Tamar-kali. Photo by Scott Ellison Smith

Tonight’s Musical Performance: Tamar-kali: Psychochamber Ensemble

Tamar-kali, lead vocals; Lisala Beatty, vocals; Kendra Ross, vocals; Brandee Younger, harp; Juliette Jones, string mistress, first violin; Stephanie Matthews, second violin; Ina Paris-Cabello, viola; Clerida Eltime, cello; Catherine O’Malley, contrabass

Born and raised in Brooklyn, the vocalist and composer Tamar-kali is a second-generation musician with roots in the coastal Sea Islands of South Carolina. The works she composes and arranges for the Psychochamber Ensemble blend the classical music of her Catholic upbringing with the fire of the hard rock she came to love. Her powerful vocals have been featured in the award-winning film Pariah (2011, Focus Films) and in HBO’s recent biopic Bessie, starring Queen Latifah. She has shared the stage with a diverse list of artists, from John Legend and Cassandra Wilson to Me’shell Ndegeocello and Vijay Iyer. She admires the work of Jacob Lawrence for its portrayal of “the strength and fortitude of a people looking to forge a new destiny. As a direct descendant of participants in this journey, I see my work as a living testament to their struggles and dreams.”

Set begins at 6:30 p.m. Regular Museum admission applies. Performances take place in the Sculpture Garden. In the event of rain, the Garden will close, and music will take place in Theater 1. Please note: Sculpture Garden and indoor seating are limited and on a first-come, first-served basis.

The musical component of Summer Thursdays 2017 features artists who embody a borderless musical vocabulary; combining sonic and lyrical traditions from around the world, they trace the contours of their multicultural backgrounds and transcend traditional ideas of citizenship, nations, and boundaries. These musicians are deeply immersed in the defining challenges of the 21st century. With roots in Africa, Asia, South America, North America, and Europe, but currently residing in New York or elsewhere in the United States, each personifies an inclusive attitude filled with heart and soul.

Organized in collaboration with PopRally and on the occasion of the digital exhibition Crossing Borders: Immigration and American Culture, the musical component of Summer Thursdays 2017 is presented in conjunction with Citizens and Borders, a series of projects at MoMA related to works in the collection that offer critical perspectives on histories of migration, territory, and displacement.

This performance was organized in collaboration with Harlem Stage.

This event is part of Summer Thursdays.