In studio Guest: Liz Lassiter-Vocalist, Eli-Keyboards, Shauen Silent Observer & fone photographer
Often times I think about my first experience of music and subsequently its power. I always think back to when I was a very young child-prone to crying at the drop of milk. My uncle would always make me feel better with a melodic and rhythmic tune that I still remember to this day. Accompanied with some fancy footwork and of course a duet, the tune became a hit, even when the milk stayed in its proper place.
Music, to me, is purpose. Music is transformative. Music is a process-for all spirits involved in creating it. Ultimately, music defines itself differently for different people and that is the beauty of it. A woman of my own musical style, but influenced by originals I describe my style as a neo-jazz fusion with a touch of opera. I loves the elusiveness of jazz, the sincerity of neo-soul, and the challenge of opera. I am inspired by artists like Rachelle Ferrell, Erykah Badu, Nnena Freelon, Amel Larrieux, and Lizz Wright.
A neo to the Twin Cities, I have found incredible support through many artists in the area. From the weekly bar crowd at Plum’s Neighborhood Bar and Grill in St. Paul and spoken word open mic nights at Cafe Southside (where I got my Twin Cities start) to the new family I found in the Solflower Collective and everyone who jams and shares in the harmonies along the way. It is a feeling of appreciation of unappreciated talent. And simply, I am humbled.
Liz will be perform originals by her and maybe an ol standard or two