[VIRTUAL CONCERT] In the Studio with Zeshan BVIEW EVENT DETAILS
Presented in partnership with Miller Outdoor Theatre
Friday, October 23, 2020
7:30 p.m. Performance and Conversation
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From his home studio in New York, Zeshan B joins Asia Society Texas Center and Miller Outdoor Theatre for a virtual performance of his Indo-Pakistani soul music. Tapping into the power of song as a tool of communication, Zeshan has created his own sound, mixing the musical traditions he grew up listening to and backed by a strong message of change.
Through an intimate conversation with Kam Franklin, lead singer of The Suffers, Zeshan will perform and share insights into the songs from his latest album, Melismatic.
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About Zeshan B
Chicago native Zeshan B’s breakout album Vetted was released in April 2017 to commercial and critical acclaim, receiving reviews from Rolling Stone, NPR, ABC, NBC, PBS, Salon Magazine, Democracy Now, and The Times of India. The hit single from the album Cryin’ in the Streets, his reinterpretation of George Perkins' 1970 classic civil rights anthem, has garnered praise for its musical finesse as well as relevance in America's current socio-political climate.
Zeshan has toured with frequent appearances at Lincoln Center, Bonnaroo, Electric Forest Festival, House of Blues, Kennedy Center, the Blue Note, Riverside Church and the Canadian National Exhibition. He has performed for two U.S. Presidents, Jimmy Carter and Barack Obama — with the latter taking place at the White House’s historic inaugural Eid Celebration in 2016.
During the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Zeshan appeared with his wife Dr. Alexandra Roybal on MSNBC's Morning Joe to shed light on COVID’s impact on minorities and musicians. This was followed by the May 2020 release of his newest album, Melismatic.
About Kam Franklin
Kam Franklin is a singer-songwriter, activist, writer, motivational speaker, and actress from Houston, Texas. She is best known for her work with the gulf coast soul band, The Suffers, but Kam began performing in public at the age of five. A three-time recipient of the Houston Press Music Award for Best Female Vocalist, Kam has performed on five continents and has performed with The Suffers backed by The Houston Symphony in addition to being featured solo. Fronting The Suffers, Kam has performed nationally on The Late Show with David Letterman, The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, and Jimmy Kimmel Live in addition to speaking about The Suffers with Ari Shapiro on NPR’s All Things Considered.
At home, Kam remains a very active participant in the Houston music scene, producing events that have featured up-and-coming acts from around the Houston area while leveraging her and The Suffers’ international platform to represent the City of Houston and champion her entrepreneurial approach to finding success in the arts for women.
About the Muslim Series
Through a multidisciplinary approach that utilizes Asia Society’s breadth of programming opportunities, this series explores the artistic talents and stories of American Muslims to inspire our community to better understand one another.
For information about sponsoring the Muslim Series and other programs like this one, please contact Jenni Rebecca Stephenson, Director of Development, at JStephenson@asiasociety.org or 713.496.9909.
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