Sozo Artists

Sozo Artists Sozo Artists, Inc. is a global creative arts agency representing a boutique roster of dynamic, multi-cultural performing artists and content creators
We represent BANDALOOP LIL BUCK HUANG YI MARC BAMUTHI JOSEPH ASHLEY BATHGATE DBR | DANIEL BERNARD ROUMAIN PAUL D. MILLER | DJ SPOOKY GABRIEL PROKOFIEV BORA YOON THE HOLLADAY BROTHERS JON BOOGZ VICTORIA HANNA GALLIM DANCE

08/17/2019
Sozo Artists

See these two LEGENDS present a work-in-progress excerpt at SummerStage NYC on Wednesday Aug 21!

Carnival of the Animals: a whimsical story of our shifting societal values told through the lens of the classic work, is a new evening length piece by spoken word artist & activist Marc Bamuthi Joseph, legendary dancer Wendy Whelan, and acclaimed choreographer Francesca Harper.

Rooted in the iconic Saint-Saëns composition dating back to 1886, this contemporary vision comes to life with poignant spoken word and transcendent movement, creating a multidisciplinary mixtape sampled with the creators' own personal journeys to reframe their relationships to gender, race, and a perpetually evolving understanding of the world. Carnival of the Animals reaches across genres and generations to unite and energize audiences with a breathtaking performance of body, voice, and sound.

https://www.sozoartists.com/carnival

Carnival of the Animals: a whimsical story of our shifting societal values told through the lens of the classic work, is a new evening length piece by spoken word artist & activist BAMUTHI, legendary dancer Wendy Whelan, and acclaimed choreographer Francesca Harper.

Rooted in the iconic Saint-Saëns composition dating back to 1886, this contemporary vision comes to life with poignant spoken word and transcendent movement, creating a multidisciplinary mixtape sampled with the creators' own personal journeys to reframe their relationships to gender, race, and a perpetually evolving understanding of the world. Carnival of the Animals reaches across genres and generations to unite and energize audiences with a breathtaking performance of body, voice, and sound.

BAMUTHI | Spoken Word
Wendy Whelan | Dance
Francesca Harper | Choreographer
Booking and worldwide representation: Sozo Artists, Inc. Email: [email protected]

08/10/2019
Sziget Festival Official

This just happened 🥳 Drew Dollaz on the Sziget Festival Official main stage. Congratulations Drew!!!

Love Revolution presents: Movement for Human Rights - Drew Dollaz
Check out the Brooklyn-based flexing pioneer’s performance live from the Island of Freedom. Drew Dollaz has performed and partnered with artists like Madonna, Rihanna, Skrillex and many more!
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Love Revolution bemutatja: Mozgalom az Emberi Jogokért Drew Dollaz táncossal
Nézz bele a brooklyni táncos Drew Dollaz Szigetes fellépésébe. A táncos többek között fellépett már olyan művészekkel, mint Madonna, Rihanna vagy Skrillex!

08/08/2019
Official trailer | FEAR presented by Sozo Media

FEAR - Coming September 2019
sozoartists.com/aboutface

The threat is your inheritance /
Rejecting it is perilous /
Sometimes the guilty stand paralyzed /
and the innocent run...

Directed by Yoram Savion
Written by Marc Bamuthi Joseph
Composed by Daniel Bernard Roumain
DP: Gabrielle Blackwood
AD: Anna-Sharé Blake
Sound and Editor: Benjamin Tarquin
Produced by Rika Iino, Melissa Higgins and Yoram Savion | Sozo Artists
Cast: MayaWilkinson and Yoram Savion
Starring: Sole ThelWell, Zaria Diarra, Everaldo Creary and Jeff Crossley

08/08/2019
Pioneers of vertical dance return to Budapest

After the success of DANCE ON BUDAPEST, we were thrilled to have BANDALOOP return to the twinkling city on the Danube in April 2019 for the European premiere of STRINGS at MÜPA. The live indoor-outdoor performance was developed with internationally acclaimed composer, producer, and DJ Gabriel Prokofiev and commissioned by Meany Center for the Performing Arts.

