“We Are The Lucky Ones" explores the past, present, and future of music and culture. Reflecting on my past, I realize that I, in fact, am extremely lucky to have been born into a time where a biracial woman can explore her creativity and gain respect without having to sell herself short. Following in the footsteps of Josephine Baker – it is rare but it has happened in this album for me, a modern day Tragic Mulatto. I am attempting to abolish the notion of genre by exploring various sounds within this album. A woman should not be limited to simply one talent, I write, compose, produce, and sing on every song on the album."
-TECLA on her new album “We Are The Lucky Ones”

NYC sonic renegade TECLA released her second full-length studio album, We Are The Lucky Ones, on March 19th via Mayimba Music. We Are The Lucky Ones is a kaleidoscopic album that evinces the spectrum of Tecla’s life and musical journey from a child piano prodigy to years singing, rapping, djing, and producing in New York’s underground. We Are The Lucky Ones’ was entirely written by Tecla. The album’s genre-defying sound infuses Tecla’s uncompromising songwriting and rap lyricism with tropical, Caribbean, pop and funk elements.

TECLA is a first-generation New York City (Hell’s kitchen) native-born of Italian and Haitian immigrants. She has gone from being a classically trained child pianist prodigy to versatile performer in hip-hop, reggae, punk-rock, electronic, & funk bands. She has toured throughout the U.S. Canada, Europe, and Asia with Chrisette Michele, Das Racist, Gordon Voidwell, Chairlift, and more.

Exploring her talents on a variety of synth keyboards she discovered and developed her own modern musical sound.
TECLA is understood and known for her genre-mixing melodic compositions, danceable afro/funk/caribbean/tropical/pop production style, and boundary-breaking songwriting and rap lyricism. TECLA has been described as “the new freak Lauryn Hill”, “SWV on acid”, “the Rocktronica Black Cinderella”, “Ritchie Valens meets Pagliacci”.

It is hard to think of anything that TECLA cannot do as a pianist, composer,producer, DJ, singer, and rapper. As the most un-apologetically complicated gender-boundary-breaking female in the pop music circle today, TECLA will only continue to rise to a place where no one has gone before. Stay tuned.

Frances Rose

Sarah Frances and Michelle Rose are the haunting downtown duo Frances Rose.

The classically trained sisters have played music together their entire lives since their childhood in the Hudson Valley. Their sound mixes dirty grunge guitars with 80's new wave and 90’s techno beats with soaring pop vocals. Accomplished songwriters, Frances Rose signed with Warner/Chappell through Neon Gold Records and have since worked with Xaphoon Jones (Ellie Goulding, Chiddy Bang), 2am Club (RCA), J Dens (Kat Dahlia) and Kinetics & One Love (Paramore, B.o.B.).

"Haunting pop" -Paper Magazine

"Romantic-grunge-tinged electro-pop" -Nylon Magazine

“A-list pop” -MTV Iggy

Charly & Margaux

Charly and Margaux are Brooklyn based string composers contributing a fresh perspective to contemporary music. Both classically trained at Boston College and Berklee School of Music, they are building an impressive repertoire of worldly music. Charly and Margaux have developed a distinct sound that defies singular genres by pulling elements from baroque styles, East Asian folk, and personal bluesy flavor. The duo write contemporary pieces they perform together and with their 5pc band that includes DJ Ginyard (bass), Andy Berman (guitar) and Justin Tyson (percussion).

If you've heard MEKIA's music, you know the feeling: you're like a god after a good long fuck with Aphrodite. So can you comprehend what seeing MEKIA live is like?

Nope, you can't.

Evolution didn't equip you with the ability to imagine a voice sourced from the primal Self. Your mind is too feeble to comprehend the six-layer nacho dip that is piano, violin, drums, bass, guitar, and vocals. Like a mushroom trip or waiting in line at the DMV, MEKIA is an experience that will always elude description.

MEKIA—Josh, Marc, Emma, Michael, and Mekia—will fuck you the fuck up. In a good way.

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Back to School Special ft. TECLA with Frances Rose, Charly & Margaux, MEKIA

Thursday, September 5 · 7:00 PM at DROM