Uptown Nights: Nikara Warren's "Black Wall Street"

Saturday, February 11, at 7:30 pm

Harlem Stage

150 Convent Avenue
New York, NY


Vibraphonist, composer, arranger, and educator Nikara Warren is a true Brooklynite. Born and bred in the eclectic and electric enclave, her family, her friends, her band, and her musical pedigree are a microcosm of the county at large. Granddaughter of world-renowned jazz pianist Kenny Barron, daughter of a half Trinidadian soca/dancehall lover father, and a classic 90s "Brooklyn 'Round the Way" girl mother, Warren is taking vibes to the people with her infectious compositional sense, her post-modern patchwork of influences and cultural signposts, and her fearless musicality. Her bold quest comes from being well-versed in the vibraphone lineage, but seeking to adventure beyond it. Music critic Kira Grunenberg states, "Nikara Presents Black Wall Street doesn't project its versatility and creative range through scholarly jazz arrangements or covers chasing perfectionism. Instead, it offers original music converged around a stylistically fluid foundation."

Warren's debut album, Black Wall Street, represents a convergence of Nikara's personal, cultural, familial, and musical journeys. Here, she explores abstract sound-collage, hip-hop, jazz, neo-soul, Afro-Latino and Afro-Caribbean rhythms, and more. The through-line here being for Nikara — it's all dance music. Her vision is cohesive but eclectic — just like how people's identities are a product of their varied heritage and associations. Join us at Harlem Stage for an evening of rare and exceptional talent.

Nikara Warren, Vibraphone & Raps
Craig Hill, Saxophone
Alonzo Demetrius, Trumpet
Parker McAllister, Electric Bass
Corey Sanchez, Electric Guitar
Axel Tosca, Keyboards
David Frazier, Jr., Drums & Sampling Pad
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