Elephant Room takes its maiden presenting voyage with this music performance, "All Not So Quiet on the Western Front". The evening, in celebration of difficult conversation in a forum of love and respect, opens with an intimate performance by composer & sonic designer Amatus , sharing curiosities on curiosities of limiting labels for growing spirits. Following, with lyrical artistry of rapper Robyn Hood (aka Miriam Hyman) performing new works from her recently released EP. And closing the inaugural presentation, is the poetry and music of the incomparable Amir Sulaiman.
Elephant Room creates public works of experimental narrative storytelling and presentations that grapple with the complexities of a post 1968 American society. Created equitably by artists with various backgrounds in theater, dance, film and sonic arts, ELEPHANT ROOM creates interdisciplinary pieces that will contribute to the canon of contemporary American performance.
Amatus spent the earlier years of her life in the South Side of Chicago across the street from the Cabrini Green Projects in her father’s Mosque. Amatus' debut EP Broken Compass, was featured in 2015, in tastemaker blogs such as Pigeons and Planes, Afro Punk, Obscure Sound, Hollywood Playlist, OkayPlayer and The Source. Currently finished the score for Daisy and Max, a documentary for Al-Jazeera America. While designing and scoring duties for the debut of Dominique Morrisseau’s Obie Award winning play Sunset Baby for Labyrinth Theater Company, Amatus has also collaborated with artists Meshell Ndegeocello, Roy Hargrove, Jneiro Jarel as well as scored projects for PBS, Georgia Shakespeare Festival, 651 Arts, POV, Ford Foundation, and Rooftop Films. Messin can be heard at: http://www.afropunk.com/video/amatus-messin-jneiro-jarel-remix
Robyn Hood Robyn Hood/Miriam A. Hyman is a classically trained actress and Hip Hop MC. She is a 2016 Leonore Annenberg Fellowship nominee for Performing Arts, a 2012 graduate of Yale School of Drama where she earned her MFA in Acting and a 2011 Princess Grace recipient recipient of the George C. Wolfe award in Theater. Hyman/Hood is currently making her McCarter Theatre debut as the lead actress Berniece in August Wilson's "The Piano Lesson" directed by Jade King Carroll. The show runs until Feb 7. A new comer to the hip hop game, her first mix tape "Journey of an MC" debuted in 2014 and earned her a "Best New Artist" nomination at the Philly Hip Hop Awards that same year. Robyn Hood will be dropping a new EP this spring featuring singer/actress and New Jersey native Erika Hicks. For more TV/Film work: miriamhyman.com and for music: Robynhoodfanz.com
Amir Sulaiman is a poet, recording artist, activist and newly appointed Harvard Fellow, born in Rochester, New York. His poems cross subjects of love, tragedy as well as what it means to reconcile humanity with the unprecedented trials of modernity. He has performed his works across the US as well as many other countries including England, Belgium, Senegal, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Sweden, Australia, Iran and the Netherlands, and continues to tour world-wide. Amir has performed on HBO Def Poetry Jam twice and has toured the US with Mos Def, Talib Kweli, K'naan, KRS-ONE, and Marley Mar among others. Amir can be discovered at: http://www.amirsulaiman.com/