NYCROPHONE Presents: Nicholas Zork, Sho Ishikura, Wayna
185 Orchard St.
New York, NY, 10002
Doors 6:30 PM / Show 7:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
Nicholas Zork is a singer-songwriter, composer, arranger, music director and collaborative artist. His songs, academic writing and music practices explore ways that music can resonate, embody meaning, cultivate diverse and inclusive community, and overcome social barriers.
He is the musical director for TINTR (thisisnottheradio.com/tintr), a diverse artists’ community in New York City, with whom he has helped create collaborative concerts at Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater, Apollo Music Cafe and other venues. He is the artistic director and co-curator for Carnegie Hill Concerts, a chamber music series that features artists of different genres and disciplines in curated, shared programs, bringing people together to participate in the celebration and cultivation of New York City’s diverse community (carnegiehillconcerts.org). And he is a founding partner of SongLab (wearesonglab.com), an online music education community.
Nicholas’ classical compositions have been performed by university and festival choirs, and his music has appeared in numerous television programs.
In addition to writing and recording with other artists, Nicholas also performs his own folk-oriented pop songs. His music has taken him around the United States, Europe and to Australia. Nicholas’ EPs, “Questions I Can’t Answer” and “All We Own,” explore issues of love, loss, doubt and hope through stories — both autobiographical and imagined.
Shochan (Sho Ishikura) is a Soul Singer who writes and produces his own music. Son of an American mother and a Japanese father, his parents met in Japan while his mother was teaching abroad. From a young age he displayed dedication as a self-styled artist, following in the footsteps of his mother, a working painter.
In 2014 he joined the group TME MCHNE, alongside producer Akira Shelton and RnB Singer Songwriter DAJ. Together they released a project which short of promotion, received domestic and international airplay. After they disbanded, he studied under celebrity vocal coach Boris Buriev while crafting his EP, which includes a feature from Grammy Nominee Karina Pasian.
Sho lives in Brooklyn NY, where he works as a freelance musician, producer, and songwriter.
Stevie Wonder says “She’s incredible.”
Essence Magazine says “Wayna is one to watch.”
Billboard Magazine calls her “a standout on the indie front.”
Wayna is a GRAMMY-nominated, Ethiopian-born, singer/songwriter based in Washington, DC, who left a job as a Writer in the Clinton White House to pursue music.
She has since released three albums, the first “Moments of Clarity, Book 1” was hailed by soul music enthusiasts, and the second “Higher Ground” was nominated for a GRAMMY in the Best Urban/Alternative Performance Category.
USA Today called Wayna’s GRAMMY-nominated remake “Lovin You (Music) f. Kokayi” a refreshing take on the Minnie Ripperton classic.”
Wayna has also earned two Billboard chart-topping singles for her songs: “My Love” and “Moonlight Rendezvous.”
“The Expats” is her third and latest LP, and the Washington Post calls it “brilliant.”
Wayna has performed across the US and abroad – including shows at the Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, Essence Fest, the White House, the Blue Note and Blues Alley. In 2015, she joined the iconic Stevie Wonder as a supporting vocalist and soloist in his live band, touring extensively with the Songs In the Key of Life Tour and in various performances throughout the US and Canada.
2016 kicked off with a 3-month performance residency in her native Ethiopia, where she performed at the newly-built Marriot Executive Apartments in Addis Ababa with an all-star band. And this Summer, Wayna will release a new music video for her single “Amazing.” In the year ahead, she will continue to tour with Stevie Wonder, while writing and recording new music.
GA Seated || Please note, there is a two drink minimum in the room.