"MoonCandy is a live soulful house ensemble that features the inspirational voices & composition of some of the EastBays most understated jazz,soul,blues and Gospel Singers. MoonCandy is a church without walls... soulful, uplifting and fabulous!"

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MoonCandy receives an award for outstanding music in dance piece from the   Isadora Duncan dance Estable.

MoonCandy receives an award for outstanding music in dance piece from the Isadora Duncan dance Estable.

 

A ‘universal synagogue’

By Andrew Gilbert for KQED 

Violence afflicting black communities, from inside and outside, is the central concern of choreographer Nicole Klaymoon’s Embodiment Project, which presents “Chalk Outlines” on June 11 at Yerba Buena Gardens. Featuring original music by soul/jazz singer Valerie Troutt performed by her vocal ensemble MoonCandy, “Chalk Outlines” is an outgrowth of the hip-hop dance company’s mission to bring various street dance forms to new audiences.

Much like Jang and Brown cite the influence of Roach, Troutt credits as inspiration the power of traditional African-American forms from Linda Tillery and Melanie DeMore. “It’s like Amiri Baraka said, if you trace the music of a people, you know where you’ve been and where you’re going,” Troutt says. “Working with Nicole Klaymoon, we are using elements of folk, percussion and voice that’s reminiscent of a chain gang, the gospel choir, and mourning mothers, all those kinds of sounds. But also house music, because the nightclub is a church, our universal synagogue for people to come and get free.”

https://ww2.kqed.org/arts/2016/05/20/after-suhrs-resignation-bay-area-musicians-keep-pushing-for-change/

Come Join MoonCandy Oct 1st 
at Oakland's own Oktoberfest 
3:45pm  Mainstage

Come Join MoonCandy Oct 1st at Oakland's own Oktoberfest 3:45pm Mainstage

Valerie Troutt and MoonCandy Receive an Isadora Duncan Award for Outstanding Music and Lyric.

Photo: Valerie Troutt and Rashida Chase

Valerie Troutt and MoonCandy Receive an Isadora Duncan Award for Outstanding Music and Lyric.

Photo: Valerie Troutt and Rashida Chase

MoonCandy at Carnaval SF 2017

MoonCandy at Carnaval SF 2017

Valerie Troutt JazzSoul Project: Black Girl Magic

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Yoshi's Jazz & Blues Club , 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland, CA

Feb 19th, 2018 The Valerie Troutt JazzSoul Project Present "Black Girl Magic" featuring vocalist Paulynn Brown and Rapper Ryan Nicole. Come Celebrate Black History Month with Valerie. Expect a wonderful evening of original JazzSoul music, inspiring lyricism good food, spirits, special guest and more...