Cassette only – limited edition of 200 copies, of which 150 copies are available during Black Spirituals’ 2015 tour with Earth, commencing 22.1.15.
A: Black Zenith I
B: Black Zenith II
Illustration – SavX
Zachary James Watkins: electronics. Marshall Trammell: percussion. Recorded live at Disjecta Art Gallery on August 30th, 2014 by Daniel Menche. Mastered by Jacob Felix Huele. 1+1=3.
Black Spirituals’ performance involves the manipulation of temporal experience using a framework of dynamic relationships and a “Multi-Aesthetic Approach to Improvisation.” The title “Black Spirituals” is borrowed from a found cassette documenting a lecture given by Bernice Reagon on the roots music of American Black Slaves. These stories form a sonic resonance that speaks of rich relationships to ones surroundings, memories, profound feelings, dreams, and the experiences that inspire human expression. This duet features a new tradition in conversant, duo vernacular dynamics that sparked a revolution in our conceptions of space, stage, ritual, performance, geography, praxis, brotherhood, relationships, rockin’ out, and more.
Captivating improvisations consolidating dextrous free-jazz, rock and electronics by Oakland, CA, USA's Zachary James Watkins and Marshall Trammel aka Black Spirituals. Currently in the midst of a massive Euro tour with Earth, the duo collude with The Tapeworm to present this damn fine expo - 150 copies for the merch-stall and 50 for everybody else - of a coversant sound inspired by roots American black music whose relevance is still striking today. Trammell's percussion and Watkins' electronics play out a dynamic relationship of expressive ritual and peromative space, generating oblique and compatible patterns in a constant tussle of cooperative resolution and bristling conflict unfolding in real time.
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