The ST. MARY'S GOSPEL CHOIR is based at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, in Harlem, a church with a strong history of activism for justice and peace. The Choir sings often at demonstrations and at the United Nations, and has performed many times on What a Neighborhood! programs, including in Ishmael Wallace’s cantata, The West Harlem Christ, which was based on oral histories from its members. They are joined by the Neighborhood Composers’ Chorus. The choir will perform a song that was composed by a neighbor named Ijeoma who stopped at a What a Neighborhood! songwriting table on West 126th Street, on the sidewalk outside St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, and was written down by Elizabeth Adams. Its inspiration was a man who came by selling items for $1, pushing a baby in a carriage. This little song, that is closing TEDxWashingtonSquare, sums up an entire understanding of life in its few lines.
ROBERTO MALPICA is a songwriter, writer, and painter, originally from Cuba. He has composed many songs, most not yet performed. He will perform a love song that was written down and harmonized by Ishmael Wallace.