Samora and Elena Pinderhughes are brother and sister who grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area both are gifted musicians, he on the piano and she on the flute.
Samora, 20, while attending Juilliard wanted to “Paint a musical picture of the current state of social inequality and injustice in the United States” while “making a statement through the music and really trying to create a fundamental transformation of the system through the arts” he did just that and composed the music for “The Transformations Suite”.
"The Transformations Suite" is a composition in five movements that combines jazz with poetry and spoken word from Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and Tupac Shakur. It examines the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in order to discover how his vision can continue to live and breathe in the present day. “It’s for young people, by young people. It’s about creating a dialogue and using the power of the arts to create change” explains Samora.
To raise money for the recording Samora, Elena and a group of his classmates from Juilliard created a Kickstarter campaign and were successful. “The Transformation Suite” was produced by Greg Knowles, James Fallon mixed by Elliot Scheiner and engineered by Chris Allen. It was then mastered by Chief Mastering Engineer Emily Lazar and her team at The Lodge.
“The Transformations Suite” has been gaining acclaim across the country from New York City to California and even Brazil. "The Transformations Suite" shows how art can empower all people - especially youth - to make their voices heard.
SUPPORT THE SUITE !! See them perform live THIS Saturday, March 23 at Joe's Pub, NYC starting 7pm.
Elena Pinderhughes- Flute, Vocals
Lucas Pino- Tenor Sax, Bass Clarinet
Tony Lustig- Bari Sax, Bass Clarinet
Riley Mulherkar-Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Jehbreal Jackson-VocalJeremie Harris-Spoken Vocal