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Division 81 Presents:

i am (isaiah collier & michael shekwoaga ode)

w/ Kiéla Adira, Dia.L, Fess Grandiose, DJ SeanO, Sonny Daze

Sunday, June 19
Show | 8pm // Doors | 7:30pm
ADV $15 / DOS $20

I AM is the combination of Isaiah Collier on woodwinds and Michael Shekwoaga Ode on drums. At just 23, Isaiah Collier has composed and recorded with many artists, including Angel Bat Dawid and Kahil El Zahbar, and recorded his critically acclaimed, 5-star album Cosmic Transitions in 2020, which features Ode on drums. The Beyond recording was inspired partly by a solo exchange between the duo during the 5th movement on Cosmic Transitions, entitled “Mercury’s Retrograde”. The one goal for the album was to go “Beyond” any perceived musical limitations and allow the higher forces to guide the music.

Isaiah Collier is mostly known for his work as a saxophonist and draws his sound and approach from the influences of other masters saxophonists such as John Coltrane, Roscoe Mitchell, Wayne Shorter, Ari Brown and Gene Ammons. While Ode has performed with many artists, he cultivated his style of drumming with the influence of Elvin Jones and Tony Williams. Ode studied under legendary drummer Billy Hart after he graduated from Oberlin University. Michael’s mother and father migrated from Nigeria to North Carolina. Ode creates his Nigerian roots with his call and response approach to drumming.

I AM will be performing their new album Beyond.

Kiéla Adira is a performing artist, educator, and songwriter from the South Side of Chicago. She has performed around the country, as well as internationally, opening for artists such as Common, Renée Fleming, Yo-Yo Ma, and Ric Wilson. She enjoys bringing people together while acknowledging and embracing the magic of the arts. Kiéla’s first music project is coming soon, but for now you can stream her debut single “My Vibe” out on all streaming services and follow her on IG (@kiela.adira) to stay updated on her work!

Dia.L (pronounced Dial) is a cosmic trip guided by vocalist Lailah Reich & producer Radius; grown within the rich diverse music scene of Chicago. The sessions began in around 2009-2010 and further expanded into the group Beyond Luck which Radius formed with DJ Moppy and Kenny Keys. Throughout that period of both studio and live performances, the two continued to develop and complete this collection of work.

Fess Grandiose is a DJ and producer who has been spinning records and producing beats for over 15 years. Fess has held numerous residencies in Chicago, including hosting Open Beats, a monthly recurring open mic night for electronic music performers. Drawing on a wide array of influences, Fess creates something genuinely unique every time he takes the decks. When he’s not behind the decks, he’s in the studio experimenting and crafting new productions that reflect his signature sound.

With music selector DJ SeanO and hosted by Sonny Daze.

3734 W. BELMONT AVE.
CHICAGO, IL 60618

773.654.3971

21+

Hours
SUN - WED: 6PM-1AM
THU - SAT: 6PM - 2AM