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Kaya Nicole: Moody Sessions

May 13 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Kaya Nicole with her capricious curls and city savor-faire, is a queer coquette with a deep love for the groove. A witty storyteller of black American fiction and fable and a young jazz vocalist, Kaya began private lessons in grade school for musical theory and composition, as well as guitar, voice and piano performance. She kicked off her touring experience as an 18 year old babe in her high school gospel choir, touring through Venice, Florence, and Rome(Vatican). She would go on to perform a multi city tour as an opener with rock and roll star Rick Springfield. Through her travels, she learned to speak Spanish and Portuguese with astonishing fluency.

Kaya is a New York native from a creative household. Her father was a Grammy award winning R&B singer and producer, and her siblings are all in the arts. Her rhythmic vocal style reminds one of the dynamic Carmen Miranda or Elis Regina, with a robust low end the likes of Lauryn Hill and Sarah Vaughan. Kaya performs jazz, neo soul, folk, blues, bossa nova and hip hop, and has been known to break into rap at least once a show to pay homage to her New York roots. A part of the neo soul scene of Harlem, and the jazz scene of New Orleans, she has performed with known local acts such as DJ Liqwuid and the Uptown Lovhers, Gene’s Music Machine, Kumasi Afrobeat Orchestra, as well as her own outfits, Samba Soul and the Kaya Nicole quartet. Her band has regularly performed at venues like Marigny Brasserie, RFs and Maison in New Orleans, as well as The Shrine, Silvana and Rockwood Music Hall in New York.

Kaya studied political theory at the University of Virginia, where she was a part of the University Choir(U-Singers), the campus Opera Company(Opera Viva), and the first National Hip-Hop Cappella group(Remix). She published a poetry book in 2016 called: “It’s Going to Rain in the Place,” available on Amazon, and a theory essay questioning the legal standard of rationality entitled: “The Myth of the Reasonable Man,” in UVA’s undergraduate research journal. In 2021, Kaya released a solo acoustic album entitled “Moody: A Selection of Songs for Everyday Sadness,” and in 2022 she will release an exciting new fusion project: “Tracing the Diaspora” with New York and Westchester based musicians.

Romantic at heart, dramatic to the bone, an intellectual feminist with a smooth, and mellow tone, Kaya likes to spend her free time apple picking and sipping cider in upstate New York. She enjoys a good puttanesca and her favorite drink is the old fashioned.

Kaya performs jazz, neo soul, folk, blues, bossa nova and hip hop, and has even been known to break into rap at least once a show to pay homage to her New York roots. Kaya Nicole will perform as a solo artist on a Eastern Tour, April through June of 2022, with select dates in New York debuting these arrangements in her jazz quartet, as well as new songs from her upcoming original album: “Tracing the Diaspora,” sponsored in part by Arts Westchester’s Arts Alive grant



May 13
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts Center
605 Main Street
Middletown, CT
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(860) 347-4957

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