Climbing PoeTree, Special Audiopharmacy DJ Set by Teao Sense feat. Desirae Harp + Brass Medik, Zena Carlota, Taina Asili

Sun Oct 8 2017

8:00 PM (Doors 7:00 PM)

The New Parish

1743 San Pablo Avenue Oakland, CA 94612

$13 ADV / $18 DOS

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Climbing PoeTree
Special Audiopharmacy DJ Set by Teao Sense feat. Desirae Harp + Brass Medik, Zena Carlota, Taina Asili

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  • Climbing PoeTree

    Climbing PoeTree


    Climbing PoeTree

    Based in Brooklyn, NY with a dedication to the whole planet, Climbing PoeTree harnesses creativity as the antidote to destruction through their boundary-breaking performances. Partners-in-rhyme, Alixa Garcia and Naima Penniman have independently organized more than 30 national and international tours, taking their work from South Africa to Cuba, the UK to Mexico, and throughout the U.S. including 11,000 miles toured on a bus converted to run on recycled vegetable oil. Climbing PoeTree has stirred crowds at diverse venues from the Brooklyn Academy of Music to the United Nations, Harvard University to Rikers Island Prison. They have been featured alongside powerhouses such as Alicia Keys, Janelle Monáe, Erykah Badu, Maxwell, Little Dragon, Talib Kweli, MC Lyte, Madonna, Goapele, Rising Appalachia, Angelique Kidjou, T.I. and Dead Prez. Their lyricism is a medium to expose injustice, catalyze healing, and to make a better future visible and irresistible.


    Climbing PoeTree returns to Oakland, on tour with their latest album INTRINSIC~ a new collection of 17 rebel-rousing anthems, bilingual ballads, and unconventional love songs. Alixa and Naima will be performing selections from INTRINSIC with live musicians and vocalists, alchemizing their brazen lyricism into soulful compositions bridging hip-hop, rock, blues, folk, and Afro-Latin beats. The new body of work explores the inescapable network of mutuality that binds our existence through the ricochet of oppression and the reciprocity of liberation, reminding us that we belong to each other.

  • Special Audiopharmacy DJ Set by Teao Sense feat. Desirae Harp + Brass Medik

    Special Audiopharmacy DJ Set by Teao Sense feat. Desirae Harp + Brass Medik


    Audiopharmacy (live ensemble): a Global Hip Hop/Dub band who tours abroad playing concerts as Official Ambassadors of American culture and music, while also visiting orphanages and schools to facilitate musical workshops. 

    Audiopharmacy Prescriptions (APP): a SF-based intl. art collective and movement promoting art, expression, and freedom united by common morals and love for community. It consists of avant-garde musicians, dancers, DJ/producers, photographers, filmmakers, writers, activists, philosophers, body healers, event organizers, and more. Each member world-wide, showcases his/her unique view of consciousness, empowerment, & respect for life through their art. 

    APP creates projects provide audio, visual & community healing geared to soothe the senses, and feed the soul. We strive to educate ourselves and others in the implementation of sustainable (life/living) and work practices while being able to enjoy every moment. The collective is also dedicated to collaborative work & community building outside the collective, as well as promoting awareness on living in harmony with our neighbors and Mother Earth herself.

  • Zena Carlota

    Zena Carlota


    zena carlota is a composer, multi-instrumentalist, visual and theater artist whose work navigates the space between dreams, ancestry and memory through sound and imagery. Her practice as an artist is to weave the tenuous boundaries of matter and spirit into form through storytelling, puppetry, mask-making and live sonic ceremonies inspired by the Jaliyaa tradition of West Africa.

    The past ten years of studying the Kora, a 21-string West African bridge harp that originates from the Malian Empire during the 13th century, enabled Zena to live and travel in the US, West Africa and Europe, studying both ritual and experimental forms of indigenous string music and storytelling with masters from The Gambia, and Guineau; most recently completing an intensive training in Paris with Grammy award winner, and Kora virtuoso, Toumani Diabate of Mali. 

    These teachings are the threads that have allowed Zena to combine the ancient past with the present moment, using language as both a sacred invocation of her ancestry, and musical inspiration, by singing traditional and original songs in English, Bambara, French, Arabic and Spanish. 

    "The Confidence of Birds" is Zena's debut album inspired by the the Sufi poem "The Conference of the Birds" written by the Persian poet Attar of Nishapur, which details the mythic journey of birds in search of enlightenment. Funded by a grant from The Center for Cultural Innovation in San Francisco, the album was penned by Zena on Kora and Ùkelele and features original string trio and string quintet arrangements from Bay Area composers Minna Choi (founder, Magik Magik Orchestra), Omid Zoufonoun (Principal Conductor, Oakland Symphony Youth Orchestra), Bassist Shuyler Karr (San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra) and Cellist Misha Khalikulov.

    Recorded onto analog tape at Tiny Telephone Studios in San Francisco during 2015-2016, Zena’s first album culturally explores the relationship between West African string music, classical chamber music and folk pop while embodying the journey from gravity to levity in song.

