Fred Moten & Harmony Holiday, Episode 2: Distance

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

November, 2020


Episode 2: Distance 

Frieze’s Autumn Listening Sessions are hosted by the poet, performer, jazz archivist and frieze columnist  Harmony Holiday  and poet, cultural theorist and 2020 MacArthur Fellow  Fred Moten. From their living rooms in LA and New York, respectively, the pair continue a longstanding, free-flowing exchange of words, records and reflections. 

For the second episode in their three-part series, Fred & Harmony will play and discuss music and poetry that creates space. 

Episode 2 Track List

Kendrick Lamar  Sing About Me, I’m Dying of Thirst

Sam Cooke Nearer to Thee (Live recording at Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, 1955)  

Stevie Wonder  Seems So Long 

Luther Vandross Never Too Much

Bela Fleck, Oumou Sangaré Ah Ndiya

Caetano Veloso and Edith Oliveira Sugar Cane Fields Forever 

Aquele Abraço Gilberto Gil

Jimmy Holiday Hollywood

Marlena Shaw So Far Away

Terry Callier Just My Imagination

Gwendolyn Brooks The Near-Johannesburg Boy (Live reading, c.2000)  

Listen to Harmony & Fred's 'Distance' playlist here

Read Sean Burns on some key takeaways from Fred & Harmony's discussion of music that makes space.

Episode 3 will take place on Thursday 17 Dec (registration to follow)

The full recording of Episode 1: Quietness, from 22 October 2020, is available to view HERE.