Sozo Artists

Sozo Artists Sozo Artists, Inc. is an international arts agency that empowers groundbreaking, risk-taking artists and develops creative content relevant in today’s dynamic and diverse global communities.

We are an international arts agency empowering an inclusive roster of groundbreaking artists of the highest caliber. Founded and led by women, we partner with arts institutions, brands and civic entities, building artistic and cultural bridges through bold, perspective-changing projects, to invoke a vibrant, trusting and compassionate society. We believe in the role of artists as thought partners and catalysts for innovation. With social justice, technology and immersive arts as our three core creative tracks, our global portfolio spans the spectrum of films, digital content, educational residencies, live performances and site-reactive public space activations.

Mission: Sozo enables clients and partners to envision and activate the stories that affirm and enrich our lives, and connect and transform communities through outside the box, artistic content and experiences.

Join BANDALOOP for this free Zoom workshop Thursday, September 17 ❤️
09/16/2020

Join BANDALOOP for this free Zoom workshop Thursday, September 17 ❤️

Join us online this Thursday, Sept 17!

𝘼 𝙉𝙀𝙒 𝙁𝙐𝙏𝙐𝙍𝙀 𝙒𝙄𝙏𝙃 𝙏𝘼𝙎𝙎𝙄𝘼𝙉𝘼 𝙒𝙄𝙇𝙇𝙄𝙎
𝘱𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘥 𝘣𝘺 𝘉𝘈𝘕𝘋𝘈𝘓𝘖𝘖𝘗

This FREE workshop is a project of #LAPublicCanvas, a collaborative performance between Los Angeles artists & BANDALOOP to collectively share stories in live performances at the Ford Theater in 2021 (Covid permitting).

This multi-medium workshop offers an opportunity to
collectively explore themes of sustainability, healing and home during this pivotal time.

As we move toward a new future, it’s critical that we cultivate intentional space to think, create, laugh and transform together!

SEPTEMBER 17, 2020 11:00AM-12:20PM PST.
Free!
ZOOM MEETING ID: 863 579 1824

This Friday at Lincoln Center: Daniel Bernard Roumain & Marc Bamuthi Joseph  👇🏽
09/10/2020
Healing with the ‘Table of Silence Project 9/11’ from Buglisi Dance Theatre and Lincoln Center - DC Metro Theater Arts

This Friday at Lincoln Center: Daniel Bernard Roumain & Marc Bamuthi Joseph 👇🏽

This year marks the nineteenth anniversary of the tragedy of 9/11. To continue their dedication to the difficult healing process, Buglisi Dance Theatre and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, in partnership with Dance/NYC, present a reimagined Table of Silence Project 9/11 – a free annual mult...

09/02/2020
BANDALOOP presents: Breathe Through

Created during our global pandemic, Breathe Through is a new work we conceived, performed, and filmed at home in Oakland, CA.

In the midst of Covid-19, the civil rights uprising in the wake of George Floyd's murder, the California wildfires, and the aftermath of Hurricane Laura in Louisiana & Texas — breathing through challenging times, breathing through our masks: this is a privilege for some of us, and a way for us to honor and remember those who have lost their ability to breathe.

Thank you to our team and our supporters who made this work possible.

Special thanks to the City of Oakland Cultural Funding Program.

BANDALOOP is more than its groundbreaking, awe-inspiring vertical dance. It's risk management and industry leading safet...
08/20/2020

BANDALOOP is more than its groundbreaking, awe-inspiring vertical dance. It's risk management and industry leading safety protocols.

As they continue to create and perform through the pandemic, here is a nice overview of how the Oakland, CA-based dance company is managing the safety of its dancers, riggers, production team, and audience. 👇🏽

BANDALOOP has always taken safety seriously.

As the pandemic continues to evolve, we remain committed to creating, and to upholding & practicing our Culture of Safety. This core tenet of our work extends beyond the mechanics of climbing technology: it is about care of self, of community, and of space.

We look forward to sharing new work with you soon.

Black (W)hole in today's NYT.This a new work that evolved twice this year following Covid-19, then the BLM protests. Fea...
08/11/2020
Making a Connection Between Movement and Social Movements

Black (W)hole in today's NYT.

