Sound (formerly Julie) Brown is a composer, vocalist, and holistic healing practitioner, with an inherent co-thread in social justice & decolonization work, mainly through embodied, spiritual-psychological pathways.
Sound's 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.
Sound is a member of Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber, the Resistance Revival Chorus, and is the vocal director for Treya Lam. A valued member of the Bobby McFerrin CircleSongs community, Sound has studied with Bobby McFerrin and his faculty annually, and performed guest facilitation in 2017/2018.
Performances have included Lincoln Center, AfroPunk, Summerstage, Carnegie Hall, the Sant’Anna Arressi Jazz Festival in Sardinia-Italy, Brooklyn Museum, San Francisco Jazz, the Rubin Museum, Winter JazzFest NYC, Detroit Institute of the Arts, and the Art Gallery of Ontario.
Projects have included In the Mouth of this Dragon and Compass Song with Mendi & Keith Obadike; the modern opera Binibon with composer Elliott Sharp; Tonya Pinkin's Truth and Reconciliation of Womyn; choreographer Stefani Batten Bland's Patien(ce); Derek McPhatter's afrofuturist LGBTQ musical, Bring the Beat Back; and the musical podcast series, andThe Misadventures of Clown Zer0, co-created by the NY NeoFuturists' Nicole Hill, Connor Sampson, and Colin Summers.
Sound uses “harmonic intimacy” (a personal term) as a gateway into invoking inter-generational and collective memory, pre-identity universal information, and the deeply personal, individualized experience.
Sound is currently working on an original project entitled, Data and the Disciple.