The Unkept Hums From The Voices of Home
An Audio Journey
for (Re)Imagining Greenpoint's Green Waters by Exiled Tongues
This audio narrative was created by Meadow Soleil Cloud (He/Him) and Co-Produced/Music Director Destiny Ray Chavez (They/Them) to harvest a nonlinear narrative that expresses the ways environmental violence has an affect on marginalized communities in humanity and nature.
In an attempt to break from a traditional documentary style entrance of exchanging information, this piece is harvested by the voices of the community it is directly affecting. This body of work would not have been possible without the gift from the vocals of Destiny Ray Chavez (They/Them), sandile mhlaba (They/Them), Zai (He/Him), Terran Scott (She/Her), Sienna (She/They), and Amari Figueras (He/Him) Aderinsola (She/They).
I hope you enjoy activating this audio experience.
MEET THE COLLABORATORS
DESTINY RAY CHAVEZ (THEY/THEM)
Based in Southern California/Tongva Land, Destiny Ray Chavez (they/them), is a latinx trans non-binary multi-media and performing artist. They began their undergraduate studies at San Francisco State University in a Bachelors of Music program with an emphasis in Classical Vocal Performance. Currently taking a break from university, they focus on studies and projects outside of their degree including music producing, visual/digital arts and performing arts. Ray intends to create inclusive bodies of art and media that surround environmental justice, break gender/societal norms, address disability justice, and uplift community members that are Black, Indigenous and peoples of color (BIPOC). In recent collaboration with Meadow Cloud’s work in [Re] Imagining Greenpoint’s Green Waters, they are honored in contributing as co-music director/producer. Ray hopes to continue to translate their sounds and frequencies of media to inspire and elevate other queer BIPOC community members.
GRAYSON IZEKIEL COLBERT (THEY/THEM)
* Assistant for Textile Piece *
Grayson Izekiel Colbert is a young Black, trans & nonbinary queer artist and tattooer, born and raised near Chicago in Evanston, IL , and currently lives and works in NYC. They are in their final year studying Fine Art and Printmaking at Parsons School of Design in Manhattan. Their work focuses on identity, advocacy, and representation. Their artistic practice has an emphasis on community-building and mutual aid, especially for Black trans folks. Their work is cross-disciplinary, and ranges from colorful digital art, to textile work, to tattoos.
ZAI (He/Him), also known as Kxngpixie/Pixieshawty, or Howlshustle on Tik Tok; is a twenty-two year old musician and model. Born and based in New York, raised in Germany and Switzerland, ZAI is a Black Jewish Trans Male artist. The singer/rapper has been working on his sophomore visual album since mid-2021. The album, “Think of Me When You Swallow”; is set to release August 24th, 2022 on Marsha P. Johnson’s birthday. The visual albums follows one continuous story of a Trans man embracing his identity and finding community after breaking up with a boyfriend who won’t accept him. Other than that, ZAI is equally passionate about fashion modeling and is currently looking for new agency representation. You can stream ZAI’s music on all streaming services under the name PixieShawty, and keep up to date with him on Instagram @kxngpixie.
TERRAN SCOTT (SHE/HER)
Terran Scott is a raging multi-hyphenate and sexy tree working in film, theatre, and music. Two months ago, she quit her service industry job and has been having a blast production designing for music videos like "A Little Louder" by Maddie Lukomski, acting in Wonder Boy, a trans superhero musical by Jaime Jarrett, and devising as a performer/creator in SPEECH, a Lightning Rod Special show coming to the curated Philly Fringe this fall. She is in the process of starting a production collective, Fruit House, with her closest friends and collaborators and is so honored to also be the technical director of this very project. Peace and love. @vegeterran
Sienna is an aspiring writer/director and currently a third year student at The New School. This is their debut after working on theater pieces such as Rent and 1776. During her free time she likes to cultivate hobbies in art and dance!
sandile mhlaba (THEY/THEM)
sandile (They/Them) is a nonbinary Zimbabwean multidisciplinary artist living on the unceded Lenape Territory colloquially known as Brooklyn. Their areas of artistic exploration include music, theatre and movement. sandile’s recent work includes their performances as Uche in the queer comedy webseries Big Egg, and as The Star in Sacred Circle Theatre’s devised immersive piece, Living Tarot. sandile is currently recording their debut EP.
AMARI FIGUERAS (HE/HIM)
Amari Figueras is a 17 year old queer Afro Latino performing artist. His current focus is being an instrumentalist, vocalist and actor. Amari will be attending SFSU in the fall and hopes to be in more projects that are bicoastal. He would like to thank all of his teachers, peers and mentors for pushing him to create himself into the artist he is today.
L Y R I C S
RAIN DRIPPING FROM THE SKY
HOW CAN WE CATCH IT
PAIN FALLING FROM THOSE EYES
FRUITS ARE COMING DOWN BUT NOT FOR US
HOW CAN YOU WATCH THE SUN KISS ‘EM?
CARRIED AWAY, WHILE THE DAYS RUN DRY
HOW CAN THE SOIL NURTURE US
AND POISON THE FRUITS OF THE FALL
((RECLAIM WHAT WAS OUR NATIVE LAND))
SPOKEN WORD PIECE
WHEN THE DAY GREW
ANOTHER CYCLE OF THE WORLD STARTED CRASHING DOWN
THE RAIN IS BEGINNING TO PUDDLE
THE BIRDS CANT MAKE A SOUND
THEY ARE RUSHING THROUGH THE FOREST
AND THE TREES ARE IN DANGER (THE TREES ARE IN DANGER)
BUT THEY ARE BREATHLESS
TRYING TO FIND THEIR WAYS THROUGH THE WOMBS OF THE WIND
BUT THEY GET NOTHING
THE EARTH IS SHAKING
THE ICE IS MELTING
THE CROWDS ARE BUILDING
AND ALL THEY HAVE NOW IS
(WHAT’S INSIDE OF YOU?)
WHERE DO YOU HIDE?
WHEN WILL YOU BLOOM WITHIN YOURSELF?
THE SUN WILL ALWAYS RISE
IT KEEPS ME RIGHT ON TIME
BUT NOW I WANNA THRIVE