Ashes from
My Wings


        Ashes from My Wings

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In the January winter of 2003, Harlem jewelry artist and historian, Dorothy Makeeta White, invited my mother and I to perform at one of her salon presentations in her beautiful art-laden Harlem brownstone. The salon attendees and participants were broad-ranged in age -- an eclectic mix of performance artists reciting poetry or one-person sketches, and perhaps a jazz duo or trio. Mother had a vision of us talking a little bit about ourselves, our lives, tragedy and triumph, in a skit-like format. She’d play piano and I would sing. We’d perform some jazz covers, gospel and other original material I’d written. That’s how the concept of “In Full Circle” was born.

Our performance was warmly and enthusiastically received and embraced and questioned. So many people wanted to know when we’d be doing it again and if it was something they could see on the weekend on a regular basis because they wanted to invite their friends. We were totally blown away by the response so Mother talked about it with her good friend, Cobi Nobuko Narita who unexpectedly and quite generously offered us an opportunity to use her performance space, Cobi’s Place on 45th Street in Manhattan, to launch an expanded piece. Mother and I worked on it over the Spring and Summer of 2003. In Full Circle evolved into “Ashes From My Wings” which we presented on November 8, 2003 in celebration of our birthdays on the 8th and the 10th. We went on to have 2 more sold out shows at Cobi’s Place.

We are currently seeking a producer and venue for “Wings.”

Bertha and Monica
Excerpts of Their Story

Birth Story - Hearing Music In Mommy's Womb

About Grandma - Monica's Talents Begin Emerging

Overcoming Fear - Bertha Arranges Chords Around Monica's Melodies

Music Performance - Monica's Originals

You Belong to Me
We Are In It
Ashes from My Wings

Piano: Bertha Hope
Bass: Stanley Banks
Drums: Paula Hampton