David Raccuglia
Sa, 12/11/2022, 20:00 Uhr
Komponierte Musik



To call I Snuck Off the Slave Ship a monumental piece of music is certainly accurate given its length of nearly 18 minutes. But the tone poem at the center of Lonnie Holley’s celebrated album Mith was by no means monolithic. The flowing character of the music is underscored even more by the short film of the same name. In his directorial debut, many of Holley’s artistic activities over the past decades flow into one another. First presented at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, the short film, shot in collaboration with Cyrus Moussavi, combines the self-taught artist’s sculptural works with images, sounds and words in a way that is as immersive as it is impressionistic. The past and present of the USA are condensed, the personal politically charged.

For over four decades, Lonnie Holley’s artistic practice has been marked by an improvisational creativity that fills his entire life. Whether with his debut film I Snuck Off the Slave Ship, his work in visual and performance art or as a poet and musician who preserves African-American traditions from blues to jazz and yet rethinks them in ways that are as powerful with words as they are with sound, the boundaries between genres and even works are constantly being re-shifted and sometimes dissolved. This is also true when Holley goes into the studio or takes to the stage. What can be heard on his solo albums such as Mith or most recently National Freedom represents both the provisional endpoint of an experiment and the starting point of performances that repeatedly set off into the unknown.


  • Einführung: I Snuck Off the Slave Ship ein monumentales Stück Musik zu nennen, ist angesichts seiner Länge von fast 18 Minuten sicherlich korrekt.
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