Brenda Cohen’s band, Deep City Healers, is a project that melds deep, heartfelt lyrics with fingerpicking riffs & heavy choruses. The result is music imbued with intensity and melody. Brenda has spent years honing her craft. In her auto-biographical songwriting style, we hear how she challenges herself to ask straightforward questions of life and herself no matter how intimidating or scary an unopened door to the heart and soul can be. Through her music, Brenda clears a path for us to consider stepping into our authenticity. Brenda’s musical life began at 8 years old when she started playing the drums. By 17 she had studied with some of the best jazz drummers in the Philly area. Brenda eventually taught herself guitar. At 17 she was listening to guitarists who inspired her. She mimicked them, and in doing so, learned the art of fingerpicking style guitar. “I’m inspired by all music…whether it’s from a musical, gospel, or heavy metal. Whatever I’m making, I just want it to reach people and have a message.”
Composer Bionic Rhapsodist is a songwriter, producer and performer working in the New York area. His musical output is an eclectic mix, spanning multiple genres, blending the acoustic and the synthetic. A cancer survivor managing diabetes, Bionic Rhapsodist has relied on medical technology for survival throughout his life — he is a true twenty-first century cyborg. His collaboration with Art As Social Inquiry seeks to create powerful music that tells the stories of others who have navigated the American medical system.
Lyricist Theresa BG aka TBG Pussi Artist created Art As Social Inquiry in 2008 as a way to use art and storytelling to investigate the practical, emotional, and political sides of getting healthcare in the US. She also uses art to explore other social issues like violence, immigration, and politics. In 2017 TBG added songwriting to her social activism toolbox. Many of her lyrics convey the private struggles some suffer trying to get healthcare. Other songs are a political response to the powers-that-be who thwart efforts to make healthcare a human right.
About being Pussi Artist from Theresa. My performance art piece “Pussi Artist” was my response to President Donald Trump’s presidency. Although my 2-year performance art piece ended in 2018, I continue to use the name proudly as a songwriter. We ALL sometimes rationalize and talk ourselves into acting in big and small ways that violate our core values of decency and goodness. This will be true when it comes to our blind spots around racism, sexism, transphobia, healthcare — ANYTHING that makes us uncomfortable. I remain TBG Pussi Artist, the songwriter, to remind myself and others to go wherever we have to go inside ourselves to lie to ourselves, pretend to ourselves…go THERE to the place in our heads where we pretend we don’t know what we know…go THERE where we make ourselves get comfortable with what really makes us uncomfortable and call me Pussi.” Pussi Artist is alive and well challenging us to make the world better by dealing with what makes us uncomfortable.