Moor Mother: vocals, sounds, visuals
Fiston Mwanza Mujila: text, recitation
Patrick Dunst: woodwinds, composition
Grilli Pollheimer: percussion
Leo Waltersdorfer: percussion
Berni Richter: percussion
Moor Mother might be the most radical – even the most useful – Afrofuturist artist to emerge for years. Fetish Bones works not just as an atlas and an archive but as a mausoleum, housing the bones of those who have fallen along a bloody trail stretching all the way back to 1886. (Wire)
Her music is deliberately raw and unfiltered, like human feelings (Fader)
Camae Ayewa (Moor Mother), international touring musician, poet, visual artist, and workshop facilitator, has performed at numerous festivals, colleges, galleries, and museums around the world, sharing the stage with King Britt, Roscoe Mitchell, Claudia Rankine, Bell Hooks, and more. Camae is a vocalist in three collaborative performance groups: Irreversible Entanglements, Moor Jewelry and 700bliss. As Moor Mother she released her debut album Fetish Bones on Don Giovanni records to critical acclaim. Fetish Bones was named 3rd best album of the year by The Wire Magazine, number 1 by Jazz Right Now and has appeared on numerous end of the year list from Pitchfork, Noisy, Rolling Stone, and Spin Magazine. Moor Mother was named by Rolling Stone as one of the 10 artists to watch in 2016 and named Bandcamp ’ s 2016 artist of the year. Moor Mother released a 2nd LP called the Motionless Present commissioned by CTM X VINYL FACTORY 2017 (Pressetext)
Fiston Mwanza Mujila is an award winning poet from Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of Congo. For Mujila writing is similar to composing music. He compares his internationally acclaimed debut novel Tram 83 with a piece of jazz, including solos, improvisation and the interaction and dialogue of several voices / instruments. Inspired by African traditions of narration and European sound poetry, his works a heavily driven by a performative act, his recitation frees the text from the imprisonment of written language and unleashes energies which connect intellectual comprehension and somatic emotion with highest intensity. Accompanied by Patrick Dunst’s Impulse Percussion and their composition “Virtues” rhythms, sounds, timbres of poetry and jazz interfuse and become a verbal and musical event of spontaneity, artistic virtuosity and stirring lust for life.
The evening is part of the 7th annual conference of the European Beat Studies Network ( ebsn.eu ) “Beats and Politics – Past and Present”, from October 3rd to 6th, 2018, in cooperation with the Vienna Poetry School (Schule für Dichtung, sfd.at ), the FWF-Research Project “Transnational Literature: Austria and the Beat Generation” at the University of Vienna and Künstlerhaus 1050.