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Black Spirituals: Performance

October 9, 2014 • 49:39

Feel the beat of Oakland-based sound-making duo Black Spirituals. Their music is an ecstatic intersection of the tone-generating electronics and guitars of Zachary James Watkins and the heart-thumping acoustic percussion of Marshall Trammell. Watkins and Trammel create improvisational compositions on stage, exchanging ideas through an ever-evolving dialogue between their individual musical narratives. “Our music is an empathic machine,” Trammell says. Their sound has been described as an undulating dronescape of deep sonic swells and muted electronic buzz that blends analog synthesizers, guitars, keyboards, drums, percussion, and electricity.


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