In preparation for our visit to the Fate is Kind class by 9th Ward neighbor, artist and musician, Douglas Ewert, we are viewing this conversation between Roscoe Mitchell, Muhal Richards Abrams, Frederick Berry, and George Lewis.
As well, we are listening to the first hour of a series of radio programs originally broadcast in the late 60s on NYC’s WBAI, a long conversation between composers John Cage and Morton Feldman.
Patrick Shiroishi and Davu Seru, mid and west coast stalwarts of expanded composition, have each in the last few years composed pieces that speak to the power and social necessity embedded in the history of improvisation, “social music,” and the continued role that abstract sound plays in our understanding of the spaces between us. Be those spaces the distance between us, or the distance between ourselves and the realization of our best selves.
In 2018 Seru premiered Dead King Mother, a piece inspired by the oft-told family tale of his Uncle Clarence and his desperate actions following the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. In early 2020 Shiroishi released Descension, an album of extended solo saxophone inspired by his family’s history in American concentration camps during WWII.
For this second session in the Mt. Analogue Discussion series, Seru and Shiroishi will delve into these two works, the intersection of familial and collective historical trauma, the systems and impulses that guide and manipulate them, and how they each utilize the tools of sound and voicing in abstraction as a means of expression and communion with intersecting histories.
About Davu Seru
Davu is an improvising musician and composer. He’s worked with numerous improvising musicians and composers throughout the United States and France and is bandleader for the ensembles Motherless Dollar and No Territory Band. For the year 2017-2018 he served as the first-ever composer-in-residence at Studio Z in Saint Paul. He’s curated concert series for over the past 20 years and has received awards from McKnight Foundation (2020 Composer Fellowship), Jerome Foundation (2017-18 Composer/Sound Artist Fellow), American Composers Forum (Minnesota Emerging Composer Award), the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council (Next Step Fund) and has received commissions from the Zeitgeist Ensemble and Walker Art Center. In addition, Davu is a published author and is a visiting instructor in the Department of English at Hamline University.
He lives in Saint Paul, MN, with his partner Emily and son August.
About Patrick Shiroishi
Patrick Shiroishi is a Japanese-American multi-instrumentalist & composer based in Los Angeles.
In concept and habit Beyond Repair was established to respond to the relationships that form through its being present. That means that things should change when things are changing. And so we have exciting news to share and hope that you’ll join us to see it into being.
Drop by on Saturday and Sunday evening, Oct. 21st & 22nd as we begin to transform the space in the Midtown Global Market so that we can house With Radical Love & Fierce Resistance Radio, our new neighborhood micro-broadcasting platform. Basically it’s a barn raising… for a radio station.
We have some ideas of how we’d like to build the space out, but we’d love your input as we transform the shop, creating a DJ booth, lounge, and new entrance.
What’s more, we want to tell you about what the future holds and how you can take part. Become a DJ at the station, tell us about your ideas for new, free printed projects to circulate around the neighborhood, and hear about the new parallel space we’ll soon inhabit, just down the Greenway from the MGM, which we’re calling Assembly (more on that soon).
Bring some tools if you got’em and ideas on how you want to get involved.