ImproviSOUL Concert to Benefit World Trust, Sunday July 24th

Acclaimed vocalist and musician Amikaeyla Gaston is hosting ImproviSoul, an afternoon of food, wine, music, film, poetry & prose benefiting World Trust starting at 3:00 pm on Sunday, July 24th at Avonova in Oakland’s Temescal District.  “We are excited and honored to have Ami offer this event for us,” says Shakti Butler, filmmaker and Executive Director of World Trust, “Her music has touched my soul and her pure voice embodies the beauty and longing of the human spirit.”

Proclaimed as one of the “purest contemporary voices…” by National Public Radio, powerhouse Amikaeyla Proudfoot Gaston embraces the best of many types of music. Her sultry sound, as described by MTV, is “like listening to a velvet waterfall”, and her soulful, roots jazz flavor captures the listener with dynamic passion & enchanting sincerity. She was named Washington D.C.’s best Female Composer in 2006, 2008 and again in 2011 for excellence in original composition, and has performed, recorded with, and traveled the world touring with award winning artists such as Take 6, Sweet Honey In The Rock, Baba Olatunji, Mickey Hart, Pete Seeger, Gil Scott Heron, Wyclef, Howard Levy of Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, Eugene Friesen & Glen Velez of the Paul Winter Consort, Esperanza Spalding, and Shiela E.

Amikaeyla was moved to offer this benefit event after viewing Dr. Butler’s films this spring. “Dr. Shakti Butler’s work is more than inspirational.  It is a calling for us all to speak to our higher selves and transform our preconceived notions of antiquated racial constructs and step into a new age of being in healthy alignment with ourselves, each other, and the world,” Ami says, “And, ImproviSOUL events are all about the muse of the moment —  enjoying an intimate interaction dialogue between on-stage and off-stage music lovers. An important component of Dr. Butler’s work is healing through dialogue.  I feel a strong resonance between this event and the intention of her work.”

More about Amikaeyla and her music: www.amikaeyla.com

Avonova is located at 417 Avon Street in Oakland. Tickets are $15 at the door.

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