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Angel Bat Dawid & tha Brothahood / ADFL Quartet / Eli Namay
February 13 @ 9:00 pm - 11:59 pm
Angel Bat Dawid & tha Brothahood
Eli Namay – solo bass
Composer, clarinetist, singer & spiritual jazz soothsayer Angel Bat Dawid descended on Chicago’s jazz & improvised music scene just a few years ago. In very short time, the potency, prowess, spirit & charisma of her cosmic musical proselytizing has taken her from relatively unknown improviser to borderline ubiquitous performer in Chicago’s avant-garde. On any given night you can find Angel adding aura to ensembles led by Ben LaMar Gay, or Damon Locks, or Jaimie Branch, or Matthew Lux, or even, on a Summer night in 2018, onstage doing a woodwind duo with Roscoe Mitchell. For her recorded debut on International Anthem, The Oracle, we’ve chosen to release a batch of tracks that Angel created entirely alone – performing, overdubbing & mixing all instruments & voices by her self – recorded using only her cell phone in various locations, from London UK to Cape Town RSA, but primarily from her residency in the attic of the historic Radcliffe Hunter mansion in Bronzeville, Southside, Chicago.
New record “The Oracle” out now on International Anthem! https://intlanthem.bandcamp.com/album/the-oracle
Alexander Adams – drums and percussion
Val Dorr – upright bass, sax, voice
Keenan Foley – sax
Corey Lyons – guitar
Originally from a Syrian/Lebanese community in Charleston, West Virginia, Eli now lives Chicago where he performs on and teaches both the electric and double bass, regularly collaborating with folks from the city’s Folk, Jazz, Improvised Music, and New Music communities. Eli has been working to develop a musical practice that is informed by critical theory and political activism. He is particularly focused on how cultural and economic symbols mediate social relations (popular culture, money, etc). Eli is interested in exploring ways economic and ideological influences on music might be disrupted artistically, thus creating a genuinely creative practice that is emotionally healing for both the listener and practitioner. This has led him to an interest in non/pan-idiomatic improvisation, experimental notation that gives rise to a multiplicity of outcomes, and the use of liminal perceptual frameworks. More about these lines of thought can be found in his writing A ≠ A: Capitalism, Symbols, and the Conditioning of Human Nature.
Eli also engages in work with Chicago’s rich plethora of activist communities and has been working towards contributing to the development and dissemination of a critical theory that serves as an adequate and practical analytical tool. Specifically this has meant exploring the idea that socioeconomic ills – ranging from ideology, to political economy, to the multitudes of activist organizing issues – stem from a lack of epistemological reflection: i.e. representations, such as money and identity, are mistaken for concrete reality.