Join us for a blended discussion and listening party about creativity, process and living as a Baltimore artist with Abdu Ali, facilitated by Savannah Wood. Abdu Ali's latest album, FIYAH!!!, was partly inspired by FIRE!!! a literary magazine made during the Harlem Renassiance created by Langston, Wallace Thurman, Zora, and other iconic black writers.
Abdu Ali is an American avant-garde electronic musician, writer, cultural worker, and multidisciplinary artist who primarily works in sound, dialogue, literary text, and social practice. Their work is a yielding poetic uprise that often interrogates ideas of identity as well as narrate and promote liberation from oppressive ideologies and systems. Their music is an idiosyncratic blend of punk, jazz, Baltimore club music, and rap that has graced stages across the U.S. and Europe. Through their energetic visceral performances, spiritualizing audiences, they have been anointed as a cosmic, punk, and soulful tempest on stage. In 2019 birthed as they lay, a programming and art making social practice based initiative seeking to curate projects and community events that foster collaboration, creative action and reflection.
Ali has performed at MoMa Ps1, The Carnegie Museum of Art, The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, The Baltimore Museum of Art, The Kennedy Center, Red Bull Music Festival, and the DC National Mall. Ali has been highlighted by the NY Times, NPR, The Fader, Les InRocks, and Tracks Arte TV. Ali has been a recipient of The Contemporary: Grit Fund 2; a 2018 Ruby Artist Grant; 2019 Best Artist Award by The LGBTQ Commission of Baltimore City, Baltimore Magazine 2019 Best Artist, was invited to the Black Artists Retreat 2019 hosted by Theaster Gates, and have held residencies at 2018 Red Bull Music Academy Bass Camp & 2018 Pioneer Works.
Savannah Wood is an artist and cultural organizer with deep roots in Baltimore and Los Angeles. She has recently returned to Baltimore to create programming and infrastructure that will increase access to the AFRO American Newspapers’ extensive archives. Savannah is a Robert W. Deutsch Foundation fellow, Archives Director for the AFRO, and Executive Director of Afro Charities, Inc.