Creative Workforce Fellowship videos: Uno Lady, GTK, and CPT

Community Partnership for Arts and Culture posted videos showcasing each Creative Workforce Fellow.

I wanted to share Uno Lady’s video as well as highlight a few of my favorites. All are worth watching. It is a short two minutes focusing on some of the most creative talents in Cuyahoga County. Watch them here

Here I am- Christa Ebert,  expert nerd, music connoisseur.

Fellowship friends

I have been lucky to call RA Washington a friend prior to the fellowship. RA is the co-founder of  Guide To Kulchur,  a bookstore (and then some) located on W65th and Detroit. GTK also acts as “an incubator for emerging and marginalized voices within the print medium. Main projects include Cleveland Books 2 Prisoners, GTK Press, The Cleveland Zine Archive, and The Sally Tatnall Black Box.”…  http://guidetokulchurcleveland.com/

I also made some new pals thanks to the fellowship and developed a fondness for Cleveland Public Theatre. Cleveland Public Theatre’s mission is to “raise consciousness and nurture compassion through groundbreaking performances and life-changing educational programs.” There programs and plays are unique, and quite frankly, badass. They host my favorite annual concert, and throw the most action packed fundraiser that has ever existed.

Raymond Bobgan is the Executive Artistic Director or CPT and a 2014 fellowship recipient for music composition.  His compositions may be the closest to Uno Lady’s musical style that I have come across. I love this because we make similar music in opposite ways.

Last but not least is my new feisty friend, Faye Hargate! Faye is a performer, installation artist, educator and director at CPT. Check out her video below.

You can check out the rest of the videos here.

Ps. The final report for my fellowship is almost finished. I’ll make sure to share and post when I am done.

 

The Creative Workforce Fellowship is a program of the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture (CPAC). The Fellowship program is supported by the residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture(CAC).
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New record -Amateur Hour

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“Amateur Hour” is a high water mark for a confident, headstrong vocalist/songwriter who seems to level up with every endeavor—the crispness of the recording renders every skein of Ebert’s voicings audible with unprecedented and welcome clarity, showing off her strong, instinctive gifts for arrangement and lyric writing.
– Ron Kretsch

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Super stoked about the new record, Amateur Hour — it’s easily my best yet. Cleveland’s own  Gotta Groove Records and A to Z Audio are putting all the pieces together for the release.

For the new album, I wanted to complete and record some older songs, as well as have an equal amount of new material to include. Some stuff was dusted off from back when I started — from before I started using a metronome.

This new one is also the first Uno Lady release that includes collaboration. Nick Cross (my fake brother-in-law of Coffinberry and Little Bighorn fame) lends his talents on guitar to two tracks, You’re no fangtooth and Night ride. Tony Cross, that handsome devil (from the same bands), adds drums to Bikini weeding and End of time. And the talented Adam Boose, of Cauliflower Audio, mastered all the tracks.

It is fun to hear the evolution from the past few recordings (I really like genetics but I’d rather have a good time, 2009 & Tacocat, 2010) to Amateur Hour, but this disc is gonna be the last recording of me acting like I know what I’m doing. Hence the name, Amateur Hour. Now that the album’s completed, I’m going to take voice lessons and learn to sight read. It all should make for an audible transformation in future recordings.

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The album artwork is another thing I’m stoked about. It turned out better than I envisioned! A big thanks to Ryan Poorman for taking the photos and Angie Ruland for working in tandem with him on the layout.  Thanks to the lovely Kim Tran for the fabulous makeup and  Margaret Ruble at Senjiva Studio  for making the most beautiful yet hideous dress (by request) I have ever seen!

And last but not least, a heartfelt thanks to Cuyahoga Arts and Culture (CAC) and Community Partnership for Arts and Culture (CPAC) for creating and sustaining the Creative Workforce Fellowship.  Thanks for relighting the creative fire within me and providing me support so I can invest in myself and music.  If it wasn’t for the fellowship, this would have taken another 10 years to make. Instead I am already working on the planning stages for the next record.

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You can get a copy of the record by coming to the Record release show:
October 18, 9:00pm

w/Delaney Davidson & Shale Satans
Happy Dog at the Euclid Tavern
11625 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH 44106

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Online purchases can be made here