As RighteousGIRLS, New York-based flutist Gina Izzo and pianist Erika Dohi “Rattle speakers and expectations with stop-time razzle, vocal (flute-talk) and electronic (phaser) effects" (NYC Jazz Record) while continually expanding their creative reach by bringing 21st century music to new audiences and commissioning works that root themselves in classical idioms but draw from other genres.
RighteousGIRLS have received awards including the 2016 New Music USA Impact Fund Award, a 2015 New Music USA Project Grant, and a 2014 Independent Music Awards Nomination for gathering blue (Best Album) and KARakurENAI (Best Instrumental) by composer/steel-pannist Andy Akiho.
On July 10, 2015, RighteousGIRLS released their debut album gathering blue (New Focus Recordings) featuring compositions by contemporary/classical and jazz artists including Andy Akiho, Ambrose Akinmusire, Pascal Le Boeuf, Christian Carey, Vijay Iyer, Dave Molk, Mike Perdue, Jonathan Ragonese, and Randy Woolf. "The whole of gathering blue, featuring compositions by Vijay Iyer, Ambrose Akinmusire, and others, displays the same enthralling quick-change artistry. (Brooklyn Rail)
RighteousGIRLS recently performed as part of Vicky Chow’s “Contagious Sound Series” at the Cornelia Street Café, and at venues and festivals such as SubCulture, the DC Jazz Festival, the Jazz Gallery, the Yamaha Piano Salon, An Die Musik, Bohemian Caverns, The ArtsCenter, Rockwood Music Hall Stage III, the Atlas Performing Arts Center, and Joe's Pub at the Public Theater.
Over the past year, RighteousGIRLS have performed in collaboration with various artists stemming from the New York Downtown music scene. Some recent projects include a music video of composer Andy Akiho's "NO one To kNOW One" filmed by videographer Michael McQuilken at the "Original Music Workshop" in Brooklyn, released by Vic Firth. RighteousGIRLS was recently featured by New Music USA at SubCulture alongside Steve Coleman & the Five Elements, Rudresh Mahanthappa and the Prism Quartet, and Wet Ink Ensemble. RighteousGIRLS have also been featured artists in viral videos presented by CDZA.
RighteousGIRLS was supported by New Music USA, made possible by annual program support and/or endowment gifts from Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust.