Resident Artists

Resident Artists: Marjani Forte Saunders and Everett Saunders


Alternate Title 7NMS| E + M, Artist Residencies
Production Language English
Country of Origin United States
Description 7NMS| E + M is the work of collaborative music and dance duo Everett Saunders and Marjani Forté-Saunders, now operating bi-coastally (Pasadena, CA and New York, NY). They are students and descendants of Black liberation movements, and radically engage music and dance forms as alchemic mediums of elevation, healing, and futurity. Their latest work is A Prophet’s Tale: Portrait of the Lyricist, a multi-year Film, Literary, Music, and Performance Project, discussing the life-journey, the mystic pilgrimage, of Hip Hop music’s Emcee/Lyricist.

The project marks their eighth collaboration, and is an awardee of the MAP Fund 2020 and New Music USA Award 2020. Thus far the work has been incubated in residencies at the Petronio Residency Center and Baryshnikov Arts Center, 7NMS’s own Satellite Residency (in response to COVID-19) in partnership with co-commissioners Abrons Arts Center and Kelly Strayhorn Theatre. 7NMS are also the architects behind Art & Power, a platform dedicated to Black Purpose and Innovation, fueling their initiative behind #SatelliteResidencies, and a burgeoning network of Black radical experimenters and innovative critical thinkers.

Everett’s work as a composer/sound designer include projects with violinist Juliette Jones, award-winning filmmaker and screenwriter Damon Colquouhoun, Sony Music, and the internationally renowned Urban Bush Women. His most recent work can be heard in Jaamil Kosoko's multi-media project and film Chameleon (2020). Marjani is a three-time Bessie award-winning choreographer and performer. She is a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grantee, an inaugural recipient of the Jerome Artist, Dance USA, and UBW Choreographic Center Fellowships and a two-time Princess Grace Foundation awardee. Her work has been incubated in residencies at MANCC, LMCC Extended Life Residency, BAX, CUNY Dance Initiative, 651 Arts, and Movement Research.
Identifier 2021s.AR.00006