Toshi Reagon

30 Nov 2016


Toshi Reagon.

Toshi Reagon has collaborated with top innovators across a wide spectrum of the entertainment field for nearly 30 years. Her musical work has been featured in film (The Secret Life of Bees) and television (PBS/WGBH's Africans in America and HBO's award-winning Beah: A Black Woman Speaks, among others), and she has scored dance works by LAVA and the Jane Comfort Dance Company. She joined Robert Wilson as co-composer, music director and musician for the play Zinnias: The Life of Clementine Hunter. Currently, she is developing an opera based on the Octavia Butler novel Parable of the Sower and is touring with her band, BIGLovely. Her honors include a 2009 Out Music Award, the 2007 Black Lily Award for Outstanding Performance, and a 2004 New York Foundation for the Arts award for music composition. She is the curator for The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture's Women's Jazz Festival, and the founder of WordRock& Sword: A Festival Celebration of Women's Lives. Reagon served as an LOI panelist in Performance in 2015.