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Listening session: Music As Deep Study, Angel Bat Dawid

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Join Angel Bat Dawid, Anupa Mistry and Excursions 432 as they come together to (re)imagine ways of seeing music.

V.O Curations is excited to announce the first of four newly commissioned events as part of the hold-me-tight series, which sees dependency not as a deficit, but rather, as perhaps the only way of living together compassionately and sustainably.

'Music As Deep Study: Listening to Alice Coltrane's Journey in Satchidananda' is a public (un)learning experiment from Excursions 432, where music is met with the spirit in and through which it was created: openness, grace and refusal. We listen to the silent registers together to feel the decolonised territories the music wanted to take us to. Our intention is that through (re)imagining our ways of seeing music, we will be able to tap into its transformative registers. Through a call and response between the speakers and participants, the space will evoke new futures by centering the legacy of Black music cultures with an ethic of care, love and political consciousness.

In this first event we will traverse with Alice Coltrane and her 1971 album Journey in Satchidananda. This will take the shape of a conversation between artist Angel Bat Dawid, and writer Anupa Mistry, hosted by Excursions 432, where both speakers will respond with an offering to the album. There will be an opportunity to discuss together in the second half as well as the opportunity to send us your personal responses after the event.

This manifesto of Deep Study has been inspired by Fred Moten and Stefano Harney’s The Undercommons: Fugitive Planning & Black Study:

"When I think about the way we use the term ‘study,’ I think we are committed to the idea that study is what you do with other people. It’s talking and walking around with other people, working, dancing, sauntering, some irreducible convergence of all three, held under the name of speculative practice. the notion of a rehearsal – being in a kind of workshop, playing in a band, in a jam session, or old men sitting on a porch, or people working together in a factory – there are these various modes of activity. The point of calling it ‘study’ is to mark that the incessant and irreversible intellectuality of these activities is already present. these activities aren’t ennobled by the fact that we now say, “oh, if you did these things in a certain way, you could be said to have been studying.” To do these things is to be involved in a kind of common intellectual practice. What’s important is to recognize that that has been the case – because that recognition allows you to access a whole, varied, alternative history of thought." (p110)

Music as Deep Study will take place at 40 Broadway with around 50 students. Materials for the session include a digital link to the album, the liner notes and album artwork, and the introduction to Moten and Harney's The Undercommons.

We encourage you to listen and read before the event, and look forward to studying together.

Please note the event will be recorded.

Angel Bat Dawid is a clarinetist, composer, pianist, producer, singer and songwriter from Chicago, who makes music that echoes ancestral agonies, divinely recontextualizing Blues and spirituals with a deep knowledge of Western classical music and a post-millennial palette of DIY technologies.

Anupa Mistry is a writer and music critic based in Toronto on the present-day treaty lands of the Mississaugas of the Credit. The re-situatation of her biography within histories of colonial administration and economic migration guides her writing practice, that continues to explore cultural production and spatial narratives of Black and brown communities in Canada.

Excursions 432 is a radical learning space that, with an ethic of care, traces the sonic(s) of resistance as a memory, a dream, a spirit of love, a daring to imagine and as an experiment in creating with an attitude of jazz.