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Close-up photo of a medium-skinned woman wearing a floral headpiece. Her hands frame her face; the right hand is held below her chin with splayed fingers while the left hand is held in a c formation at the top of her head.

JazStarr. Photo: Christopher I Brown.

About the Event

Soundtrack is a series that invites contemporary sound-based artists to transform your MCA experience on a select day of the month with custom soundtracks reflecting their perspective of works on view in the museum. DJ sets and bands occupy spaces in the museum as the building itself amplifies their sound constructions.

Following the release of her full-length debut project, Ambrosia, Chicago-born artist JazStarr kicks off the summer by bringing her eclectic sound to the museum with a mix of jazz-influenced vocals, poetic writing, and hip-hop.

This soundtrack is organized by Otez Gary, Community Engagement Manager with the Community Engagement Team.

About the Artist

JazStarr is a West Side Chicago native who is rooted in jazz, hip-hop, and community. Her music is inspired by life, how we relate to it as spirit/human beings, and the art of music as a whole. Her biggest influences are Prince, Esperanza Spaulding, and Celia Cruz, just to name a few.

Starr never shies away from advocating for more than just her music. She understands the importance of “all hands on deck” for the betterment of our communities. It is her goal for her music to highlight the need for intentional sound and words.

Last year, JazStarr released her first album, Ambrosia, a body of work set to be a mix of nostalgia and honesty that speaks on the highs and lows of relationships and self love. Her next project, A Sonnet, is expected to drop this summer!