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Firey String Sistas!

Firey String Sistas! is a touring chamber Jazz ensemble that is configured anywhere from duo to 20 piece orchestra for events throughout the year. The group is quickly gaining a reputation for presenting unique performances that include cultural, world  and women's views.

They’ve performed at several cutting edge venues  such as Harlem Summer Stage Amphitheater, Brooklyn Museum, the Puck Building, Center For Arts & Culture, South Orange Performing Arts Center (WBGO’s Jazz Kids Series), Harlem Gate House, Borough Hall Community College, Phillip Noris Houses, Symphony Space, UMass, Puffin Cultural Forum, the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s BAM Café Live,  the Medgar Evers Jazzy Jazz Festival and the Coltrane Day Music Festival 2016.

About the Members

Nioka Workman is a native New Yorker. Her father is bassist Reggie Workman (J. Coltrane) and uncle was bassist Arthur Harper (J.Johnson). Nioka is the founder of the Firey String Company home of the Firey String Sistas! The company produces a yearly season of events for female string improvisers. Nioka has film/TV credits on Saturday Night Live, PBS and NBC. As composer, Nioka has received commissions for solo performances with Alvin Ailey II Company, Joffrey Ballet Company and was awarded a grant from the American Composer’s Fund for an electronic music score. Nioka has released new CD The Blues Series, “That’s What She Said” and is currently touring with various projects including the Firey String Sistas!

Marlene Rice has traveled around the world, from the month she visited and performed in Japan in the early 1990's, to her performances in France, Italy, Austria, Finland, Ireland,Trinidad and into Central/South America. One of her personal highlights took place at the Kennedy Center with her mentor, jazz violinist John Blake, during the performance of his“Celebration Of The Fiddle From Africa To America”. Ms. Rice is currently a Teaching Artist in residence, and string department director, at the Cecily Tyson School of Music.

Mala Waldron is a native of NYC whose first paid gig was at the Elk's club with a local R&B band at age 15. Later, enrolling at SUNY Old Westbury she studied jazz piano, voice & composition with Makanda Ken McIntyre, Richard Harper, Warren Smith and Amina Claudine Myers, earning a B.A. Degree. She currently balances local performances with regular tours in Europe and Asia. Career highlights include opening at the Diet Coke Women in Jazz Festival (JALC) for Patrice Rushen, being guest arranger/vocalist with James “Jabbo” Ware's “Me, We & Them Orchestra,” and appearing in the documentary, “The Girls in the Band.” CDs featuring Mala's work are “Lullabye” (solo debut and tribute to godmother, Billie Holiday), “He’s My Father” (duo project with father, pianist/composer, Mal Waldron) and “Always There” named one of Jazz USA's Top 10 CDs of 2006. A new solo project entitled, “Deep Resonance,” just released.

Melissa Slocum has performed worldwide with Art Blakey, Lionel Hampton, Clark Terry, Wynton Marsalis, Woody Shaw and Hank Jones. She has recorded with Kevin Mahogany, Ralph Peterson, Howard Johnson, Dakota Staton, Charli Persip and DIVA. Ms. Slocum performs with orchestras and Baroque ensembles, holds a DMA in double bass performance and is the bassist for Phantom of the Opera on Broadway.

Karina Colis is a New York based, drummer, vocalist and composer Karina Colis was born in San Luis Potosi, Mexico. Karina has been performing extensively in Mexico, the US, South America, Europe, Asia, and in the Middle East with distinctive projects that range from Latin music, jazz, world to fusion. Karina has appeared in more than one hundred radio stations and TV programs worldwide such as CNN International, UNIVISION (US/ Latin America), The Telegraph (India), La Reforma (Mexico City), WGBH, MTV ( with Gregorio Uribe Big Band), The Rolling Stone (Argentina). Karina graduated summa cum laude from Berklee College of Music and some of her highlight performances include international festivals and venues such as the Calcutta Jazz Festival in India with renowned guitarist Prasanna Ramaswamy; the International Montreal Jazz Festival in Canada; Mexico City "Vive Latino"; the Fusion Festival in Germany, the Primavera Festival in Spain, the International Folk Festival in Argentina, the New Morning and Babel Fest in France (with Chicha Libre), and Virada Cultural in Brazil, an open air festival with an audience of 300,000 people.

Dorota Piotrowska originally from Poland is known on the New York jazz scene for her swing feel and compositions that encompass modern themes rooted in traditional rhythms. Ms. Piotrowska earned a B.A. in Jazz Performance with a concentration in drums at The New School in 2012. Since arriving in the US in 2010, Dorota has performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall and has been touring extensively in Europe, Asia and US.

FIREY STRINGS COMPANY P.O.Box 20436, NYC. 10025, e:, Ph: 609. 3881580, Website: