May 17, 2024, 7PM–9PM

(deep) listening: Resonance

About

Taking up themes from our current exhibition, Entryways; Nontsikelelo Mutiti, this (deep) listening session features poet and musician, Moor Mother with a supporting performance by Delish (featuring exclusive new material) & interstitial sets by DJ Precolumbian. Together, their performances highlight music’s transformational potential from a cross-border and Afrofuturist perspective.

This is the third installment in our three-part series co-produced by Philly-based music organizer/curator and ICA gallery ambassador Sarah Kim (All Mutable, @sa__a__a). ⁠Sessions this season resonate with themes of colonialism, healing, and afrofuturism, inviting you to explore the emotional landscape of diaspora & the intersections of art and identity. Join us on March 15th, April 19th, and May 17th for this series of musical performances that spotlight queer, trans, and artists of color pioneering the realms of experimental music.

SCHEDULE

7 PM – Initial set by DJ Precolumbian 

7:15 PM – Performance by Delish 

8:00 PM – Performance by Moor Mother 

8:45 PM – Closing set by DJ Precolumbian

Registration

Register to attend this free event here.

About the musicians

Camae Ayewa (Moor Mother) is a national and international touring musician, poet, visual artist, and Professor of Composition at the USC Thornton School of Music. Her work speaks to many genres from electronic to free jazz and classical music. Camae’s work has been featured at the Guggenheim Museum, The Met, Carnegie Mellon and Carnegie Hall, Documenta 15, the Berlin Jazz Festival, and the Glastonbury Festival. Through the lens and practice of Black Quantum Futurism the art she makes is a statement for the future, as well as a way to honor the present and its historic connections to a multitude of past realities and future outcomes. Moor Mother creates soundscapes using field sounds and archival sound collage in order to create sonic maps that allow us to journey to our buried histories and futures. She is an artist who, through writing, music, film, visual art, socially engaged art, and creative research, explores personal, cultural, familial, and communal cycles of experience, and solutions for transforming oppressive linear temporalities into empowering, alternative temporalities. Camae is a Pew Fellow, a The Kitchen Inaugural Emerging Artist Awardee, a Leeway Transformation Awardee, a Blade of Grass Fellow as part of Black Quantum Futurism, and a Rad Girls Philly Artist of the Year. She has been an Artist-in-Residence at West Philadelphia Neighborhood Time Exchange, WORM! Rotterdam residency, and the Creative Capital and CERN collide residency with Black Quantum Futurism.

Khadijah, better known as DJ Delish, inherited her passion for music from her absent father, a well-seasoned DJ of over two decades. Khadijah’s sound reflects a fusion of urban beats intertwined with the soul of the ballroom walker. Her goal as a producer has been simple yet nothing short of profound: to evoke joy and positivity in her audience, transcending boundaries and uniting communities through the universal and understandable language of music. Inspired by musical luminaries like Missy Elliott, Aaliyah, Laura Mvula, Georgia Anne Muldrow, Vjuan Allure, Timbaland, [to name a few] as well as ballroom dancers such as Legendary Starr Revlon, Iconic Alloura Jourdan Zion and the voice of the Renaissance tour, recording artist Kevin JZ Prodigy [also someone who Delish has worked with extensively over the last 10 years], Delish has continuously honed her craft and spread love through her artistry.

Precolumbian is a Peru-born, Philadelphia-based DJ, producer, and cultural creator. Performing since 2007, her hyper-percussive genre-bending style journeys across the Americas and has defined a new generation of Latin Club music. She has been pioneering queer nightlife in Philadelphia and New York for over 15 years, most notably as a co-founder of experimental club night Seltzer and a recent Nowadays resident. She is the recipient of a 2013 Leeway Foundation Transformation Award and as performed for Rolling Stone at the Latin Grammys, Boiler Room, SXSW, HBO Max, Pride Toronto, Lot Radio, Radio Alhara, Fotografiska New York, The Baltimore Museum of Art, and soundtracked Kenzo’s A/W 2020 runway at Paris Fashion Week.

Accessibility

If you require any accessibility accommodations or have any questions about the program, please contact Brittany Clottey (bclottey@ica.upenn.edu). For more notes on accessibility including accessible parking nearby visit our Accessibility landing page.

Support

Programming at ICA is made possible in part by the Emily and Jerry Spiegel Fund to Support Contemporary Culture and Visual Arts and the Lise Spiegel Wilks and Jeffrey Wilks Family Foundation. Public and Student Engagement at ICA is supported by the Bernstein Public Engagement Fund, Suzanne Weiss Doft & Jacob W. Doft, Stacey & Robert Goergen Jr., Hilarie L. & Mitchell Morgan, the Nash Family Foundation, Joline & David Stemerman, and by Dana McDonald Strong & Mark W. Strong.

Images

Moor Mother

Delish

Precolumbian