Ganessa James Music

Autumn 2021

Fall is my birthday season. I'm immeasurably blessed to be safe and well right now. I'm wishing everyone as much wellness and safety as possible!

I'm delighted to kick off the fall by taking part in a show celebrating The Met's 150th anniversary. Yes, this is technically their 151st year. But since the circumstances made a big celebration impossible last year, we get to do it now. I'll be joining Toshi Reagon and a beautiful crew of artists including Taina Asili, Morley, Be Steadwell, and Sonny Singh to offer music focusing on a wide range of cultures. This is Saturday October 2nd, find details HERE.

Later on in the fall, look for Toshi Reagon's Post Election day shows at Joe's Pub and some special sets with Lizz Wright! Hope to see some of your faces out there, family.

Summer 2021

It's summertime! We got Juneteenth, and Pride to celebrate, and in some places, folks are starting to gather again. Wishing everyone a little gentleness as the days roll forward and we start to figure out how to be with each other after all we've come through.

I'd like to thank everyone who came out to the first annual Virgina Giordano Memorial Fund Benefit concert. It was a heckuva a show! Tiffany and I were so tickled to share some tunes and hang out with everyone who came through. There were beautiful offerings, from Barbara Higbie to Be Steadwell. If you checked out the show and loved it, cue yourself up for more: keep an eye out for the Sisterspace festival coming back around in September.

Some things I'm excited about this summer: getting into the woods and the quiet! If you follow me on Twitter, you might have caught some saucy tweets about my very loud Manhattan hood, showing it's truest loudest colors in the summer (yeah, my block went viral on TikTok over some summer shenanigans, lol). So yes, a lil quiet is on my list AND. On Juneteenth I'm psyched to join Toshi Reagon's BIGLovely for a Lincoln Center outdoor presentation curated by the brilliant multidisciplinary artist Carl Hancok Rux. This event entitled, "I Dream A Dream that Dreams Back At Me" also features Nona Hendryx, Vernon Reid, and the incomparable Helga Davis. Tickets available by lottery via the Today Tix app.

Some more big shows are coming for this summer and I'll keep you posted here. Also, look out in September for the return of the annual Word Rock Sword concert at Le Poisson Rouge. Stay tuned fam, and of course, stay safe.

Spring 2021

Spring greetings! Winter was a challenge for me, so I took some time.
It's true that music has been the most powerful and present company I've had, especially during the cold season. It kept me hanging on, if you know what I mean. Right now, I'm feeling the return of the light now and some new inspiration information coming through. The blossoms are on their way!

Winter highlights: I would like to thank all the folks who checked out the Joe's Pub streams of Toshi Reagon's birthday concerts and Sacred Music show in January. Grateful to Toshi for continually shining a light!
And a special shout of gratitude to Be Steadwell who hosted an awesome queer sing along in February and invited me to contribute a lil something repping boy bands of the 90s. :) Be knows how to throw a party for real. Loved hearing so many awesome folks make these beautiful music offerings, and jamming with the dj. We were all in different houses, but all together. Thank you, Be.

Upcoming: catch some goodness from Toshi Reagon on March 6th, when she brings songs from Parable of the Sower Opera to the Octavia E Butler conference at St Kate's. Register HERE and catch the stream. This event is free and open to the public with registration.
More music to come - look for an announcement soon about something really cool happening in April, and you'll find me back on IG after a bit of a hiatus, offering some more music.

Keep safe, everyone!

Autumn 2020

Greetings family. Autumn season is here. It's my birthday season, and in the US, we're steamrolling towards election time in the midst of COVID. It would be a good feeling if we could all say we are able to walk safely in the world we're in. And that we could reasonably rely on help being available to us when we need it, without the tension of barter or performance. This moment exposes our vulnerability in a very clear way, as it illustrates how this vulnerability is not evenly distributed. And that's not cool. We don't really want that - the world feels better when there is less chaos, less pain, harm, tension, strain. The good news is, there are so many folks working tirelessly to turn the wheel towards justice. Educators, healthcare workers, food and land justice folks, activists, artivists, and on and on. There is a great focus on making the world well. Leading up to elections in the States, we have Indigenous People's day, we acknowledge this land that we live on with gratitude and the folks from whom it was stolen. We witness the many ways the project of this country has left a legacy of harm across communities and countries. We look out for each other in this fraught time. We can take a moment to make sure we're checked in with what's happening in our elections (especially at the local level). We register, we figure out how we're gonna vote, and then we VOTE. We say in as many ways as we can access: we're paying attention, we won't stand idly by. If you're still unsure how you're going to vote this November, please check out:

Settling into deeper presence as autumn descends here on the east coast. As for music, I'm excited to play a post election show with Toshi Reagon's BigLovely on November 4th which will be streamed by Joe's Pub. That'll be a time to gather and sink into what comes next, there's a lot of good work yet to be done.

Wishing everyone safety and wellness. <3

Summer 2020

And happy Juneteenth, summer solstice, and happy get-free. We lift up the names of those who have taken too soon, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Tony McDade, Andres Guardado, Sean Monterrosa, Oluwatoyin Salau, Elijah McClain, to name just a few. To those waking up to the ongoing struggle for equal access to a dignified and safe life, welcome! To those who've been flexing at this for a long time, thank you for your work. Our efforts, our inquiry, awareness of the disparities some folks labor under, our presence with one another - our willingness to be uncomfortable, and give up some privileges. Our willingness to do our homework and learn about what we don't already know. We donate to organizations that are doing good grassroots work. Make those calls to lawmakers when our social justice siblings call on us. We can intentionally create a safer world for all and it just takes a little effort, especially if we have a lil extra money or time to give. Thank you for being willing to step into a new world in a time of crisis.

In June: I'm tickled to offer some music for Lavender graduation at a CUNY here in NYC - to all my graduating young folks, I celebrate you - y'all shine like diamonds. Also very excited to get to make some music with twin as Onliest for the first time in a few months! We're in BAAD's Out Like That festival as part of their music night on June 25th. Lastly Onliest makes an offering in WOWCafe's Virtual Pride performance on June 27th. All performances happening via Zoom to keep us all connected and safe. :) Happy Priiide! May your summer be fruitful, safe, and may we continue to connect with those efforts and folks that are paving the way for a more just world.

Continuing to rep these orgs below - email me your faves, and I will lift them up! RAICES doin that good work for detained folks at the border. RAPP (Release Aging People in Prison).

Stay safe - see you all on the other side.

For Your Ears:
Title track from my EP Believer
Somethin to look at:
Safe and Sound