Queen Elizabeth I.

30.6.2020, 18:30, Jiří Myron Theatre

Music theatre performance, 2020

Music: Camae Ayewa (Moor Mother)

Moor Mother, voice
Elon Battle, voice
Ada Adhiyatma, electronics

World premiere, 45 min

For her first chamber opera (NODO 2020 commission), Moor Mother / Camae Ayewa chose as her main character one of the most successful world rulers, the controversial figure Queen Elizabeth I (1558–1603) of England. In her composition, which is still in the process of being created, Moor Mother deals with the last hours of Elizabeth, who contemplates and reflects with melancholy and unhappiness on various events during her life, all the thoughts that have been passing through her mind in the last hours, as she is leaving this world. The music is open, harsh and poetically original. Besides the author, the performers will be Moor Mother’s three American collaborators, the chamber choir Canticum Ostrava and Ostravská banda. 

Camae Ayewa (Moor Mother) is a musician, poet, visual artist, and workshop facilitator, and has performed at numerous festivals, colleges, galleries, and museums around the world, sharing the stage with King Britt, Roscoe Mitchell, Claudia Rankine, Bell Hooks, and more. Camae Ayewa is a vocalist in punk band The Mighty Paradocs and free jazz group Irreversible Entanglements. She is co-founder and curator of Rockers Philly Project a 10-year long running event series and festival focused on marginalized musicians and artists spanning multiple genres of music. As Moor Mother she released her debut album Fetish Bones on Don Giovanni records to critical acclaim. Fetish Bones was named 3rd best album of the year by magazine The Wire, number 1 by Jazz Right Now and has appeared on numerous end of the year lists (e.g. Pitchfork, Noisy). Moor Mother was named by Rolling Stone as one of the 10 artists to watch in 2016 and named Bandcamp’s 2016 artist of the year. 



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