This a new work that evolved twice this year following Covid-19, then the BLM protests.

Featuring Oakland's Destiny Arts Center youth, written & choreographed by Marc Bamuthi Joseph, as captured by filmmaker Yoram Savion.

“People protest in many different ways,” a young activist in the Bay Area says. For her and others in her performance group, one way is dance.

Tune in this Thursday! 👇🏽
08/10/2020
Death Over Dinner

Tune in this Thursday! 👇🏽

We can't wait for this! We have been invited to spend a little time with one of the most influential changemakers in health care Sonia Rhodes and the Experience Lab - for a deep dive into EOL and Death Over Dinner.

And one of our favorite artists and humans Jon Boogz is joining us to share some thoughts and movement.

Please join us Thursday!

08/04/2020
Season 3 Ep 3 - Part 1: Identity: Your Choice or Mine?

"𝖠𝗋𝗍 𝗂𝗌 𝖺𝖻𝗅𝖾 𝗍𝗈 𝗆𝖺𝗄𝖾 𝗒𝗈𝗎 𝗍𝗁𝗂𝗇𝗄 𝖺𝗇𝗒𝗍𝗁𝗂𝗇𝗀 𝗂𝗌 𝗉𝗈𝗌𝗌𝗂𝖻𝗅𝖾."
- Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky

The newest episode of Art and Technology asks the question, "Are we as free as we strive to be?"
DJ Spooky unpacks how racial stereotypes serve political ends.

Part I of this episode 👇🏽

EPISODE 3: Identity ---------- PART 1: Identity | Your Choice or Mine? ---------- Are we as free as we strive to be? We have become increasingly data-driven ...

Gabriel Prokofiev recently released his latest album Concerto for Turntables & Cello Concerto which showcases turntables...
07/21/2020
Turntablism // Intro to Classic(al) Scratching with Mr Switch — nonclassical

Gabriel Prokofiev recently released his latest album Concerto for Turntables & Cello Concerto which showcases turntables as soloist, and how it can be a classical instrument.

Tomorrow Mr Switch - World DJ Champion, the turntablist on the album, joins Gabriel for an online workshop! Registration link in Gabriel's post 👇🏽

Learn the ins and outs of writing and performing with turntables with award-winning DJ Mr Switch and composer Gabriel Prokofiev.

07/21/2020
Jon Boogz

𝗧𝗜𝗦 𝗢𝗙 𝗧𝗛𝗘𝗘
What is it like to be a black or brown man in America?
Tis of Thee portrays our fears, anxieties, and the traumas African Americans endure from the perpetual social injustices and threat of police brutality. Jon Boogz and Quentin Robinson dedicate this work to the brothers, sisters, and allies on the front lines fighting for the rights of Blackness in America.

Tis Of Thee-
What is it like to be a black or brown man in America? Tis of Thee portrays our fears, anxieties, and the traumas African Americans endure from the perpetual social injustices and threat of police brutality. Director Jon Boogz and Movements4Movements founder Quentin Robinson dedicate this work to the brothers, sisters, and allies on the front lines fighting for the rights of Blackness in America.

Director Jon Boogz

Written Quentin Robinson & Jon Boogz

Produced by Jon Boogz & Quentin Robinson

Movement Artist Jon Boogz Amaleke Bradley Quentin Robinson Bobby Fort II

Director of Photography Cameron McKinlay

Editor Alec B. Clawson

Associate Director Quentin Robinson

Assistant Director Alec B. Clawson

Musicy by Jason Yang & Chizzy

Vocals by Lala Eagle

07/09/2020
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

"If racism is structural, then anti-racism must also be structural."

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts — our national cultural center — has announced their Social Impact Initiatives today.

We're proud of Marc Bamuthi Joseph, KenCen's Vice President & Artistic Director of Social Impact, for leading the charge and ensuring the movement roots down into tangible, systemic change. ✊🏽

"If racism is structural, then anti-racism also must be structural."

Today, we announce a system of Social Impact that we commit to growing as your nation's cultural center.

