Cetanzi - Nicholas “Nick” Metcalf, MSW, is a long-time community activist who has worked, lived, and loved in the Twin Cities community for over 20 years. Nick is an enrolled member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, South Dakota, where they grew up. Nick attended the University of South Dakota for their Bachelors in Science (Math/Psychology), attended Minneapolis School of Massage and Bodywork for a certificate in Massage Therapy, and received their MSW in Family Therapy at Augsburg College.
Corey Medina was born and raised on the Navajo Reservation in Shiprock, New Mexico but found his way to snow-swept Bemidji in 2012. That’s where he met his “brothers” percussionist Nayo Perez and bassist Ian Hill. The trio perform Medina’s original music that’s a mix of Blues/Rock/Indie/Soul/Folk, with expressive lyrics resonating throughout his intuitive, soulful guitar.
Tenzin, a native Tibetan, is a composer, singer, multi-instrumentalist and composer. From 1993-2004 he was a member of the esteemed Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts (TIPA) in Dharamsala, India. TIPA was founded by His Holiness the Dalai Lama to preserve and promote the traditional performing arts of Tibet. Through the vigorous training and practice at TIPA Tenzin achieved mastery in Tibetan Opera, folk dances, songs and a number of musical instruments.
"Lady Midnight has developed her chops by plaing in wide-ranging groups like the electro-pop trio VANDAAM and the horn-fuled Afro-Cuban band Malamanya. There's never been a better time to take a closer look at this entrancing singer, however, as she emerges as a solo artist. [...] It's hard not to picture Sade lounging on a yacht in the Caribbean, or Lady Midnight herself coolly driving around with the top down." - Andrea Swenson, The Current
Siama Matuzungidi (2014-'15 McKnight Fellow) is a singer, composer and master guitarist from DR Congo (later Kenya, Dubai, Uganda, Japan and now Minneapolis). He was in-demand studio musician during the golden era of soukous music (1970s-'80s) and his distinctive arpeggiated guitar style is featured on over 100 hit songs, several of which he composed. He's considered a major contributor to the popularization of soukous (a style of music known as, "the sound of happiness").
Patrick Scully began dancing in 1972 in college. In 1976 he co-founded Contactworks, a Minneapolis collective focused on contact improvisation. In 1980 he left Contactworks in search of a way to bring his voice as a gay man into the work he was creating. This led him dance with Remy Charlip in NYC, beginning with Remy’s Ten Men show in BAM’s Next Wave Festival in 1984. In his heart, and daily life, Patrick is still dancing with Remy.
Ward is a storyteller, journalist, arts organizer, and full-time bike commuter based in the Whittier neighborhood of Minneapolis. He started competing in story slams in 2010 and is the 2011, 2012, and 2013 SlamMN! Story Slam champion. He is also the 2014 Twin Cities Moth GrandSlam champion. His slam stories blend the style of slam poetry with strong narrative arcs and cover topics such as sailing, bird hunting, and cranky playground equipment.
Saymoukda Vongsay is a Lao American poet, playwright, and cultural producer. Her writings can be found in the Journal of Southeast Asian American Education and Advancement and The Asian American Literary Review. Her plays have been presented by Mu Performing Arts, Lazy Hmong Woman Productions, Theater Unbound, and the Consortium of Asian American Theater Artists. The critically acclaimed KUNG FU ZOMBIES VS CANNIBALS was named "Best Production of 2013" (L’Etoile Magazine).