Drummer, Composer



Drummer, composer Billie Davies has left New Orleans.

After 8 years in New Orleans, Billie Davies has made a permanent move to West Palm Beach, Florida, the first week of July 2022.

She decided it was high time to get back to her favorite place in the world, the beaches at the Atlantic Ocean, in her favorite and sub-tropical climate. 

In her words: "There is a time and a place for everything."

After her music had to be taken of the market in early 2021 as there was a record label deal involved, which did not happen thanks to Covid lockdowns and travel restrictions mostly, albums will now slowly become available again, newly released under her own name, Billie Davies.

Two are being re-released right now, "12 VOLT" and "Hand in Hand in the Hand of the Moon", they will become available everywhere again soon.

Track: 3. Happiness (lyrics by Billie Davies)
BILLIE DAVIES trio (Davies, Oberla, Watkinson) featuring Ari Kohn, reeds, Iris P and Allie Porter, vocals and spoken word
Billie Davies - drums
Evan Oberla - trombone, keys
Oliver Watkinson - bass
Ari Kohn - woodwinds
Iris P - vocals and spoken word
Allie Porter - vocals and spoken word
Elle C Jones - dance (Artivism Dance Theatre)
Briana Alston - dance (Artivism Dance Theatre)
live recorded for sound and video at: Art Klub, New Orleans LA
live recording date: June 1, 2018, 8 - 10 pm
Video: Marion Hill
Sound Recording, Mix, Mastering and Post Production: Mike Davies, Billie Davies
Logistics: Mike Davies

The avant-garde is innovative, daring, contrary to what is usual in art and culture. It is characterized by radical new style, original, unorthodox expression, initial rejection.

The avant-garde pushes the boundaries of what is accepted as a norm, foremost in the cultural realm.

"Serve as the people's avant-garde, the power of the arts is indeed the most immediate and fastest way... Olinde Rodrigues." 

Billie Davies is bringing something radically new to the idiom of modern jazz in various ways which, in its purest essence, incorporates everything in its collective subconscious amalgam that has come before.
It draws influences and ideas from both classical music and jazz in a modern and unique way which would appeal to audiences and aficionados of both these types of music. Besides these two major exponents it also encompasses what’s referred to as “world music” (Indian, African, Middle Eastern, Asian, South American and European ethnic music) 
Contemporary jazz has taken the form of extreme dense harmonic development, parallel chord movements, very advanced rhythms, odd meters and an almost “inside only” improvisation, a primarily right brain, academic approach. 
The music of Billie Davies can be said to have an element of rebellion and simplification, similar to the abstract CoBrA art movement, where painters decided to express themselves through colors rather than objects.