Baryshnikov Arts Center Resident Artist

Toshi Reagon

Singer-songwriter-guitarist Toshi Reagon’s new opera Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Sower blends science fiction with African American spiritualism to construct a mesmerizing meditation on the future of human civilization.

BAC Resident Artist

Toshi Reagon
Artist Bio

Toshi Reagon

Described by Vibe magazine as “one helluva rock’n’roller-coaster ride” and by Pop Matters as “a treasure waiting to be found,” Toshi Reagon is a one-woman celebration of all that’s dynamic, progressive, and uplifting in American music. The New York Times described her blend as “…a love of mixing things up…[her] vocal style ranges from a dirty blues moan to a gospel shout to an ethereal croon.” Leading her renowned band BIGLovely, launched in 1996, she instantly connects, inspires, and empowers.

Recent works include the Bessie Award-winning The Blues Project with tap dancer Michelle Dorrance and Dorrance Dance (currently touring), Meshell Ndegeocello’s Can I Get A Witness: The Gospel of James Baldwin (Harlem Stage 2016), Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Sower, Celebrate The Great Women of Blues and Jazz (currently touring), WORD*ROCK* & SWORD: A Festival Exploration of Women’s Lives (NYC Sept. 17-24, 2017), a duet project with world renowned drummer and composer Allison Miller-Holler and Bam. Reagon's next recording will be released in Spring 2017.

Reagon’s honors include 2016 NEFA National Theater Project Award, 2015 Ford Foundation Art of Change Fellowship, 2009 Out Music Award, the 2007 Black Lily Award for Outstanding Performance, and a 2004 New York Foundation for the Arts award for music composition. She was one of several women honored by the National Women’s History Project for “amazing intelligence, talent, courage and tenacity [that testify] to the myriad ways that generations of women have moved history forward.”

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