This show is the closing night of Askenaz's 50th Anniversary celebration of Woodstock!
Ashkenaz is closing its Woodstock celebration with an exclusive preview of an original one-woman musical theatrical production that showcases the enduring legacy of the Woodstock generation. Through the music of Janis Joplin, Janis Ian, and her own, Kyra brings us on on her extraordinary life journey inspired by the sex, drugs, and rock and roll legacy of Joplin, and the insightful brilliance of Janis Ian. She weaves the music and life stories of all three into an inspiring story that reminds us all that the rock and roll life endures.
Kyra Gordon is a jazz & blues vocalist known for her soulful tone and captivating stage-presence. Originally from Oakland, CA, Gordon's mischievous and searching spirit comes through both in her songwriting and in her witty stage banter. She is accompanied on stage by pianist Larry Steelman, a composer and musician who has worked with such artists as Johnny Mathis, Natalie Cole, Mick Jagger and Dizzy Gillespie. Direction and Dramaturgy of “Loving Janis”was done by Jayne Wenger.
Kyra mused that the “Loving Janis” show is "a travelogue, a love letter, and a deeper look into the psyche of a young woman’s artistic path." Featuring the music of Janis Joplin and Janis Ian, Gordon takes us on a musical voyage from early girlhood to adulthood. Using the stories and music of her sheros, as well as her own compositions and unconventional life story, the play weaves a narrative about seeking empowerment and what it means to be an artist.
Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center
1317 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley CA 94702 (510) 525-5054
Sunday, August 18, 2019, 8:00-11:00 p.m. (Doors @ 7:30pm)($15-18)