MUSICIAN, ACTRESS, CHILDREN'S PERFORMER & TEACHING ARTIST
Inez Barlatier is a multidisciplinary performing artist of Haitian descent, born and raised in Miami, FL. She joined her father’s band, Jan Sebon & Kazak International, at the age of 12 years old. Inez led her own band, Kazoots, and was also a member of Venus Rising: Women’s Drum and Dance Ensemble performing as a drummer, dancer and singer. With her ancestral contralto voice, Inez’s music is inspired by multi-cultural wisdom and rhythms. A 2017 Knight Arts Champion grant recommended by Miami Light Project produced her debut EP entitled MOUN|MOON.
Inez’s children’s show, Ayiti, Stories & Songs from Haiti, was co-produced by Dandelion Artists and sponsored by a L.E.A.P. grant from Miami Theater Center (MTC). It debuted at MTC in 2019 and has since been featured at the 2021 APAP Conference (NYC), 2020 IPAY Conference (Philadelphia), and is touring venues and schools across the U.S. like the Adrienne Arsht Center (Miami, FL), Getty Museum (California) and Wolf Trap (Virginia). In May of 2021, Ayiti was showcased to over 70,000 Miami-Dade county students as part of an arts education initiative by the Miami Dade Arts Education Collective.
Inez is acting as the title character in Adrienne Arsht Center’s production of IAMME. She is also in F/Punk Junkies, written and directed by award winning playwright, Teo Castellanos, and Marguerite written and directed by Neher Jacqueline Briceño and produced by Conecta Miami Arts. A 2020 Knight New Works grant was awarded for Sharing Grandmothers, a Haitian-Cameroonian collaborative project directed by Carlos Caballero of FundArte and has showcased in Miami,FL, Cameroon, 2021 MAPAS Conference (Spain), Chicago,IL and the Ringling Museum (Sarasota, FL). Other acting appearances include Mermaid Truth or Consequences (Siren Arts, 2021), Short Cuts (City Theatre, 2016) and Central America, Miami & Cuba tour of Writing in Sand (Fundarte, 2014).
Inez has also worked as a teaching artist with Guitars Over Guns Organization, Motivational Edge, Miami Theater Center & Miami Girls Rock Camp. Her work has been featured on NBC Channel 6 News Miami, CVM Television (Kingston, Jamaica), CBS 4 News Miami, Channel 39 WSFL-TV, NPR, WLRN, WDNA, Complex TV, Island TV, The Miami New Times, The Miami Herald, as well as independent films; Madame Pipi by Rachelle Salnave & Ludi by Edson Jean.
AYITI, STORIES & SONGS FROM HAITI
A singing, drumming, dancing, storytelling and educational interactive concert.
In Ayiti, Stories and Songs from Haiti, Inez celebrates Ayisyen (Haitian) art and culture through energetic drumming and singing, colorful costumes and traditional dances, folktales and visual art. Songs and phrases in Kreyol explore themes of community and gratitude. Joined onstage by her family band of talented young artists, Inez leads children on a journey to a land rich with history that has often been overlooked. "I never saw a show celebrating Ayiti as a child. Even in Miami, many children don't know these stories. I want to change that, and share Ayisyen culture with children everywhere."