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Next Stage Arts Presents Afro-futurist free jazz luminary Angel Bat Dawid & The Brotherhood on Friday, February 18 at 7:30pm

Angel Bat Dawid is no stranger to church halls. The daughter of missionaries, she grew up in Atlanta, Kentucky, and Kenya before settling in Chicago’s South Suburbs. She was raised Baptist, but began coloring outside the lines of religious dogma in her teenage years. It’s no surprise that she sees all Black Music as being inherently spiritual, and a concert as indistinguishable from church service. It’s altogether fitting and incredibly thrilling to invite Angel Bat Dawid and Tha Brothahood to the Next Stage Arts as part of our Black History Month programming. Join us for an unforgettable appointment with The Oracle Herself; with music as a tone-poem for memory, a lament to history, and a challenge to uplift Black lives in the face of racism and inequity.

Composer, clarinetist, singer & spiritual jazz soothsayer Angel Bat Dawid descended on Chicago’s jazz & improvised music scene just a few years ago. In very short time, the potency, prowess, spirit & charisma of her cosmic musical proselytizing has taken her from relatively unknown improviser to borderline ubiquitous performer in Chicago’s avant-garde. On any given night you can find Angel adding aura to ensembles led by Ben LaMar Gay, or Damon Locks, or Jaimie Branch, or Matthew Lux, or even, on a Summer night in 2018, onstage doing a woodwind duo with Roscoe Mitchell. For her 2019 recorded debut on International Anthem, “The Oracle,” the label chose to release a batch of tracks that Angel created entirely alone – performing, overdubbing & mixing all instruments & voices by her self – recorded using only her cell phone in various locations, from London UK to Cape Town RSA, but primarily from her residency in the attic of the historic Radcliffe Hunter mansion in Bronzeville, Southside, Chicago. Only a few years later, she is already considered a luminary in her field: the Chicago Tribune has declared her the city’s jazz musician of the year; she is a featured artist in Pitchfork’s 25 artists shaping the future; and she joins the lineup of critically acclaimed festivals such as Le Guess Who?, Big Ears, and Primavera Sound.

Angel’s unexpected success speaks to her remarkable voice—she delivers raw and unfiltered emotion with flood-like energy and honesty. “The Oracle” echoes ancestral agonies and reinterprets them through blues and spirituals, with influences ranging from Yusef Lateef to Mozart to George Clinton, Rahsaan Roland Kirk and Sun Ra. Now at the helm of her eight-piece ensemble, Tha Brothahood, Angel sets out to map the Black experience in an ecstatic polyphonic performance that both liberates and exorcises.

“Dawid explodes the boundaries of her role as jazz bandleader, turning it into a suggestive and multivalent kind of performance art.” – Andy Cush, Pitchfork

“It’s so beautiful. I feel like it melds all the things I love together. The tone of the clarinet is really unreal to me and the runs are so imaginative and free and loose — but then, there’s a structure to it. And there’s a rhythmic feeling to it. This classicism, but this loose freeness and jazz freeness, with warm tones that still feel like you’re listening to it outside” – Devonté Hynes, NPR Play It Forward

Proof of vaccination or negative COVID test within 48 hours required for entry to indoor shows.

Masks required while inside the venue. This performance is made possible in part by the generous sponsorship of Oak Meadow.