Mutual Mentorship for Musicians Festival

Source: Mutual Mentorship for Musicians.

A second cohort of 12 artists working together as part of the Mutual Mentorship for Musicians (M³) initiative, co-founded by Jen Shyu and Sara Serpa to foster creative partnerships among womxn musicians worldwide, will have their collaborative works premiered at a virtual M³ festival on Saturday, June 12 and Sunday, June 13 at 2:00 p.m. ET via the National Jazz Museum in Harlem. Hosted by M³ Editor-in-Chief Jordannah Elizabeth, each premiere will be followed by a Q&A with the artists, who will answer questions from the audience about their creative process. The performances are streamed via Zoom and may be accessed for free with RSVP. Reserve at JazzMuseumInHarlem.org.

M³ launched in spring 2020 with artists whose work premiered in December 2020. A new winter solstice cohort was selected in December 2020 and have spent the past six months collaborating. The artists taking part in this second cohort whose duo commissions will be premiered in June are:

Samantha Boshnack – trumpet (Seattle, WA) paired with Fay Victor – voice (Brooklyn, NY)

Ganavya Doraiswamy– voice/bass (Oregon/New York City) paired with Shanta Nurullah – sitar/mbira/voice (Chicago, IL)

Miriam Elhajli – voice/guitar (New York City) paired with Chloe Kim – drums/percussion (Australia/Korea)

Cleo Reed – music producer/artist (Boston/NYC) paired with Richie Seivwright – voice/trombone (London, UK)

Camila Nebbia – sax/electronics/film (Argentina/Sweden) paired with Monnette Sudler – guitar/voice, secondary bass/drums (Philadelphia, PA)

Michele Rosewoman – piano/voice (New York City) paired with Malika Zarra – voice (France/ New York City)

Each collaboration marks the first time that the two artists have worked together, reflecting M³’s mission to foster creative growth through new, mutual models of mentorship. With the goal of empowering and elevating womxn musicians around the world—including BIPOC, LGBTQIA2S+, and musicians of all abilities across generations—M³ encourages the reciprocal, intergenerational exchange of knowledge and experience; formation of new collaborations with musicians outside of one’s inner circle; and cultivation of new ideas and formats for solo and collaborative performance, whether live or virtual. M³ meetings and workshops take place over several months and culminate each season in a performance of the newly created collaborative commissions. is supported by a New Music USA Partnership Grant.