featuring opener Joe Kye
July 12, 2018
1303 Northeast 45th Street
Seattle, WA 98105-4502
July 12, 2018
Event at 8:00 pm
STG Presents Dare to Claim the Sky by Sharon Nyree Williams at The Neptune on Thursday, July 12, 2018 as part of STG's free Nights at the Neptune series!
A journey through the honest and unfiltered body of work written and performed by Seattle based storyteller, Sharon Nyree Williams. In her Nights at the Neptune performance, Sharon invites you into her proverbial living room for an intimate and unapologetic conversation about family, faith, and the pain of being Black in this society.
Sharon Nyree Williams is a storyteller and arts administrator. She is the Executive Director for the Central District Forum for Arts and Ideas, which presents, produces, and develops multidisciplinary work by Black artists and provides access for courageous conversations to diverse audiences. Sharon is the founder of The Mahogany Project, a theatre arts collaborative that focuses on allowing Blak artists an opportunity to share their voice. She also serves on the Seattle Arts Commission, Board of Trustees for Cornish College of the Arts, Langston Board of Directors, FEED Worldwide Advisory Board, Adult Advisory Committee for Creative Justice and proud member of the 2009 Seattle University Master of Fine Arts in Arts Leadership graduate. Sharon is also proud to be a graduate of the Historical Black College, Delaware State University with two degrees, a Bachelors of Arts in Television Production and a Masters of Business Administration.
As an artist Sharon has produced short films, Swipe, What About Us, and From the Heart. She's written and performed solo performance pieces Plight: I Am My Brother's Keeper, and Circles of Life. Sharon has produced two poetry and storytelling albums, her debut Humanity and The Consciousness of Love which was the recipient of the 2014-15 Jack Straw Cultural Center's Artist Support Fellowship. She is currently working on her third album, Shook.
Sharon loves telling stories about her life, the lessons she's learned, and the things she's observed with a hope that she will reach at least one person that can relate to her experiences. She believes in making us as individuals and as a community stronger through the power of storytelling.
Born in Korea and raised in Seattle, violinist-looper and vocalist Joe Kye has drawn rave reviews since launching his music career in 2013, "discharging world[s] of emotion" and delivering "divine messages" with his lush string loops, sweet vocals, and eclectic style (Guitar World). Drawing upon his immigrant upbringing, Kye blends indie-rock, jazz, classical, pop, and Korean folk to create a unique sound that "leaves everyone in awe" (Sac News and Review). With his innovative use of digital effects and looping, Kye weaves together diverse textures, catchy melodies, and rich, sweet vocals to create songs that groove, uplift, and empower listeners: "A single violinist...one mesmerizing symphony" (Sacramento Bee). Kye released his newest album, Migrants, in January 2018 to acclaim, with glowing reviews from OPB Music, BBC World News, and NPR's "The World."
Special thanks to The Norcliffe Foundation for its ongoing support of Nights at The Neptune.