Indie Jazz and Afro Groove vocalist and composer PYENG THREADGILL is one of eight artists who will perform at the Off-Broadway showcase titled "Elevating: 20 Years of Arts and Activism, Live!" The event, presented by Baruch Performing Arts Center, will take place on 12/16/12 and is a celebration of AKILA WORKSONGS' two decades of social entrepreneurship.

"Judging from Pyeng Threadgill’s childhood her musical destinations seem a natural outcome. Born into an artistic family [her father being Henry Threadgill] on the Lower East Side of New York in the 1970′s at a time when Polish and Puerto Rican, Black, Chinese, and Jewish were all living in close proximity. Much of Pyeng’s child rearing years were spent in black box theatres, community gardens, Jazz night clubs or on the road with her dancer/choreographer mother. These experiences proved just as influential as the early Soul/Jazz stylings of singers like Sam Cooke and King Pleasure that emanated from the stereo. Yet to round it out Pyeng kept her headphones loaded with a good dose of Depeche Mode, Tribe Called Quest, Al Green, and local alternative Rock bands. From this she went on to Oberlin Conservatory to study classical music. It was upon her return to familiar concrete, that Pyeng began searching for her own unique sound. She arrived at a new musical plateau which balanced improvisation and an eclectic repertoire with a healthy instrument." Read more for Pyeng's official bio at pyeng.com

For general and ticket information about the "Elevating" showcase, visit akilaworksongs.com/elevatingakila. Buy your tickets today!

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