Julie Brown is a composer, vocalist, and holistic healing practitioner, with an inextricable co-thread in social justice & decolonization work, mainly through embodied, spiritual-psychological pathways.
Her music includes a-cappella chant-based circular pieces, large-scale orchestrated song landscapes, improvisational solo and collaborative practices, and a bit of classic singer-songwriter flavor. All of which explore relationship between lyrical language, the wordless, mantra, and prayer.
Brown is a member of Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber (rooted in the Conduction improvisation method of Butch Morris); the Resistance Revival Chorus; and she often leads singing circles in New York and abroad. A valued member of the Bobby McFerrin CircleSongs community, she continually studies with McFerrin and his faculty annually, and performed guest facilitation in 2017/2018.
Projects have included the modern opera Binibon with composer Elliott Sharp; Tonya Pinkin’s Truth and Reconciliation of Womyn; choreographer Stefanie Batten Bland’s (Company SBB) Patien(ce); Compass Song and In the Mouth of this Dragon with Mendi & Keith Obadike; Derek McPhatter’s Afrofuturist LGBTQ musical, Bring the Beat Back; and the musical podcast series, The Misadventures of Clown Zer0, co-created by the NY NeoFuturists' Nicole Hill, Connor Sampson, and Colin Summers.
Performances have included Lincoln Center, AfroPunk, Central Park Summerstage, Carnegie Hall, the Sant’Anna Arressi Jazz Festival in Sardinia-Italy, San Francisco Jazz, and the Art Gallery of Ontario.
Brown uses what she’s termed “harmonic intimacy” as a gateway into invoking inter-generational and collective memory, pre-identity universal information, and the deeply personal, individualized experience.
She is currently working on an original production entitled, Data and the Disciple.