M³ FESTIVAL: JUNE 16, 17, 18, 21, 22 IN NYC

M³ will stage 19 live performances and six brand new duo commissions at their inaugural in-person festival, co-presented with NYC Winter Jazzfest. The concerts will feature musicians including Fay Victor, Val-Inc aka Val Jeanty SoundChemist, Shanta NurullahMichele Rosewoman, Monnette Sudler, Malika Zarra, Sumi Tonooka, Erica Lindsay, Caroline DavisJen Shyu & Sara Serpa and many more.

As venues and festivals re-open, many clubs, performing arts centers and festivals are still programming mostly male, established musicians, who have always dominated programming. The Mutual Mentorship for Musicians (M³) Festival, co-presented with NYC Winter Jazzfest, proposes a drastic reversal of this imbalance by presenting 19 women and non-binary bandleaders. The festival spans five days as performers, M³’s commissioned composers and workshop leaders provide powerful examples of women and non-binary perspectives to music lovers, students, families, children, other musicians and music industry professionals.

The M³ Festival aims to normalize and give visibility to women and non-binary musicians in the jazz and creative music industries. The 19 bandleaders were members of M³’s first two cohorts — Summer Solstice 2020 and Winter Solstice 2020.

Co-founder Jen Shyu adds, “Representation at music festivals is a crucial step for gender equity, not only for the performing artists, but for younger generations and all artists who rarely see themselves represented in high-profile events.”

The festival, which was mindfully curated by Serpa and Shyu, highlights intersections between race, sexuality or ability across generations, and will feature artists such as:

Samantha Boshnack, Romarna Campbell, Caroline Davis, Miriam Elhajli, Eden Girma, Val-Inc aka Val Jeanty SoundChemist, Maya Keren, Erica Lindsay, Lesley Mok, CN, Shanta Nurullah, Cleo Reed, Michele Rosewoman, Sara Serpa, Jen Shyu, Monnette Sudler, Sumi Tonooka, Fay Victor, Malika Zarra.

By presenting 19 women and non-binary musicians, from various locations in the US and worldwide, as bandleaders, educators, and thinkers, M³ invites general audiences to listen to and to engage, celebrating the wider diversity of the jazz and creative music constantly expanding community.

Serpa and Shyu continue; “A festival with this volume of our generation’s most powerful underrepresented voices in jazz and creative music is a huge milestone for our organization and for the artists and audiences we serve. We hope that in the future, gender balance will be the rule and not the exception in the programming decisions of all artistic directors and curators around the world.”

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