To celebrate the holiday season, musicians will perform seasonal favorites in the lobby of One Liberty Plaza during lunchtime from December 17 through December 19 from 12:30-1:30pm.
- December 17: Celisse
- December 18: Ani Cordero
- December 19: The Brandee Younger & Dezron Douglas Duo
ABOUT THE ARTISTS:
CELISSE HENDERSON is a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, performer and spoken word artist. Her deep and varied career has seen her in concert, at venues ranging from the Beacon Theater, supporting Mariah Carey, Madison Square Garden supporting Kesha at the 60th annual Grammy Awards, The Greek Theater in Trey Anastasio’s Ghosts of the Forest, and the Apollo Theater with Melissa Etheridge; as well starring in the recent revival of Godspell at Circle in the Square Theater, singing in Bridget Everett’s Rock Bottom at Joe’s Pub at The Public; and appearing on television, in PBS’s The Electric Company,30 Rock, Rescue Me, The Big C and more. But it’s her prodigious talents as a singer-songwriter and musician that have defined Celisse the most as an artist. Her original music, powered by her soulful voice, is hard-rocking and blues-tinged with infectious hooks that stay with you. For this special holiday performance Celisese will be joined by Thad DeBrock on guitar.
ANI CORDERO is a passionate Puerto Rican singer, songwriter, drummer, guitarist, and activist, living in NYC. In 2014, Ani released an album entitled Recordar (Remember), which re-imagined songs by influential Latin American songwriters of the turbulent “Nueva Cancion” era, including Victor Jara, Violeta Parra, Chavela Vargas, and Atahualpa Yupanqui. The critically-acclaimed album received accolades from NPR’s All Things Considered, Alt-Latino, and Soundcheck, as well as, Billboard, USA Today, PRI’s The World, Brooklyn Vegan, BUST, Remezcla, and more.
Following the success of Recordar, Ani recently released a new album of her own political protest and love songs called Querido Mundo (Dear World). The album is Ani’s love letter to a complicated world and addresses several themes including immigration, Black Lives Matter, Feminism, and government corruption. The songs feature heavy percussion, sing-along choruses and strong lyrics that aim to inspire political resistance and support for social justice. Even before Recordar, Ani was a well-regarded player in the World Music scene: She was recently the touring drummer for the legendary Os Mutantes, as well as a founding member of the celebrated Mexican rock band Pistolera. Raised in Atlanta by Puerto Rican musician parents, who performed and recorded with traditional folkloric music group Tuna de La Universidad de Puerto Rico, Ani spent her childhood traveling between Atlanta and San Juan. Based in Brooklyn, NY, Ani records and performs with longtime collaborators, Erich Hubner (Man or Astroman) on guitar and bass, Eileen Willis (Pistolera) on accordion and bass, and Scott Kettner (Nation Beat) on drums.
Harpist BRANDEE YOUNGER is a classically trained musician playing in the avant-garde tradition of her sonically forward predecessors Dorothy Ashby and Alice Coltrane. As well versed in performance art as she is in the art of creative risk-taking, Brandee Younger challenges commonly held notions in her quest to make the harp a more relevant force in today’s music. Ms. Younger’s ability to seamlessly inject the harp into arrangements and venues where it has been overlooked is a testament to her dedication to the instrument. She delivers a consistently fresh take on the timeless instrument as a performer and leader of the Brandee Younger Quartet. Known for expressive interpretations of traditional harp repertoire as well as her continuing work with a diverse cross-section of musical talents, Brandee is a creative linchpin whose nuanced presence and willingness to push boundaries makes her irreplaceable on record and in performance. She has graced the stage with jazz leaders and popular hip-hop and r&b titans including Ravi Coltrane, Pharoah Sanders, Jack Dejohnette, Reggie Workman, Common, Salaam Remi, John Legend, Maxwell and Lauryn Hill. Her fourth album Soul Awakening was released in June of 2019 and her original composition “Hortense” can be heard on the original Netflix Concert-Documentary by Beyoncé; Homecoming.
DEZRON DOUGLAS is a New York-based composer, bassist, bandleader, sideman and educator, who has established himself as a musician’s musician, respected not only for his talent but also for his dedication to the authenticity of the music. Known for his musical versatility, Douglas is one of the most in demand young bassists in jazz today. Composer, bandleader, sideman and educator, Dezron has established himself as a musician’s musician, respected for his talent, virtuosity and dedication to the authenticity of the music.