Karma Mayet Johnson : vocals

Impro­vi­sa­tion and synaes­the­sia guide Karma Mayet Johnson’s per­for­mance work.

Karma Mayet Johnson

Karma Mayet Johnson

Recent stage work includes the OFF-BROADWAY pro­duc­tion of FELA! directed by Bill T. Jones and the pre­mier of Keith+Mendi Obadike’s FOUR ELECTRIC GHOSTS at The Kitchen.
She is composer/director of the inno­v­a­tive blues opera, Indigo. Of Indigo’s 2007 Capi­tol Fringe Fes­ti­val pre­mier; one reviewer writes: This show has more soul than James Brown pass­ing the peace pipe with Mal­colm X.

Also in 2007, Karma joined the cast of Ber­nice John­son Reagon and Robert Wilson’s The Temp­ta­tion of St. Anthony on tour to Milan and to the Mel­bourne Inter­na­tional Arts Fes­ti­val, Australia.

Her work has been pre­sented at D.C.’s Cor­co­ran Gallery of Art, Woolly Mam­moth The­atre, the Joyce The­ater in New York, Jacobs Pil­low Dance Fes­ti­val, NYC’s Dance New Ams­ter­dam and the Schom­burg Cen­ter for Research in Black Cul­ture. Karma’s solo vocal per­for­mance was broad­cast as part of MTV’s Cel­e­brate Black His­tory pro­gram­ming for 2008 and 2009. She is a lead vocal­ist on the just-released album The Mercy Suite, a col­lab­o­ra­tion between poet Yusef Komun­yakaa and com­poser Tomas Don­cker, and a fre­quent marauder amongst Burnt Sugar, the Arkestra Cham­ber. Col­lab­o­ra­tors have included film-maker Michelle Park­er­son, composer/bassist Meshell Nde­geo­cello, per­for­mance artist Lil Mon­staH, and the late guerilla the­ater inno­va­tor Rebecca Rice of D.C.’s Liv­ing Stage The­ater Com­pany. Her poems have appeared in var­i­ous pub­li­ca­tions includ­ing Renais­sance Noir, exit the apple.com, Noc­turnes (re)view of the lit­er­ary arts, Cave Canem’s Gath­er­ing Ground, and Red­bone Press’ Voices Ris­ing. She has taught Cre­ative Writ­ing at Rut­gers Uni­ver­sity and NYU. She is an alumna of the Cave Canem Workshop-Retreat for African Amer­i­can poets and holds an MFA in Poetry from New York University.