ESS: The Quarantine Concerts [Streaming, 2020+]

Experimental Sound Studio + Various
[Live/Streamed, 2020+]

An incredibly vibrant and busy schedule of performances from around the world, covering the spectrum of experimental and free improvised music. Astonishing variety, and so much content it can make your head spin. Luckily, there are series and festivals to help orient the wealth of material. It’s operated by good people and it sounds like it has raised a significant amount of money that goes back to the artists in an otherwise desolate performance landscape. As time goes on, you can expect to see more reviews of ESS/TQC streams while in-person gatherings are on pause.

Scrappers Film Group draws back the curtain behind the team at ESS that pulls the Quarantine Concerts together. [Crowdsourced, 2020+]
[Crowdsourced, 2020+]

EDIT: in May, 2021 this organization rebranded as, expanding to include artists, journalists, curation and other arts and media-related callings.

An important and vast database of thousands of black artists that you can support directly through bandcamp. Sharing to increase exposure, and out of respect for the hard work that has gone into this project. Over the past few years, I have personally become painfully aware of the limitations of how I consume media and encounter the world, all too often falling to the same habits, labels, sounds, and ideas that are familiar. But for shame; it is critical and necessary to do the work to look beyond the horizon, and to materially support artists in our global, human community. There is a history to reconcile, a structural conditioning to disavow and overcome equitably. I know I need to do more and do better. Do the work. Keep each other honest. Be humble. Support black musicians. Elevate black voices here, there, and everywhere; now and into the future.