ListN Up is a collection of artist-curated playlists that supply an intimate sonic portrait of up to date artists by showcasing the varied and stylistically diverse music that influences their artistic follow.
Chris Williams is an interdisciplinary artist and musician primarily based in Brooklyn, NY, and is most at residence collaborating with modern improvisers and experimentalists. He has toured extensively all through the U.S. and Europe. His work explores the dyad of ancestral trauma and energy present in all Black People.
Howdy. My identify is Chris Williams. I’m a composer, performer, and set up artist in Brooklyn, NY. I comprised this playlist of songs and sounds that are inclined to make me decelerate and sit with my ideas. A few of these sounds are from pals, some are from mentors, some are from heroes. So I hope you are taking a hear, take pleasure in, and in addition sit along with your ideas.
Excerpt from Chris Williams’ Home of Peace video set up
“Ensenada” by Bennie Maupin
I used to be lucky to attach with Bennie Maupin in my 20’s and he’ll at all times be probably the most impactful musical mentor I’ll have. His generosity, resolve, and relentless positivity are items I cherish.
“Daytimes, pt. 1” by Zekkereya El-magharbel
I’ve recognized Zekkereya for at the least six years now and what a pleasure it has been to each witness and take part of their musical journey. I really feel curiosity and hope after I converse with them, which displays what I hear of their album DAYTIMES.
“Ten years alive on the infinite plain” by Tony Conrad
I arrived at Tony Conrad’s music by a hilarious tribute to him by the video artist Tony Oursler. I consider them typically as two comparatively goofy artists that handle to current profundity, an strategy I attempt to stick with in my path.
“Reciprocal Seize” by Hiro Kone (ft. Speaker Music)
It is a 2 in 1. I consider this was my most performed music in 2022! DeForrest Brown Jr. is doing the work on many fronts (please try his superb e book, Assembling a Black Counter Tradition). Hiro Kone’s most up-to-date album is attractive and provoking.
“ZURE” by Ryuichi Sakamoto
Mr. Sakamoto’s music transports and communicates. I float, I cry, I wander and surprise.
“UMZANSI” by Moor Mom (ft. Black Quantum Futurism & Mary Lattimore)
Camae Ayewa (Moor Mom)’s fearlessness and adaptableness has been a guiding gentle for a lot of artistic Black artists of my era. She is aware of the significance of her voice and presence.
“dont linger they could see you” by KMRU
KMRU’s music got here to me just lately by my HxH collaborator Lester St. Louis by the use of Laure M Hiendl (curator of the musik set up competition). Though ‘Peel’ could also be my favourite of his, I’m an enormous proponent of regularly checking in on ‘non-albums.’
“a spot the place sunflowers develop” by Patrick Shiroishi
My brother Patrick Shiroishi is on the tip of everybody’s tongue, so he hardly wants an introduction. His strategy to releasing music is… maximalist, so it’s a bit laborious to decide on. I positioned this right here to remain in theme however please examine all of it out, he’s a particular musician.
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