Bassist Dezron Douglas and harpist Brandee Younger have released the album Force Majeure, a collection of songs recorded during their run of digital performances under quarantine.
The album, named after a contractual clause that means “extraordinary circumstances,” is a nod to the circumstances of its recording: during the married duo’s weekly livestream performances staged from their Harlem home in a locked-down New York City.
“We vowed to become a part of the resiliency of this city,” Douglas recounted in a statement of their time in isolation. “You can take the work away, but you can’t stop musicians from being creative. Live streaming is just a part of it. The world as a whole saw that arts & entertainment is an integral and vital part of this ‘service’ city. We, musicians and creatives, are as essential to this city as the MTA is. The NYC community responded with love and honesty on a high level. Expression became vital for people to make it through the day and, at the same time, listening and watching expression became vital.”