Pyeng Threadgill is an American vocalist, songwriter, writer, video artist as well as a voice and movement teacher. As a vocalist/performer she creates what she calls New Porch Music, a form based on the traditions of Black American Folk, Soul, Jazz and improvisational music. Through music and storytelling Pyeng creates connected conversations for audiences to reflect on their own life stories and identities for healing and empowerment.
In her fourth solo album and multimedia project entitled "Head Full of Hair, Heart Full of Song", Ms. Threadgill shines a light on hair, adornment and ancestry and the political as well as spiritual implications of race, hair and identity. Using video installations exploring Black hair rituals, interactive poetry fed from a cotton candy machine, hair artists and curated sound, Pyeng sees this album in particular as a digital talisman for young Black women and girls to use as they move through the world.
Pyeng is a recipient of the NYFA award in Music Composition. She has performed with her own groups and as a featured guest both nationally and internationally at venues ranging from Montreal Jazz Festival to the San Sebastian Jazz Festival in Spain to Detroit Institute for The Arts, from Rockwood Music Hall to Brooklyn Academy of Music to the Blue Note.
In 2007 Pyeng was a featured artist in the music documentary “Retour A Goree” starring Senegalesse vocalist/composer Youssou N’Dour. She later appeared at Montreux Jazz Festival with this project. As a guest artist Pyeng has appeared with Marc Cary, Urban Bush Women, hattie gossett, Contra Tiempo and others
Pyeng Threadgill is a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique and Somatic Voicework, the LoVetri Method. As a teacher/mentor Pyeng has taught at Pratt, California Jazz Conservatory, Jazz Camp West, the Balance Arts Center, NYU, the LoVetri Institute for Somatic Voicework and others while maintaining her private voice and movement studio in Brooklyn, NY. Ms Threadgill is currently writing her first book, later to be released with a companion album, on the power of finding one’s voice.