Here's a glimpse into the premiere.
Filmed & edited by James Adamson.

Special thanks to the world class Müpa Budapest team and BANDALOOP dancers and leadership.

Next weekend marks the 5th anniversary of Ferguson.As Sozo reflects on where our greater community has been since then, ...
08/03/2019
"You Have the Rite"

Next weekend marks the 5th anniversary of Ferguson.

As Sozo reflects on where our greater community has been since then, and visualizes where we need to be collectively heading toward...this.

Launched today on TED -- Marc Bamuthi Joseph's 'You Have the Rite.'

In a breathtaking, jazz-inflected spoken-word performance, TED Fellow Marc Bamuthi Joseph shares a Black father's tender and wrenching internal reflection on the pride and terror of seeing his son enter adulthood.

We're over the moon that this podcast (Arianna Huffington's Meditative Story) has launched. It delves into timely ideas ...
07/31/2019
Arianna Huffington: This Podcast Will Give You the Reset You Need In Our Always-On World

We're over the moon that this podcast (Arianna Huffington's Meditative Story) has launched.

It delves into timely ideas which benefit us all AND features the most lovely music from Ryan and Hays Holladay (The Holladay Brothers) 🥰 congratulations, guys! This is amazing.

"Meditative Story" combines two of the most powerful and proven transformational tools.

07/30/2019
Serial Pictures

Awesome news today for Jon Boogz~~
We're stoked to team up with the incredible minds at Serial Pictures and for Boogz to join the ranks of Serial's groundbreaking directors. 🔥🔥🔥

Join us in congratulating Boogz!

We are thrilled to welcome director, movement artist and choreographer Jon Boogz to Serial Pictures for director representation for commercials, branded entertainment, and music videos! Check out his reel: https://www.serialpictures.com/directors/jon-boogz/

07/11/2019
Sozo Artists

🥁 Drumroll!!! 🥁
ABOUT FACE premieres on the silver screen this week Film at Lincoln Center !

Honored to share that our short film is an Official Selection of Dance Films Association.
The 47th annual #DanceOnCameraFestival “offers a broad spectrum of artists who are making a difference, pushing boundaries, and offering a fresh perspective” (Liz Wolff, Co-Curator).

Learn about the film, & join us at the premiere: tiny.cc/aboutface_premiere.

DIRECTOR | Yoram Savion, YAK Films
SPOKEN WORD | Marc Bamuthi Joseph
COMPOSER | Daniel Bernard Roumain
DANCER | Drew Dollaz
PRODUCERS | Rika Iino & Melissa Higgins

ABOUT FACE puts a different spin on the school to prison pipeline and the role of fathers of black and brown children in the disruption of that paradigm.

Based on original spoken word poetry by Marc Bamuthi Joseph and directed by YAK Films, ABOUT FACE features choreographer, dancer and actor Drew Dollaz and musical score by Daniel Bernard Roumain.

NYC - we'll see you onstage in a few hours for the sold out world premiere of The Just and The Blind Carnegie Hall!

Short film byYAK Films with poetry by Marc Bamuthi Joseph music by Daniel Roumain dance by Drew Dollaz
Featuring brittsense.com Somi #thejustandtheblind #flexingforchange #schooltoprisonpipeline #powertothepeople #blacklivesmatter

Featuring (in order of appearance)
Drew Dollaz - the son
Kendall Lovekin - pregnant girlfriend
Kai Omari - toddler
Jazz Monique Hudson - mother
Ababacar Kouyate - child
Sadiq Scott, Jazz Hardirict, Marlei Gandhi and Haaziq Al-Musawwir - students
Sophie Becker - teacher
Nassor Ngozi Umi At-thinnin - teen
Tee Seven - BART dancer
Garion Justice - BART dancer and son’s friend
Javier Ochoa - BART police officer
M’Kai Joseph - young man
Ajai Kasim - young man’s friend

