Musical Cypher

After treating themselves with cake, the Women Who Rock (Un)Conference attendees headed upstairs to join in on the ruckus in the front of the stage. Some people were propping up percussion and other instruments. A line of people with guitars and musical voices, a welcoming environment for anyone winning to join. The cypher has begun. What begins with q few beats of percussion, illuminates to a full collage of timbre and cuntrue. There’s a blend of language and cultural influence. There’s strong Latino influenced music, stomping feet, and music that transgresses to dancing bodies. People are encouraged to love forward, most are standing and participating In the musical energy. It’s a community, an exchange of pain and experience through musical next-generation–a cypher empathizing through music.

Johnathan Hill

Defining the Women Who Rock (Un)Conference

5pm, here at the Women Who Rock (Un)Conference, the facilitator at the microphone inquires to the audience about their experiences today. The first respondents? A group of children, facing the audience, sitting on the stage. One of the children, identifying as female, announces that she is a 5th time incumbent of the (un)conference. During discussion with the audience, we are moved to conversation about how everyone loved the children’s presence at the (un)conference, how there is no shame for the distruption the children may cause. This distruption is what that WWR (Un)Conference is about. The adult audience of the (un)conference share that WWR is about challenging the mainstream, pushing for the future. The WWR is open and colorful, flexibly and loving. The WWR is a space to share experiences and honoring uniqueness.

Johnathan Hill