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Onome is a vocalist, composer and interdisciplinary sound artist of Urhobo heritage who incorporates improvisation into her practice as a tool to expand consciousness, creativity, and personal development. The types of immersive group vocal rituals that she facilitates include singing circles, concerts, poetry readings, panel discussions, experimental theater, and sound installations. She uses word / sound power to transport people to more enriching and dimensional experiences of themselves and each other. Through her audience-integrative experiences, Onome embodies joy, enchantment, and infinite possibility.
She has performed sound poetry at hundreds of venues nationally, recorded soundscapes for podcasts, and created vocal film scores. As a member of the activist choir Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping, she opened for Neil Young during his tour, The Monsanto Years. She has led improvisational vocal gatherings with Sounding NYC, Make Music New York, UX All-Stars Project, Minnesota Music Educators Association, World Social Forum in Montreal, Climate Action Network Conference on Cortes Island, and Música do Círculo in São Paulo, Brazil.
She has shared her considerable curriculum-building skills in partnership with several organizations, such as Teacher's College-Columbia University, Bank Street College, and Rosewood High School on Riker's Island. As an artist-in-residence at Carnegie Hall as a core member of the vocal improvisation lab and ensemble, Moving Star, she contributes her performances and trainings across their vast educational programming spectrum.
Also, Onome is the artistic director for Lush Tongue, which she initially developed as a performance ensemble project focusing on improvisation and a repertoire of songs by women composers. She has expanded Lush Tongue to encompass sound healing, singing immersions, workshops, vocal coaching, retreats, and concerts.
She got her start in spoken word poetry and opera via Nuyorican Poets Cafe and New York University, and now facilitates community vocal immersions at concert halls, conferences, galleries, museums, schools, cultural centers, shelters, prisons, parks, churches, wherever voices gather.
Pratt Institute, Brooklyn NY
MFA, Performance and Performance Studies
Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville NY
BA in Liberal Arts
Lush Tongue Artistic Director
A vocal improvisation project where sound, creativity, self-discovery, connection, and joy converge through singing—via sound healing sessions, workshops, vocal coaching, retreats, and concerts.
Moving Star Co-Founder and Ensemble Member
Improvisation lab and performance ensemble in residence at the Weill Music Institute of
Sounding NYC Founding Member
A series of periodic gatherings that blend impromptu singing, movement and rhythm in public New York City spaces.