Photo Credits: Luc Kordas


Firey String Sistas! is a highly intuitive and energetic ensemble. The 'sistas provide a refreshing alternative to the standard Jazz band. The ensemble is committed to pushing the limits of string, ensemble playing and improvisation to the next level since 2011.

Founder and cellist Nioka Workman is joined by stellar artists, violinist Marlene Rice, bassist Melissa Slocum,  vocalist/pianist Mala Waldron and percussionist Camille Gainer-Jones.

This exciting ensemble presents performances that are compelling incorporating aspects of women’s culture, original compositions, American songbook standards, world music and Jazz in their performances. “Women, Wine & Song”¨ and the popular JOYOUS! A Chamber Jazz event for the holidays are some of the ensemble's popular programs.

“...five supremely talented musicians..... sophisticated, poignant and erudite.... a wide appeal.”
Hrayr Attarian

“Impressive technique not to mention more than a modicum of swing” Tony Mottola, Jersey Jazz Journal

”...uncompromising musicianship....excellent soloing.”
Jon Neudorf, Sea of Tranquility

Performance History

  • Sugar Hill Music Festival

  • Dwyer Center

  • South Orange Performing Arts Center

  • Eco-Art Fest

  • BAM Cafe

  • Puffin Cultural Arts Gallery

  • WBGO Jazz Series

  • WKCR Alternative Jazz

  • Bethany Baptist Jazz Series

  • Brooklyn Museum

  • Socrates Park

  • Maureen’s Jazz Cellar

  • Chicago String Summit

  • Polish Arts Festival

  • Emil Paoulucci Summer Sounds

  • APAP, Hilton Hotel

  • Center for Arts & Culture

  • Coltrane Day Festival

  • Harlem Jazz Series

  • Bailey's Cafe

  • Flatted Fifth Jazz Series

  • SMC Cafe

  • Brooklyn Botanical Gardens

  • Jazz Foundation of America