Learn more about our eight areas of work at bit.ly/KCSocialImpact

Congratulations, BANDALOOP!
07/09/2020
Rainin Foundation Awards Over $580,000 In Arts Grants - Kenneth Rainin Foundation

Congratulations, BANDALOOP!

arts Blog Rainin Foundation Awards Over $580,000 In Arts Grants by Adriana Grino | Jul 8, 2020 | Arts Blog Audrey Johnson and Amber Julian perform Gabriela Sans' "Meditation in movement" as part of Emergent Landscapes. Photo credit: Anna Xu The Kenneth Rainin Foundation awarded over $580,000 to 33 s...

07/09/2020
ASU Gammage

Live now via ASU Gammage --

A Live streamed Poetry reading & in depth Conversation on the - Power Of the People - and Performance with critically Acclaimed Actor & Writer Daniel J. Watts and ASU Artist-In-Residence Lemon Andersen.

07/07/2020
Gabriel Prokofiev

sneak peek at Voyage I 'On Land' from Import/Export - suite for global junk.

work by Gabriel Prokofiev performed by Joby Burgess

60 seconds of Gabriel Prokofiev's 'On Land' performed by Joby Burgess' Powerplant.

Voyage I 'On Land' from Import/Export - suite for global junk features a 44 gallon oil drum and video by Kathy Hinde.

Catch the full video at https://youtu.be/FTH9nqwZsCI

Imagine a world without the arts… #artsinterrupted #artsrelief #keepartsalive
07/01/2020

Imagine a world without the arts…
#artsinterrupted #artsrelief #keepartsalive

"How can I help?"There is a direct correlation between we the people expressing what we want, and momentum around REAL c...
06/25/2020

"How can I help?"

There is a direct correlation between we the people expressing what we want, and momentum around REAL change.
We know many of you are looking for ways to support those on the front lines of #blacklivesmatter.

Here is one way.

We've just launched this limited-release mug with Lemon Andersen. ALL profits are being donated to NourishNYC. The incredible 22 year old founder's story in short: she's a Covid-unemployed New Yorker who was in total isolation due to being severely immunocompromised. When George Floyd was murdered she joined the front lines of the protests, and when providing aid to injured activists one day in Brooklyn, she was maced, one friend beaten, and the other arrested. The next week she launched NourishNYC to provide food and PPE to protesters via partnerships with local small businesses & crowdsourced funds.

Her care has been critical, and her momentum has been tremendous. You can help her with the purchase of this mug, which will be sold out soon. Join us to NourishNYC. 🖤

https://www.ateliersozo.com/collections/use-it/products/nah-b-were-not-done-limited-run-fundraiser-for-nourishnyc

"[I use] performance as a way to not just bring people together...but to create a celestial space or a dream space; a me...
06/23/2020
Bora Yoon: Sound & Vision — Culture Vultures

"[I use] performance as a way to not just bring people together...but to create a celestial space or a dream space; a memory space or a spiritual place."

// BORA YOON in Discover Jersey Arts: https://jerseyartsfeatures.com/content/2020/6/12/bora-yoon-sound-and-vision

Bora Yoon is a Korean-American composer, vocalist, and multi-instrumentalist who creates fascinating soundscapes composed of both audio and visual stimuli. While you may see her playing standard instruments like a piano or violin, she also utilizes found objects and instruments from a variety of cu

Great writeup from San Francisco Classical Voice on Gabriel Prokofiev's latest album. 🎵
06/22/2020
San Francisco Classical Voice

Great writeup from San Francisco Classical Voice on Gabriel Prokofiev's latest album. 🎵

Composer and DJ Gabriel Prokofiev pairs a cello concerto and a concerto for turntables.

