Heavy Florals V

Date: January 30, 2024
Time: 7pm

7pm doors, 8pm music

heavy florals is a bi-monthly showcase that makes space for a community of POC musicians & their allies to exhale curated by Shara Lunon + HF5 in conjunction with Brackish Brooklyn

performing live in the back room

Holland Andrews & yuniya edi kwon

Holland Andrews (they/them) is a vocalist, composer, music producer, and performer whose work focuses on the abstraction of operatic and extended-technique voice to build cathartic and dissonant soundscapes. Andrews arranges music for voice, clarinet, and electronics and frequently highlights themes surrounding vulnerability and healing. Andrews harnesses these instruments’ innate qualities of power and elegance to serve as a cohesive vessel for these themes. As a vocalist, their influences stem from a dynamic range including contemporary opera, theater, and jazz, while also cultivating their own unique vocal style which integrates these influences with language disintegration, vocal distortion, and environmental ambience. Andrews previously performed solo music under the stage name Like a Villain. In addition to creating solo work, Andrews composes and performs for dance, theater, and film, and their work is toured nationally and internationally with artists such as Bill T. Jones, Dorothee Munyaneza, Will Rawls, Sonya Tayeh, Jenn Freeman, and poet Demian Dinéyazhi. Notable musical collaborations include Son Lux, Christina Vantzou, William Brittelle, Methods Body, West Thordson, Peter Broderick, Darian Donovan Thomas, and Nils Frahm. Website

yuniya edi kwon (aka eddy kwon) is a violinist, vocalist, poet, and interdisciplinary performance artist based in Lenapehoking, or New York City. Her practice connects composition, improvisation, movement, and ceremony to explore transformation & transgression, ritual practice as a tool to queer space & lineage, and the use of mythology to connect, obscure, and reveal. In addition to an evolving, interdisciplinary solo practice, she collaborates with artists of diverse disciplines, including The Art Ensemble of Chicago, Senga Nengudi, Du Yun, Tomeka Reid, International Contemporary Ensemble, Kenneth Tam, and Degenerate Art Ensemble. She has performed alongside Roscoe Mitchell, Mary Halvorson, Moor Mother, Nicole Mitchell, Cory Smythe, Satomi Matsuzaki, and others. In 2023, she founded SUN HAN GUILD, a sound and performance collective with composer-improvisers Laura Cocks, Jessie Cox, DoYeon Kim, and Lester St. Louis. She is a recipient of the Foundation for Contemporary Arts Robert Rauschenberg Award in Music/Sound, an Arts Fellow at Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts, a Civitella Ranieri Fellow, and a United States Artists Ford Fellow.

Scott Li

Scott Li is an NYC-based classically trained violinist, composer, producer, improviser, filmmaker, recording engineer, and sound artist blending Romantic classical chamber music tradition with emotive experimental electronic music. Li‘s music is first and foremost epistolary—love letters to the world and the people around us, the memories we share, and the feelings we carry with us.

+ DJ Sunny Cheeba all night

Sunny Cheeba, a wondrous spirit of Boricua descent, is a Native New Yorker born and raised in The Bronx. Most known for her role in Co-Founding DJ Collective Uptown Vinyl Supreme, she has easily given herself a name in the underground music scene. Cheeba’s selections weave a spellbinding tapestry gathering inspiration from the timeless grooves of Soul, Funk, and Disco, to the rhythmic magic of House, Hip-Hop, and R&B, to the diasporic beats of Salsa, Reggae, Baile Funk & Dembow.