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Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste

Still from Tirzah feat. Colby Sey’s 2018 video Devotion, directed by Akinola Davies Jr.


TIRZAH, DEVOTION (Domino) Devotion is refreshingly tender and an exciting departure from Tirzah’s more club-forward work. Repeat listening reveals the intimate complexities of her understated voice, a perfect pairing for Mica Levi’s restrained production.

Julia Santoli (with Zach Rowden), Siren Sore: burning body of love, 2018. Performance view, Issue Project Room, Brooklyn, NY, July 13, 2018. Julia Santoli. Photo: Cameron Kelly.


JULIA SANTOLI’S PERFORMANCE OF SIREN SORE: BURNING BODY OF LOVE WITH ZACH ROWDEN (Issue Project Room, Brooklyn, NY, July 13) Santoli and Rowden really did something special that evening in July. When Santoli dragged a metal ring across Issue’s marble floor, creating otherworldly feedback, my hair stood on end. The frisson of sonic potential between simple objects!

GROWING (Union Pool, Brooklyn, NY, March 28) I’ve followed Growing since 2005. I’ve seen them many times in their various incarnations. But this show stood out. Through sheer amplification, Growing’s drones made Union Pool quake around me until I melted

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