Mona (Monalicious) is a medicine woman of sound, a composer of groovy tunes and empowering mantras. As a songwriter they balance humility with majesty. As a native to Denver, they have grown with the city and have flourished in the arts community through music and leadership. In this class participants will explore music composition and creation and how to develop empowerment through creative expression.
Workshops take place concurrently and participants may register for one workshop for all three days or all three workshops for one day. Registration is encouraged to reserve a space as capacities are limited. Please contact Drea Edwards at 970 547 3116 ext 1 or firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Mona (Monalicious) is a medicine woman of sound, a composer of groovy tunes and empowering mantras. As a songwriter they balance humility with majesty. As a native to Denver, they have grown with the city and have flourished in the arts community through her music and leadership.
Currently they write and perform with the band Twin Flame Medicine (TFM), whose sound has been defined as sweet nectar soul juice. Mona leads TFM with their unforgettable presence and is complimented by two technically advanced musicians, Swirl and Galaxy Bill. Together they create a warm atmosphere of enjoyment and reflection. TFM has had the privilege of playing festivals such as ARISE, Underground Music Showcase, Tribal Vision, Shamanic Boom, and Sisterwinds. Their first full-length album is set to release in Spring of 2018.
Formerly, Mona wrote and performed in the band Flowers Of Mass Production, who received notable praise for their debut EP, Love Under The Sun. This album has been frequently featured on Colorado Public Radio’s OpenAir since 2015.
Aside from creating music, Mona is the founder and executive director of a local community media organization called FreeMusicForFreePeople (FM4FP). FM4FP hosts supportive and creative events such as open mics, community showcases and fundraisers.
Additionally, FM4FP provides media exposure to musicians, activists, community leaders and like-minded organizations. For more info about their upcoming events and latest videos, go to their website - FM4FP.com
Beyond Mona’s community efforts through FM4FP, they have been involved with many local projects and currently co-organizes for one of Denver’s music industry meet-ups called Balanced Breakfast (BB). BB is an international networking organization that strives to foster community in local and national music scenes.
Stephen Malloy Brackett has been rhyming words as a calling and profession for the last 12 years. He has toured the world with his band, Flobots, using music as a platform for engagement and collective empowerment. The band’s platinum hit, “Handlebars,” has allowed Stephen to share the stage with many of his heroes including Desmond Tutu, the Dalai Lama, Rage Against the Machine, Public Enemy, Bernie Sanders, and Emily Keys.
His time as a philosophy student at Colorado State University nurtured his life-long love affair with the arts, education, and activism. Blending his passions, he co-founded the non-profit Youth on Record in 2008. Youth on Record exists to empower Colorado’s youth to achieve their academic, artistic, and personal best by employing local, professional artists as their educators. To date, Youth on Record has impacted the lives of thousands of young people and after 11 years serving on the Board of Directors, Stephen is proud to join the staff this year as Director of Special Programs.
Born and raised in Denver, he has seen a decline in arts education in the public school system, and is doing all he can at Youth on Record to ensure that all young people in Denver have the tools to tell their own story – be it through music production, lyric writing, poetry, spoken word or movement. Stephen is a driving force in curriculum development and program planning for Youth on Record.
Stephen comes from a family that set a precedent of using your gifts to benefit others. He gives credit to his mother, Ava Malloy Brackett, for setting a precedent that allowed no label to define her outcome. Stephen lives in his hometown of Denver, Colorado with his brilliant wife Jennifer, dog Scout, and beloved cat, Puma.