Irreversible Entanglements are a liberation-oriented free jazz collective formed in early 2015 by saxophonist Keir Neuringer, poet Camae Ayewa (a.k.a. Moor Mother), and bassist Luke Stewart, who came together to perform at a Musicians Against Police Brutality event organized after the slaying of Akai Gurley by the NYPD. Months later the group added trumpeter Aquiles Navarro and drummer Tcheser Holmes (a duo who also performed at the MAPB event) for a single day of recording at Seizure’s Palace in Brooklyn. Though free jazz with voice is an uncommon approach in the modern day landscape of the genre, the spirit and subject the band channels and explores represent a return to a central tenet of the sound as it was founded—to be a vehicle for Black liberation. As the collective continues to tour Europe, the UK, and North America, the group seeks to collect these experiences to share more deeply with our local communities.
Irreversible Entanglements is an inaugural Working Artist Fellow. The Working Artist Fellowship is part of The Rockefeller Foundation’s The Artist Impact Initiative. To learn more, visit our news page.