esperanza spalding
Songwrights Apothecary Lab



Shareback Sessions - June 15, 16, 17, 20, 21, 22 at 7 pm
Matinee - June 18 from 3 pm – 4:30 pm

Flamboyan Theater, The Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural & Educational Center
107 Suffolk St, New York, NY 10002

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Presented in partnership with The Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural & Educational Center

You're invited to visit esperanza spalding, her fellow songwrights, researchers and mentors at Songwrights Apothecary Lab, a live installation where they will be creating original music.

Visitors will experience music shared by the lab that continues spalding's exploration of how musicians meaningfully incorporate therapeutic practices and knowledge into their work. Join us for an intimate experience as the Lab collective performs their music and shares about their creative process.

The space will be open for “shareback” sessions on June 15, 16, 17, 20, 21, 22 in which the public will be welcomed and able to experience the lab. On June 18, the lab will open for audiences to hear music being created in the lab as well as conversations between the musical collaborators and the researchers.



esperanza spalding (also known as irma nejando, or, i.e.) is a being who has grown to recognize love in the abstract and aspirational, and is now fully dedicated to learning how she can serve and embody actualized love through honor for and receptivity to, fellow humans, teachers, and practitioners of various regenerative arts.

bass, piano, composition, performance, voice and lyrics are tools and disciplines she is engaged in deeply to cultivate her own channel for transmitting care and beauty through vibration/sound/presence.

she has written an Opera with Wayne Shorter slated for premier in Fall 2021 // she is currently developing a mockumentary in collaboration with brontë velez and San Francisco Symphony // researching and developing liberation rituals in jazz and black dance // and continuing a lifelong collaboration with practitioners in various fields relating to music, healing and cognition to develop music with enhanced therapeutic potential.

she is presently paid by Harvard University to co-create and learn with students enrolled here, working on developing creative practices that serve the restoration of people and land.