Spoken word poetry by Marc Bamuthi Joseph
Music by Daniel Roumain
Choreographed by Andrew Boyce aka Drew Dollaz @drewdollaz
Directed, filmed and edited by Yoram Savion with sound design Benjamin Tarquin and Editing Consulting by Kash Gaines | YAK Films
Production assistance by Kanukai Chigamba, Akeila Tolson, Javier Ochoa
Produced by Rika Iino and Melissa Higgins | Sozo Artists

Poetry and music are based on The Just and the Blind, a work commissioned by Carnegie Hall https://www.carnegiehall.org

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Special thanks to Ile Omode School http://www.ileomode.org/
Bianca Cabrera (@carmelita_bancini) and Roel Seeber (@roelseeber), Black Pine Circle School, StudioToBe Oakland (@studiotobe)
Face Paint by @therealbobbyarte
Car provided by @carv.76
Created with support from The Ford Foundation

On Instagram:
@yakfilms
@drewdollaz
@bamuthi360
@danielroumain
@bamuthi360
@sozoartists
@rikaiino
@exigeante

© YAK FILMS 2019

07/04/2019
FUNERAL FOR AMERICA | a movement art short film by Jon Boogz

On this day where we as Americans honor our freedoms - Jon Boogz encourages us to consider a freedom of a different sort...that is ours to embrace.

#4thofjuly

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For the USA to celebrate its present and future successes, it must come to terms with its past.

On our nation’s birthday, in the midst of the most pivotal era of our generation, the movement artistry of FUNERAL FOR AMERICA urges us to draw out and examine our flaws. Director and Movement Artist Jon Boogz challenges fellow Americans to purge from our fabric the racism, violence, bigotry, misogyny, and intra-community degradation that is so incongruous with the ideologies of the home of the free.

In achieving freedom from our past, we can envision our future—one that brims with hope, good will, and equality.

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CREDITS

A Movement Art short film by Jon Boogz
@jonboogz

Director of Photography
Cameron McKinlay @cmckinlay

Producers
Boogz Media Inc
Distinct Visuals @distnctvisuls

Spoken word artist & writer
Robin Sanders @rsanders182

Movement artists
Jon Boogz @jonboogz
Trent Jeray @trentjeray
JRock Nelson @jrockabm
Amaleke “KIDD” Bradley @kidd_themonster
Antonio “Turbo” Allen @tonio.allen

Actors
Reimy Jones @reimyjones
Harry Iota Lundy @i.o.t.a_
Bryn Schofield @6ryn
Howard Pheelgood @pheelgoodshowtime
Terri Arcelia @terriarcelia
Alexandria Bell @aluni888
Gabriel Torres @gabriel.garciaa_
Le Roi Bishop @_leeroi_

Music
Chizzy @iamchizzyy
Boston Children’s Chorus with Musical Director Anthony King @bostonchildrenschorus

Costume Design
Castille Ritter @castille_

Director & Choreographer Jon Boogz

Special Thanks:
Michael Hebb @michael_hebb
Sozo Artists @sozoartists

06/26/2019
Robots and humans: a dance duet | HUANG YI AND KUKA

The internationally acclaimed work HUANG YI & KUKA is celebrating its 75th performance this week in Weimar, Germany!

Dancer, choreographer, and inventor Huang's lifelong fascination with robots and humanity comes to life in this work that successfully weaves human emotion in to KUKA, an industrial robot he programs to dance.

Vice中国 calls HUANG YI & KUKA the "perfect combination of tremendous technological complexity and superior artistic standard."

Learn more about this groundbreaking work that continues to tour worldwide -- link in comments below!

Sozo Artists
06/05/2019

Sozo Artists

Love Heals All WoundsPhoto by Colin Hornett
05/24/2019

Love Heals All Wounds
Photo by Colin Hornett

05/23/2019
Vertical dance pioneers BANDALOOP - Kuala Lumpur debut!

