In Residence: Hannabiell 'Transmuted'
featuring Ladies of Midnight Blue and Hannabiell & Midnight Blue Collective
Hannabiell will present a showcase of new and reworked music that she will perform as a soloist, with her duet Ladies of Midnight Blue, and her band Hannabiell & Midnight Blue Collective. This showcase will also feature a new stage design commissioned by visual artists Yilis Suriel and James Davoll along with a dance collaboration with Aida Diop. During her Residency at Sage Gateshead she has explored and experimented with weaving narrative, improvisation, and electronics into her music to better express themes of identity, freedom, and protest culture.
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Hannabiell is an African American Jamaican, originally from New Jersey, currently living in Newcastle upon Tyne. She is an accomplished bass trombonist and African & Latin hand percussionist whose talent was formally recognised in 2012 when she was awarded ‘Performing Artist of the Year’ at the Journal Culture Awards.
Hannabiell’s playing style is signified by tides of improvisation while her natural charm and eloquent oration exudes a confidence that takes her artistry away from the printed pages of the jazz schools and into something more uniquely organic but socially informed.
Hannabiell is the composer and musical director for the duet Ladies of Midnight Blue, a socially conscious ensemble that blends Afro-Latin percussion, brass, mbira, and handpan. Since moving to the North East of England, she has worked hard to recreate her Afro-fusion collective, Hannabiell & Midnight Blue, which is a direct reflection of its diverse fan base and audience. For Hannabiell, music is a means for breaking down personal and cultural barriers.