I love this photo because it is from the day I met okanomodé! That's actually me back there playing the violin, and Ahamefule J. Oluo shaking his hand on the left (Aham is also playing in the opera). We did a piece okanomodé developed called "Luci's Lamb" about Lucifer and Jesus, with okanomodé playing Lucifer. What an amazing performing artist and creative visionary - I've always wanted to do another project together. Okanomodé's character in our opera is Asu Shu Namir, a supernatural intersex being who is implored by a desperate humankind to save them from their terrible fate.
Recently, okanomodé and Aham produced an amazing comedy/pop opera called Now I'm Fine at On The Boards. Okanomodé has appeared with the Seattle Rock Orchestra numerous times.
Here is how he describes himself: okanomodé [pronounced: uh-kahn-uh-mah-day] noun
1. performance artist
6. master of arts
9. high priest
okanomodé is a performance artist of the highest order. A renaissance. An exhibition. The glamazon warrior born of grit, gut, & holypaganfire.
He’s the grandson of a pastor & protégé of afronauts, poets, sex therapists & porn stars.
He is the
& he has come, with a host of others
to shake & stir u from your sleep…
Here's a track from his new album Now I'm Fine: that's also Evan Flory-Barnes on the bass - he plays in the opera, too...
See more about his work here.