The Confidence of Birds

by Zena Carlota

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Muzinge 03:55
Say You Know 03:48
The Dreaming 03:13


"The Confidence of Birds" is Zena's debut album inspired by the the Sufi poem "The Conference of the Birds" written by the Persian poet Attar of Nishapur, which details the mythic journey of birds in search of enlightenment. Funded by a grant from The Center for Cultural Innovation in San Francisco, the album was penned by Zena on Kora and Ùkelele and features original string trio and string quintet arrangements from Bay Area composers Minna Choi (founder, Magik Magik Orchestra), Omid Zoufonoun (Principal Conductor, Oakland Symphony Youth Orchestra), Bassist Shuyler Karr (San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra) and Cellist Misha Khalikulov (Rupa and the April Fishes, String Quake).

Recorded onto analog tape at Tiny Telephone Studios in San Francisco between 2015-2017, Zena Carlota's first project culturally explores the relationship between West African string music, classical chamber music and folk pop while embodying the journey from gravity to levity in song.


released April 9, 2019


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Zena Carlota Oakland, California

zena (zay-nah) Carlota is a composer, instrumentalist, and visual/theater artist working at the intersections of art and psychotherapy. As a healing artist and future arts therapist, she weaves the tenuous boundaries of matter and spirit into form through storytelling, embodied movement, visual arts, and live sonic ceremonies inspired by the folkloric traditions of the African Diaspora and beyond. ... more

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