Music Style: hip hop/avant garde/ rock/classical/ folk/ jazz
Maryam Blacksher is an exuberant violist who approaches her instrument with precision, strength and grace. Classically trained, Maryam finds great inspiration bringing her artistry to theatre and music projects that extend and/or deconstruct the normal. She has performed with notable artists such as poets Saul Williams, Carl Hancock Rux and Aracelis Girmay; hip-hop artists Dead Prez, Talib Kweli, and Kanye West; indie rock band Yo laTengo and punk rock vocalist Tamar-kali. As well, Maryam has lent her musicianship to the mind-clearing practice of Kirtan led by vocalist and yogi, SistaShree.
As a gigging violist, she has played at such New York City venues as C.B.G.B’s, Carnegie Hall, 92nd St. Y, Bowery Ballroom, Irving Plaza, Nuyorican Poets Café, RUSH arts gallery, Lincoln Center Out of Doors and Celebrate Brooklyn.
Mission: Through musical study and expression, cultivate nurture and understand the vastness that Is.