Thursday 30 June 2022
Free jazz collective plays for Black liberation with poetic power

Free the jazz. Not just from the narrow confines of sheet music and harmonic structures. But also as a genuine liberation project.

Irreversible Entanglements formed in 2015 for a protest event called Musicians Against Police Brutality after the police killing of Caribbean immigrant Akai Gurley.

Their goal was to connect the Afrofuturism poetry of Moor Mother with an unorthodox, improvised take on free jazz as an engine for Black liberation.

In 2017, the quintet released its self-titled debut album which is full of liberation-oriented free jazz. Each song is tangled together by Camae Ayewa's poetic narratives of the trauma, survival and strength of the Black race.

Irreversible Entanglements have now released three records that collectively define a potent and raw jazz sound that touches upon both spirituals, Afro-Latin folk, avant-garde, soul and, most recently, electronic flourishes.

The band's latest double album, Open the Gates, was released in November 2021. It was recorded in just one day and builds on the band's boundary-smashing sonic activism, which embraces both euphony and cacophony. The album has been called their most adventurous and eclectic release so far and also hailed as one of 2021's very best jazz albums.

If you want to experience one of today’s most virile, compositionally curious live bands, don't miss out on Irreversible Entanglements.

And do notice that Moor Mother also performs in her own name at Roskilde Festival 2022.