about the artists
Radical self-love, compassion, laughter, and the drive to amplify Black artmakers and noisemakers comprise the core of bassoonist and composer Joy Guidry’s work. Their performances have been hailed by The San Diego Union-Tribune as “lyrical and haunting … hair-raising and unsettling.” A versatile improviser and a composer of experimental, daring new works that embody a deep love of storytelling, Joy’s own music channels their inner child, in honor of their ancestors and predecessors. In every aspect of their practice, Joy seeks to support, hire, and promote Black artists.
Joy holds a bachelor’s degree in Bassoon Performance from the Peabody Conservatory and a graduate performance diploma from the Mannes School of Music. They have performed with the Dance Centre Kenya Ballet Orchestra, International Contemporary Ensemble, and Alarm Will Sound. In Yvette Jackson’s opera Fear Is Their Alibi that premiered at the 2021 PROTOTYPE Festival, they were the featured soloist. They have been commissioned by The National Sawdust, Long Beach Opera, JACK Quartet, and the I&I Foundation, and they have attended and been featured by prestigious festivals, including the Spoleto Festival USA and the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. Guidry is the winner of the 2021 Berlin Prize for Young Artists and currently a doctoral fellow at the University of California San Diego.
ricky sallay zoker (YATTA)
ricky sallay zoker (YATTA) is an artist, musician, performer, and educator from Houston, Texas. Over the years, YATTA has shared the stage with musicians such as Cardi B and The Sun Ra Arkestra, creating multimedia performances that tour astrally, nationally, and globally.