ANGEL BAT DAWID’S REQUIEM FOR JAZZ

Saturday, September 28, 1:00-2:00pm

Logan Center Performance Hall

Photo by Leslie Frempong

Photo by Leslie Frempong

In the film, The Cry of Jazz, Chicago-born composer, filmmaker, and writer Edward Bland declares: “Jazz is dead.” In response, Angel Bat Dawid has composed REQUIEM FOR JAZZ, a 12-part, orchestrated funeral mass service. Requiem for Jazz is a visual and sonic journey to both grieve for and to properly celebrate jazz, while also powerfully pronouncing the resurrection of a new era of Great Black Music. Drawing on themes from the film, as well as on the musical healing work of spirituals and hush harbors, Requiem for Jazz sonically explores and memorializes the death and ongoing life of jazz, and features Chicago-based and Chicago-influenced musicians, dancers, and visual artists.

ANGEL BAT DAWID descended on Chicago's jazz and improvised music scene just a few years ago, but her prowess and charisma have quickly made her a nearly ubiquitous performer in Chicago's avant-garde. On any given night, you can find her adding aura to ensembles led by Ben LaMar Gay, Damon Locks, Jaimie Branch, or Matthew Lux, or even, as on one summer night in 2018, onstage doing a woodwind duo with Roscoe Mitchell. She also curates a series of monthly multidisciplinary concerts, called Mothership9, at Elastic Arts.


The musicians:

Vincent Davis (percussion); Dr. Charles Joseph Smith (piano); Dr. Adam Zanolini (flute); Xristian Espinoza (tenor saxophone); Isaiah Collier (soprano saxophone); Jayden Berkman (alto saxophone); Sam Trump (trumpet); Julian Otis (tenor); Phillip Armstrong (baritone); Aquarius Ester (dance); Viktor Le Givens (dance); Norman W. Long (electronics); Jonathan Woods (visuals); J’niya Blunt (violin); Jeremiah Hunt (bass); Tramaine Parker (soprano); Monique Golding (alto); Hannah Washington (clarinet)

Remaining musicians TBA.