Moor Mother, Luke Stewart and Tcheser HolmesFree Jazz & Improv
Camae Ayewa—aka Moor Mother—is a poet, musician, and activist from Philadelphia. Black Quantum Futurism, her duo with Rasheedah Phillips, was just awarded a residency at the CERN particle collider lab, where they’ll artfully investigate how quantum physics can influence how we think about, experience, and measure time in everyday reality. Ayewa also co-leads Irreversible Entanglements, whose confrontational yet completely engrossing Ironworks set was a scorching highlight of the 2019 Festival. That group’s joined-at-the-soul rhythm section of bassist Luke Stewart and drummer Tcheser Holmes draws from DC hardcore punk and pulsing free jazz to match the intensity and unwavering intentionality of Moor Mother’s potent incantations.