Ah Mer Ah Su is the music project of interdisciplinary artist Star Amerasu, whose music and art is based upon her experiences living loud and proud as a queer black trans woman. While her early work was influenced primarily by folk and choral music, she now experiments with electronic indie pop. Residing in Oakland, California, Star is a Siren Witch Poptronic Princess and pulls influences from Nina Simone, Feist and AHNONI and her connections to the astral plane. Star has performed 4 consecutive years at the San Francisco Pride Trans March and in 2015 performed for the first time on the Womyns Stage at Oakland Pride. She has graced international stages captivating audiences with her looped vocals and live electronic percussion in Berlin and Paris along with spots at the Annual Fresh Meat Festival, SomArts, and The News in San Francisco; Safehouse Arts, Dixon Place Theatre and the Times Square Arts Center in New York City; Long Winter and Unit 2 In Toronto, Canada and at Montreal’s Slut Island. AH-Mer-AH-Su self released her debut studio EP “Eclipsing” in March of 2016 and her sophomore EP “Rebecca” is slated for Spring of 2017
Since 2010, the Brontez Purnell Dance Company has been presenting experimental dance and movement theatre works with a radically open understanding of the forms, bodies, and idioms of dance. Brontez Purnell, author of the cult zine Fag School and frontman for his band The Younger Lovers, along with founding company member Sophia Wang, build works that combine punk rock subversion, free jazz improvisation, and a company comprised of movers and artists of all disciplines.
The company has performed its original works at Oakland’s Lobot Gallery, The Berkeley Art Museum, The Garage, Counterpulse, SOMArts, and at Kunst-Stoff Arts, as part of Fresh Festival 2014.