Divide and Dissolve members Takiaya Reed (saxophone, guitar, live effects) and Sylvie Nehill (drums, live effects) create instrumental music that is both heavy and beautiful, classically influenced yet thrillingly contemporary, powerfully expressive and communicative.
Both from indigenous backgrounds, Divide and Dissolve aim to secure Black futures, liberation, and freedom; demand Indigenous Sovereignty; uplift people of colour’s experiences; and destroy white supremacy.
They use their pummelling performances to carry the fight of their ancestors, and to draw attention to the ongoing battle against systemic oppression. There is an undeniable chemistry between the two musicians when interlocked in their waves of sound.
“face-toasting stuff, evocative of standing that bit too close to a bonfire to marvel at its fiery dynamics.”
– The Guardian