Fred Moten & Harmony Holiday, Episode 1: Quietness

The first in a new monthly series in which the poets and music enthusiasts share the records and texts that are on their minds

October, 2020


Episode 1: Quietness Recording

Frieze’s Autumn Sessions will be hosted by the poet, performer, jazz archivist and frieze columnist Harmony Holiday and poet, cultural theorist and 2020 MacArthur Fellow Fred Moten.

In a series of three online Listening Sessions broadcast from their living rooms in LA and New York, respectively, the pair will continue their longstanding, free-flowing exchange of words and music. In each of three monthly episodes, they will share new, old and unexpected records, read from their own work and writing that inspires them, and discuss how poetry and music can help us make sense of the world around us.  

In Episode 1: Fred & Harmony reflect on records and readings that help us find quietness when we need it and abandon it when we need to be loud.

Read Harmony Holiday on finding quietness in a loud world.

Episode 1 Track List:

Billie Holiday Studio Talk

James Baldwin on Black Speech 

Marvin Gaye Cleo's Apartment 

Carmen McRae Don’t Explain

Amiri Baraka Dark Lady of the Sonnets 

Willie West Greatest Love 

Al Green Simply Beautiful

Mary J Blige PMS

Ornette Coleman Beauty is a Rare Thing

Ellington & Coltrane In a Sentimental Mood

Thelonius Monk Ask Me Now

John Keats Ode on a Grecian Urn (read by Ralph Richardson)

Sun Ra Quiet Ecstasy

Listen to Harmony's 'Quietness' playlist here and Fred's playlist here

Future Autumn Sessions

Episode 2

Thursday 19 Nov

7pm BST/2pm EST/11am PST 

Episode 3

Thursday 17 Dec

7pm BST/2pm EST/11am PST