Legion of Peace

GRAMMY​®​ NOMINEE LORI HENRIQUES TO RELEASE
LEGION OF PEACE: SONGS INSPIRED BY NOBEL LAUREATES

 

A NEW CHILDREN’S ALBUM featuring JOEY ALEXANDER on piano with spoken word introduction by
NOBEL PEACE LAUREATE MUHAMMAD YUNUS

 

Eight Original Songs Inspired by Nobel Peace Laureates
Four Piano Improvisations by Joey Alexander
Introduction by Muhammad Yunus

 

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Monday, 9/24, 5:30 pm

Birdland Theater in NYC

(315 West 44th Street)

 

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Featuring Lori HenriquesOran Etkin, and very special guest Nobel Peace Prize laureate Muhammad Yunus
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“Lori Henriques’ songs stand out for their intelligence and empathy.”

— ​All Things Considered, NPR

“[Joey Alexander is] not just remarkably capable for his age; he’s a deeply thoughtful soloist and a lush chordal colorist, period.”

— ​The New York Times

Legion of Peace is an exciting new album of children’s music inspired by Nobel Peace laureates, performed by some of the most compelling musicians on today’s international jazz scene. Singer-songwriter Lori Henriques (2015 GRAMMY ® Award Nominee, Best Children’s Album) has written beautiful, timely songs about some of our planet’s greatest peacemakers, conveying life-lessons via hummable tunes that resonate for all ages.

 

Lori’s quintet on the album is helmed by three-time GRAMMY ® -nominated teenage piano phenom Joey Alexander, and includes Eddie Barbash (saxophone) and Joe Saylor (drums) – known nationally for their work in the house band on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Appearing as featured guests are fellow Motéma artists Pedrito Martinez , a GRAMMY ® nominated Cuban music innovator, and Oran Etkin, acclaimed clarinetist and founder of the innovative Timbalooloo children’s music method.

 

With musical portraits of beloved laureates Desmond TutuMalala Yousafzai, Leymah Gbowee, Jimmy Carter, and four others, the album is an entertaining call to action to work towards peace and justice in whatever ways we can, large or small. Interspersed throughout the songs are solo-piano interludes improvised by Joey Alexander, and the lead track is a moving spoken-word introduction by laureate Muhammad Yunus, the captivating creator of the microcredit movement who is known affectionately throughout the world as the “Banker to the Poor.” Dr. Yunus’ introduction invites listeners to let the spirit of peacemaking that courses through the album inspire them to work for peace and justice in their own communities.

 

In Dr. Yunus’ words, “When we listen to one another, we create a framework for understanding and for building peace. Our musician friends have helped us turn these laureates’ stories into songs, and we hope these songs inspire you to take action.” Produced by New York Times best-selling author and multi-GRAMMY ® -winning producer Kabir Sehgal (who also plays bass on the album), together with Monica Yunus and Camille Zamora (the internationally acclaimed sopranos who foundzed the “artists’ peace corps” Sing for Hope) and Jana Herzen (Founder and President of the acclaimed Multi-GRAMMY ® -winning Motéma label, based in Harlem), Legion of Peace encourages young people to “think globally and act locally” by developing empathy for neighbors near and far. Cover art and illustrations for the album reflect this, and were created by Sing for Hope artist partner Lady JDay.

 

For more information, promotional requests, to set up an interview with Joey Alexander, Lori Henriques, Kabir Sehgal, Monica Yunus, Camille Zamora, or Jana Herzen, please contact legion@singforhope.org. or visit legionpeace.com.

ABOUT LORI HENRIQUES​ ​(Singer-Songwriter)

Lori Henriques is a GRAMMY​® ​Award Nominated singer-songwriter who fully embraces writing songs that speak to children. Curiosity-driven, clever lyrics nested in jazz arrangements with catchy melodies are trademarks of Henriques’ songwriting. Her recordings have garnered hours of airplay on SiriusXM’s KiDS Place LiVE, numerous Parents’ Choice Gold Awards, and ASCAP’s Joe Raposo Children’s Music Award. In the words of Neil deGrasse Tyson, Henriques’ music is “Hauntingly beautiful,” while Maria Popova of Brain Pickings calls it “Absolutely infectious…”

ABOUT JOEY ALEXANDER (Pianist)

Joey Alexander was born in 2003 in Bali, Indonesia, and now lives in New York City. He has released four albums and received three GRAMMY​® ​ nominations. Joey took the world by storm at age 11 with his remarkable debut album, ​My Favorite Things​. Widely acclaimed, it led to features in the ​New York Times​ and ​60 Minutes​, launching his international touring career. 2016 saw the acclaimed release of Joey’s second album, ​Countdown​, followed in 2027 by Joey.Monk.Live!, ​a critically acclaimed surprise release honoring Thelonious Monk’s centennial. His third studio album, ​Eclipse​, came out in May 2018 on Motéma Music to international acclaim, and was heralded as his most personal statement to date. His original composition
“Peace” on that album foreshadowed his involvement with ​Legion of Peace​, an album (and message) about which he is passionate.

