Julian OtisChicago, IL
Julian Terrell Otis is a genre defying musician dedicated to the advancement of Black Music in America. The utilization of the operatic voice brings new perspective to the creative music, jazz, commercial, and contemporary classical worlds. He has performed with the American Contemporary Music Ensemble, the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Imani Winds, and Nicole Mitchell’s Black Earth Ensemble. He originated the role of soloist in George E. Lewis’ chamber opera Afterword. Most recently he has performed with Angel Bat Dawid in support of her album The Oracle, a spiritual jazz ensemble dedicated to continuing the legacy of Great Black Music. This summer he revived Peter Maxwell Davies’ Eight Songs for a Mad King at the inaugural Bang on a Can All Star’s Loud Weekend! followed by performances at the Banff International Jazz and Creative Music Workshop led by Vijay Iyer and Tyshawn Sorey. Committed to community empowerment he leads a monthly improvised jam session for South Side Chicago communities called Self Care = Resistance!