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Exquisite jazz double bill at the intersection of Black Lives Matter and Afrofuturism
ANGEL BAT DAWID (SOLO) PRESENTS REQUIEM FOR JAZZ (7:30 pm)
Clarinet player, pianist, composer and singer Angel Bat Dawid is well on her way to becoming the grande dame of the Chicago jazz scene. Her debut The Oracle (2019) – which was surprisingly recorded with her mobile phone – was promptly released on the influential International Anthem label (see: Jaimie Branch, Alabaster DePlume, …). Musically, her latest epic Requiem for Jazz rubs up against the cosmic soundscapes of Pharoah Sanders and the Afrofuturism of Sun Ra. Right off the bat, Pitchfork gave the album an 8 out of 10. The Guardian oracled: “Dawid is one of the most vital avant-garde artists of her time.”
Her music tells the tale of the black community: “I characterize my sonic aesthetic as Great Black Music always. I am a Black woman so all the music that comes out of me comes with the history, the culture, the joys, the suffering, the ups and downs, and everything in between of the Black experience.” (Jazz Now) Ready for collective healing?
IRREVERSIBLE ENTANGLEMENTS (9 pm)
The musical output of Camae Ayewa – according to The Wire “the most radical Afrofuturist artist to emerge for years” – is now inimitable. She is ½ of the Black Quantum Futurism collective and releases albums both under her stage name Moor Mother, 700 Bliss (with DJ Haram) as well as with free-jazz collective Irreversible Entanglements.
Their albums hit you like a sledgehammer and sound like the modern musical equivalent of Black Lives Matter as it could be heard on albums like New York Art Quartet & Imamu Amiri Baraka (1965, ESP) by the New York Art Quartet of the same name and Archie Shepp’s Blasé (1969, BYG Actuel) or Poem For Malcolm (1969, BYG Actuel). It was no coincidence then that Irreversible Entanglements came into being during a 2015 protest bearing the banner Musicians Against Police Brutality.
Their latest album Protect Your Light is actually out on the legendary Impulse! Records that made furore in the 1960s with the likes of John Coltrane, Pharoah Sanders and Charles Mingus. Not coincidentally, all heroes to the band. Ready for an uppercut?
In the press‘Sun Ra’s interplanetary ethos shaped the Afrofuturist movement that informs the work of Angel Bat Dawid and other artists like Moor Mother.’