ABOUT MUHAMMAD YUNUS (Narrator)

Muhammad Yunus is the founder of Grameen Bank and more than 50 other companies in Bangladesh. He is widely known as both the father of microcredit and of the social business movement. In 2006, Professor Yunus and Grameen Bank were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. He is one of only seven individuals to have received the Nobel Peace Prize, the United States Presidential Medal of Freedom, and the United States Congressional Gold Medal. Yunus is the recipient of 55 honorary degrees from universities in 20 countries, and has received 112 awards from 26 countries, including state honors from 10 countries. For his groundbreaking innovation and enterprise, Fortune Magazine named Professor Yunus as “one of the greatest entrepreneurs of our time.” Notable awards include the Ramon Magsaysay Award (1984), The World Food Prize (1998), The Prince of Asturias Award for Concord (1998), The Sydney Peace Prize (1998), and The Seoul Peace Prize (2006). Professor Yunus was chosen by The Wharton School of Business as one of “The 25 Most influential Business Persons of the Past 25 Years,” by AsiaWeek (Hong Kong) as one of “Twenty Great Asians (1975-1995),” and the Ananda Bazaar Patrika (India) selected Professor Yunus as one of “Ten Great Bengalis of the Century (1900-1999).” Professor Yunus has appeared on​ The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The Colbert Report, Real Time with Bill Maher, Hardtalk ​on BBC, and ​The Simpsons​. He is the author of four books: ​Banker to the Poor, Creating a World without Poverty, Building Social Business​, and most recently,​ A World of Three Zeros​.  

ABOUT MONICA YUNUS (Producer)

Monica Yunus is the Co-Founder of Sing for Hope, a leading non-profit that brings arts outreach programs to communities in need and presents initiatives that make the arts accessible to all. A graduate of The Juilliard School, her concert and recital performances have taken her all over the world, to countries ranging from Bangladesh to Guatemala to Lebanon, and in performances with legendary singers such as Plácido Domingo, José Carreras, and Andrea Bocelli. A principal artist on roster of The Metropolitan Opera for many seasons, Ms. Yunus has performed on many of the world’s greatest stages. Named a 2016 Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, and a Kennedy Center Citizen Artist Fellow, she has given special performances at The United Nations, The Skoll World Forum and The Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit. She is the co-author of Pop-Up Pianos, a book capturing the life of a Sing for Hope Piano and a member of the Grameen Creative Lab. Born in Chittagong, Bangladesh, Ms. Yunus is the daughter of Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus.

ABOUT CAMILLE ZAMORA (Co-Producer)

Camille Zamora is the Co-Founder of Sing for Hope, a leading non-profit that brings arts outreach programs to communities in need and presents initiatives that make the arts accessible to all. An internationally acclaimed soprano, she has appeared with collaborators ranging from Yo-Yo Ma to Sting, with ensembles ranging from London Symphony to LA Opera, and in live broadcasts on NPR, BBC Radio, and Deutsche Radio. A graduate of The Juilliard School, she has been recognized by the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and named one of CNN’s Most Intriguing People, NY1’s “New Yorker of the Week” and one of the “Top 50 Americans in Philanthropy” by Town & Country. She is the co-author of Pop-Up Pianos, a book capturing the life of the Sing for Hope Pianos, and she recently appeared in the GRAMMY​®​-nominated film The Music of Strangers. A regular contributor to The Huffington Post, Camille has performed and spoken at the United States Capitol, Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit, Skoll World Forum, Aspen Ideas Festival, and the United Nations. 

ABOUT ORAN ETKIN (Founder of the Timbalooloo Children's Music Method)

Founded by internationally acclaimed clarinetist, composer and educator Oran Etkin, Timbalooloo strives to empower a generation of children around the world to truly speak the international language of music with the same fluency as their mother tongue! In Etkin’s Timbalooloo Method, instruments come to life as characters and children learn to express themselves not by having to execute the “correct notes”, but by performing the magical act of making their instruments talk. Harvey Keitel, Naomi Watts, Liev Schreiber, Martha Stewart, Edie Falco & Ken Burns have all enrolled their children in the popular NYC Timbalooloo classes! Oran Etkin’s Timbalooloo Band performs concerts at major international festivals and theaters including North Sea, Istanbul Jazz Fest & Wolftrap.   UNESCO recently commissioned Timbalooloo videos for schools and orphanages in its 195 partner countries, including a cameo by Herbie Hancock.  Timbalooloo music can be heard on CDs including the Motema release “Wake Up, Clarinet” and Grammy Award Winning compilation All About Bullies. In 2019 Timbalooloo will release a new album recorded on-location with traditional musicians in China, Zimbabwe, Turkey and Czech Republic!

ABOUT SING FOR HOPE

Sing for Hope transforms lives by leveraging the power of the arts to create a better world. Founded in 2006 by sopranos Monica Yunus and Camille Zamora, the New York City-based international non-profit organization creates arts outreach programs that bring hope and inspiration to under-resourced schools, hospitals, refugee camps, veterans’ centers, transit hubs, disability networks, and public spaces. Since 2006, Sing for Hope has partnered with over 250 nonprofit organizations, involved over 3,500 artists in creative volunteerism, and placed over 450 artist-created Sing for Hope Pianos in public spaces for everyone to play — a symbol and celebration of art for all.

ABOUT MOTÉMA

Motéma Music is an art-first record label specializing in unique and culturally trenchant jazz, world, soul and other creative music. Founder and President Jana Herzen originally started the label in San Francisco as an outlet for her own diverse musical expression as a
singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, and under her helm, Motéma, is now in its 15th year of producing ‘Artists of Power and Distinction” It has earned a spot as one of the most internationally respected labels in jazz. Motéma has famously launched the careers of such international stars as Gregory Porter, Joey Alexander and Pedrito Martinez and has released albums by such jazz masters as Randy Weston, Geri Allen and Monty Alexander. It is home to many of today’s top contemporary jazz artists such as Arturo O’Farrill, HUDSON, and Donny McCaslin and ​ ​Mark Guiliana, who were both tapped to perform on David Bowie’s final album Blackstar. Motéma partners with established and upcoming artists across a diversity of ages, cultures and genres and has earned multiple awards, including 20 GRAMMY​®​ nominations, four GRAMMY​®​ wins and one Latin GRAMMY​®​ win. ​All About Jazz​ has referred to Motema ​“The most important label to plant its flag in the 21st Century.”