𝘖𝘶𝘳 𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘰𝘭𝘷𝘦 𝘪𝘴 𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘰𝘯𝘨𝘦𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘯 𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘳 𝘵𝘰 𝘸𝘪𝘦𝘭𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘱𝘰𝘸𝘦𝘳 𝘰𝘧 𝘢𝘳𝘵𝘪𝘴𝘵𝘪𝘤 𝘦𝘹𝘱𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘴𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘴𝘱𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘴𝘰𝘤𝘪𝘢𝘭 𝘫𝘶𝘴𝘵𝘪𝘤𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘦𝘥𝘶𝘤𝘢...
06/16/2020
Our Position: Black Lives Matter

𝘖𝘶𝘳 𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘰𝘭𝘷𝘦 𝘪𝘴 𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘰𝘯𝘨𝘦𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘯 𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘳 𝘵𝘰 𝘸𝘪𝘦𝘭𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘱𝘰𝘸𝘦𝘳 𝘰𝘧 𝘢𝘳𝘵𝘪𝘴𝘵𝘪𝘤 𝘦𝘹𝘱𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘴𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘴𝘱𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘴𝘰𝘤𝘪𝘢𝘭 𝘫𝘶𝘴𝘵𝘪𝘤𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘦𝘥𝘶𝘤𝘢𝘵𝘦, 𝘴𝘱𝘢𝘳𝘬 𝘴𝘰𝘭𝘶𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯-𝘰𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘥 𝘥𝘪𝘴𝘤𝘰𝘶𝘳𝘴𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘪𝘥𝘦𝘢𝘴, 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘦𝘮𝘱𝘰𝘸𝘦𝘳 𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘤𝘰𝘭𝘭𝘦𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘷𝘦 𝘸𝘩𝘰𝘭𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘪𝘮𝘢𝘨𝘪𝘯𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘤𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘵𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘧𝘶𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘮𝘢𝘳𝘨𝘪𝘯𝘢𝘭𝘪𝘻𝘦𝘥 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘥𝘪𝘮𝘪𝘯𝘪𝘴𝘩𝘦𝘥 𝘴𝘰 𝘥𝘦𝘦𝘱𝘭𝘺 𝘥𝘦𝘴𝘦𝘳𝘷𝘦.

Out now: we share our thoughts on Black Lives Matter, works from our artists to further frame & illuminate the anti-racist movement, and ways to get involved in the community.

The team at Sozo Artists is devastated by the horrific public execution of George Floyd and widespread police brutality being inflicted…

06/15/2020
Yoram Savion

#WeThePeople

Student-led protest in Berkeley, California organized by @mosthateddassa @shayayy__ @ultravi0lettt with drums by @locoblocosf art by @roseahurd from @berkeleyhighschool @destinyartscenter #blacklivesmatter #nojusticenopeace #saytheirnames #georgefloyd #breanataylor

06/15/2020
Willamette Valley Chamber Music Festival

About Face: first in a trilogy taking a closer look at the school to prison pipeline and the role of fathers of black and brown children in the disruption of that paradigm.

directed by Yoram Savion
written by Marc Bamuthi Joseph
composed by Daniel Bernard Roumain
featuring Drew Dollaz
produced by Sozo Media | Rika Iino Melissa Higgins

Black Lives Matter.

In saying so, we say that Black stories matter. Black voices matter. Black experience matters. Black art matters.

We recently came across this powerful short film, 'The Just and the Blind.' Please take take six minutes to watch it.
The music is written by Daniel Bernard Roumain, an extraordinary musician we love and encourage you to keep your eyes out for.

https://youtu.be/2eWQOx9OfGs

06/15/2020
League of American Orchestras

"We ask that Black artists & all artists of color be included in the large & diverse picture of classical music, and that The New York Times do better to be a leader in this fair & equitable practice of telling & sharing the whole truth."

A letter to the Editor in response to this article by Zachary Woolfe:
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/04/arts/music/sheku-kanneh-mason-cello.html

via Daniel Bernard Roumain

A Letter to the Editor of The New York Times:

“The Sheku Effect: A Classical Music Star Rises,” (June 4, 2020) by Zachary Woolfe, classical music editor of The New York Times, celebrates the astounding work and brilliant career of cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason. Regrettably, it also illustrates the unfair and unending practice of erasing Black artists from the history of classical music. This practice not only contributes to the continued absence of Black artists in the accepted history of Western classical music, but supports further exclusion in the industry and reinforces the erasure of the Black musicians on whose shoulders Mr. Kanneh-Mason and others now stand.

