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 BrownGold 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. 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.