From NYUAD The Arts Center:
The extraordinary American singer-songwriter-guitarist Toshi Reagon’s new opera blends science fiction with African American spiritualism to construct a mesmerizing meditation on the future of human civilization.
Adapted from the post-apocalyptic novel by Octavia Butler, the extraordinary American singer-songwriter-guitarist Toshi Reagon’s new opera blends science fiction with African-American spiritualism and deep insights on gender and race to construct a mesmerizing meditation on the future of human civilization. Written in collaboration with her mother Bernice Johnson Reagon, the iconic singer and founder of the vocal group Sweet Honey in the Rock, Parable of the Sower is a work of rare power and beauty: at once philosophically profound and a wild entertainment.
“Fierce and uncompromising…a shower of retro funk, urban blues, and folk…to hear her is to believe.”
—The New Yorker
- Clearwater’s Great Hudson Revival Festival
- Winnepeg Folk Festival
- Edmonton Folk Festival
- Vancouver Folk Festival
- Newport Folk Festival
- Raise Your Voice
Toshi Reagon and BIGLovely: Music and Appearances
- Africans in America, WGBH
Toshi Reagon: Musician, Composer, Associate Producer
Toshi Reagon and Bernice Johnson Reagon: Music and lyrics
Toshi Reagon: Musical director, performer
This inspiring story is told through unpretentious, fluent songs that are amalgams of folk, rockabilly and gospel performed with gorgeously full-throated gusto by a talented cast of 10.
”Read the full New York Times review