In March 2019, BANDALOOP made its Malaysian debut on the walls of the beautiful Pullman Kuala Lumpur City Centre for the 8th World Summit on Arts and Culture. A global gathering of leading cultural ambassadors, policy makers, and researchers, this annual event takes an in-depth look on how to actively lead change in the world.

BANDALOOP is honored to have been selected as the USA’s cultural diplomats, deepening friendships and alliances and helping to shift misconceptions to a common ground of shared values. In a rapidly evolving global landscape, these efforts are more important than ever.

Special thanks to National Endowment for the Arts, International Federation of Arts Councils and Cultural Agencies, MidAtlantic Arts Foundation, the US Embassy in Malaysia, and Malaysian collaborators Ask Dance Company.

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Director | James Adamson
Executive Producer | Thomas Cavanagh
Technical Director & Drone Operator | Michael Rogers
Dancers | Becca Dean, Jessica McKee, Jessica Swanson, Melecio Estrella, Roel Seeber, Virginia Broyles
Riggers | Braden Mayfield, Derrick Lindsay

Additional production support | Sozo Artists

05/13/2019
fuse

This was so good ❤️

Memories from the US premiere of Dökk at MUTEK San Francisco are still vivid. More dates coming soon.

03/25/2019
Jon Boogz

May 23rd world premiere at CAP UCLA. An evening length show that blends street dance, contemporary designs, and powerful narratives to make things right with the world. In 2020 we'll also be releasing a documentary film based on this show. TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW! http://tiny.cc/mai_ucla

MAIIs having our WORLD premiere for the new refreshed version of “Love Heals All Wounds” on May 23rd at Royce Hall UCLA CAP UCLA .Our amazing cast and creative team has been working extremely hard to create something new & magical. Trust me LA you don’t want to miss this!! A Powerful show with a powerful message. Thank you Timothy Randm Salaz for editing this trailer. TIX: http://tiny.cc/mai_ucla

#TheJustAndTheBlind 💥
03/18/2019

#TheJustAndTheBlind 💥

“But it was the raw, cry from the soul new work, ‘The Just and the Blind,’ that has stayed with me from my marathon. Part of Carnegie’s 125 Commissions Project, begun in honor of the hall’s 125th birthday in 2016, it’s a 60-minute piece by the spoken-word poet Marc Bamuthi Joseph, with music by Daniel Bernard Roumain … The work is driven by Mr. Joseph’s stinging, brilliant words and is structured as a series of vignettes. Mr. Joseph voices the thoughts of a black father who admits to being afraid when, at night, he walks past young black men who look the same age as his son. Every day, he tells his son, the boy’s main mission in life is ‘to come home to me.’ … Is this classical music? Perhaps not by traditional definitions. But it speaks to where Carnegie has come that it fit in at the hall just as well as the Vienna Philharmonic.”—The New York Times https://nyti.ms/2EYa3jQ

Photo: Fadi Kheir Photography

#SOZOwithus
03/14/2019

#SOZOwithus

The New York Times review for Carnegie Hall's world premiere of The Just and The Blind is in - and it is incredible.  Ta...
03/12/2019
Nine Concerts in Seven Days at the World’s Most Famous Concert Hall

The New York Times review for Carnegie Hall's world premiere of The Just and The Blind is in - and it is incredible.

Take a look!

Marc Bamuthi Joseph Daniel Bernard Roumain Drew Dollaz Somi brittsense.com Lisa Armstrong Xia Gordon David Szlasa Rika Iino Ichun Yeh Melissa Higgins Annie March Dana Greenfield Chisa Yamaguchi Joanna Bowzer & Michael John Garcés

Carnegie Hall manages to present the vast sprawl of the classical field in the 21st century better than almost anywhere else.

Sozo Artists
03/10/2019

Sozo Artists

A milestone. More to come.
03/10/2019

A milestone. More to come.

