Described by Vibe magazine as “one helluva rock’n’roller-coaster ride” and by Pop Matters as “a treasure waiting to be found,” Toshi Reagon is a one-woman celebration of all that is dynamic, progressive, and uplifting in American music.
Since first taking to the stage at age 17, this versatile singer-songwriter-guitarist has moved audiences of all kinds with her big-hearted, hold-nothing-back approach to rock, blues, R&B, country, folk, spirituals, and funk. The New York Times described her vocal style as ranging from “a dirty blues moan to a gospel shout to an ethereal croon.”
Toshi Reagon, voice and guitar
Juliette Jones, violin
Rootstock Republic, voice and strings
Founded by violinist and composer Juliette Jones and co-led by violist Jarvis Benson, Rootstock Republic has scored, recorded, and contracted for a number of live, television, and multimedia events, including the Oscar-nominated film Mudbound (Dee Rees, director; Tamar-kali, composer), the 60th Annual Grammy Awards Elton John Tribute, and NBC’s live broadcast of Jesus Christ Superstar.
Rootstock is on a mission to push the envelope in contemporary performance through dynamic, collaborative partnerships. Their latest curated projects include, Jukebox: A Live Orchestral Mixtape (featuring String Sextet, DJ/Turntable and Live Audio-reactive Visuals); Dear Nina: A Sonic Love Letter (in collaboration with Drea d’Nur) featuring Nina Simone’s love songs, blues, and protest music re-orchestrated for voice and string sextet; and Home: A Community-Centered Salon, which offers free to sliding-scale acoustic performances in Brooklyn and Harlem brownstones.
Juliette Jones is a multi-genre acoustic and electric violinist, who works extensively with bands, DJs, and solo artists onstage and in the studio. Juliette also works as an arranger and composer and has contracted for a number of live, television, and multimedia events, including the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s 51st New York Film Festival and BET Honors. A BMI composer and songwriter, she has completed projects for Christina Aguilera, Frank Ocean, Ryan Leslie, and Donnie McClurkin, and has arranged and recorded for Grammy-winning and nominated producers Hit-Boy, Om’Mas Keith, Cory Rooney, Rob Lewis, and Rob Sayles, as well as highly esteemed musical directors Ray Chew, Kim Burse, and Onree Gill.
About Naked Soul
Naked Soul presents performances from some of the country’s top singer/songwriters without microphones or amplifiers, as if the music were, acoustically speaking, naked. The musicians in the series draw upon the universal themes inherent in Himalayan art—spirituality, peace, tolerance, wisdom, compassion—on select Friday evenings.