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"Power to the People!" Music Festival

Cécile McLorin Salvant

From March 5 to April 11, the LA Phil is hosting a festival titled "Power to the People!" Cécile McLorin Salvant (pictured above), a Haitian, French, and American singer will be performing as part of the festival on March 15. Her song cycle, Ogresse, is a stunning fairy-tale suite with very real implications. It begins, "There’s a woman lived in the woods on the outskirts of town. Her skin was chocolate brown. Upon her head she wore a crown of bones.”

Salvant is a Grammy award winning jazz singer who has performed internationally with her fellow musicians: a pianist, a bassist, and a drummer. She grew up in a French speaking household; her father is Haitian and her mother is French. Her voice is widely known, as well as the intense varying emotions that she portrays while singing. She describes singing as a form of storytelling, and her stories often connect to modern-day politics and race/gender relations.

Power to the People! will take place at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. Its purpose is to celebrate artists and musicians who have pushed for social change, campaigned for civil rights, and spoken out against humanitarian injustice.