13th Floor Lounge Podcast

Host Leatrice Ellzy Wright and co-host Donna Nunn discuss art, culture, life, enterprise and ideas with artists, thinkers and doers who are animating our NOW and informing our LATER.  The 13th Floor Lounge is a production of Beatrix Moss. Our theme music, "Meanwhile, Back On Venus" is composed by and used with the permission of Russell Gunn.  

13th Floor Lounge #7 - Marc Bamuthi Joseph and Daniel Bernard Roumain

This week on the 13th Floor Lounge Podcast we are pleased to be joined by two of our favorite artists, Marc Bamuthi Joseph and Daniel Bernard Roumain.  They stopped by the lounge to talk art, values, community and collaboration after a full day of rehearsals with the Atlanta Ballet in preparation for their weekend performances of Home in 7. Home in 7 is a collection of Marc Bamuthi Joseph's memories of Atlanta performed as spoken word with a violin response by Roumain and choreographed movement by Amy Siewert and the dancers of the Atlanta Ballet.  It's a MUST SEE performance. We'll be there.  Will you?  Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

Marc Bamuthi Joseph is one of America’s vital voices in performance, arts education, and artistic curation. ln the Fall of 2007, Bamuthi graced the cover of Smithsonian Magazine after being named one of America's Top Young lnnovators in the Arts and Sciences. He is the artistic director of the 7-part HBO documentary Russell Simmons presents Brave New Voices and an inaugural recipient of the United States Artists Rockefeller Fellowship, which annually recognizes 50 of the country's "greatest living artists". He is the 2011 Alpert Award winner in Theater and in April 2012, he was one of 21 artists to be named to the inaugural class of Doris Duke Artists. He currently is completing new works for the Philadelphia Opera and South Coast Repertory Theater while serving as Director of Performing Arts at YBCA.

Daniel Bernard Roumain’s acclaimed work as a composer and a violinist has spanned more than two decades, and has been commissioned by venerable artists and institutions worldwide. Proving that he’s “about as omnivorous as a contemporary artist gets” (New York Times), DBR is perhaps the only composer whose collaborations span the worlds of Philip Glass, Bill T. Jones, Savion Glover and Lady Gaga.  An avid arts industry leader, DBR serves on the board of directors of the League of American Orchestras, Association of Performing Arts Presenters and Creative Capital, the advisory committee of the Sphinx Organization, and is co-chair of 2015 and 2016 APAP Conferences.  DBR earned his doctorate in Music Composition from the University of Michigan under the tutelage of William Albright, William Bolcom, and Michael Daugherty.