Musicambia—for Social Change in Incarcerated Communties

This year I am honored to be part of Musicambia, a project teaching music to inmates at Sing Sing Correctional Facility in New York. I am teaching music theory and vocal techniques along with fellow composer, Elliot Cole; instrument lessons are given by jazz pianist John Chin, brass by trumpet player Thomas Bergeron and strings by viola player and founder of Musicambia, Nate Schram. We have been working hard to create a comprehensive music curriculum at Sing Sing Prison alongside composer Daniel Levy and Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute. It is a life changing project for us and for all the incarcerated people we work with.

We have been raising funds through Kickstarter, as well as Musicambia’s Faculty Concerts, the first of which ias at Rockwood Music Hall, NYC on Sunday December 14. Musicambia is a charitable trust and is only made possible through your continuing generous support.

Love and Mettā,

Rockwood Musicambia Poster 2

Leila Adu’s Ghanaian Roots: Music and Research in Accra

Leila Adu received a (PIIRS) Princeton Institute of International and Regional Studies grant towards a visit to Accra, Ghana, for her PhD research on electronic music and hip-hop producers. Leila’s father is London-based a Ghanaian poet, playwright and musician and she is keen to reconnect with her culture on her first visit in fifteen years.

On her stay, Leila is also playing at Republic Bar and Grill, a hotbed of culture for local Ghanaians, many of whom have returned from living abroad, as well as expats. (Read more about Republic’s contemporary take on Ghanaian food in this Guardian article A foodie revolution cooking in West Africa).


Republic has weekly live performances on Wednesdays curated by Omon Blanks, as well as DJs at the weekend, curated by, Akwaaba Music’s Benjamin Le Brave. French/American, Le Brave founded Akwaaba Music in San Francisco, and moved the label to Accra three years ago; Akwaaba (“welcome” in Ashanti Twi) is dedicated to making African music easier to access worldwide through releasing, distributing, licensing and growing an online presence in a way that is fair for the artists.

Leila is collaborating with Accra artists and has recorded two tracks at 2 1 Entertainment with Ghanaian poet, Kwame Write.

Lord Echo New Zealand and Japan

Leila features in Lord Echo’s single “Molten Lava” and is singing in the live tour of Auckland, New Zealand, as well as shows in Tokoyo, Niigata and Kyoto, Japan. Check out this sneak preview of the Lord Echo’s Bastard Jazz (New York) and Wonderful Noise (Osaka) release at Spin Magazine: Her voice sounds beamed in from ’60s Brazil, but the production soon ramps up and we find ourselves in the middle of a modern dance floor. Listen and Read More…

saturday 29 march, 12pm – 6pm
Leila sings with Lord Echo
Silo Sessions Presents Lord Echo & Electric Wire Hustle
Silo Park
Corner of Beaumont and Jellicoe Street

Wellington Orchestra’s Emerging Composer-In-Residence 2014

Currently based in New York and in her third year of PhD studies in Composition at Princeton University, Leila has been chosen to compose a work for . Leila will compose a songcycle for her own voice and orchestra to be performed in Orchestra Wellington’s 2015 season Read More at ORCHESTRA WELLINGTON…

Letterman and Luscious Jackson Shows

Leila has been singing backing vocals, as well as playing additional percussion and keyboards for Luscious Jackson, famous for their 90′s hits including “Ladyfingers” and “Naked Eye” and for being the first signing to the Beastie Boys’ Grand Royal label. Check out a recent performance on the Late Show with David Letterman.

Luscious Jackson’s Shows Coming Up

May 30 — Los Angeles CA — El Rey Theater

May 31 — San Francisco CA — The Independent

June 7 — Boston MA — The Paradise

Bunch of NY/PA Shows Coming Up

Photo by Jessica Hope

saturday may 12
Bill Direen
Hamish Kilgour
Leila Adu
@ The Cakeshop
152 Ludlow Street
New York, NY 10002

friday may 11
Bill Direen
Hamish Kilgour
Leila Adu
@ Kung Fu Necktie
1250 N Front St
Philadelphia, PA 19122

saturday april 13
Hamish Kilgour + Leila Adu
@Ding Dong Lounge
929 Columbus Ave
Upper West Side
New York, NY 10025

monday march 18
The Miz’Ries (Leila Adu/Jeff Snyder/Quinn Collins)
@ Public Assembly
70 North 6th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11211

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Princeton Student Readings

Photo by John Munson, The Star Ledger

“The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra musicians rehearse new works by Princeton University graduate student composers at Richardson Auditorium. Professor Michael Pratt sits on the conductor’s stool and discusses revisions with graduate student Leila Adu-Gilmore after hearing her piece played.” Princeton, Tuesday, December 11, 2012, The Star-Ledger

See more photos by John Munson of the NJSO readings at The Star Ledger

Futurospective: Song of the Day No. 6 from the Electric Foundry

The Electric Foundry — Past and Present Electronic Works

Celebrating our LAST PIANOS RESIDENCY SHOW THIS WEDNESDAY 19th at 9PM. Futurospective: Song of the Day No. 6 is the electronic alter-id, rare and unreleased oh!

Rare Cuts from the Lilburn Electroacoustic Studios (2003.)

Futurospective: Song of the Day No. 5

Chronological clips have caught up to an EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW to the 5th album! Now for the moment you would have waited for had you known it was about to happen…

This is my first fully created album track programmed in Ableton with beat loops, vocal layers, some warm real vintage synths and final mixing wizardry from Mike Gibson in Wellington, NZ.

Futurospective: Song of the Day No. 4

A seldom heard track often too delicate to be played in live concerts, ‘Glass’ is on my fourth album. The title/chorus (0.37″) is partly about the sounds that you can hear inside your head when things are very quiet juxtaposed with the visual memory of a play that I saw in Rome where an actress swam in broken glass on the floor…

‘Ode to the Unknown Factory Worker’ the is my most recently released album and was recorded whilst I lived in Rome for the Italian National Radio label, Rai Trade/Tracce. You can buy it at Amazon where it is listed in the COUNTRY section?!?!?)