Tonality is a vocal ensemble whose mission is to deliver authentic stories through voice and body to incite change, understanding, and dialogue
Established in 2016, Tonality is an award-winning ensemble known for “open hearted singing” (Lauri’s List). Tonality’s most recent award is the 2020 Chorus America/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming, a prize given for commitment to singing and commissioning new works.
Tonality is led by founder and Artistic Director Alexander Lloyd Blake. Blake imagined Tonality as an ensemble that represents the diverse cultures and ethnicities within the Los Angeles area. Within a year of its forming, Tonality’s mission evolved to use their collective voices to present concerts on themes of social justice in hopes to act as a catalyst toward empathy and community activism. The group premiered its first album in 2019 titled Sing About It.
Tonality has collaborated with choral composers and film composers to create the works presented in concert, striving for diverse voices and perspectives within the composer community. Collaborators include Joe Trapanese, Roman Gianarthur, Gaayatri Kaundinya, Reena Esmail, Shawn Kirchner, Zanaida Robles, Moira Smiley, Alex Wurman. Tonality has performed with MacArthur Fellow Taylor Mac, Pete Townsend of The Who, pianist Lara Downes, and internationally acclaimed performer Björk.
The Tonality Chamber Choir presents America Will Be, a renewed vision for an inclusive America. The repertoire conjures a patriotic future for the United States for all of us. The Chamber Choir employs a “choral spectrum”, traditional choral sounds also presented with contemporary styles reflect the diversity of voices and the inspiring storytelling Tonality weaves so well. As does an ideal America embrace the full diversity of humanity, America Will Be asks questions about the justice system, immigration, climate change, Black Lives Matter, mental health, LGBTQ+ equity while honoring the promise of a great America. (Company of 11)
You Are Not Alone
You are Not Alone is a concert for the “different”. This concert speaks through the eyes of poets and artists who have dealt with mental health issues. How can we be of support to members of our community who will be fortified by compassion, empathy and validation? Additionally, the concert will include spoken stories of those within the Tonality community that may be impacted by these issues. We heal and grow together, through our united story and bond through singing. (Company of 17)
Tonality provokes a conversation about climate change and global warming with this concert of repertoire of songs and stories focusing on our changing planet and how communities can encourage civic conversations around the topic. Tonality urges presenters to identify local organizations concerned with this issue to provide local focus and action opportunities for audiences in attendance. (Company of 17)
Tonality is a vocal ensemble whose mission is to DELIVER AUTHENTIC STORIES through voice and body to INCITE CHANGE, UNDERSTANDING, and DIALOGUE.