Nathalie Joachim with Spektral Quartet (USA)

Nathalie Joachim with Spektral Quartet (USA)

Fanm d'Ayiti
Wednesday, February 19, 2020 . 8PM

Spektral Quartet & Nathalie Joachim: Fanm d’Ayiti

Though born in Brooklyn, the Haitian roots of Nathalie Joachim run deep. As a child, she would spend hours singing with her grandmother, de facto lessons in the rich polyglot traditions of Haitian folk music. Inspired by that pedigree, Joachim—best known as the flutist and co-artistic director of adventurous chamber ensemble eighth blackbird—turned to Haiti for the genesis of “Fanm d’Ayiti,” a mighty reappraisal of the overlooked women who helped shape the sounds and cultural backbone of Haiti. Combining field recordings of her grandmother and Haitian choirs that she captured during an extended family trip there with updates on some of the nation’s anthems, “Fanm d’Ayiti” reimagines the sounds of Joachim’s roots for new ears.

But, as Joachim has put it, performing this work alone wouldn’t be very Haitian of her. Joachim performs this stirring and sensitive evening-length work with the Spektral Quartet, a Chicago ensemble whose precise playing and incessant musical curiosity earned a 2017 Grammy nomination. Like Joachim, they are interested in the ways the past interacts with the present, or how what has already happened informs what we now witness. As Joachim sings and samples from the works of her ancestral land, adding flute accents, they offer texture and depth, filling in the emotional spaces of this profound new work about geography and equality, culture and time.


Doors open at 7PM. The performance will start at 8PM.

Menu: University of Maryland’s Good Tidings Catering will provide the following for purchase. They can accept a credit card or cash.    

  • Mediterranean Display - $12 for a single, $20 for a double 
    • Grilled and marinated vegetables, spicy red pepper and herb marinated mozzarella, classic hummus, marinated green and black olives with fresh pita
  • Cheese and Charcuterie Plate - $12 for a single, $20 for a double
    • An assortment of cheeses, dried fruit, honey and jam with crackers and flatbreads as well as a selection of sliced cured meats
  • Pita and Hummus - $6 (serves 2)

Beverages: While we search for a new restaurant partner, we are unable to provide or allow alcoholic beverages at The ArtHouse. A self-serve station of complimentary lemonade, iced tea, coffee and hot tea will be available inside the Upstairs Venue.