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Damon Locks Black Monument Ensemble - Where Future Unfolds
Where Future Unfolds is a new work spirited by Chicago-based sound & visual artist Damon Locks. Starting as a solo sound collage piece (where Locks pulled samples from Civil Rights era speeches and recordings to create an improvisational pallet for performance on his drum machine), over 4 years the project has blossomed into his 15-piece Black Monument Ensemble – featuring musicians (including Angel Bat Dawid on clarinets and Dana Hall on drums), singers (alumni of the Chicago Children's Choir), and dancers (members of Chicago youth dance company Move Me Soul). Where Future Unfolds is a live capture of the ensemble's epic debut at the Garfield Park Botanical Conservatory on the West Side of Chicago. Recalling the spirits of Phil Cohran's Artistic Heritage Ensemble, Eddie Gale's Black Rhythm Happening, Archie Shepp's Attica Blues, and Public Enemy's It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back, the album presents an inspired, innovative & immediate intersection of gospel, jazz, activism & 808 breaks.
We shared the decks with Catherine Perez (aka La Gata) to mix up tropical vibes on vinyl at Punch House in Pilsen on 18 January, 2019. Currently based in Chicago, we celebrated her last set in the city as she prepares to move to Sao Paulo, Brazil. We also partied it up with our dear friend Gina Martinez to welcome another spin around the sun. "Selective Listening" is a beautiful moniker loosely translated to "Oido Selectivo" in Spanish.