The Music lab

Grace Weber's music lab is a free monthly arts program for Milwaukee area high schoolers to connect and be inspired by music industry professionals from around the country. Each lab includes one special guest performance, a Q&A conversation and an open mic session for students to sing, rap, recite, dance or express their creativity in any other way. Interested in attending or performing at the next lab? Sign up below!

 
 

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noVEMBER 19th

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Past Labs

 

March 31

Jamila Woods

Poet and vocalist Jamila Woods was raised in Chicago, IL and graduated from Brown University, where she earned a BA in Africana Studies and Theatre & Performance Studies. Influenced by Lucille Clifton and Gwendolyn Brooks, much of her writing explores blackness, womanhood & the city of Chicago. Her first chapbook, The Truth About Dolls (2012), was inspired by a Toni Morisson quote & features a Pushcart-nominated poem about Frida Kahlo. Her poetry is included in the anthologies The Breakbeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop(2015), Courage: Daring Poems for Gutsy Girls (2014), and The UnCommon Core: Contemporary Poems for Learning & Living (2013). Jamila is also a vocalist & songwriter, focusing primarily on soul/hip-hop centered music. Her musical lineage includes Erykah Badu, Imogen Heap, Kirk Franklin, and Kendrick Lamar. Raised in her church choir, Jamila’s musical aesthetic involves choral layering in addition to the hip-hop tradition of sampling & allusions. Jamila is currently the Associate Artistic Director of non-profit youth organization Young Chicago Authors, where she helps organize Louder Than A Bomb (the largest poetry festival in the world), designs curriculum for Chicago Public Schools, and teaches poetry to young people throughout the city.

Poet and vocalist Jamila Woods was raised in Chicago, IL and graduated from Brown University, where she earned a BA in Africana Studies and Theatre & Performance Studies. Influenced by Lucille Clifton and Gwendolyn Brooks, much of her writing explores blackness, womanhood & the city of Chicago. Her first chapbook, The Truth About Dolls (2012), was inspired by a Toni Morisson quote & features a Pushcart-nominated poem about Frida Kahlo. Her poetry is included in the anthologies The Breakbeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop(2015), Courage: Daring Poems for Gutsy Girls (2014), and The UnCommon Core: Contemporary Poems for Learning & Living (2013).

Jamila is also a vocalist & songwriter, focusing primarily on soul/hip-hop centered music. Her musical lineage includes Erykah Badu, Imogen Heap, Kirk Franklin, and Kendrick Lamar. Raised in her church choir, Jamila’s musical aesthetic involves choral layering in addition to the hip-hop tradition of sampling & allusions.

Jamila is currently the Associate Artistic Director of non-profit youth organization Young Chicago Authors, where she helps organize Louder Than A Bomb (the largest poetry festival in the world), designs curriculum for Chicago Public Schools, and teaches poetry to young people throughout the city.

Jason King, Ph.D is Associate Professor, Director of Global Studies, and Director of Writing, History & Emergent Media Studies and the founding faculty member at New York University's Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music. A journalist, musician, DJ and producer, he worked alongside music impresario Clive Davis to help build and develop the program and he served as the program's first Interim Chair, Associate Chair and Artistic Director. Jason has been teaching classes on popular music history, the music business (marketing/branding) and the social aspects of music technology for more than fifteen years at New York University, as well as teaching at NYU campuses in Singapore and Abu Dhabi and developing study abroad initiatives in Berlin and Havana. Jason’s academic essays on music figures like Luther Vandross and Roberta Flack have been published in numerous anthologies and edited collections, and he is the author of *The Michael Jackson Treasures*, a 2009 Barnes and Noble exclusive biography on the King of Pop, which has been translated in more than 7 languages, and a forthcoming book called Blue Magic, on the role of metaphysics and energy in the music of artists like Timbaland, from Duke University Press. He is a regular contributor to publications like Pitchfork, Billboard, Buzzfeed, and Slate and he is a technology writer for Vice. He has been an expert witness in copyright infringement cases for Jay Z, Timbaland, Lady Gaga, Madonna and others, and he has appeared in many music documentaries, including Spike Lee's critically acclaimed *Bad 25* and *Michael Jackson’s Journey from Motown to Off the Wall. He is the host and co-producer of NPR's Noteworthy, a series on the creative process of music superstars like Alicia Keys, Maxwell, Banks, and Anthony Hamilton, as well as the curator of NPR&B, NPR's 24/7 R&B radio channel, and a member of the NPR Music team. He is also the producer, songwriter, performer, and driving force behind Company Freak, an international dance music “superband” featuring original members of groups like Chic and D-Train. He is also working on a revisionist biography of Freddie Mercury and delving into producing and directing documentaries.

