Tribute to some of her spiritual, political and artistic ancestors

Described as a ‘fearless performer’ and a ‘genre-crossing virtuoso’, vocalist, improvisor and composer Elaine Mitchener here pays tribute to some of her spiritual, political and artistic ancestors in the African-American jazz avant-garde of the sixties and seventies. With an ensemble of leading British musicians, she offers her own bold interpretation of radical works by Eric Dolphy, Archie Shepp and Jeanne Lee.

Instrumental improvisation is combined with vocals and spoken word in a powerful new dynamic. The revolutionary ideas and scope for individual and collective freedom in the music remain a metaphor for the ongoing struggle to create a new civil society. Stark and original, joyful and defiant, America’s historical black avant-garde is a cornerstone of contemporary music, and still alive in the era of Black Lives Matter.

After the show: Holland Festival Late Night For everyone who doesn’t feel like going home yet there is the Holland Festival Late Night: everuy saturday during the festival in the Bimhuis Café. Artists, audience and other lovers of the night meet here for a good conversation at the bar, to dance, or enjoy one of the many performances. Be surprised by the DJ’s and acts at unexpected sites in the building. Immerse yourself in the night in the café with the best view in the city.