Amanda Khiri, an informal and formal student of jazz since 12, has finally entered into a marriage of the old and new, both lo, and hi-fi. After a stint as half of the duo of Z&A, a Brooklyn born, electro-soul collaboration with Jake Zavracky in 2013, she started backing up the eclectic afro-funk band, Sinkane; lending her vocals to Sinkane's 2014 critically acclaimed release, Mean Love, at times stepping out front to take vocal lead during live shows. She also toured with Luaka Bop's collective nod to William Onyeabor's work with a project called The Atomic Bomb! Band, and went to Nashville to record vocals for that album which came out in 2017.
Amanda has shared the stage with David Byrne(Talking Heads), Money Mark, Alexis Taylor(Hot Chip), Jamie Lidell, Darius Jones, Jon Cowherd, and Ahmed Gallab(Sinkane). In September of 2016, Amanda co-produced another installment of "Women Under The Influence: A Night of Nina Simone", with Jonathan Lam as musical director and other members of Sinkane as the backing band.
In the summer of 2017, on a tour break, Amanda collaborated with Phoebe-Collings James on her mixed-media art installation titled "Expensive Shit", showing now until October 7, at the 315 Gallery in New York. In layering her raw and lush vocals over an expansive aural canvas, she found freedom in adding texture to an already rich sonic environmental piece.
Recently after completing a world tour with Sinkane, Amanda is on the West Coast, writing her solo album and contemplating how badly she wants to learn to surf.
Photographer: Pavel Matej