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MCTC Hosts Give Get Sistet Concert and Artist Talkback

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MINNEAPOLIS, April 7th, 2016

Join the Fine Arts Department for the Give Get Sistet concert and Artist Talkback on Wednesday, April 20th at 12:00 pm.

The Minneapolis Community and Technical College’s Fine Arts Department is pleased to announce a performance event by the Twin Cities a cappella, improv ensemble, the Give Get Sistet.Give Get Sistet Concert

The Give Get Sistet is an expandable, improvisational chorus of women based in the Twin Cities with ties around the world. Using a cappella singing and vocal improvisation, the Give Get Sistet entertains, educates and empowers audiences and communities from a wide variety of backgrounds and cultures. Featuring songs of Africans from slavery through the present day and borrowing influences from spirituals to jazz standards, the Give Get Sistet surprises and delights.

Members include Aimee K. Bryant, Sarah M. Greer, Jayanthi Kyle, Mankwe Ndosi, Alicia Steele and Libby Turner.

This concert is a celebration of the strength, endurance, hope and the indomitable spirit of black women through song and story. MCTC students and community members will have an opportunity to speak with the ensemble members about the music they make and their lives as artists during a talkback session to take place immediately after the concert.

The concert and talkback will be held on Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at 12 p.m. at Whitney Fine Arts Theater located in Whitney Fine Arts building at 1424 Yale Place in downtown Minneapolis.

This event is free and open to the public so gather your friends, singers and classmates for this one-of-a-kind celebration of spontaneity and self-expression. Additional information is available at www.givegetsistet.com or by calling 651-263-3831.

Aimee K. Bryant is an actor, singer, songwriter and teaching artist working in the Twin Cities. An accomplished actor, she appears in productions at the Guthrie, Park Square Theater and Pillsbury House Theater. Bryant played “Celie” in “The Color People.” (Park Square Theater, 2015)

Sarah M. Greer is a vocalist, improviser and instructor who has invented songs and stories on stages and in concerts in the Twin Cities, Canada and Europe. An active singer and song-leader, she leads her own monthly community-based singing project, Songtaneous (www.songtaneous.com/blog) and regularly performs in the Twin Cities with a number of musicians and ensembles.

Jayanthi Kyle is an archivist songstress collecting songs that speak to her struggle and empowerment and ability to be, change, and move forward while honoring the unremembered changers and movers of yore. She sings for people passing worlds (new or old or hardly used – meaning births and children, hospice and funerals), sings with eight bands, and has the heart of a mother.

Mankwe Ndosi is a Vocalist, Songmaker, Improviser and Cultural Worker who collaborates with musicians, dancers, MC’s and artists of all kinds. She moves in all musical worlds chiefly weaving Creative improvisation through the worlds of hip hop, blues, afro soul, and world/root musics. She works with people of all ages in exploring their creative voice and in valuing and unearthing their own songs and stories.

Alicia Steele has a love for improv, often finding outdoor or public spaces to sing/dance solo and with friends. In 2013, Alicia Steele and the Endeavors released a short EP — “The Foreplay Sessions” — a mix of live and studio jazz/R&B tunes.

Elizabeth “Libby” Turner is one of the most recognizable and active musicians in Minnesota and shares her love of music enthusiastically with people of all colors, cultures and musical tastes. In 1987, she joined the Sounds of Blackness, functioning not only as a member, soloist and section leader, but also as the group’s vocal coach. By 1994, the “Sounds” had won two Grammy Awards, and Libby’s membership had taken her around the world – from the White House to London to Africa to Japan – and nearly every major stage and venue in the United States. Her name is found on albums by Karyn White, Ann Nesby, Stevie Wonder, Patti LaBelle, Gladys Knight, Esera Tuaolo, Barry White and the R&B group, Solo.

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For more information, to request logos and photos or to schedule an interview, contact Libby Turner at 651-263-3831 or info@givegetsistet.com.

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