Musician, Songwriter, Artivist
From May 17 to May 24, 2019
Monique Mizrahi is a musician, songwriter and LGBTQ+ artivist performing as Honeybird. Originally from Los Angeles, she has called Italy home for nearly 20 years. As an artivist she has presented Bi at the Brooklyn Museum, performed at the US White House under the Obama Administration, and in 2015 released Out Comes Woman, an album chronicling her coming out experience as bisexual.
As a musician/songwriter she has toured internationally, including performances at European festivals such as Primavera Sound and Eurosonic, performing on guitar, charango and vocals. In 2017 and 2018, she was invited as visiting artist to Berklee College Music, Valencia, Spain, presenting Innovation and Bravery in Lyric Writing, Diversity and Inclusion Beyond Borders and Genders, and Activism Through Music. Her mission is to listen to intersectional LGBTQ+ community voices and transform the daily struggle into song.
I’m writing an album exploring gender nonconforming identities through the eye of Cyclops cat. They are a non-binary cat with one eye and prefer the pronouns “they/them/their”. Therefore, all of the song lyrics are per their preference.
My project at Faber will thus be researching, composing the music and writing the lyrics to this album, entitled Cyclops cat, using the classical guitar, 10-string charango and my voice.
It’s an exploration of the usage of “they/them/their” pronouns in a poetic and implementable way, a healthy exercise in the infinite possibilities of language and song.