“On the Inside” - An Immersive Jam with BOOM Concepts

Live at Community Forge, Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 7:00pm

On the inside... is an immersive music jam experience for music lovers and enthusiast of all kinds. The audience is placed right in the middle of the jam, made to feel as if they are a part of the ensemble. Seamlessly shifting from classical art songs, jazz standards, hiphop originals, and more! We invite you to join us, on the inside at Community Forge in Wilkinsburg (1256 Franklin Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15221). Light refreshments provided by Everyday's a Sundae.

Pay what you wish! $15 suggested. Tickets required. All ages welcome. Purchase in advance from Chamber Music Pittsburgh either online or by phone at 412-624-4129. Any remaining general admission tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis at the door on the night of the event. Subject to availability. The box office opens at 6:30PM. Concert at 7PM.

Featured artists:

Shanyse Strickland, french horn
Ben Broshe, keyboard
Shad Ali, MC
Anqwenique, vocalist
Julie Mallis, visuals

About The Artist: 

Tracksploitation is a Pittsburgh based music duo made up of producers Fadewell and Jct45. They specialize in live mashes and mixes using all kinds of space-aged equipment but keep it old school with classic turntablism.

Shad Ali
Shad Ali began writing creatively at age 9. Experimenting with poetry in personal journal entries, he found it to be a self-rewarding form of expression. Persisting to work on this hobby, his writing has become recognized as a developing talent. A passion for music has passed through Shad’s family tree. His father, an avid fan of jazz, can be credited for Shad’s soft spoken delivery of lyrics and his knack for an often jazzy selection of hip-hop instrumentals. His dedication to the pen and notepad expanded upon being introduced by an older sibling to many of the genres most praised lyricists. It was at this time, during his teenage years, that Shad’s curiosity guided him as a student of lyricism. He began researching the structure and usage of the words and stories told by varying artists. Shad is intrinsically inspired by real life occurrences, happenings in the world, his dealings with women, successes, failures, regrets, friendship, love, his family life, and his neighborhood - Wilkinsburg.

Anwenique Wingfield is an extremely versatile vocalist and teaching artist specializing in opera, classical music, jazz and soul. Anqwenique has performed lead operatic roles such as Magda Sorel in Carl Menotti’s The Consul, Hanna Glawari in Franz Lehar’s The Merry Widow and Zerlina in Mozart’s Don Giovanni. Anqwenique sang the role of Francie/Frankie in the world premier of new opera Mercy Train composed by Doug Levine and libretto by Julie Tosh. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Voice Performance from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Ms. Wingfield is also the founder and director of Groove Aesthetic, a Pittsburgh based multidisciplinary artist collective experimenting with contemporary performance and collaborative processes. This work inspired collaboration with nationally acclaimed composer Daniel Bernard Roumain and literary artist Yona Harvey that produced a new work titled On the Edge of Night, a 5-movement song cycle for soprano, string trio and percussion. This work was premiered at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater and also performed at Emory University in Atlanta at the Schwartz Fine Arts Center.  In 2015 Anqwenique joined creative team Anthony Williams and Billy Wayne Coakley in the development, production and performance of new work Loving Black, serving as composer, music director and actor.

In 2015 Ms. Wingfield was recognized as one of Whirl Magazine’s 13 under 30, individuals who epitomize the evolving professional landscape in Pittsburgh, representing a variety of fields and backgrounds. Her dedication to community was featured in the Heinz Endowments’ h Magazine for her work with Gwen’s Girls. She also assisted Kelly Strayhorn Theater in their yearly fundraising campaign, sharing her story as an emerging artist in Pittsburgh. In 2014 Anqwenique was nominated for the Carol R. Brown Award as an Emerging Artist and 2013 she was recognized as one of the New Pittsburgh Courier’s Fab40 under 40.

Anqwenique has been very active in the arts and education community as teaching artist, consultant, program manager and advisor. She has worked passionately with youth of all ages in the greater Pittsburgh area. As the Education Director of Pittsburgh Festival Opera, she oversees early childhood programs both in schools and communities. Ms. Wingfield is Vice-President of the Board of Directors for Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse and is the Studio Manager at BOOM Concepts.

Julie Mallis
Julie Mallis (aka Julie Malice) is a multimedia artist and educator working with digital media, paint, installation, performance, sound and audience interaction. Their work focuses on building community, audio-visual experiences, speaking truth to power, and imagining new landscapes. With a maximalist approach to media, they overlap labyrinthine details onto abstract environments, integrate text into imagery, and use projection mapping to create multi sensory experiences.

Mallis was recently commissioned to paint the 1000+ feet wayfinding mural on the ground of #StrawberryWay in Downtown Pittsburgh. It features colorful imagery interlaced within an interactive game asking bold questions about equity and justice to the audience. They were recognized as Creator of the Year by the Pittsburgh Technology Council in 2016, alongside long-time collaborator DS Kinsel (whose collective moniker is called #MagicOrgans).

Mallis has exhibited, performed and curated work across the United States including at The Andy Warhol Museum, The Carnegie Museum of Art, The Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Coaxial Arts Foundation, PhilaMOCA, MOCA Cleveland, Baby's All Right, The Silent Barn, Fringe Arts and more. Mallis has a joint degree in Studio Art focused on Electronic Time-Based Media and in Cultural Anthropology from Carnegie Mellon University. With a studio practice based out of creative hub, BOOM Concepts, Mallis helped to develop and carry out its monthly artist exhibition programming during Penn Ave’s Unblurred series, as well as provide artist support and social media presence from its inception in 2014 through 2018 as the founding Creative Director. Currently, they run adult and youth bike safety education programming at Bike Pittsburgh and operate its women and non-binary program, WMNBikePGH. Mallis is also a resident of nightlife and art collective, gfx (aka girlFx).