PLP TheUnity Performance Art Ensemble honors the human spirit with improvisational meditative, soulful, spiritual, political jazzy music magic utilizing African rhythms, drums, percussion, wind, and native instruments, spoken word and storytelling. Performance artists Dominic Cartwright, Brother Robb Carter and Kitsi Watterson are spontaneous, entertaining and inspiring as their voices, sounds and spirits unite in energetic play.
Brother Robb Carter, Kitsi Watterson, and Dominic Cartwright have worked individually and collectively with young people, students, educators and professionals in overcoming social challenges of injustice, poverty, racism and emotional disconnection. Brother Robb Carter, therapist and peace educator, currently works as the Associate Director of the African-American Resource Center at the University of Pennsylvania; Kitsi Watterson, author and activist, teaches Creative Writing at the University Of Pennsylvania, and Dominic Cartwright, registered nurse, and Culture of Care award recipient; nurtures and provides on-going psychiatric / mental-health services at Fairmount Behavioral Health Services.
What Listeners Say
“The spirit of collaboration and open connection between the members of PLP lets their music flow out unencumbered. This is a rare thing to see in a band. It’s what music is all about.”
–Michael Tinkelman, musician, Thomasson & Tinkelman and Cliff Turner & the Afterburners
“Your performance is so cheering, so full of life and spirit, so inspiring. In my view, what distinguishes PLP The Unity is that sense of engagement with life’s questions–with our hopes, dreams, longings, needs, and above all our need to REACH, for knowledge and feeling and connection and growth.
“The serious focus on improvisation means that one is always witnessing something alive, music in the very process of being created, as opposed to music whose contours are already known before the concert begins. That’s the sense in which it was inspiring–one participates in the musicians’ questioning, seeking, looking from several vantages at the questions: What is it to be human and conscious and connected? In other words: How best to live?‘
–Jane Shapiro, award-winning novelist and author, After Moondog and The Dangerous Husband
“PLP exemplifies how “artistic expression is the key to our humanity.” PLP gets down, way down into the music—and, us? We get lifted up, way up!”
– Pamela Groves, writer, author, and former owner, The Sweet Tree Gallery
“It’s fascinating how with all its drive and energy, PLP’s music is also so peaceful. The sound has the sanity of African ritual and community. Well done! Keep the music going!”
– Michael Malone, Emmy winner and Edgar-winning novelist, Times Witness