Saturday, July 28, 2018

Sunday, July 15, 2018


Here is the recent press for Black Spirituals' new record "Black Access/Black Axes" .

"Like the resonant African-American traditions that long precede them, the Black Spirituals are equal parts choreographed and improvisational, containing simultaneously measuredly deliberate and frenetically urgent sonicities. True to name, the Black Spirituals evoke and produce a Black spirituality in the sonorous tradition of Black flight calling us to follow the North Star and any and all other pathways to freedom. It’s the choreographed and synergistic spontaneity and improvisation with clear inspirations drawn from jazz traditions, indigenous African drumming, and anti/de-colonial musico-theological and ritualistic traditions across the Afro diaspora; and it’s an expression that constitutes the kind of musical fugitivity most organically and innately produced by Black Americans in our “post-emancipation” captive state. It’s a music for music’s sake, and it’s a feverish cathartic expression of freedom dreams with true liberatory capacity.

The Black Spirituals, like their musical forebears, are fugitive planners enacting, per Harney & Moten, “ruptural and enraptured” soundscapes and offering a space of refuge within which enlightenment can be understood and, thus, enacted.

But this is not music alone. The Black Spirituals are a transdisciplinary and genre transcendent epistemic framework that exists both in itself and in complement with other artists. Black Access Black Axes is a project expressing Black vernacularity as a solo-duetting avant-garde musical technology driven by clear need to contain and articulate both the world in which we live and the dire need to flee and imagine and create another. The album’s core are the drone-like meditative frequencies recalling an ever-present sounding alarm: a state of emergency, an alarm signaling the need for and actualization of Black escape, a Black articulation of futurity only accessible through distortions and conversing-dueling guitar and drum.

Though this is the last joint project with which Zachary James Watkins & Marshall Trammell will bless us, the beauty in their music is their dynamism together as well as apart. So/but before we continue to be blessed with their respective solo workings (made evident in this and all the group’s work), this is an invitation to revel in this deeply affective creation born out of their wellspring of love for Black people and our deservingness of freedom.

From my head to my DNA, I felt this. I hope you will, too." -Zoé Samudzi

WIRE magazine stream:

Downbeat Magazine

Music OMH


Upcoming shows:

Marshall Trammell of BlackSpirituals:  Music Research Strategies' “Convergence: Emergent Strategies Against the Gentrified City,” featuring GREX July 16 7PM Uptown Arts Bar 3611 Broadway St, Kansas City, Missouri 64111


Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Coming soon! New SIGE releases

 Black Spirituals (Zachary James Watkins and Marshall Trammell) "Black Access/Black Axes" 2xLP

NORDRA (Monika Khot) "Pylon 2" LP

 NORDRA (Monika Khot) "I Was Meant to Live in a Garden" CS

William Fowler Collins "Field Music" LP

Barnett + Coloccia "VLF" LP

Coming later: 

Faith Coloccia "Ravine Time Map" LP
Mamiffer "The Brilliant Tabernacle" LP
Mára "Silver Disk" CS


Wednesday, May 2, 2018

SIGE artist shows

MESA RITUAL (William Fowler Collins and Raven Chacon)

May 12 at 8 PM - 10 PM UTC+02

Zentrum für zeitgenössische Kunst
Am Sudhaus 3, 12053 Berlin, Germany

Black Spirituals (Marshall Trammell and Zachary James Watkins)

June 29

NORDRA (Monika Khot)
05.16 - Seattle, WA @ Sunset Tavern 
05.17 - Bellingham, WA @ The Alternative Library 
05.18 - Olympia, WA @ Unknown venue 
05.19 - Portland, OR @ Beacon Sound 
05.20 - Eugene, OR @ Sam Bond's Garage 
05.21 - Berkeley, CA @ Dildo Factory 
05.22 - Berkeley, CA @ Cnmat 
05.23 - Sacramento, CA @ Blue Lamp 
05.24 - Los Angeles, CA @ Rec Center 
05.25 - Los Angeles, CA @ Monty Bar

Saturday, March 31, 2018

SIGE artist shows tonight! Plus new SIGE cassette for NORDRA

 Zachary James Watkins and Raven Chacon: 

3/31/18 Oakland, CA

$7-15 sliding scale for artists.
Pro Arts
150 Frank H Ogawa Plaza

Learn more here!

Foregrounding concepts of transparency, radical diversity and inclusion, Zachary Watkins, Raven Chacon, Sharmi Basu, Morgan Craft, Ava Mendoza, and The Living Earth Show present AFFIRMATIVE ACTION: an evening­-length collaborative production.

AFFIRMATIVE ACTION was conceived with Zachary James Watkins to interrogate the manner in which chamber music is created and consumed. Composed by five artists of color and performed by the two white cis men of The Living Earth Show, AFFIRMATIVE ACTION highlights the “lens of whiteness” through which the work of artists of color have to necessarily present their work. The project is built to activate the tradition of classical chamber music in order to craft a new, collaborative musical language.

Just as importantly, the collaborators view AFFIRMATIVE ACTION as a vehicle for bringing artists and audience together, reveling and relishing in “inclusion” as the production’s creative foundation. Though they have all engaged in decades of collaborative musicmaking, several of the composers will be writing their first “commissioned” piece of chamber music in this project. By presenting these composers’ work alongside the work of composers more familiar with the traditional chamber music ecosystem, AFFIRMATIVE ACTION provides a platform for artists of color to use chamber music (and the specific collaborative language of the medium) as a canvas to create vital artistic statements.

For the community at large, AFFIRMATIVE ACTION is designed to welcome audience members who have traditionally felt excluded from classical music spaces, providing a multimedia production integrating improvisation, electronic music, ambient music, rock music, theater, and performance art to present an inclusive artistic experience.

NORDRA (Monika Khot)

03.31 - Seattle, WA @ Kame House
05.12 - Seattle, WA @ Woodland Theater
05.16 - Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile
05.17 - Bellingham, WA @ The Alternative Library
05.19 - Portland, OR @ Beacon Sound
05.20 - Eugene, OR @ Sam Bond's Garage
05.24 - Los Angeles, CA @ Rec Center
05.25 - Los Angeles, CA @ Monty Bar

She will have these new cassettes for sale: I was Meant to Live in a Garden (live)




Thursday, March 15, 2018

NORDRA (Monika Khot) tour, starts today!

 You can get this shirt on her tour:

Monika Khot aka NORDRA will be touring Europe!

Thanks to Giorgio Salmoiraghi​/Hypershape Records​ for booking, and his company ZED & Venarossa​ for awesome back-line.

3.15 - Milano, IT @ Santeria Social Club
3.16 - Busto Arsizio, IT @ Circolo Gagarin
3.17 - Pistoia, IT @ BRUMA @ S. Michele al Cioncio
3.18 - Treviso, IT @ Punky Reggae Pub
3.19 - Ljugljana, SLO @ Hostel Tresor
3.20 - Budapest, HUN @ Robot
3.21 - Bratislava, SLK @ Fuga
3.22 - Brno, CZ @ Herna
3.23 - Prague, CZ @ Žižkowská Non Festival
3.24 - Chemnitz, GER @ Odradek
3.25 - Leipzig, GER @ Unterholz
3.26 - Bamberg, GER @ Pizzini
3.27 - Verona, IT @ Malacarne Barassociazione