The Bushwick Book Club Seattle and Shin Yu Pai present InkAloud
Hugo House warmly welcomes back The Bushwick Book Club Seattle and Shin Yu Pai as they present: InkAloud—original music inspired by three local authors with three musicians apiece!
Get down with the loudest ink in town! Three local authors—co-curation with Seattle poet Shin Yu Pai—inspire three musicians apiece and deliver a gift of nine new songs in this one-night-only celebration of creativity and collaboration.
Joy Has a Sound: Black Sonic Visions edited by Elisheba Johnson and Rachel Kessler
The Fixed Stars by Molly Wizenberg (aka Orangette)
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Chris “CD” Littlefield
Residing in Seattle with wife Veronique and their daughter Gisele, Chris Littlefield has been a fixture in the Seattle Music Community as a professional trumpet player for over 10 years. Having played in many venues & clubs throughout the NW region, the US, and other parts of the world, Chris has come to be known & well respected as a trumpet player, bandleader & composer.
Throughout all of his career as a musician, Chris has sought one thing primarily in performance and creation of music, and that is happiness. It is this pursuit of happiness in life through music that has led to a great amount of experience and knowledge. It is this cumulative knowledge he brings to bear and hopes to convey in teaching his students.
Originally started in Daejeon, South Korea, and now based in Seattle, Drea & the Marilyns is led by a cross cultural amalgamation from the mind of Drea Castillo. Drea & the Marilyns are influenced by all the Filipino ballad and disco records her parents listened to, bossa nova, punk rock, and spending the early years of her life as a pre-school music teacher.
Sondra Segundo-Cunningham is a multi-faceted Haida Language Warrior/Preserver. She is the author and illustrator of “Killer Whale Eyes” and “Lovebirds – the True Story of Raven and Eagle”.
She is the Lead Female Vocalist of the Tribal Funk Band, Khu’éex’ which is based in Seattle and sings in the Tlingit and Haida Languages. Sondra also composes, sings and produces music with her husband Eric, and also solo. She grew up singing in the church choir and also singing Haida songs.
In 2018 she founded Haida Roots, an organization created specifically to preserve the Haida language. Haida Roots enables Sondra to teach Haida – thus honoring the elders and uplifting the youth.
Sondra makes regular visits to Hydaburg Alaska, the village her ancestors come from. In Hydaburg she is able to practice Indigenous Food Sovereignty which is vital to preserving the Haida people. She plans to retire there.
She currently lives in Seattle, Washington with her husband Eric, stepson Mo, and mischievous Huskita Pup Kundláan.
The Go Janes
The Go Janes feature ukulele, guitar, and generous doses of delicious harmony vocals.
We have decades of experience as creative artists, community organizers, educators and inquisitive consumers of life. Arni and Patrice are members of the satirical trio Uncle Bonsai; Kathleen Tracy is an accomplished solo artist and community chorus director. Patrice has produced the Wintergrass Festival almost from its inception. Arni and Patrice are also visual artists. and Arni and Kathleen are both sought after educators and coaches working with children, adults and the differently-abled.
Our writing ranges from tender and sweet love tributes to the simple act of being human with each other, to how weird it is that magicians used to (pretend to) saw women in half for entertainment. From monkey-infested golf courses in India, and what that teaches us about how to greet life’s challenges, to letting go of our independent children, and losing those we love in more lasting ways. Along the way we pay homage to our ancestors and to each others’ most idiosyncratic selves. And there are knife-throwers, and howling dogs, and how the pandemic made us fight with each other (and ourselves).
With songs that sound like Top 40 hits but read like tarot cards, Brittany Danielle, who has been playing piano since 8-years-old and boasts a graduate degree in music, creates compositions that touch opposite sides of the spectrum. On Danielle’s debut LP, which she will unveil in 2022, many of the tracks were born from the pandemic and the song exercises that kept her sane throughout. Woven together with truths about her mental health (and its own unraveling), the songs represent growth, new connections.
Danielle, who has played in popular bands in Seattle like Purr Gato, graced stages like The Tractor Tavern and those abroad in cities as far away as Germany, has worked in children’s theater and performed in musicals, too. She’s a quilt of experience held with uneasy stitching. At times her songs sound like a stroll down a city street, others like the corners of your consciousness. Standouts include the unburdening, “Hindsight,” and sauntering, “Nothing.” But don’t fret. In the end, of course, she’s got the world dancing on a line.
Alex Guy is a Seattle-based violinist, violist and singer, and the creator and founder of Led to Sea, an unusual and magnetic solo project. Guy fuses classical, pop and experimental music. Her live show as a string player and vocalist has captivated audiences all over the U.S. and Europe, and draws comparisons to St. Vincent and Andrew Byrd. She has opened for and shared the stage with a host of renowned artists, including Laura Veirs, Thao and the Get Down Stay Down, Mirah, Sera Cahoone and Jherek Bischoff. She has also contributed to albums from Amanda Palmer, Xiu Xiu, Laura Veirs, Mirah and Parenthetical Girls.
Reggie Garrett has been performing throughout the U.S. and Canada for a number of years. Based in Seattle, Washington he performs mostly original songs mixed with pop covers and more traditional style folk ballads. He is the purveyor of a unique urban strain of (mostly) acoustic music incorporating a number of diverse influences, including: Folk, Latin rhythms, Blues, Gospel, Celtic, Rock, Jazz and more. The result is a musical blend that has excited and touched audiences throughout the U.S. and Canada.
He is the founder of Reggie Garrett & the SnakeOil Peddlers (his performing ensemble). The band travel and perform regularly as an acoustic trio (including Richard Middleton on lead guitar and Will Dowd on percussion) and as an acoustic/electric quartet with the addition of bassist Keith Lowe. From Pistol River, OR to Rock Island, IL; from Duncan, BC Canada to San Luis Obispo, CA the group has delighted audiences of all ages.
Shaun Crawford writes songs for the lost and wondering.
Oranj Goodman is just happy to be here.