March 15, 2018 //

Lional Freeman

Lional “Brother El” Freeman is a spontaneous composer, multidisciplinary creative, and educator who uses music and visual arts to express ideas while connecting people to a higher plane of consciousness. Raised in the hip hop aesthetic and DIY movement, he constantly looks to push the boundaries of music as an expert in the Live PA …

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February 1, 2017 //

Irekani Ferreyra

Irekani is an interdisciplinary teaching artist with broad experience as a performer of Mexican music and dance. Within dance, Irekani’s specialties are Aztec dance as well as zapateado (percussive foot tapping). He plays a wide variety of instruments: Violin, guitar, mandolin, ukulele, requinto jarocho, jarana jarocha, Mexican harp, flute, Aztec drum, cajon, Cuban tres, Bolivian charango, vihuela, huapanguera, …

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December 16, 2016 //

Jennifer Ligaya

Jennifer Ligaya is a performance composer born and raised in Chicago. A thinker, a healer, and a lifelong performer, Ligaya has an interdisciplinary background including visual art (Gallery 37), vocal performance (Hard Rock Cafe), spoken word (Lit X), dance (Field Museum with Tamboula Ethnic Dance Company), and theater (Pinting Theater Company). Aside from her community …

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December 15, 2016 //

Mercedes Inez Martinez

Mercedes Inez, a multidisciplinary artist and art educator, attended Loyola University Chicago with a focus in Theatre, Visual Arts, and Music. She works as a performer and teaching artist for Urban Gateways as well as working with Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre, Son Monarcas, and Nahui Ollin (all of whom are Urban Gateways touring performance groups) among …

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Laura Crotte

Laura Crotte hails from Mexico, where she developed a career as an actor, stage director, vocalist, and teaching artist. She has trained at Instituto de Arte Escénico, Laboratorio de Antropología Teatral, and School of Dramatic Literature at National University of Mexico-UNAM. Laura has worked in Chicago in numerous public schools, libraries, and community learning centers. …

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December 8, 2015 //

Marvin Tate

Marvin Tate is a self-taught, multidisciplinary artist, community activist, and art educator. Marvin has performed and recorded with Mike Reed’s “Flesh & Bone” in Poznan, Poland and at New York City’s Vision Fest 2016. His innovative style of spoken word and improvisation landed him a spot in the 2016 Hyde Park Jazz Festival. He recently collaborated with …

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Kim Mahal Laude

Kim Mahal Laude is an interdisciplinary teaching artist in the Chicagoland area. She has over twenty years of experience in visual art, dance, theater, and education with children. She has used the Kuumba curriculum in several art programs which she has conducted through various institutions and organizations. She is also the costume director and vocal …

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