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Episode 13 with Meklit Hadero

Audience Alchemy: How to Take Your Crowd with You

April 18th, 2018

How do you show up for your audience?  Performing art is a co-creation between you and your audience. . . which can be invigorating when you feel connected, but can be hard if you’re not.  In this episode with guest composer, vocalist and cultural instigator, Meklit Hadero, you’ll learn from her extensive touring experience on how to connect with your audience, how to pick your collaborators, maintain your artistic vision and more! Holly will also share The Watermill exercise which helps you calm nervousness and keep the wheel between you and your audience turning. This episode examines your partnership with your audience so you can feel more at ease and confidence leading the room.


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Meklit is a San Francisco based Ethio-Jazz singer-songwriter and cultural activist. Meklit’s 2017 album “When the People Move, the Music Moves Too” is a love letter to the Ethiopian Diaspora, originally commissioned by the MAP Fund and released on Six Degrees Records. The album reached #4 on the iTunes World Charts and was named amongst the Best Soul Albums of 2017 by Bandcamp. Meklit is a TED Senior Fellow and her TED Talk “The Unexpected Beauty of Everyday Sounds” has been watched by more than 1.2 million people. She has toured extensively across the US, UK, and East Africa and her music videos air daily on Ethiopian national television. She been an artist-in-residence at NYU and Purdue. She sang alongside Angelique Kidjo and Anoushka Shankar as a featured singer in the UN Women Theme Song, and works with Brighter Sound Manchester on developing women songwriters across the UK. Meklit sits on the Board of YBCA and holds a BA from Yale University. Find out more at

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