Chicago-based clarinetist, composer, singer and spiritual jazz soothsayer Angel Bat Dawid announces the CD and deluxe, gatefold double-LP vinyl release of her latest album LIVE. Available online and in-stores starting Friday, March 5th in Europe and starting Friday, April 9th in North America via International Anthem.
The physical release of LIVE continues what has, against all odds, already been an industrious 2021 for Angel. As a regular member of Damon Locks’ Black Monument Ensemble, she is heavily featured on the band’s new single “Now (Forever Momentary Space).” Last month she remixed “Sunrise” from Alan Braufman’s latest album, The Fire Still Burns, and collaborated with poet Ross Gay on a track for Jagjaguwar’s 25th anniversary series.
Angel has kept performing through it all, notably as an inaugural artist in residence for the groundbreaking new Oda platform, and recently at Elastic Arts for her own MOTHERSHIP9 Virtual Exodus: The Great Cosmic Migration series. Aside from performing, she can be found monthly on her NTS radio show.
LIVE was released digitally last October to widespread acclaim. It was named “Best New Music” on Pitchfork, and was included in “Best Albums of 2020” lists by WIRE Magazine, Brooklyn Vegan, NPR Music, The Vinyl Factory and more. The album was recorded on November 1st, 2019, at Haus der Berliner Festspiele in Berlin, Germany, during the 2019 edition of JazzFest Berlin. For Angel and Tha Brothahood – which includes Deacon Otis Cooke (vocals, synth), Viktor Le Givens (vocals, auxiliary instruments), Xristian Espinoza (tenor sax, percussion), Norman W. Long (electronics, synths), Dr. Adam Zanolini (double bass, bass guitar, soprano sax, flute, percussion), Isaiah Collier (drums), and Asher Simiso Gamedze (drums) – it was the first stop of their first European tour, and the site of several racially-charged confrontations over the course of their trip. Angel spoke about the show, and her difficult experiences at length with Joshua Minsoo Kim in a powerful edition of Tone Glow last October, and more recently with Ted Gaier for the Swiss weekly-paper WOZ.
Angel says: “I hope that this album will uplift and raise awareness to the world that we are still not in a good place when it comes to the relationship between whites other races. Universities, festivals, organizations etc that were built over 50 years ago, even though they have changed outwardly, have not changed internally, and still uphold the principles of their founders, who were racists. We still got a long way to go. And music is a great place to start in repairing this age old, distorted reality.”