ASM Presents
Radical Acceptance
album release celebration

Radical Acceptance is the title of Joy’s new album, and it tells their story of processing trauma, self-care, self-love, and finding hope for the future. Drawing inspiration from the work of Sonya Renee Taylor, who has defined radical self-love as “its own entity, a lush and verdant island are offering safe harbor for self-esteem and self-confidence.” While Joy’s musical offerings represent a range of musical idioms and methodologies from improvisation and graphic scores to multimedia and gospel, the uniting principle for Guidry is a focus on the importance of affirmation, validation, and self-care.

Guidry states, “Radical acceptance is a personal practice that has evolved in my life over the past year. This doesn’t mean there aren’t still tough times, but times of warmth and comfort are much more present these days. I will never be able to change my past, the things that hurt me, but I can live a peaceful and beautiful life of my own creation. The most important thing I’ve had to teach myself is that there is nothing wrong with my body or my brain. My body is fat and I struggle with my mental health daily, and neither of those things makes me any less of a human being. I know that my Black, Fat, Queer, and Non-binary body is valid in every way. Learning to love my whole self unconditionally will be a lifelong journey, but I am just so happy to be where I am today. This is my radical acceptance.”

The concert features Joy Guidry on bassoon, voice, electronics
Gabrielle Garo on Flute
Alfredo Colon on saxophone and EWI
Marvin Carter on saxophone
Chris Williams on trumpet
Cleo Reed on Guitar
Khari Lucas on Bass Guitar

July 21, 2022 at 7 PM
Art Cake (214 40th St BK) - vaxxed please
D/N to 36th Sunset Park
$5-15 at the door

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council, and in part with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency. Blah blah blah.

ASM Presents Radical Acceptance album release celebration: July 21, 2022
photo by Shala Miller

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