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Moor Mother/Luke Stewart/Tcheser Holmes
A Poem for Milford Graves
Camae Ayewa—aka Moor Mother—is a poet, musician, and activist from Philadelphia. Black Quantum Futurism, her duo with Rasheedah Phillips, was just awarded a residency at the CERN particle collider lab, where they’ll artfully investigate how quantum physics can influence how we think about, experience, and measure time in everyday reality. Ayewa also co-leads Irreversible Entanglements, whose confrontational yet completely engrossing Ironworks set was a scorching highlight of the 2019 Festival. That group’s joined-at-the-soul rhythm section of bassist Luke Stewart and drummer Tcheser Holmes draws from DC hardcore punk and pulsing free jazz to match the intensity and unwavering intentionality of Moor Mother’s potent incantations.
This short but powerful piece pays homage to 20th-century shaman, intellectual, and free jazz percussionist Milford Graves, who passed in February of this year.
Special thanks to Ars Nova Workshop