Community Over Consumption

Feeling the inhumanity of late capitalism?? Community Over Consumption to the rescue! Ava, Yui, and Destiny will open your hearts so so wide, you won’t know what hit you. Aaaand then there’s Ani Arias-Aragon<3! I’ll be joining my duet partner Rafael Natan in Petting Kazoo, playing with Anaís Azul in one of their last performances before moving out west – a bittersweet occasion if ever there was one! I have truly loved being along for the ride, truly inspired watching them grow ever more into their power in the Boston area & abroad. We will send them off to be embraced by a thriving artistic community, inevitably to blossom yet further, if I know them. This event heralds the end of an era, and the promise of the continuation of much love that has been cultivated – let’s spread our seeds wide and reap a harvest of songs from coast to coast – or at least make some really nifty events in the next year to tempt Anaís to come back to visit, eh?

Harvard Common Spaces

what a lovely stage we got to play on today! complete with a freshly tuned piano for the occasion, what lux treatment. thanks @clubpassim for inviting @anaisazul to play for your #harvardcommonspaces lunchtime series; it was delicious to be along for the ride, backing them up along with @flightorvisibility. This was my third time playing the cajon on stage and I’m so hooked! In other news, I’ve been a bit sickly lately and am super grateful to have excellent health insurance thru masshealth, and also amazing friends like Anaís who make sure my schedule is full of bitchin gigs even when I don’t have the spoons to do much booking for myself. I’ll still be releasing another of my own tunes later this month tho, and I’ll have a few philosophical quandaries to put to you in preparation. get your thinking caps ready… #lunchtime #smithcampuscenter #cajon #sicklycute#unicorntearslipstick @ Smith Campus Center

My name (is Joanna)

Rough day at work? Ready for that Netflix and Chill? Lucky for you, Petting Kazoo songwriter Rafael Natan just released a 25-minute “TV” special on youtube complete with 3 songs featuring Petting Kazoo and Anaís Azul as well as a deeply personal analysis of how they relate to gender presentation and identity! Topics include sense of pretending, self acceptance, response to misgendering, presenting more vulnerably and therefore being more susceptible to harm. OH, AND THERE ARE COSTUME CHANGES! So the next time you want to decompress with netflix, might I suggest you give this a watch instead?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PIdCX2gZEEk&feature=youtu.be

The Art of Being Human

Mind so blown! I JUST finished a truly rewarding couple days of meditation training with @shambhalaboston in The Art of Being Human, really feeling the glow of allowing more joy (along with all experience) into my awakeness! It turns out that being with myself more fully and walking away from personal addictions also means returning to a practice of talking to myself a bunch (heyo, only child right here) rather than compulsively seeking a constant soundtrack or news update to attach myself to. Talk about a surefirecure if there ever was one, for real. Next up, I’m headed to The Strand Theater in Dorchester, so glad I’ll have the opportunity to experience this socially relevant opera! Thank you so much @ukrainka_m for inviting me to hear you rock this as concert master, and to @lidiyaconductor for helping making sure such projects are receiving the visibility they deserve. I’m so proud to know you both @ Strand Theatre (Dorchester, Massachusetts)