For two weekends in March, up and coming jazz singer-songwriter Kosi
, accompanied by a four-piece band of world class musicians (Brendon Biagi
, Aron Marchak
, Christopher Hall
, and Isaiah Pierce
), will be performing a tribute to recently departed jazz icon Abbey Lincoln
at the WOW Cafe Theater in New York City
. This tribute, called Ghosts Appearing through the Sound
, will feature original interpretations of the musical compositions, lyrics, and poetry of Abbey Lincoln
, in addition to some more contemporary compositions to which Kosi has lent her lyrics.
The performance comes on the heels of Kosi's third album release which bears the same name: Ghosts Appearing through the Sound
. The album is available for purchase on her website
. It's also available on CDBaby, Amazon, iTunes, and Bandcamp.
Performance dates at WOW Cafe Theater
March 10-12, 2016
March 17-19, 2016About Kosi
Kosi (neé Akosua Gyebi) is a New York City based singer/songwriter with nappy hair and jazz roots. Although she always brings just a little drama to her compositions and interpretations, she's more than just a drama queen. She's got piercing eyes and a voice that's larger than her body. But, small as she is, she won't fit in a box. She switches styles more quickly than you can follow, from jazz, to rock, then folk, but never more than a few steps away from the blues.
She cites Abbey Lincoln and Nina Simone
as her main influencers, and has been compared to Tracy Chapman, India Arie, Ma Rainey
, and Bessie Smith
. However, despite her comparisons and influences, everything about Kosi, from her nappy hair to her sometimes bare feet, from her occasionally jarring lyrics to her now-she's-sweet-now-she's-screaming dramatic interpretations, radiates authenticity. I am not creating anything," she says, nor am I deconstructing anything. I am neither an iconoclast nor a follower. I am simply myself, and that is enough." She's more than enough. You definitely want to hear this girl sing... if you can handle it.