Jason King, Ph.D is Associate Professor, Director of Global Studies, and Director of Writing, History & Emergent Media Studies and the founding faculty member at New York University's Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music. A journalist, musician, DJ and producer, he worked alongside music impresario Clive Davis to help build and develop the program and he served as the program's first Interim Chair, Associate Chair and Artistic Director. Jason has been teaching classes on popular music history, the music business (marketing/branding) and the social aspects of music technology for more than fifteen years at New York University, as well as teaching at NYU campuses in Singapore and Abu Dhabi and developing study abroad initiatives in Berlin and Havana. Jason’s academic essays on music figures like Luther Vandross and Roberta Flack have been published in numerous anthologies and edited collections, and he is the author of *The Michael Jackson Treasures*, a 2009 Barnes and Noble exclusive biography on the King of Pop, which has been translated in more than 7 languages, and a forthcoming book called Blue Magic, on the role of metaphysics and energy in the music of artists like Timbaland, from Duke University Press. He is a regular contributor to publications like Pitchfork, Billboard, Buzzfeed, and Slate and he is a technology writer for Vice. He has been an expert witness in copyright infringement cases for Jay Z, Timbaland, Lady Gaga, Madonna and others, and he has appeared in many music documentaries, including Spike Lee's critically acclaimed *Bad 25* and *Michael Jackson’s Journey from Motown to Off the Wall. He is the host and co-producer of NPR's Noteworthy, a series on the creative process of music superstars like Alicia Keys, Maxwell, Banks, and Anthony Hamilton, as well as the curator of NPR&B, NPR's 24/7 R&B radio channel, and a member of the NPR Music team. He is also the producer, songwriter, performer, and driving force behind Company Freak, an international dance music “superband” featuring original members of groups like Chic and D-Train. He is also working on a revisionist biography of Freddie Mercury and delving into producing and directing documentaries.

The youngest individual to win the legendary Nuyorican Poet’s Café Grand Slam title—Aja Monet is a Caribbean-American poet & educator from East NY, Brooklyn. A graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, she received her BA in Liberal Arts and was awarded the The Andrea Klein Willison Prize for Poetry established to recognize poetry that “effectively examines relationships among women, especially in the context of justice for everyone.” She received an MFA in Creative Writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Aja Monet independently published her first book of poetry, The Black Unicorn Sings (2010). In 2012, she collaborated with poet Saul Williams on a poetry anthology of this generation’s social and political anthems entitled, Chorus: A Literary Mixtape (MTV Books/Simon & Schuster). In 2014, Aja Monet was awarded the YWCA of the City of New York’s “One to Watch Award”—an award established in honor of Monet’s work: for women under the age of 30 who exemplify the mission to empower women and eliminate racism. She was an active member of Justice League NYC, a rapid response organization created by Harry Belafonte’s Gathering for Justice, a movement to end youth incarceration and to eliminate the racial inequities in the criminal justice system. Co-founder of Smoke Signals Studio, Aja Monet currently lives in Little Haiti, Miami and volunteers to merge arts & culture in community organizing with the Dream Defenders and Community Justice Project. She spearheaded an arts & activism initiative, “Voices: Poetry for the People” that provides free poetry workshops for grassroots leaders & organizers in Florida. As well she continues to organize artist delegations, cultural, and political exchanges with disenfranchised communities at home and abroad. Her first full collection of poems is forthcoming in May 2017 on Haymarket Books entitled, “my mother was a freedom fighter.”

