Valerie Troutt is a Black Indigenous Womyn vocalist and composer from Oakland, CA whose art and activism are deeply intertwined. Trained in jazz and brought up singing gospel, she is an internationally respected musical collagist, borrowing from ancestral centuries of sound, channeling spirits, and delivering the stories of our love, loss, and lives. Valerie has performed at Jazz at Lincoln Center NY, Yoshi’s Jazz Club Oakland, Theater Haus Germany, the National Queer Arts Festival SF, and at Joe Henderson Lab SFJazz. Valerie is the founder and leader of Mooncandy Live House Music Ensemble, and Find Your Light community, where she provides workshops and platforms for Black Womyn fostering healing through the arts. Valerie is a music educator in the San Francisco Eastbay, and a dancer at heart. Some of Valerie’s finest creations have been as the music director of Embodiment Project, founded by Coreopoet Nicole Klaymoon. Valerie strives to listen, stay connected to her roots, and be open to the future of language, and love's possibilities.
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