Vienna Carroll

Vienna Carroll is a Griot, a singing storyteller.

Vienna learned music from the Black Ladies of her youth including her fearsome great grandmother who enjoyed playing country guitar every Saturday night but only strictly Pentecostal chords on Sundays. Vienna formalized her cultural studies with a BA in African American Studies at Yale University.

Vienna's art challenges deeply held stereotypes about the realities of Black family, love and resistance during slavery, and explores the role of music as a part of that everyday life.

Her newly released CD Harlem Field Recordings grew out of her project Folk First: Black Roots Music, celebrating early Black music and features Vienna on vocals with Stanley Banks (George Benson) on bass, Newman Taylor Baker (Billy Bang) on washboard and Keith Johnston (Lisa Lisa) on guitar.

Other Projects

  • Civil War Series: The Life and Times of the Hills Community - commemorating the valor of a local African American community's response to the Civil War, as Teaching Artist in Residence, Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, NY.  Award for Excellence in Civil War Focused Public Programs, Greater Hudson Heritage Network.

  • Singin Wid A Sword In Ma Han - a musical docudrama about a family escaping slavery.  NYC Fringe Festival Audience Favorite Award

Residencies

Ragdale Foundation

Virginia Center for Creative Arts 

Heck Family Estate

Artist in Residence, Hudson River Museum

Grants

New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow

Garner Glaser Foundation

Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone

Lower Manhattan Community Council

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