open

6:30pm Welcome & screening of commissions

7:30pm Live piano performance by Sumi Tonooka and tribute to Erica Lindsay

8:00pm M³ Lifetime Achievement Award presented to Erica Lindsay

8:20pm Cohort 7 Announcement

8:30pm Photos & end of event

MORE ABOUT M³

In just four years, Mutual Mentorship for Musicians (M³) has commissioned 72 women, non-binary, and mostly BIPOC musicians, to create 36 collaborative music & video works across six cohort cycles, each lasting 6-10 months, all while mentoring each other with wisdom imparted as musicians who have experienced the successes and injustices of the music industry. M³ has produced and presented 5 interactive online M³ Festivals premiering 30 music/video commissions in December 2020, June 2021, March 2022, June 2022 (at Greenwich House Music School), and June 2023 at the National Jazz Museum in Harlem. M³ also published its first M³ Anthology of Writings, The Art of Being True edited by acclaimed jazz writer Jordannah Elizabeth in April 2021 and its first physical M³ Anthology of Writings Volumes 1 & 2, with Volume 2 edited by writer, poet, and scholar Naomi Extra. Volumes 3 and 4 have been published online as well as in book form, with Volume 3 also edited by Naomi Extra and Volume 4 edited by writer, poet, and journalist Kyla Marshell. This series is a legacy and archive of writings on creative work, listening, struggles and hopes of women, non-binary musicians, and artists of other underrepresented gender identities.

Following three virtual festivals and one in-person festival, M³ will present its Third Annual M³ Lifetime Achievement Award to Erica Lindsay on June 4, 2024, at the National Jazz Museum in Harlem (a regular partner organization with M³) in recognition of her contributions to the community through her prolific musical accomplishments, leadership, and educational work. The award is an unrestricted prize of $5000.

MORE ABOUT ERICA LINDSAY:

Erica Lindsay, composer and tenor saxophonist, is an Artist-in-Residence at Bard College where she teaches jazz composition and arranging and is an active performer, arranger and composer. A San Francisco native, Lindsay spent her early years in Europe where she studied with pianist Mal Waldron. She returned to the US to study at Berklee College of Music and then headed back to Europe where she performed with her own quintet and had guest performances with Frank Zappa and Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers. She composed and performed with such ensembles as the Unique Munich Saxophone Choir and the NDR Radio Big Band.

MORE ABOUT HOST CLEO REED:

Cleo Reed (M³ Cohort 2) is a sound composer, performer, and multi-disciplinary artist based in Brooklyn, NY. Cleo is an alumni of Harlem School of The Arts and a graduate of Berklee College of Music. At 19, Cleo Reed named themselves after Cleophus, their great-grandmother and a fellow Aquarius. Whether underground or academic, experimental or popular, they are drawn to notions of tradition, dissolving the binary, making noise, and breaking the barrier between artist and audience.

M³ Fall Equinox 2023 Cohort 6 composer-performers:

Sibongile Buda – bass (South Africa)

Andrea Demarcus – upright bass, voice (Georgia)

Melanie Dyer – viola (New York)

Natalie Greffel – voice, bass (Germany)

Maia – voice, fl., picc., harp, vib., percussion (California)

Naomi McCarroll-Butler – saxophone, clarinet, instrument maker (Canada)

Shoko Nagai – piano, accordion, electronics (Japan)

Francesca Naibo – guitar, voice (Italy)

Martha Redbone – voice (New York)

Nath Rodrigues – voice, violin, berimbau, mandolin, percussion (Brasil)

Marta Sanchez – piano (Spain)

Sharon Udoh – piano, voice (Illinois)

To conclude the event, M³ will announce the 12 composer-performers of the next cohort (M³ Winter Solstice 2024 Cohort 7) which will start their mentorship cycle in September 2024.

Tue, Jun 04
6:00 pm

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