Congratulations to Eighth Blackbird’s flutist Nathalie Joachim for the release of her debut album with Spektral Quartet, Fanm d’Ayiti! She composes, she sings, and still plays a mean flute-this woman does it all and we are so proud of her. She and our fellow Chicago chamber music buddies in Spektral gave a fabulous record release concert at the Black Ensemble Theater on September 13. If you are in NYC, catch the east coast release on October 26 at Merkin Concert Hall.
“Fanm d’Ayiti features the powerful Haitian female voices from yesterday and today, including the recorded voices of Joachim’s grandmother, the girls choir of Joachim’s family’s home farming village of Dantan, and conversations with Emerante de Pradines, a prized voice of Haiti’s Golden Age; Milena Sandler, daughter of the late, famed chanteuse Toto Bissainthe; and celebrated vodou songstress Carole Demesmin. I feel lucky to be joining my voice with theirs, and bringing listeners a sonic portfolio of my originals and arrangements of historic Haitian songs, woven together in a musical celebration of activism and hope.” ~Nathalie