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About

Climbing PoeTree harnesses creativity as the antidote to destruction through their award-winning spoken word, hip hop, and world music. Co-creators Alixa Garcia and Naima Penniman have independently organized more than 30 national and international tours, taking their work from South Africa to Cuba, the UK to Mexico, Scotland to India, and throughout the U.S. including 11,000 miles toured on a bus converted to run on recycled vegetable oil.

Climbing PoeTree has stirred crowds at diverse venues from the United Nations to the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Harvard University to festivals where they have performed on the main stage, including Lightning In a Bottle, Many Rivers to Cross, and Symbiosis, among others. They have been featured alongside powerhouses such as Alicia Keys, Janelle Monáe, Erykah Badu, Little Dragon, Talib Kweli, Maxwell, Madonna, Rising Appalachia, T.I., Nahko, and Angela Davis, who writes:

"Each time I have the pleasure of attending a performance by Climbing PoeTree, I feel
enriched, renewed, and inspired. Alixa and Naima insist that poetry can change the world—and it is true that the urgency, power and beauty of their words impel us to keep striving for the radical futures toward which they gesture."


INTRINSIC

Over the course of 2 years, Alixa and Naima brought together a team of 33 world-class musicians, vocalists, and producers led by the legendary Toshi Reagon to translate their brazen lyricism into soulful compositions bridging electronic music and live instrumentation, combining hip-hop, rock, blues, folk, & Afro-Latin beats. On March 31, 2017 Climbing PoeTree INTRINSIC

The INTRINSIC tour features this new body of work with a stunning cast of musical collaborators. Now booking for 2018.

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CONTACTS

Management | Ida Cheng | New York | bookpoetree@gmail.com
Bookings | Village Oracle | California | isisindriya@gmail.com

MUSIC

APPROVED VIDEOS

Climbing PoeTree~ WE RISING UP [OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO]

Climbing PoeTree- HOW I TASTE ft. Be Steadwell

LOVE WILL TRIUMPH

WE SURVIVED - Official Music Video by Climbing PoeTree

Climbing PoeTree - HEART LED REBELLION (Official Music Video)

Awakening By Climbing Poetree featuring Leah Song & Biko Casini (Rising Appalachia)

PRAISE FOR CLIMBING POETREE
Reviews from distinguished allies

 

"Each time I have the pleasure of attending a performance by Climbing PoeTree, I feel enriched, renewed, and inspired. Alixa and Naima insist that poetry can change the world—and it is true that the urgency, power and beauty of their words impel us to keep striving for the radical futures toward which they gesture."

~ Angela Y. Davis, political activist, scholar,
Distinguished Professor Emerita, UCSC


"Climbing PoeTree is a soulful expression. Alixa Garcia and Naima Penniman are deep thinkers and gifted poets. I am moved profoundly by the power of their words!"

~ Cornel West, philosopher, academic, activist, author


"Their stunning work proves that there is something sacred, unyielding and deeply human in walking the path of rebellion. Climbing PoeTree offers us a language, a soundtrack, a heartbeat-rhythm for how to speak with courage.”

~ Carlos Andrés Gómez, poet, actor, author


"With vision and rhythm, Naima and Alixa's lyricism stretches from souls-deep toward the radiant pulsing horizon. Look and listen—Climbing PoeTree might take you exactly where you need to go."

~ Jeff Chang, hip hop journalist and critic
author of Can't Stop Won't Stop