The youngest individual to win the legendary Nuyorican Poet’s Café Grand Slam title—Aja Monet is a Caribbean-American poet & educator from East NY, Brooklyn. A graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, she received her BA in Liberal Arts and was awarded the The Andrea Klein Willison Prize for Poetry established to recognize poetry that “effectively examines relationships among women, especially in the context of justice for everyone.” She received an MFA in Creative Writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Aja Monet independently published her first book of poetry, The Black Unicorn Sings (2010). In 2012, she collaborated with poet Saul Williams on a poetry anthology of this generation’s social and political anthems entitled, Chorus: A Literary Mixtape (MTV Books/Simon & Schuster). In 2014, Aja Monet was awarded the YWCA of the City of New York’s “One to Watch Award”—an award established in honor of Monet’s work: for women under the age of 30 who exemplify the mission to empower women and eliminate racism. She was an active member of Justice League NYC, a rapid response organization created by Harry Belafonte’s Gathering for Justice, a movement to end youth incarceration and to eliminate the racial inequities in the criminal justice system. Co-founder of Smoke Signals Studio, Aja Monet currently lives in Little Haiti, Miami and volunteers to merge arts & culture in community organizing with the Dream Defenders and Community Justice Project. She spearheaded an arts & activism initiative, “Voices: Poetry for the People” that provides free poetry workshops for grassroots leaders & organizers in Florida. As well she continues to organize artist delegations, cultural, and political exchanges with disenfranchised communities at home and abroad. Her first full collection of poems is forthcoming in May 2017 on Haymarket Books entitled, “my mother was a freedom fighter.”

Grace grew up singing in the Central City Youth Gospel Choir of Milwaukee, before gaining widespread recognition for her performance on The Oprah Winfrey Show, and later self releasing her album The Refinery, which reached #5 on the iTunes Singer/Songwriter charts. Grace has opened for James Blake among others, and sang the National Anthem at Giants Stadium to 82,000 fans. Grace is currently working on her new album with producers Nate Fox, Nico Segal (fka 'Donnie Trumpet') and Peter Cottontale of the Social Experiment, and co-wrote and sang with Chance the Rapper & Kanye West on 'All We Got', the first track on Chance the Rapper’s critically acclaimed, Grammy Award Winning 'Coloring Book'. 'All We Got' charted at number 4 on Apple Music the first weekend after its release, and has streamed over 75 million times across all streaming platforms. Grace also co-produced and is featured on 'Still Thirsty' and 'Prideful' on Compton rapper Boogie's well received mixtape 'Thirst 48 Part II', and is featured at the end of Francis Starlite's 'May I Have This Dance'.

Grace grew up singing in the Central City Youth Gospel Choir of Milwaukee, before gaining widespread recognition for her performance on The Oprah Winfrey Show, and later self releasing her album The Refinery, which reached #5 on the iTunes Singer/Songwriter charts. Grace has opened for James Blake among others, and sang the National Anthem at Giants Stadium to 82,000 fans.

Grace is currently working on her new album with producers Nate Fox, Nico Segal (fka 'Donnie Trumpet') and Peter Cottontale of the Social Experiment, and co-wrote and sang with Chance the Rapper & Kanye West on 'All We Got', the first track on Chance the Rapper’s critically acclaimed, Grammy Award Winning 'Coloring Book'. 'All We Got' charted at number 4 on Apple Music the first weekend after its release, and has streamed over 75 million times across all streaming platforms. Grace also co-produced and is featured on 'Still Thirsty' and 'Prideful' on Compton rapper Boogie's well received mixtape 'Thirst 48 Part II', and is featured at the end of Francis Starlite's 'May I Have This Dance'.

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