winter jazz fest '20: talk series
In a continued effort to engage artists and audiences in conversations around relevant and impactful issues facing the music community and our broader cultural ecosystem, Moon31 partnered with NYC's largest jazz festival Winter Jazzfest, in order to deconstruct and de-stigmatize subjects often considered too taboo to speak about: wellness in the music industry, addiction, recovery, substance abuse, mental health, along with social justice, gender, environmentalism, and overall health.
The festival, for its 16th year, attracted more than 17,000 attendees, spanned 10 days and took over 20+ venues across Manhattan and Brooklyn. Moon31 more than quintupled the amount of conversations from previous years, massively expanding its focus and the range of topics discussed during the festival. The event featured speakers, owners, and collaborators from such iconic institutions as The Mayor's Office, House of Yes, the David Lynch Foundation, Grammy Musicares, Summerstage, and many others, as well as had its first ever benefit concert hosted by Robert Glasper entitled "Revive Yo Feelings". As a result, all of this combined received major coverage from outlets like The New York Times, Downbeat, Jazziz, and many more.
Below are a few samples of some of Moon31's work producing, executing, moderating and curating large scale events:
black woodstock conversations
As part of the Future x Sounds Concert Series in 2019, Moon31 and Neal Ludevig produced powerful conversations rooted in activism, history, and community. Taking place in Harlem, these conversations used the 50th Anniversary of the Harlem Cultural Festival (aka Black Woodstock) in Harlem as a catalyst for discussion.
Hosted at the Schomburg Center in Harlem and at Harlem Stage, and curated by Neal Ludevig of Moon31, these conversations brought together leaders, changemakers, and activists in the community, culture and arts space that included Michael Dinwiddie (NYU), Academy Award Nominated director, producer, writer and former Black Panther Jamal Joseph, 2x Emmy Award Winner journalist, poet, activist Felipe Luciano, 27th Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, Black Panther Cyril "Bullwhip" Innis, Jr., Freddie Stone (of Sly & the Family Stone) and Award-Winning Producer and Former NYPD Detective Voza Rivers, notable emcee and activist Talib Kweli, multi-grammy award winning artist Keyon Harrold, Musical Director and acclaimed musician Igmar Thomas, Victoria Fortune (Director of Partnerships at Global Citizen), CEO of Moon31 Neal Ludevig, Global Hip-Hop Ambassador for the U.N. Toni Blackman and Juma Sultan of the legendary Jimi Hendrix Experience. These conversations were listed as events in The New York Times, Rolling Stone, TimeOut New York, Fusicology, NBC, Vibe, Billboard, Thrillist, among others.
Details coming soon!