Knitting Factory Entertainment Presents
Forager, Keren Abreu, Ashni
FORAGER is a Brooklyn-based trio led by Shyamala on vocals, Jack Broza on guitar, and Colum Enrique on drums. Blending pop, soul, and Latin styles, FORAGER performs a combination of Shyamala and Broza’s compositions, reinterpreted through Enrique’s unique, Afro-Cuban inspired rhythmic phrasing. The band debuted during the summer of 2021 with sold out shows in Brooklyn and the Lower East Side, and they released their first single ‘Tandem Bike,’ this fall.
Born and raised in the Bronx, New York and the proud daughter of Dominican immigrants, Keren Abreu is a singer-songwriter whose music is as multidimensional as she is. Keren’s musical journey has taken her from the pulpit of her childhood church to the classrooms and stages of her alma maters, and most recently to sold-out venues across New York City. Keren’s music is a multilingual blend of folk lyricism, pop melodies, and powerhouse vocals. ÉXITO, her first EP, is a 5-song exploration and celebration of queerness, afro-latinidad, spirituality, and the people and places she calls home.
Ashni is a Brooklyn-based singer, songwriter, and pianist. Her relationship with the stage began with classical North Indian dance, Kathak, and western classical piano. A first-generation Indian American, she grew up absorbing Hindustani classical music and Garba, Gujarati folk music and dance. From these roots, she incorporates her love for pop, jazz, and R&B, and envelops listeners in a reflective, cathartic dimension. Her work meditates on the relationships we build with the self, others, and community.
Ashni has performed at Joe's Pub, National Sawdust, Music Hall of Williamsburg, WNYC's The Greene Space, Rough Trade, the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, and more. She is a member of Treya Lam's trio and the Resistance Revival Chorus. Her music has been featured on Spotify's Women of Jazz playlist, Bitch Media's Podcast: Growing Up Immigrant, and the acclaimed, Emmy-nominated web series Brown Girls. Forthcoming work includes a song on “How To Cure A Ghost: The Album,” songs made from Fariha Roisin’s poetry, led by Ganavya Doraiswamy; and an EP “Who I Dream Of’ release in March 2022, with which she will make her headlining debut at Joe’s Pub.