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Wex[EP]: Counterfeit Madison

Counterfeit Madison Revisits Her First Love


Sharon Udoh of Columbus band Counterfeit Madison channels her passion for strings in this evening featuring intimate new arrangements of her original songs.

When Udoh was 12 years old, her father sat her down in their living room, and the two of them listened to Beethoven’s 6th Symphony, Pastorale, in its entirety. From that day, her love affair with arranging for strings began—and will probably develop for the rest of her life. For this free Wex[EP] performance, Udoh presents a few Counterfeit Madison originals reimagined for two cellos, one violin, a guitar, and a piano. Keep watching after the video for a live Q&A with the artist (approx. 6 PM EST).

A 2019 Wexner Center Artist Residency Award recipient, Udoh’s work embodies the richness and absurdity of humanity, the extremes of empathy and chaos, and the struggle and freedom of Black and Brown individuals everywhere.

Counterfeit Madison Revisits Her First Love featuring:
Devin Copfer: violin
John Koon: cello
Sam Johnson: cello
Andrew Sais: electric guitar
Sharon Udoh: piano, voice, and string arrangement
Keith Hanlon: audio engineer
Chip Willis: video and editing
Shot at Summit on 16th, May 16, 2020

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Sharon Udoh is a Columbus-based, Nigerian American pianist, vocalist, composer, arranger, and bandleader who creates and performs under the name Counterfeit Madison, often with bassist Adam Hardy and drummer Seth Daily. The band’s performances are genre spanning, magnetic, dangerous, and kind. Counterfeit Madison released its second full-length album, Opposable Thumbs, to warm reviews in November 2017 with a sold-out vinyl launch at the Wex. As part of her Artist Residency Award, Udoh performed in Lars Jan’s touring theatrical adaptation of Joan Didion’s "The White Album," presented opening sets for nora chipaumire, participated in our Pages literacy program, and electrified a sold-out house at Columbus’s historic Lincoln Theatre with her homage to the Queen of Soul, Say a Little Prayer: An Aretha Franklin Celebration. 

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More about the artist

Singer Sharon Udoh looks at the camera in a salmon poncho walking outdoors

Photo: Kate Sweeney

Sharon Udoh buttons the cuff of her green dress shirt

Photo: Kate Sweeney

Greater Columbus Arts Council
Ohio Arts Council
American Electric Power Foundation
The Columbus Foundation
Institute of Museum and Library Services
Nationwide Foundation

Huntington Bank
Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams
Kaufman Development
Cardinal Health Foundation


Past Performing Arts

Wex[EP]: Counterfeit Madison