I was invited to offer the student welcome speech at New England Conservatory's September 2013 Convocation. Here I share part of the journey that has opened up into a significant life change and blessing for me.
Up and coming videographer, Robert Holley, approached me about doing a video for one of my songs... and here it is "Baby, You Gotta Go". Thanks Robbie!
Probably one of my fav live duo performances "Joyful Noise"... here with one of my professors from New England Conservatory, Bert Seager, live in Jordan Hall.
It has been an honor directing New England Conservatory's African American Roots Ensemble. Here they perform Hall Johnson's arrangement of the Negro Spiritual "I've Been Buked"... many awesome indie artists and musicians in this ensemble.
New England Conservatory's African American Student Union returned in September of 2011 under the leadership of NEC faculty member and MacArthur Fellow, Jason Moran. We celebrated Black History Month with a concert. I honored Abbey Lincoln doing a rendition of "First Song". Joining me were Jason Moran (piano), Ben Eunson (guitar) and Parker McAllister (bass).
This song is called "Let It Be... Free To Be". A spontaneous creation shared with my friend and musical partner of many years, Obed Jean Louis. After one of our talks usually came music... this day was no different. We recorded it. And I drew upon images that helped to tell a story of freedom and the beauty of African people and culture.
Those who know me know this: I, Nedelka, am a House-Head and a Reggae Star at heart! lol. This song, "Sunday Morning" is another one of those spontaneous combustions that happen for me over driving rhythms. This is a collab with longtime friend and respected House Music producer, DJ Romain.
Singer and one of my personal living legends of jazz, Sandi Blair, hosted a forum for singers called the "The Singers Corner". Ms. Sandi blessed me opening her forum to me when I first began my indie artistry. Here is an interview that is part of a segment that featured me!
Saxophonist, "Uncle" Kenny Garrett, a living jazz legend, opened his recording doors (and stage) to me for two of his projects, "Beyond The Wall" and "Seeds From The Underground". Kenny talks of his vision for "Seeds From The Underground" and introduces me as part of the team on this project. Much Respect and Gratitude, Uncle Kenny.