LaFrae Sci: Jazz, Rock, Session Drummer, Composer, Educator—Travels From Guatemala To Siberia- Teaching & Performing To Global Students
Conducts Only All-Female Orchestra
In Latin America: April 10-20!
Next Stop: A Return To Siberia!
World-renowned drummer, composer, educator LaFrae Sci brings the beat to Guatemala on April 10-20 to lead masterclasses with La Orquesta Sinfónica Juvenil Femenina Alaìde Foppa"—the only all-female orchestra in Latin America.
I will be the first American conductor to work with this orchestra," LaFrae proudly announces. As a jazz conductor, I employ the system of 'conduction' pioneered by Lawrence Butch Morris that I have integrated into my own style of conducting a large jazz or classical ensemble. The other mission for my Guatemala trip will be to travel to the region of Livingston and do a series of workshops with young people from the Garifauna community called, 'Your Culture, Your Voice.' In May-June 2016, I will be returning to Krasnoyarsk, Siberia to rehearse with the 76 instrumental and vocal ensemble I have created there for our world premiere of my piece The Time Travelers Suite: Travel Journals of an Afro-Futurist."About LaFrae Sci
LaFrae Sci is an internationally sought composer, drummer and educator who teaches at Jazz at Lincoln Center, and is also a founding teaching member of the Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls in N.Y.C, and the founder of the NGO Groove Diplomacy, whose mission is to create youth engagement programs internationally using musical expression as a vehicle to empower, ignite, heal & create mutual understanding. LaFrae is the current director of the Middle School Jazz Academy Brooklyn for Jazz at Lincoln Center- a 29 piece jazz big band. As a Cultural Ambassador for the U.S. State Department, she has taught master classes and performed in more than 30 countries. Her band, The 13th Amendment?, is also an educational collective that has taught about the genius of the Black American musical contribution to history in more than 100 NYC public schools, served as artists in residence at schools in Atlanta
, Georgia and Dayton
, Ohio and performed in NYC, Suriname, Albania, Paris and recently participated in the world premiere of her jazz orchestral work written for 36 pieces inspired by the Russian novel The Master and Margarita , in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia. Currently LaFrae is involved in a second orchestral jazz project in Siberia entitled the The Time Travelers Suite: Travel Journals of an Afro- Futurist, as well as a special project with the Afro-Guatemalans in the Livingston, Guatemala region. LaFrae has played drums for The Burnt Sugar Arkestra, The Black Rock Coalition Orchestra, Valerie June, Keziah Jones, Sandra Bernhard, Eli Yamin, Vernon Reid, Kelis, Nancy Sinatra (with Morrissey), Blues greats Jr. Mack and Pinetop Perkins, Irene Cara, Bumblefoot, Cyndi Lauper, Reuben Wilson
, Rachel Z
, Kelis and Dr. Lonnie Smith