Photo by M Lamar
As racially charged police brutality runs rampant in America, black voices are louder than ever. In M Lamar’s new composition – for male soprano, piano, and projections – he draws inspiration from the case of Darren Wilson, the white cop who killed Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager.
“He looked up at me and had the most intense, aggressive face… It looks like a demon,” Wilson said in his grand jury testimony.
Wilson describes himself as a “Negrogothic Devil worshipping free black man in the blues tradition.” Lamar’s The Demon Rising conjures white fantasies of blackness as a superhuman and supernatural, menacing force. It also expresses the black subject’s psychic and mythic evolution.
M Lamar’s The Demon Rising takes place November 5, 8PM at The Kitchen in New York. Tickets are available online.