Camae Ayewa a.k.a. Moor Mother: voice, texts
Keir Neuringer: alto saxophone, percussion
Aquiles Navarro: trumpet, percussion
Luke Stewart: bass, percussion
Tcheser Holmes: drums, congas
Irreversible Entanglements are a liberation-oriented free jazz collective formed to perform at a Musicians Against Police Brutality event organised after the slaying of Akai Gurley by the NYPD.
Irreversible Entanglements are a liberation-oriented free jazz collective formed in early 2015 by saxophonist Keir Neuringer, poet Camae Ayewa (a.k.a. Moor Mother) and bassist Luke Stewart, who came together to perform at a Musicians Against Police Brutality event organised after the slaying of Akai Gurley by the NYPD. Months later the group added trumpeter Aquiles Navarro and drummer Tcheser Holmes for a single day of recording at Seizure’s Palace in Brooklyn, and the full quintet’s first time playing together was captured for their startling self titled debut.
In four relentless bouts of inspired fire music the instrumentalists explore and elaborate compositional ideas drawn from their deep individual studies of free jazz improvisation, but the tone of each piece is driven decisively by Ayewa’s searing poetic narrations of Black trauma, survival and power. The message is the undeniable essence of the music.
'Irreversible Entanglements’ self-titled debut wakes the frozen body to move, the dead mind to react, the mute mouth to scream resistance' — NPR
'Ayewa’s words—which are furious, but delivered with seething rage rather than showy howls—add to the intensity until it’s almost too much to take. This album will make you clench your fists' STEREOGUM