Zena is a multi-instrumentalist, singer and visual artist based in the Bay-Area. Her traditional background in Kora and West African harp has inspired her to combine her love of classical West African string music with Appalachian folk, Delta blues and soul to create narratives of memory and migration in the African Diaspora. An accomplished visual artist, Zena finds it a natural progression to apply in her own art the same themes of ritual and tradition found in West African music. As a fifth generation Bay-Area resident, she values the notion of longevity and sustainability in community, and sees the role of the Red Poppy as a vehicle for creativity and support for artists. She is currently producing new work for her first album and can be found at zenamusik.com.
Schuyler Karr is a bassist, composer and arts administrator based in the San Francisco Bay Area. He can be found performing with chamber orchestra One Found Sound, chamber jazz group The View From Bernal Hill, Darren Johnston’s Broken Shadows and with a large cast of other jazz, classical, and folk groups. Mr. Karr has served as Principal Bass for One Found Sound, the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra, and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Orchestra. His community commitment is evidenced by dozens of educational performances and frequent participation in the Mission Arts & Performance Project.
Jen has been immersed in the visual arts since a young age, later going on to pursue a bachelors in studio art at UC Riverside. Although she eventually switched gears to language with a focus on Spanish and Mandarin Chinese, it became evident that art would continue to hold a certain significance in her life. Her ongoing interests in music, design, and culture led her to the discovery of the Red Poppy Art House, where she readily became a member of both the PR and hosting teams. Upon graduating from the Poppy’s Professional Development Track program, Jen continues her relationship with the space through the management of PR, communications, and internships.
Jeremy Allen is a musician, educator, composer, and producer. He performs with a variety of Bay Area artists and is co-founder of the acclaimed pan Latin-American jazz group Quijeremá. With this multi-media arts ensemble, he has performed, toured and recorded, both nationally and internationally, since 2002. Allen is also an adept instructor in media arts, focusing on live sound, event production and audio-visual installations. Jeremy graduated in American Studies: Urban Education from UC Berkeley, and is the owner/engineer at Musiquito Studios, an independent recording studio and media production shop in Oakland, California. www.musiquito.com
Piano tunings are generously donated by Brani Piano.