Saturday September 21 | 8:00 pm
Afrofuturist Weekend Day 2Join us for another very special Afrofuturist Weekend! The series continues on Saturday with a performance from Elijah Jamal Asani, Angel Bat Dawid, and Brandon Markell Holmes, and Nicole Mitchell and her band perform her Xenogenesis suite in tribute to Octavia Butler.
Doors/DJ 8pm, show 9pm
Elijah Jamal Asani, Angel Bat Dawid, and Brandon Markell Holmes
Xenogenesis: A Tribute to Octavia Butler
Nicole Mitchell – flute/composition
Mankwe Ndosi – vocals
Darius Jones – alto sax
Chris Williams – trumpet
Angelica Sanchez – piano
Tomeka Reid – cello
Joshua Abrams – bass
Avreeayl Ra – drumset/percussion
Elijah Jamal Asani
nigerian-american experimental artist raised by lillies of the valley. self taught music producer/designer/filmmaker. òrìsà of wet, longing & fuschia. to be continued.
Angel Bat Dawid
Angel Bat Dawid is a ubiquitous performer in Chicago’s music scene and curator of the Mothership9 series at Elastic Arts. She is a multi-instrumentalist improviser and composer playing Golden Black Earth Traditional Music.
Brandon Markell Holmes
Singer, actor, writer, multi-media artist: Brandon Markell Holmes. Brandon is a formally trained theatre actor who curates common ground in creative storytelling and abstract exposition. His work themes are reflective of social observations and the symbiotic relationship between art & history.
Nicole M. Mitchell is an award-winning creative flutist, composer, bandleader and educator. She is perhaps best known for her work as a flutist, having developed a unique improvisational language and having been repeatedly awarded “Top Flutist of the Year” by Downbeat Magazine Critics Poll and the Jazz Journalists Association (2010-2017). Mitchell initially emerged from Chicago’s innovative music scene in the late 90s, and her music celebrates contemporary African American culture. She is the founder of Black Earth Ensemble, Black Earth Strings, Sonic Projections and Ice Crystal, and she composes for contemporary ensembles of varied instrumentation and size, while incorporating improvisation and a wide aesthetic expression. The former first woman president of Chicago’s Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, Mitchell celebrates endless possibility by “creating visionary worlds through music that bridge the familiar with the unknown.”