8 Bold Souls was formed by Edward Wilkerson, Jr. in 1985 for a series of four concerts to perform his new works for octet. The concert series was an overwhelming success, and the musicians were invited to perform together again and again. And so 8 Bold Souls was born.
8 Bold Souls is noted for its unique instrumentation, compositional and instrumental virtuosity, and dynamic group sound. "Evocative textures float elegantly through shifting meters, easily slipping into another funky world" ( Downbeat ). The members of 8 Bold Souls are: Harrison Bankhead (bass), Mwata Bowden (woodwinds), Aaron Dodd (tuba), Robert Griffin (trumpet), Isaiah Jackson (trombone), Naomi Millender (cello), Dushun Mosley (percussion), Edward Wilkerson, Jr. (woodwinds).
Over the past ten years, the musicians have developed a close relationship with each other and bring this intimacy to their playing. They have been featured in music videos, and on CBS Nightwatch. In 1992, 8 Bold Souls performed a live soundtrack to the silent film "Within Our Gates", a landmark film by the seminal African-American filmmaker, Oscar Micheaux. 8 Bold Souls has toured the United States, Japan, Europe, and the Middle East. The octet's recordings include 8 Bold Souls (Sessoms Records), Sideshow (Arabesque Recordings), and AntFarm (Arabesque Recordings).
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