December 6th – December 22nd
A two part exhibition highlighting the artists who have shown at North of History
over the past year.
North of History Retrospective
Joy and Peace Ike
Vocals and percussion
Friday, December 14, 7:30pm
Peace Ike is a first generation Nigerian-American percussionist, piano-based worship leader, entrepreneur, and physical therapist. Based out of Philadelphia. She is the founder and creator of The Gathering Place Philly (TGP), a community center aimed at fostering an environment for like-minded creatives to share their art & talents in an intimate setting. Peace has a particular interest in the intersection of faith & justice, and a strong passion for seeing lives impacted practically though local outreach & arts expression. She currently leads worship at The Gathering Place Philly and as a part-time percussionist, she tours with her sister Joy Ike, and various other artists within her region.
Polished and precise, yet buoyed with an airy grace, Joy Ike paints with a broad palette that defies easy categorization. Born to Nigerian immigrants, the singer/songwriter’s music, voice, and writing have drawn comparisons to female musicians such as Nina Simone, Laura Nyro, and Regina Spektor. But her percussive piano-playing and soaring vocals give homage to her African upbringing.
Leaving her career as a publicist in 2008, Joy has spent the last 10 years playing thousands of shows across the country. A write-up on NPR's All Things Considered says "The depth of subjects she tackles in her poetic lyrics are perfectly complemented by a unique blend of neo-soul, with just the right dash of pop...a truly compelling act to watch in person, with the ability to create an intimate setting in locations big and small."
Ike is currently on tour in support of her new album Bigger Than Your Box. Written over a four-year period that included a relocation from the comparatively small Pittsburgh to the gritty, thrumming metropolis of Philadelphia, the record is joyously defiant, standing proud and wrapped in blasts of exotic color. It dares us to believe in ourselves, to knock down the walls of fear and doubt we build around ourselves. “This is an open-armed invitation to dive head first into the unseen”, says Ike. Bigger Than Your Box boldly explores what Ike often refers to as divine discontentment; the restless middle ground between what is and what ought to be. “The spiritual mystery of life and the ever-present Spirit of God that embraces us in our most helpless state.”
Joy will be joined by percussionist and sister, Peace Ike.
$10 at the door
Saturday, December 22nd, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Featuring a performance by Stew, a Tony Award Winner and Broadway Star of Passing Strange, a rock-n-roll musical for which Spike Lee filmed the final feature film.