Vocalist Thana Alexa Prepares Tour of 2x GRAMMY®-Nominated Album ‘ONA’ in June, 2022
The highly-sought after vocalist/composer will hit the road at the beginning of June, making her way to Arizona, Washington, Oregon and California
Critically-acclaimed vocalist Thana Alexa is excited to bring her renowned album ONA on the road this summer! At the 63rd GRAMMY® Awards in 2021, ONA received two nominations in the Best Jazz Vocal Album and Best Improvised Jazz Solo categories. Alexa is thrilled to celebrate the success of her album with her first live concerts since the start of the pandemic with appearances in Phoenix, San Diego, San Jose, Santa Cruz, Bend (OR), Portland (OR), and Seattle.
She, using her looping and effects pedals, will sing in the company of pianist Maya Kronfeld, electric and acoustic bassists Matt Brewer and Kaveh Rastegar (6/2 & 6/4 only), and GRAMMY®-winning drummer Antonio Sanchez.
ONA (the word for “she” in her family’s native Croatian language), explores the complex theme of what it means to be a woman. The songs reflect on Alexa’s Croatian-American roots, yet resonate with the many cultures of women who have come into her life and influenced her music. The record was widely received since its release in March of 2020 with feature stories in Forbes and Downbeat Magazines as well as a critic’s poll ranking on NPR, to name a few.
After the tour’s opening night on June 2 at The Nash in Phoenix, the crew will head to California with stops in San Diego for SD Jazz Ventures’ Mini-Fest of Women in Jazz at The Alexandria (June 4), San Jose at Art Boutiki (June 5) and Santa Cruz at Kuumbwa (June 6). Moving on to Oregon, the band will play a two-night run at Open Space Studios on June 8 & 9 in Bend, followed by a two day run on June 10 & 11 at The 1905 in Portland. The tour will close in Seattle at The Royal Room on June 12.
See the full tour schedule below for venue-specific information/ticketing.
Tuesday, June 2 – The Nash (Phoenix, AZ)
Saturday, June 4 – The Alexandria (San Diego)
Sunday, June 5 – Art Boutiki (San Jose)
Monday, June 6 – Kuumbwa (Santa Cruz)
Wednesday, June 8 – Open Space Studios (Bend, OR)
Thursday, June 9 – Open Space Studios (Bend, OR)
CANCELLED – Friday, June 10 at 7:30PM PDT – The 1905 (Portland, OR)
CANCELLED – Friday, June 10 at 9:30PM PDT – The 1905 (Portland, OR)
CANCELLED – Saturday, June 11 at 7:30PM PDT – The 1905 (Portland, OR)
CANCELLED – Saturday, June 11 at 9:30PM PDT – The 1905 (Portland, OR)
CANCELLED – Sunday, June 12 – 6pm – The Royal Room (Seattle, WA)
CANCELLED – Sunday, June 12 – 8:30pm – The Royal Room (Seattle, WA)
More about Thana Alexa
Thana Alexa is an extraordinarily creative force in music. An awe-inspiring vocalist, composer, arranger and producer – for whom the voice is both a lyrical and experimental instrument – her music pushes genre boundaries into new and unexplored territory with deep seeded roots in jazz and overtones of contemporary soul and world music.
After the release of ONA, Alexa has continued her focus on more female-focused projects: Alongside GRAMMY®-nominated artist Nicole Zuraitis and bassist Julia Adamy, the three formed SONICA, a trio that fuses electronics, vocal harmonies, electric bass, keyboards and percussion into their unique original music and arrangements. Alexa is currently engineering and producing their upcoming release.
During the 2020 Coronavirus lockdown, Alexa made headlines as a co-founder of what Rolling Stone called the first “virtual jazz festival” of the pandemic and fundraising initiative, Live From Our Living Rooms. Over the course of their three series (including a partnership with the DC Jazz Festival to present their FromHome series), Alexa, together with co-founders Owen Broder and Sirintip, contracted over 120 artists, raised over $140,000, and helped facilitate grants to over 80 US based musicians in need. Live From Our Living Rooms received attention from Rolling Stone, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, the BBC, Live From Our Living Rooms became an official 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in 2021, with Alexa serving as its Executive Director.
One of Alexa’s most important and ongoing collaborations has been with her husband, four-time GRAMMY® winner Antonio Sanchez (composer for the Oscar-winning Birdman film and drummer with Pat Metheny for 20 years). Together with his band Migration they have recorded three critically acclaimed albums and toured worldwide throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. Sanchez will release his 11th solo album on Warner Music Germany this year which, alongside Alexa, features Dave Matthews, Trent Reznor, Meshell Ndegeocello and many more.