Courtesy Angel Bat Dawid. Photo Marissa Alper.
Close Courtesy Angel Bat Dawid. Photo Marissa Alper.
June 13

Angel Bat Dawid & Tha Brothahood

In collaboration with Blank Forms as part of the Ideal Trouble Festival

From 13 June to 17 June, a series of concerts will be held outside the exhibition, in the Foyer and Auditorium of the Bourse de Commerce, across three evenings pulsing with a spiritual, eternal, and frenetic sense of trance and questioning our notions of time and space.  For this first concert, the Bourse de Commerce and the New York label Blank Forms have, as part of the Ideal Trouble Festival, invited American composer and multi-instrumentalist Angel Bat Dawid and the musicians from Brothahood for a concert that resembles a series of airy, sacred rites. 

Angel Bat Dawid

Angel Bat Dawid is an American spiritual jazz composer and singer born in 1979. In 2014, she sat in on the jam sessions held by Sonic Healing Ministries, an organisation founded by saxophonist David Boykin. This is also when she encoun-tered the improvisational music of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), which inspired her to fully reinvent her musical practice. She decided “to become a full-time musician” and co-founded the Participatory Music Coalition, a group of young Chicago musicians who come together for improvisational sessions. Many of them play with her in Tha Brothahood, the group that performs with her live. In just five years, Angel Bat Dawid has become a cornerstone of Chicago’s jazz and improvisational music scene and a major voice against racial discrimination. Her recordings and writings are infused with a number of currents of African American music and with the sound traditions of the African diaspora. In 2019, she published The Oracle, which she recorded on a mobile phone all over the world, and on which she played all the instruments. This DIY soundtrack draws on free jazz, gospel, hip hop, and electronica. That same year, she released LIVE, a sound manifesto.

Blank Forms

Founded in 2016 and based in New-York, Blank Forms is a not-for-profit organisation that supports emerging, under-represented artists in the fields of inter-disciplinary and time-based practices: experimental music, performance, dance, and sound arts. It strives to create new ways of preserving, nourishing, and exposing a broad audience to the work of these artists. Blank Forms provides curatorial support residencies, commissions, and publications to help artists document, distribute, and create.

Ideal Trouble Festival

Founded in 2018 by Etienne Blanchot, this festival’s pioneering pro-gramming explores the edges of contemporary music. It hosted the first concerts in Paris of Duma, Moor Mother, and Boy Harsher, among others. Ideal Trouble has always been based in the Station Gare des Mines, Paris’ temple of counterculture. Each year it swarms through the city with new collaborations and events, reinventing itself each time and always expressing a strong musical personality. The fourth edition will take place from 3 to 14 June at the Bourse de Commerce, the Station Gare des Mines, the Centre Wallonie Bruxelles, the Petit Bain, and the Boule Noire. 

Angel Bat Dawid & Tha Brothahood will also perform at Jazz à la Villette on 7 September 2022. 

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