Vanessa Daou MCCC Interviews @ NPR

“Interview by Rachel Katz, host of Views & Voices at WWFM a classical music public radio station that operates out of Mercer County Community College. Streaming audio of interview with Rachel Katz here

Jazz on 2 logoInterview with Mercer Communications professor Alvyn Haywood for NPR: WWFM’s Jazz On 2 89.1 FM, Trenton’s Jazz Station. Read more about JAZZ ON 2 here Streaming audio interview with Alvyn Haywood here.

Chanteuse Vanessa Daou Shares Life in Music Business With MCCC Students “According to internationally acclaimed singer/songwriter Vanessa Daou, it’s not who you know; it’s how good you are. “In the end it’s the quality and intrinsic value of your work that matters,” she told students in a Q&A session at MCCC’s Studio Theatre March 27. In a wide ranging discussion moderated by adjunct faculty member Alex DeFazio, Daou discussed her experiences in the music business and her unique musical style that blends jazz, blues, rock, folk and electronica with poetry.” MCCC News

“Choreographed by dance faculty Janell Byrne, with guest choreography by Jody P. Person and others, Joe Sent M.D.E. features music from Daou’s new album, Joe Sent Me, which she named after a code-phrase that was used to gain entry into Prohibition-era speakeasies. Daou says the album is about “the transmission of ideas through time, the secret ranges of the voice, fleeting nights of love and desire, the archiving of dreams, memory, and the imagination.” Joe Sent M.D.E. transforms Daou’s ideas into a suite of dances constructed around the central metaphor of the album – to discover “secret codes”, in a language of the body, that will open doors into illicit paces of rebellion and abandon.” Kelsey Theatre

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