Catherine Lamb and Rebecca Lane Chicago Performance Previewed

Source: Chicago Reader.

secondary rainbow is a faint visual echo that appears outside a rainbow when light bends twice while passing through raindrops. Composer, violist, and occasional vocalist Catherine Lamb uses careful calculation and subtle dynamics to evoke correspondingly liminal sonic experiences. Born in Olympia, Washington, and based in Berlin, she’s developed a musical approach that combines elements drawn from her formal studies with composers such as James Tenney and Michael Pisaro at CalArts and Bard with lessons she’s learned through one-on-one engagements with late filmmaker Mani Kaul (also a musician in the Indian classical tradition of dhrupad) and French electronic composer Éliane Radigue.

Downtown Music Gallery Newsletter

Source: Downtown Music Gallery.

The Downtown Music Gallery 29th Anniversary Celebrations will begin on May 1st, 2020 & Will Continue throughout the year! Every In-store throughout the Year Helps Celebrate the Spirit of Creative Music Performed Live.

Sunday, December 8th:
6pm: SAM HARNET – Mandolin / SANA NAGANO – Violin / ZACH SWANSON – Acoustic Bass!
7pm: PEACH and TOMATO: SANA NAGANO and LEONOR FALCON – Strings!

Sunday, December 15th:
6pm: TODD CAPP’s MYSTERY TRAIN: KURT RALSKE / LELE DAI / FRANK MEADOWS!
7pm: RONIN PHASING: PATRICK BRENNAN – Solo Alto Sax!
8pm: M – violin/electronics / N – guitar/electronics / HANS TAMMEN – Buchla!

The Independent Promoters Alliance Presents:
A Winter Solstice Celebration – Saturday, December 21st at 8pm:
MARS WILLIAMS AYLER XMAS Project: NELS CLINE / STEVE SWELL /
HILLIARD GREENE / FRED LONBERG-HOLM / CHRIS CORSANO!
Plus FARMERS BY NATURE Featuring: GERALD CLEAVER / WILLIAM PARKER / CRAIG TABORN!
At The DiMenna Center – 450 W 37th St. (bet 9th & 10th Aves) in NYC

Sunday, December 22nd, A DMG & Eric’s House of Improv Sponsored show:
7pm: ESTAMOS TRIO: THOLLEM McDONAS Radical Empathy Project!
8pm: THOLLEM McDONAS / NELS CLINE / WILLIAM PARKER / GERALD CLEAVER!
At Jazz Habitat / El Barrio ArtSpace – 215 East 99th St.

Sunday, December 29th:
6pm: DISSIPATED FACE: STEVE POPKIN / KURT RALSKE / DANIEL CARTER / BILL MILKOWSKI / WILL DAHL!
7pm: SUBURBAN BOHEMIA Space Jam Featuring THE MONZ, MC BruceLee and…!?!

Sunday, January 5th – First DMG Gig of the New Year – Double Header!!
6pm: ELI WALLACE – Synth / ANDREW SMILEY – Guitar / CARLO COSTA – Percussion!
7pm: THOMAS HEBERER / LUKE MARRANTZ / SIMON JERMYN / MICHAEL VATCHER –
Trumpet / Fender Rhodes / Bass / Drums!

Sunday, January 12th:
6pm: JUAN P CARLETTI – Solo Drums!
7pm: ARON NAMEMWIRTH – Guitar / DAVE SEWELSON – Bari Sax / COLIN HINTON – Drums!
8pm: CHRIS PITSIOKOS / JAVIER A V / KEVIN MURRAY – Alto Sax / Guitar / Drums!

DMG is located at 13 Monroe St. (between Catherine & Market Sts) in a basement below a small gallery. Take the F train to East Broadway or the 6 train to Canal or the B or D to Grand, or the M-15 bus to Madison & Catherine. Come on Down, the Sunday Music Series is Always Free & the Vibes are Always Cosy. You can check the weekly in-store sets through our Instagram feed

AMN Reviews: Forrest Fang – Ancient Machines (2019; Projekt Records)

Forrest Fang’s music exists in a singular space between the traditionalists (if there is such a thing) of electro-ambient music and a combination of Western and non-Western acoustically-based classical. As such, Ancient Machines – his latest in a run of 18 albums – incorporates the influences of minimalists such as Glass, Riley, and Reich, who were themselves influenced by music from multiple hemispheres.

The album is based on floating synth washes and drones that include gamelan-infected stringed passages and/or percussion in polyrhythmic patterns and interlocking motifs. Fang also offers gentle piano-led pieces that combine with his atmospherics. A sense of optimism and hope exudes from these efforts, emotions that are perhaps more needed now that ever before in Fang’s four-decade-long career.

