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Nathalie Joachim and Spektral Quartet

Fanm d’Ayiti

Haitian-American composer, flutist, and vocalist Nathalie Joachim, already familiar to Cal Performances’ audiences for her appearances as part of Eighth Blackbird, collaborates with Chicago’s Spektral Quartet in Fanm d’Ayiti (Women of Haiti), a suite of kaleidoscopic original compositions and arrangements that explores Joachim’s Haitian heritage and celebrates the songs and stories of Haiti’s most compelling female artists. Singing in kreyòl (Haitian Creole), Joachim weaves her own luminous voice with those of her grandmother, a girls choir from her family’s hometown, and interviews with activist women performers who fought for social justice in the world’s first free Black republic. Folk songs blend seamlessly with chamber strings and electronic soundscapes in Joachim’s deft—and highly personal—musical journey, recorded for Cal Performances audiences in Chicago’s venerable Black Ensemble Theater and Performance Center. The studio release of Fanm d’Ayiti received a Grammy nomination for Best World Music Album and has been praised for bridging “vast expanses of time and place, bringing together the sounds of Haitian folk music, Western classical music, electronic, and hints of pop… in service to one of the deepest of traditions—the tradition of innovation” (The Nation).

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Oct 14, 2020, 7pm
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Oct 14, 2020, 7pm
Add to Calendar 10/14/2020 07:00 pm 10/14/2020 08:30 pm America/Los_Angeles Nathalie Joachim and Spektral Quartet; Fanm d'Ayiti https://calperformances.org/events/2020-21/at-home/nathalie-joachim-and-spektral-quartet-fanm-dayiti/
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