Angel Bat Dawid with Kafari @ Congress Square Park
@ Congress Square Park
Supported by the Ann H. Symington Foundation and the Friends of Congress Square Park
Part of our free community concert series leading up to our reopening in October.
Angel Bat Dawid is a Black American composer, improviser, clarinetist, pianist, vocalist, educator, and DJ.
Her critically acclaimed album The Oracle, released by Chicago label International Anthem and recorded using only her cell phone in various locations, has been featured in Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, The Guardian, and many other publications. Angel composed and premiered “Requiem for Jazz” at the Hyde Park Jazz Festival and “Peace: A Suite for Skylanding” commissioned by the Art Institute of Chicago for Yoko Ono’s outdoor Skylanding installation.
She also tours internationally with her septet Tha Brothahood, releasing their album LIVE making NPR’s best of 2020 list. Angel leads the all-woman trio Sistazz of the Nitty Gritty with bassist Brooklynn Skye Scott and pianist Anaiet. As half of the duo group DAOUI, Angel & sound artist Oui Ennui produced, mixed and self-released the album Message from the DAOUI which was featured at Tusk Festival 2020.
As an educator, Angel teaches her “Great Black Music” course at Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center through Old Town School of Folk, is clarinetist in Damon Locks’ Black Monument Ensemble, as well as hosts a monthly music show on NTS Radio.
Kafari is a synth, drum machine, and rhythm bones-wielding keys player, beatmaker, composer, and educator. In his expansive compositions, he melds disparate sounds from contemporary neo-soul to romantic classical, drum&bass electronica to boom-bap hip-hop, and burning jazz to hypnotic ambient.