I must say, this New York native, French speaking, Trombone playing, dancing-singer is anything BUT Nameless!
The front woman and brainchild of, "Le Femme Nameless'' which was formed in 2002 as a musicale demonstration to countless talented musician who's work has become woven into everyday popular music and culture, yet the name is often times unknown.
In 1997, Toli began her musical journey after mastering the trombone and studying theater and dance at the world renowned, New School Jazz Conservatory, in New York City.
Since then Ms. Nameless has been composing, recording, touring- Teaching, practicing, and learning!
Quite honestly, seeing her perform live says it all! Her rendition of Nina Simone's “See Line woman” is unforgettable!!
Anyone who has had the opportunity to see a Toli Nameless performance will understand why I call her FIRE!
It is because she embodies all that is music with a unique freedom and a one of a kind artistic delivery!
I got a chance to see her live and speak with the 'femme' herself- on her last trip to Paris and this is some of what she shared:
S.O: What is the message in your music?
Toli: Unity, Freedom.. Empowerment
S.O: How would you describe your live show?
Toli: New age musicale theater. 150% artistic entertainment
S.O: What is the concept or idea behind Le femme Nameless?
Toli: 'The Nameless' was to signify every female musician and unsung heroine whose name would be other wise forgotten.
S.O: What does it mean to you to be a member of the -Black rock coalition?
Toli: Excitement! (It is) A huge investment and honor.. I feel as an ambassador of Music. Proud.
S.O: Where do you enjoy performing most?
Toli: Everywhere/ anywhere the vibe is right. (I do) Love performing in Paris. The Energy there is always special.
Since 2002 Toli has toured America, France, the UK, and Canada.
In the spring of 2007, Ms. Nameless was awarded an official place in the New City’s Transit Authority, M.U.N.Y. (Music Under New York) Arts Program.
A true honor and so well deserving for it to bestowed upon a meaningful – Female musician.
As one of the original members of the Daughters of Nina Simone project – < part of the Black rock coalition >
Toli along with: Tamar-kali, Amali Premardwhana, Angela Johnson, Imani Uzuri, Jenny Hill, Joi, LaFrae Sci, Lauren Sevian, Lisala Beatty, Mazz Swift, Narjess Saad, Pam Fleming, Surai Balbeisi,Tara Thierry, Kat Dyson, Tarrah Reynolds will be touring France This November in Tribute to black women songwriters.
A show not to be missed!
When asked to describe her 'type' of music Ms. Nameless answered 'Dance, Rainbow. Colors, Imagination!'
Perfectly explained because her musical expression is freedom- No limits. No boundaries.
**To find the music of Toli Nameless go to Itunes