Indeed, Fang’s work is very much in contrast to the dark-ambient works often discussed on these pages that have grown to evoke the menacing sounds of age-old technology and industry. His title appears not to refer to mechanical devices, but instead to the building blocks of life – DNA, RNA, proteins, and organs – that have carried out their repetitive functions for millions of years. And like those biological mechanisms, these countless iterations over time give rise to newly-evolved forms and structures.

AMN Reviews: Earth Tongues – Atem (2019; Neither / Nor Records)

On Atem, experimentalists Joe Moffett on trumpet, Dan Peck on tuba, and Carlo Costa on percussion come together for a 33-minute free improvisation that stretches the definitions of what we might categorize as music. The emphasis here is on texture, layers, and density, rather than melodic, harmonic, or rhythmic progression. The piece was developed and recorded during a 2017 residency at Brooklyn’s Pioneer Works.

Costa’s vocabulary goes well beyond the drum kit, incorporating what sounds like bells, bowls, rattles, as well as found objects. He rarely plays clear notes and instead rubs, scrapes, and scratches these items. Vague patterns of subtle beats emerge from time to time, but are not the emphasis. Moffett and Peck make use of extended techniques to breath odd forms of life into their horns, offering warbling and squeaks along with a few long-held notes that approach a semblance of a drone.

In combination, Earth Tongues produces a shifting, rough-edged soundscape flush with details and character. Their use of space is intriguing – they fill it, but do so with quiet and distorted passages that never quite leap out at you.  Instead, Atem consists of a rich set of structures that slowly evolve throughout the course of the piece. Well done.

Chicago Scene: December 8-14, 2019

This is a weekly overview of live avant performances in the Chicago area. Contact us if you’d like your shows listed.

Sunday, December 8th 2019

4:00PM at the Glenwood, 6962 N Glenwood, 773.764.7363
Jimmy Bennington Colour and Sound

9:00PM at the Hungry Brain, 2319 W Belmont ($10 suggested donation) (wheelchair-accessible)
Quin Kirchner, Daniel Van Duerm, Matt Lux — KVL Vol. 1 Release Show

Monday, December 9th 2019

7:30PM at Myopic Books, 1564 N Milwaukee, 773.862.4882
Gerrit Hatcher, Jason Roebke

9:00PM at Beat Kitchen, 2100 W Belmont, 773.281.4444
Extraordinary Popular Delusions : Jim Baker, Ed Wilkerson Jr, Brian Sandstrom, Steve Hunt

Tuesday, December 10th 2019

7:00PM at Mary Patricia Gannon Concert Hall, 2330 N Halsted ($30-$20)
21st Annual Concert for Peace: Rites of Devotion & Ecstasy
Fulcrum Point Ensemble with Vijay Iyer, Kalyan Pathak, Greg Ward

Wednesday, December 11th 2019

8:30PM at Beat Kitchen, 2100 W Belmont, 773.281.4444
Splice Series
Norman Long, Jim Baker, Brian Sandstrom, Julian Kirshner, Peter Maunu

Thursday, December 12th 2019

7:30PM at the Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S Michigan ($25-$15)
Roscoe Mitchell and Moor Mother

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($15-$5)
Spektral Quartet — music by Shulamit Ran

8:30PM at the Empty Bottle, 1035 N Western, 773.276.3600 ($20) (wheelchair-accessible)
Thurston Moore Group
Devin Brahja Waldman

Friday, December 13th 2019

9:00PM at the Empty Bottle, 1035 N Western, 773.276.3600 ($20) (wheelchair-accessible)
Thurston Moore Group
Devin Brahja Waldman

Saturday, December 14th 2019

7:30PM at the Hungry Brain, 2319 W Belmont ($10) (wheelchair-accessible)
An Ayler Xmas
Mars Williams with Josh Berman, James A Baker, Kent Kessler, Brian Sandstrom, Steve Hunt

8:00PM at Graham Foundation (Madlener House), 4 W Burton Pl (Free, RSVP)
Catherine Lamb, Rebecca Lane

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($17-$15)
Xylouris White

For more information, such as directions, as well as upcoming performances, see:

http://now-is.org/, http://www.ratchetmusic.com, http://www.mcachicago.org, http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/chicago_culturalcenterschedule.html, http://www.skylarkchicago.com, http://www.hideoutchicago.com, http://www.elasticrevolution.com, http://www.myopicbookstore.com/music.html, http://www.lampo.org, http://dalniente.com, http://iceorg.org/events/category/chicago, http://www.emptybottle.com/