Jomama Jones’ Black Light will kick off the Joe’s Pub: In Concert series January 3, 2017, as part of the Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival. The show is created and performed by artist Daniel Alexander Jones, whose alter ego Jomama made her comeback to the stage in 2010 following a 15-year hiatus.
Black Light is a work-in-progress created by Jones, featuring new songs co-composed with longtime collaborator Bobby Halvorson. Jones will perform January 3, 5, and 7 at Joe’s Pub with pianist and musical director Samora Pinderhughes, vocalists Helga Davis and Jonathan Gonzalez, and a few surprise guests.
Interdisciplinary artist Jones describes his work as “Afromysticism.” His newest offering, Black Light, is billed as an exploration of “the signs and signifiers found in the darkest part of the night that send us toward the blush of dawn.” The show is part of New York Voices, Joe’s Pub’s artist commissioning program.
Jomama Jones’ Radiate, which premiered at Soho Rep in 2011, was a critics pick of the New York Times, Time Out New York, and The New Yorker. Her latest show, Duat, debuted at Soho Rep earlier this year and also garnered critical acclaim. Jones was named a recipient of the Doris Duke Artist Award in 2015, received the Alpert Award in the Arts, and was an inaugural Creative Capital Artist.
The Joe’s Pub: In Concert program is a collaborative series at the intersection of music and theatre. The series also includes performances by the band PWR BTTM (January 7 and 12), and two new shows from Champagne Jerry featuring Neal Medlyn and Erin Markey, respectively: In the Champagne Room (January 8) and Erin Markey: Boner Killer (January 4, 6, and 10).
The Public Theater officially launches its 13th annual Under the Radar Festival January 4 featuring a host of innovative artists from all over the world. The 12-day event, which has become well-known for showcasing cutting-edge and genre-defying theatre works, takes place in different venues throughout the city.
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