KUVO Presents Madison McFerrin with an opening set by Adam Deitch Trio at Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox on Thursday, June 13 at 9 pm. KUVO Jazz Odyssey host Moe Velez will DJ between sets.

Explore the soulful world of independent singer, songwriter, and producer Madison McFerrin — Throughout her fruitful independent career, spanning three EPs and multiple collaborations, Madison has earned accolades from The New York Times, NPR, The FADER, and Pitchfork, who named her a Rising Artist in 2018. Her genre-bending work has led to Questlove dubbing her early sound “soul-appella.”

In addition to a stirring performance on the renowned COLORS Studio platform, McFerrin has also performed at Lincoln Center, Central Park SummerStage, and BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn, and shared stages with the likes of De La Soul, Gallant, and The Roots. Off the stage, Madison’s music has been featured in episodes of Comedy Central’s Broad City and HBO’s Random Acts of Flyness. Working at the intersection of artistry and community building, McFerrin co-curated programming for the BRIC Jazz Festival in 2021, and in 2022, aligned her MAD LOVE initiative with the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy to provide some much needed space for healing from the collective trauma of the pandemic.

She mesmerized crowds at sold-out shows in London and Paris during her It’s Been Too Long… European tour and made her debut at the Corona Capital Festival after releasing, “Stay Away (From Me),” which she performed live on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert’s  #LateShowMeMusic series. Ahead of releasing new music in 2023, Madison has continued to blow away sold out crowds at shows in New York City and Los Angeles.

Adam DeitchWhile other kids were more interested in “Being Like Mike,” Adam Deitch was more interested in “Being Like Quincy.” Producer drummer Adam Deitch recalls, “It was around the age of 10 after I had been playing drums for 8 years, my mother told me my drumming skills along with my knowledge of melody and harmony would lead me to produce records for people”. Having guitars, pianos, basses, recording equipment, synthesizers, and two parents who wrote music and sang all the time didn’t hurt either. 

Adam began composing around the age of 11 with his Dad’s Ensoniq ESQ1 keyboard–one of the 1st keyboard/sequencers making beats that ranged from hip-hop, pop, R&B, gospel, jazz and fusion. Pretty soon artists in the neighborhood came knocking. “The tapes I was making at home were passed around at school, and the best artists from the area started coming by the studio.” It was this early experience as a songwriter and producer that has given Adam the wide spectrum of experience and influences that he brings to his work. 

Being a drummer in so many different kinds of bands gave me an insight to how different kinds of music worked — from the instrumentation to the type of amps, strings, heads, mics, to lyrics. Adam Deitch’s career has crossed genres and he plays the role of both producer and drummer. Adam was inspired by hip-hop at an early age, inspired by Public Enemy and Eric B and Rakim. Adam has produced records for such luminaries as 50-Cent, Redman, Talib Kweli, Pharoahe Monch, Chali 2na, and MF Doom. He has also done major session work on drums for artists including Justin Timberlake, Daniel Bedingfield, Anthony Hamilton, DJ Quik, and Wyclef Jean and the Fugees. Adam has toured the world and recorded as a member of the Grammy Nominated John Scofield Band, Pretty Lights, the Average White Band, The Fugees, Wyclef Jean, Meshell Ndegeocello, and his own Break Science and Lettuce.

Recent highlights include a Grammy nomination for Ledisi’s Turn Me Loose for which Adam produced and co-wrote two songs, co-writing and production for Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi’s Sony debut, production of two tracks on Matisyahu’s latest and a platinum single for Italian rap sensation Fabri Fibra.

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