Kaufman Music Center & New Sounds Co-Present

Moor Mother

Friday | April 28 2023 | 7:30 pm


Part of the Ecstatic Music series

A New Sounds Live co-presentation hosted by John Schaefer

World premiere of "6 Movements"
Songwriter, composer, vocalist and poet Camae Ayewa, aka Moor Mother, brings her energetic blend of jazz, classical music and liberation poetry to Merkin Hall. She’ll be joined by an all-star ensemble including Pulitzer Prize-winner Henry Threadgill, “a composer and bandleader of intense, unyielding originality” (New York Times), as well as Melissa Almaguer, Trae Crudup, Tcheser Holmes, Kyle Kidd, Eddy Kwon, Aquiles Navarro, Keir Neuringer, Vitche-Boul Ra and Luke Stewart.

Ayewa spent years organizing and performing in Philadelphia's underground music community before moving to Los Angeles to teach composition at the University of Southern California's Thornton School of Music. She released her debut album as Moor Mother, Fetish Bones, in 2016, and has since put out an abundance of acclaimed music, both as a solo artist and in collaboration with other musicians who share her drive to dig up the untold. She has performed and recorded with the free jazz groups Irreversible Entanglements and the Art Ensemble of Chicago, and made records with billy woods, Mental Jewelry and YATTA.

Moor Mother, words, music
Henry Threadgill, saxophone
Eddy Kwon, violin
Aquiles Navarro, trumpet
Tcheser Holmes, drums
Luke Stewart, bass
Keir Neuringer, saxophone
Trae Crudup, drums
Kyle Kidd, voice
Vitche-Boul Ra, dancer
Melissa Almaguer, tap dancer

Featuring Kaufman Music Center students:
Olga Tytarenko, violin,
Gilberto Moretti-Hamilton, percussion

$15 student tickets are available by phone or in person. Call the box office at 212 501 3330.

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