Jun 2nd 2019

Damon Locks // Black Monument Ensemble
Sunday // June 2nd 2019 // 330pm
Sidney R. Yates Gallery // 4th Floor

DAMON LOCKS reunites his BLACK MONUMENT ENSEMBLE to celebrate the release of their new International Anthem LP “Where Future Unfolds.” For this free, Sunday afternoon performance, the epic ensemble will feature…

Angel Bat Dawid (clarinets), Dana Hall – (drums, percussion), Damon Locks (electronics, bells, voice) & Arif Smith (percussion)…

Phillip Armstrong, Monique Golding, Erica Rene, Eric Trevon & Tramaine Parker…

…and a crew of dancers TBA.

“An eclectic stew that’s like the Celestial Choir’s “Stand on the Word” if performed live by the Sun Ra Arkestra. But there’s a crucial activist ingredient, too.” – Pitchfork


Where Future Unfolds is a new work spirited by Chicago-based sound & visual artist Damon Locks. Starting as a solo sound collage piece (where Locks pulled samples from Civil Rights era speeches and recordings to create an improvisational pallet for performance on his drum machine), over 4 years the project has blossomed into his 15-piece Black Monument Ensemble – featuring musicians (including Angel Bat Dawid on clarinets and Dana Hall on drums), singers (alumni of the Chicago Children’s Choir), and dancers (members of Chicago youth dance company Move Me Soul). Where Future Unfolds is a live capture of the ensemble’s epic debut at the Garfield Park Botanical Conservatory on the West Side of Chicago. Recalling the spirits of Phil Cohran’s Artistic Heritage Ensemble, Eddie Gale’s Black Rhythm Happening, Archie Shepp’s Attica Blues, and Public Enemy’s It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back, the album presents an inspired, innovative & immediate intersection of gospel, jazz, activism & 808 breaks.

Preview & pre-order “Where Future Unfolds” on vinyl LP, CD, or Digital Download via…

Official Website

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