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#we music – a talk and performance series of queer perspectives

January 29, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm PST

Free of charge and a hat will be passed

Please join us for the seventh installment of #we, a talk and performance series of queer perspectives hosted by Richard Loranger. Each event features two writers, musicians, or performers from various segments of the queer spectrum, who each give a talk on their perspective on or experience of queerness, along with a reading or performance of their creative work.

For our seventh event, Chinese-American vocalist and performance artist Sidney Chen will speak on expressing gayness in two cultures and languages in his talk “Mother Tongues: Reclaiming a Discarded Self”, and perform vocally as well as play us a few of his handmade music box pieces; and non-binary singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Rybree Tree will give a talk titled “In Between: Visions from the Outskirts & People People” and regale us with their amazing and joyous voice and music.

Note that #we has a new home through 2020 at ProArts Gallery in downtown Oakland. We try to start promptly at 7 pm. Q&A and chat time will follow.

Absolutely all are welcome to this sharing of perspectives. The venue is wheelchair accessible, and ASL translation for the deaf is available on request, with a two-week notice preferred.


#we music

a talk and performance series of queer perspectives



Sidney Chen

and Rybree Tree


Hosted by Richard Loranger



Singer and performance artist Sidney Chen specializes in the creation of new works for voice. He is fascinated by the voice’s infinite capacity to communicate, both with and without words. In recent seasons he has toured with composer/choreographer Meredith Monk as a member of her Vocal Ensemble, and as a guest musical artist with ODC/Dance. Current projects include Anne Hege’s The Furies, a laptOpera with SLOrk (Stanford Laptop Orchestra); Brian Baumbusch’s The Pressure, with a large ensemble of custom metallophones; Ryan Brown’s medical oratorio Mortal Lessons; and solo work with DIY music boxes.

Rybree Tree is a transient genderfull singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from San Diego, CA. They move with the seasons and have come home to Oakland for the past 11 years. They have played a number of tours in the continental US, both solo and in groups such as Belligerence and This Body Wants To Live!. Currently, they play here and there in the Bay Area while working toward some life goals, musical and otherwise. They are a child care provider on some days and unemployed on others. They love people, animals, and plants and are striving toward a balanced way of life in harmony with our planet and all that is. You can support their music here: https://rybreetree.bandcamp.com/releases


January 29, 2020
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm PST
Free of charge and a hat will be passed
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Power Unit 17
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150 Frank Ogawa Plaza (around the corner from Awaken Café)
Oakland, CA 94612
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