From the publisher:
“ 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).
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 , Eddie Gale's , Archie Shepp's , and Public Enemy's , the album presents an inspired, innovative & immediate intersection of gospel, jazz, activism & 808 breaks.”
This record takes its listener on a political journey of the civil rights movement, while looking to the future in an attempt to see where it unfolds.
31.3 x 31.6 cm | 12-inch | LP vinyl record
Damon Locks is a visual artist, educator, vocalist/musician, and DJ. He attended The School of the Art Institute in Chicago where he received his BFA in Fine Arts. Black Monument Ensemble began as a solo project, but has evolved into a 15 artist multidisciplinary group specializing in visual and auditory performances.