Mr. Woolfe writes, “He will be what the classical music world has long lacked: a black headliner.” While it may be true that Mr. Kanneh-Mason will become a top headliner in concerts around the world, it is also true that classical music has a long and rich history of Black artists that have been repeatedly excluded, denied, and ignored. And despite a history of racism, a lack of inclusion, and minimal opportunities to create, perform, and participate, legendary artists such as Marian Anderson, André Watts, and Jessye Norman, to today’s artists including Tai Murray, Sterling Elliott, and Damien Sneed, have soared past the impermeable barriers to enrich the classical music experience for everyone to enjoy, share, and witness.

We ask that Black artists and all artists of color be included in the large and diverse picture of classical music, and that The New York Times do better to be a leader in this fair and equitable practice of telling and sharing the whole truth.

-Aaron Flagg, Chair & Associate Director, Juilliard Jazz
-Colleen Jennings-Roggensack, Vice President of Cultural Affairs & ED, ASU Gammage
-Margaret M. Lioi, CEO, Chamber Music America
-Paola Prestini, Composer/Co-founder & Artistic Director, National Sawdust
-Jesse Rosen, President & CEO, League of American Orchestras
-Daniel Bernard Roumain, Composer/Violinist & Professor, Arizona State University
-Marc A. Scorca, President & CEO, Opera America

06/11/2020
APAP Conference NYC

APAP Conference NYC

Welcome to the fourth session in APAP BREAK/ROOM Conversations!

The current global health crisis revealed an already broken system in which artists, programmers and other cultural workers were working. As we take a collective breath to pause, grieve, rest and reset, we need to name what wasn’t working, accept those failures and talk about how crisis can also lead to systemic change.

06/11/2020
APAP Conference NYC

APAP Conference NYC

Welcome to the third session of APAP BREAK/ROOM Conversations!

Artists, cultural workers, agents and presenters are exploring new ways to collaborate, innovate and redefine programming together. Several have worked to share the burden and fallout of cancellations. What are we learning in the process and what are some precedent-setting strategies?

06/10/2020
APAP Conference NYC

APAP Conference NYC

Welcome to session two of APAP BREAK/ROOM Conversations!

How might we sustain ourselves as individuals and communities through the uncertain present? What’s needed to secure the future of our performing arts ecosystem? Funding partners will play an important role in re-imagining and rebuilding current systems. How are these thought partners supporting immediate innovative thinking to ensure we are still standing in 2022?

06/10/2020
APAP Conference NYC

On now! #APAPBreakRoom

Welcome to the first session of APAP BREAK/ROOM Conversations! While the present and future are uncertain, we can control the choices we make and carve out a new path. What might radical innovation and recovery look like and what role does cultural leadership play in the process?

06/08/2020
Alphabet Rockers Rock the Block - Summer Stride 2020

In case you missed it the other day~
2-time GRAMMY nominees Alphabet Rockers kicked off the San Francisco Public Library's series Local Talent Showcase for Families.

It's a high energy celebration of movement and music fostering joy & community.
Check it out here! ✨👇🏽
#SummerStride2020

Move and groove in a community dance party with two-time GRAMMY nominees @Alphabet Rockers through a celebration of movement and music that fosters joy and c...

Naxos' unCLASSIFIED recently spoke with // BORA YOONspotlighting AAPI who are professional composers, discussing her art...
06/08/2020
unCLASSIFIED

Naxos' unCLASSIFIED recently spoke with // BORA YOON
spotlighting AAPI who are professional composers, discussing her artistic inspiration & Asian American representation within the classical community.
Bora had some beautiful insights—article below!

Discover Classical Music

"Composing the Concerto [for Turntables], I realised just how rich the possibilities are for this instrument in a classi...
06/08/2020
First Person: Gabriel Prokofiev on 14 years of his Concerto for Turntables and Orchestra

"Composing the Concerto [for Turntables], I realised just how rich the possibilities are for this instrument in a classical composition, and my first concerto was just the beginning of my journey with the instrument..the range is immense. Could it be the longed-for expressive controller of recorded and electronic sounds that has been missing from live electronics?"

Gabriel Prokofiev wrote a great piece for The Arts Desk about his Concerto for Turntables:

(link to album in comments!)
https://theartsdesk.com/classical-music/first-person-gabriel-prokofiev-14-years-his-concerto-turntables-and-orchestra

The composer reflects on a 21st century classic, newly recorded. Classical First Person by Gabriel Prokofiev

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