Harkening Etudes

by Angel Bat Dawid

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Angel Bat Dawid is a Black American composer, improviser, clarinetist, pianist, vocalist and DJ. In 2018 Angel composed ‘Song of Solomon: A Cosmic Space Opera’ that was performed by prominent free jazz musicians in Chicago. Her critically acclaimed album ‘The Oracle’, released by Chicago label International Anthem was created entirely alone – performing, overdubbing and mixing all instruments and voices by herself – recorded using only her cell phone in various locations, from London, UK to Cape Town, RSA. In the fall of 2019, she composed and premiered ‘Requiem for Jazz’ at the Hyde Park Jazz Festival, and in 2020 composed ‘Peace: A Suite for Skylanding’ commissioned by the Art Institute of Chicago for Yoko Ono’s outdoor ‘Skylanding’ Installation. Angel tours internationally with her septet Tha Brothahood and released their album ‘LIVE’ making NPR’s best of 2020 list. She also leads the all-woman trio Sistazz of the Nitty Gritty, and has released the album ‘Message from the DAOUI’ with electronic artist Oui Ennui as the duo DAOUI. Angel performs clarinet in Damon Locks Black Monument Ensemble and hosts a monthly music show on NTS Radio.

"Music is a language, you see, a universal language." – Sun Ra

Artist notes:
Harkening Etudes
3 Numerical Insufflating Sound Exercises
Composed by Angel Bat Dawid
Etude 1: 4/4
Etude 2: 5/8
Etude 3: 6/8

According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary an Etude is a composition built on a technical motive but played for its artistic value. These three original compositions for clarinet and piano are designed to insufflate breath into the ears as sonic creative adventures monitored by the time signature of each etude. This technique is to abide the harkened in transmuting sound and breath into the ears.

I wanted to include breath as part of the listening process. I really want folks to inhale and exhale and then go on a ride of different sounds. Breathe into your ears…they need air too.

Breathe with your ears…
Practice the skill.


released April 14, 2021


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