In November 2014, as part of the Earshot Jazz Festival, Crystal Beth & the Boom Boom Band premiered Liberation Ritual 1 – over an hour of continuous music intended as a release ritual. Fleenor composed the work as part of a month-long residency at the Millay Colony of the Arts in Austerlitz, NY, with support from Artist Trust.
The Seattle Times writes: “Best known as a superb jazz clarinetist — she brought both her B flat and bass — she primarily sang with Crystal Beth, offering fare perhaps best described as world music from an imaginary planet — or at least one recently visited by Yoko Ono. Shrieking and stuttering over long, modal vamps and jagged punk rhythms, Fleenor offered a nonstop hour of new material she called “scenic overpasses” in a “liberation ritual.” Overall, it was quite compelling and magical, though it could do with a little editing.” (Paul DeBarros)
((( LISTEN ))) to the live, unedited version here:
Recorded by Steve Kennedy Williams