For this interview, conducted remotely from her studio in Istanbul where she currently resides, Hennix wanted to talk about music as a sonic or vibrational practice, and the ways that in the coronavirus-related lockdown, the enforced stasis that we face could become the site of new kinds of discovery and recognition.
Spaced-out performance is easier in a park expanse. Pandemic people-separation was observed, as the annual Citadelic festival persevered, even if it eventually happened a month later than its accustomed MayJune dates. Presenting sounds that are on the improvising edge of jazz, or even completely free-form, the concept of not flooding the park with folks was manageable, given that the Citadelic musical stance is somewhat esoteric.
Electro-vodou is a new genre of Haitian music that has emerged with a mission to bring traditional Haitian Vodou music to the world's trance dance floors. By melding Vodou rhythmmeant to ask deities resting in trees and in water for guidance, through song and danceto trance, which aims to possess a dancers body through secular music, electro-vodou explodes the possibilities of traditional rhythms and lyrics, which are very intricate and demand dedication to learn.
So now we stumble headlong into the majesty of fall, autumn in New York. It wont contain its usual energy, its rush of activity, the endless stream of cultural refreshment. What will take its place?
Ambrose Akinmusire is the top trumpeter in this year's DownBeat magazine Critics Pollhis mysterious and beautiful January set at the Winter Jazzfest, a penumbra of dark and compelling sensations that enveloped the Irving Plaza crowd, earned my vote.