“The Just and the Blind,” commissioned by Carnegie Hall, received its world premiere on March 5 in Zankel Hall. Composer-violinist Daniel Bernard Roumain, spoken-word artist Marc Bamuthi Joseph, flexing pioneer Drew Dollaz, and vocalist Somi brought their distinct arts together in a striking performance that explored racial profiling in America with a post-concert talk.

Photos: Fadi Kheir Photography

Longtime collaborators composer-violinist Daniel Bernard Roumain and spoken-word artist Marc Bamuthi Joseph are joined b...
03/09/2019

Longtime collaborators composer-violinist Daniel Bernard Roumain and spoken-word artist Marc Bamuthi Joseph are joined by street dance pioneer Drew Dollaz in The Just and the Blind, commissioned by Carnegie Hall. Framed by visually striking photography and animation projections, the multimedia work explores racial profiling and the prison-industrial complex in a series of short vignettes that include music, dance, and spoken word.

Longtime collaborators composer-violinist Daniel Bernard Roumain and spoken-word artist Marc Bamuthi Joseph are joined by street dance pioneer Drew Dollaz in The Just and the Blind, commissioned by Carnegie Hall. Framed by visually striking photography and animation projections, the multimedia work explores racial profiling and the prison-industrial complex in a series of short vignettes that include music, dance, and spoken word.

We are the haus of Sozo.Imagine, create, and experience with us.📸 Dana Greenfield
03/09/2019

We are the haus of Sozo.

Imagine, create, and experience with us.

📸 Dana Greenfield

03/05/2019
The Just and The Blind | @yakfilms x @sozoartists

ABOUT FACE puts a different spin on the school to prison pipeline and the role of fathers of black and brown children in the disruption of that paradigm.

Based on original spoken word poetry by Marc Bamuthi Joseph and directed by YAK Films, ABOUT FACE features choreographer, dancer and actor Drew Dollaz and musical score by Daniel Bernard Roumain.

NYC - we'll see you onstage in a few hours for the sold out world premiere of The Just and The Blind Carnegie Hall!

Short film byYAK Films with poetry by Marc Bamuthi Joseph music by Daniel Roumain dance by Drew Dollaz
Featuring brittsense.com Somi #thejustandtheblind #flexingforchange #schooltoprisonpipeline #powertothepeople #blacklivesmatter

Featuring (in order of appearance)
Drew Dollaz - the son
Kendall Lovekin - pregnant girlfriend
Kai Omari - toddler
Jazz Monique Hudson - mother
Ababacar Kouyate - child
Sadiq Scott, Jazz Hardirict, Marlei Gandhi and Haaziq Al-Musawwir - students
Sophie Becker - teacher
Nassor Ngozi Umi At-thinnin - teen
Tee Seven - BART dancer
Garion Justice - BART dancer and son’s friend
Javier Ochoa - BART police officer
M’Kai Joseph - young man
Ajai Kasim - young man’s friend

Spoken word poetry by Marc Bamuthi Joseph
Music by Daniel Roumain
Choreographed by Andrew Boyce aka Drew Dollaz @drewdollaz
Directed, filmed and edited by Yoram Savion with sound design Benjamin Tarquin and Editing Consulting by Kash Gaines | YAK Films
Production assistance by Kanukai Chigamba, Akeila Tolson, Javier Ochoa
Produced by Rika Iino and Melissa Higgins | Sozo Artists

Poetry and music are based on The Just and the Blind, a work commissioned by Carnegie Hall https://www.carnegiehall.org

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Special thanks to Ile Omode School http://www.ileomode.org/
Bianca Cabrera (@carmelita_bancini) and Roel Seeber (@roelseeber), Black Pine Circle School, StudioToBe Oakland (@studiotobe)
Face Paint by @therealbobbyarte
Car provided by @carv.76
Created with support from The Ford Foundation

On Instagram:
@yakfilms
@drewdollaz
@bamuthi360
@danielroumain
@bamuthi360
@sozoartists
@rikaiino
@exigeante

© YAK FILMS 2019

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