In less than two weeks, a bevy of speakers, artists, producers, and industry professionals will come together at Barnard College for the Gender Amplified Music Festival. The brainchild of Ebonie Smith, Gender Amplified seeks to provide a platform for the promotion and advancement of women in music production and identify and motivate the next generation of women music producers. On September 28, 2013, this mission will be activated through a day of free workshops, panels, and performances that connect women in music-making. This is the second installment of posts highlighting Gender Amplified contributors (see the first one here).
Genesis Be is the founder of entertainment company Open Sky Artworks, a radio personality, a graduate of NYU’s Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music, an activist, and one of three artists taking the stage at Gender Amplified. Raised in Mississippi, she discovered her penchant for writing and rapping at the age of 13, and has since recorded five projects. Genesis comes from a legacy of activism and has organized around various social justice issues since she was a young girl. Now focusing on her artistry and voice, Genesis continues to make change as a woman making and producing music. She currently resides in Brooklyn and just released her fifth studio album GENESEQUA this summer. Give her most recent single, “Tampons & Tylenol,” a play (above).
Barb Morrison is a New York-based musician, songwriter, composer, and producer who has worked with numerous artists including Blondie, Rufus Wainwright, L.P., and The Cliks. Morrison started out pursuing a music career, touring with Sonic Youth, Hole, and Patti Smith among other musicians, but has since been involved in the production side of things. Her work has been featured in the Top 5 Billboard dance chart and includes film scores. Morrison will be speaking at Gender Amplified on the Virginia C. Gildersleeve Panel: Exploring the Impact of Women in Music Production.
Leading the Turntablism 101 workshop at the Festival is DJ Reborn, who has spun for clubs, concerts, museums, artists, and fashion houses all over the world. He DJ sets have provided dynamic soundscapes for clients including the Sydney Opera House, the Whitney Museum, Lauryn Hill, and Calvin Klein. The New York-via-Chicago DJ mentors and educates youth at Urban Word NYC, where she has created a space for young women to explore DJing and creative writing and critically reflect on images of women in media culture. DJ Reborn is also a lead instructor at Dubspot, New York’s premier DJing and music production school. Watch “DJ Reborn, DJ + Educator :: 120 Seconds,” below.
Check out Gender Amplified’s full schedule of events here!