Doors, Bar & Restaurant open at 5:30. Music at 8:00. No Cover. Donations encouraged.
Sunday April 19
Thana Alexa presents ONA
Singer and composer Thana Alexa, voted a Downbeat Critic's Poll Rising Star Vocalist for four consecutive years, launches her new album, ONA. Alexa's rich voice is complemented by looping and electronic textures in music exploring the complex theme of womanhood. Joining Alexa's performance - her husband, five-time Grammy® winner, drummer, percussionist, Antonio Sánchez!
“Thana Alexa’s ONA is an exquisite work embodying boundless creativity and genre that stretches to every corner of the Earth, and the imagination. ONA is a story of strength, authenticity, and the deeply grounding nature of the divine feminine” - Becca Stevens, Singer/Songwriter/Multi-instrumentalist
"Perhaps the single most inspirational quality to Thana Alexa is her understanding that one’s voice is not something to be wasted. - Imran Mirza, UK Vibe
Thana Alexa: Voice/ loops/ effects
Jordan Peters: Guitar
Maya Kronfeld: Piano/ keys
Matt Brewer: Electric & acoustic bass
Antonio Sánchez: Drums
Alexa's latest album, ONA (the word for “she” in her family’s native Croatian language), Thana Alexa explores the complex theme of what it means to be a woman. Musically, ONA is a departure from Alexa's first album Ode to Heroes (Harmonia Mundi/Jazz Village),. Rooted in jazz, it showcases Alexa's sonic pallet inspired by contemporary soul, world music and pop. Thana's use of her voice as both a lyrical and experimental instrument, her use of atmospheric sounds, electronics, soundscapes and textures, all give way to a hybrid sound that is uniquely her own and defies classification. Available March 27, 2020.
Alexa made her mark in 2015 with her well-received debut album, Ode to Heroes, which she toured in the United States and Europe. She was nominated for a PORIN - Croatia's Grammy equivalent - for Best Jazz Composition and also won the international Jazzon Alpe Adria Composition Competition. She has since been in the Downbeat Magazine Rising Star Female Vocalist Poll for four consecutive years (2016-2019). Most recently, in recognition of the uniqueness of ONA, Alexa recently received the first music production grant ever awarded in New York City by the Cafe Royal Cultural Foundation.
Perhaps Alexa’s most important and ongoing collaboration has been with her husband, five-time Grammy® winner Antonio Sánchez . Together with his band Migration in which she is the vocalist and lyricist, they have recorded and toured three critically acclaimed albums, including the most recent CAM Jazz recording Lines in the Sand. She has also toured and recorded four albums with guitarist Gene Ess and appeared as a vocalist with bassist Michael Olatuja's Lagos Pepper Soup among others.
Alexa’s ONA is much more than an album. It is a call to action that has reshaped the artist’s identity. Alexa concludes,
"ONA conveys what I have learned about the lives of women, starting with my own, our experiences, our emotions, our sexuality, our worth, and our ability to overcome injustice by fighting for what we believe in."
No woman or man will be untouched by ONA's universal message.