Wednesday, August 16, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Marcus Garvey Park
124th St. and Fifth Ave., Manhattan
Grammy award winning musician/composer/producer with boundless dimensions
Bilal Sayeed Oliver grew up in Philadelphia, in a musically diverse home. He matriculated at the famed New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in NYC, immersing himself in city music culture and rubbing elbows with the likes of Common, The Roots and Erykah Badu. Bilal dropped his middle and last name, and in 2001 became a critical darling as he released his debut album 1st Born Second, which featured production by Dr. Dre, and reached #31 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart (featuring the #18 Top R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart track “Soul Sista”). Praised for his uncanny vocal range (from freeform to falsetto), Bilal was compared to Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and Prince. His follow-up, Love for Sale, had an entirely different feel from his first effort, with live instrumentation and some avant-garde stylings. Before it was officially released, the album was leaked on the internet, but widespread adulation and copious downloads prompted Bilal to tour across the country. His next studio album came in 2010, Airtight’s Revenge, a highly experimental compendium of jazz, hip-hop, electronic, rock, soul, & blues. With 2013’s A Love Surreal, Bilal dipped into more sensual, bitterly romantic tones with acoustic backups. A commercial hit, it went to No. 1 on iTunes’ R&B Chart and No. 17 on Billboard’s Independent Albums Chart and No. 19 on the R&B Albums Chart. His latest, 2015’s In Another Life, is a retrospective wonder as well.
DJ Reborn is a trailblazing, international DJ, sound collage artist, hip hop theater musical director and arts educator. She has spent the last two decades utilizing her passion for music and her skills as a DJ within these worlds to make an impact. Reborn has a myriad of impressive accomplishments including her time as a DJ/creative writing mentor for teen girls at Urban Word NYC, DJ instructor and curriculum designer for Dubspot and currently as a mentor at The Lower Eastside Girl’s Club In the .music world, she has opened shows for The Roots and John Legend and in the art world has spun for celebrated artists Kara Walker, Wangheci Mutu and Carrie Mae Weems. She has deejayed on BET and for the live telecast of the NAACP Image Awards as well as the MSNBC telecast of the One Nation Rally at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC. She has graced many stages including The Kennedy Center, The Apollo and The Sydney Opera House in Australia. In the theater world she has provided live soundscapes for activists Eve Ensler’s V-Day project and Howard Zinn’s Voices of a People and was the musical director and DJ for Will Power’s FLOW as well as the tour DJ for Russell Simmons Tony award winning Def Poetry Jam. DJ Reborn recently conceived,created and performed a theater piece about and featuring all women DJs. She continues to build a unique and dynamic resume that sets her apart from many in her field.