Esperanza Spalding

Esperanza Spalding

Esperanza Spalding with braided hair and a flower gazes thoughtfully to the side against a backdrop of warm golden drapery, illuminated by a soft, diffused light.


Emphasizing the simplicity and intimacy of her voice, bass, and songs, in this special configuration of 2 musicians and 2 dancers, Esperanza performs songs from all 8 of her previous albums, songs from current releases, plus a special preview of her forthcoming project.

esperanza spalding (a.k.a. irma nejando) is an eaabibacliitoti* artist, trained and initiated in the North American (masculine) jazz lineage and tradition. Her work interweaves various combinations of instrumental music, improvisation, singing, composition, poetry, dance, therapeutic research, storytelling, teaching, restorative urban land & artist-sanctuary custodianship, and growing in love as a daughter, sister, cousin, niece, auntie, great-auntie, friend.

She is co-founder and curator of Prismid Inc., a 501c3 that ushers and stewards restorative artist residency & workshop space in Portland, Oregon.

With her dance company, Off Brand gOdds (co-founded with Antonio Brown), and the Songwrights Apothecary Lab, she leads multi-week performance, workshop, teaching, and therapeutic-arts research residencies.

*European-African ancestored being influenced by American cultures living in Indigenous Territories of Turtle Island.

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