This project intends to navigate the spiritual and cultural landscape of Black America through long meditations, vamps, and modalities. Based on the story of Daniel Hamm who was apart of the Harlem Six — a group of kids falsely accused of murder. Blues is a symbol of radical optimism in the face of adversity and blood is a symbol of all things ancestral/generational.
Immanuel Wilkins: saxophone
Micah Thomas: piano
Daryl Johns: bass
Kweku Sumbry: drums
Ceclie McLorin Salvant: voice
Ganavya Doraiswamy: voice
Yaw Agyeman: voice
Sekai Abeni: cooking
The Immanuel Wilkins Quartet has been together for 4 years, dedicated to challenging social narratives and community building. The group has created many interdisciplinary works including collaborations with Rog Walker, David Dempewolf, Sidra Bell Dance NY, Tony Lewis, Terence Price, among others.
Immanuel Wilkins is a Saxophonist, Composer, Arranger, and Bandleader from the greater Philadelphia-area. While growing up, he honed his skills in the church and studied in programs dedicated to teaching jazz music like the Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts. Moving to New York in 2015, Wilkins proceeded to earn his bachelor’s degree in Music at Juilliard (studying with the saxophonists Bruce Williams and the late Joe Temperley) while simultaneously establishing himself as an in-demand sideman, touring in Japan, Europe, South America, The United Arab Emirates, and the United States and working and/or recording with artists like Jason Moran, the Count Basie Orchestra, Delfeayo Marsalis, Joel Ross, Aaron Parks, Gerald Clayton, Gretchen Parlato, Lalah Hathaway, Solange Knowles, Bob Dylan, and Wynton Marsalis to name just a few. It was also during this same period that he formed his quartet featuring his long-time bandmates: Micah Thomas (piano), Daryl Johns (bass), and Kweku Sumbry (drums).
Being a bandleader and having a working group for over four years ha