  • Taina Asili

    Taina Asili


    Puerto Rican vocalist Taína Asili carries on the tradition of her ancestors, fusing past and present struggles into one soulful and defiant voice. Her newest artistic work is with la Banda Rebelde (the Rebel Band), a six piece international ensemble based in Albany, NY. This dynamic force brings love, resistance, and ancestral remembrance to venues, festivals, conferences and political events across the globe. Powerful vocals laid over an energetic fusion of Afro-Caribbean, reggae, rock, and hip hop sounds, the band’s eclectic style represents the diversity of its members, who have origins in Puerto Rico, Sicily, Greece, Spain, Brazil and Ghana. Taína Asili’s voice exudes strength of Spirit, filling its listeners with the fervor of freedom and inspiring audiences to dance to the movement of rebellion. 

    Taína Asili y la Banda Rebelde released their debut album War Cry in 2010, which has already begun to gain international attention. With an uncompromising lyrical integrity and sound that spans continents, the multilingual album War Cry interblends the energy of Ojos de Brujo, the soul of Lila Downs and the defiance of Rage Against the Machine. Journalist Josh Potter of the Metroland, Albany, NY’s alternative newsweekly, describes War Cry as “a pan-global roots-musical mélange that appeals to the struggle of tradition to envision a world of social justice.”

    Taína Asili [tahy-ee-nah ah-see-lee] hails from Philadelphia, PA and Albany, NY where she has worked as a musician, poet, educator and community organizer for over 10 years. She has shared the stage with renowned artists such as Ursula Rucker, Sonia Sanchez, Talib Kweli, Dead Prez, Immortal Technique, Pamela Means, Paula Cole, and Tyrone Hill of The Sun Ra Arkestra. Taína was a winner of the 2005 Transformation Award given by the Leeway Foundation each year to a select few of women artists who profoundly use their work towards social change. She was voted “Best Poet” in 2006 and “Best World Music” in 2010 by the Metroland. She has performed from Montreal to San Francisco and from Mexico to Spain capturing the hearts of her listeners.

    “If you look at our history,” she says, “you see over and over that music has played a central role in changing how people think, for the good and bad. How we make change in the larger political landscape starts with how we affect one another individually, and music brings message in a way that opens people—their heart, mind, spirit.”

    Taína’s performance history and experience is as eclectic as her artistic work. Her father a Latin-jazz conductor, vocalist and congero, and her mother an Afro-Caribbean dancer, Taína was strongly influenced by the music which surrounded her childhood. She was raised in upstate NY, trained as a European classical vocalist. Taína later found punk rock, and for eight years wrote and sang songs of rage and resistance with Antiproduct, touring the country several times and putting out four albums internationally. Throughout her career, Taína has performed and recorded soulful back-up vocals for numerous bands including jam band Yolk, Puerto Rican punk band Ricanstruction, and hip hop/rock band Broadcast Live. 

    In her move to Philadelphia, Taína fell in love with spoken word and began writing and performing as a solo poet around the country. Her poetic work has been featured in a number of CD collections. She can also be witnessed in Scene and Not Heard, a documentary about women and hip hop culture in Philadelphia, also featuring Bahamadia and Monie Love.

    She began facilitating poetry workshops at Taller Puertorriqueño, a Puerto Rican cultural center based in North Philadelphia where she taught local Puerto Rican youth about the current struggle and resistance movement in Vieques, Puerto Rico, using poetry and drawing as their expressive voice. Taína has since taught poetry writing workshops for both children and adults, with a focus on marginalized populations including incarcerated women, refugees and union workers. She has her MA in Transformative Language Arts from Goddard College. 

    The folkloric arts of Latin American and Spain have captured her heart in new ways. Currently, Taína Asili and guitarist Gaetano Vaccaro perform folkloric music from Latin America and flamenco from Spain. Together they have studied at Flamenco Latino in NYC, and Taller Flamenco and El Centro de Arte y Flamenco de Sevilla in Seville, Spain.

    Taína is dedicated to using her art as a tool for personal and social transformation. Her art is not only political, but based in the concrete organizing she is in involved in, working in political prisoner liberation, prisoner rights, indigenous rights, environmental justice, and holistic health movements for over a decade. However, Taína’s main revolutionary and artistic work involves raising her child… her best artistic inspiration.

Climbing PoeTree
Special Audiopharmacy DJ Set by Teao Sense feat. Desirae Harp + Brass Medik, Zena Carlota, Taina Asili

Sun Oct 8 2017 8:00 PM

(Doors 7:00 PM)

The New Parish Oakland CA
Climbing PoeTree, Special Audiopharmacy DJ Set by Teao Sense feat. Desirae Harp + Brass Medik, Zena Carlota, Taina Asili
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$13 ADV / $18 DOS All Ages

Under 21 must buy $5 drink ticket at the door.