Listen to “PROFILE” from Christy Namee Eriksen’s album HOW TO TELL IF A KOREAN WOMAN LOVES YOU.
CHRISTY NAMEE ERIKSEN
HOW TO TELL IF A KOREAN WOMAN LOVES YOU
Korean Adoptee spoken word artist Christy NaMee Eriksen releases first album
Korean Adoptee spoken word artist Christy NaMee Eriksen is excited to announce the release of her first album, HOW TO TELL IF A KOREAN WOMAN LOVES YOU, April 4, 2014. Part war cry, part lullaby, the 11-track album (CD-digipak/digital) highlights new and signature pieces of her work, from international adoption to Asian America to motherhood. Eriksen performs both solo pieces as well as musical collaborations with pianist Alex Marvel, bassist Guy Unzicker, guitarist JR Rosales, and hip hop producer John David a.k.a. DJ Judo. The CD will be available for purchase online at www.tsunamee.com and soon to be available for digital download on iTunes and Amazon.
The official release will be celebrated at an album launch party on Friday, April 4th, at The Hangar Ballroom in Juneau. Special guests include DeeJay DeRego, Jacque Boucher, Grace Lumba, JR Rosales, Guy Unzicker, and Alex Marvel.
Eriksen has been a spoken word performer for over a decade and this is the first formal collection of her work. It also marks the first-known spoken word album by a Korean Adoptee in the U.S. The project was supported by a Rasmuson Foundation Individual Artist Award.
Eriksen was recently awarded one of three national Loft Spoken Word Immersion Fellowships that will be used to take the album on tour while engaging and building community. Stopping in six cities with high Korean Adoptee populations, Eriksen will partner with community adoptee organizations to facilitate poetry workshops and showcases for Korean Adoptees.
Christy NaMee Eriksen is an award-winning Korean Adoptee writer and community activist based in Juneau, Alaska. Her work is grounded in social justice and community engagement. She is the co-founder and President of the nonprofit, Woosh Kinaadeiyí, a community arts organization that hosts monthly open mics and poetry slams, committed to “diversity, inclusive community, and empowering voice.” She has performed at art centers, universities, and theatres, including The Roundhouse in London and Equilibrium’s spoken word series in Minneapolis. She has been published in a variety of online and print publications and leads spoken word workshops and residencies for diverse groups. Christy received a 2011 Juneau Arts & Humanities Council Individual Artist Grant, was awarded the 2013 Mayor’s Award for Artist of the Year, and is a Rasmuson Foundation Individual Artist Award recipient. Christy recently received the 2013 Loft Spoken Word Immersion Fellowship. She has a BA in Social Justice/Racial Justice and a Certificate in Conflict Studies from Hamline University.
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