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.