Chicago Scene: June 29 – July 13

Fred Lonberg-Holm in 2002
Fred Lonberg-Holm in 2002 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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

June 29:

12:30PM at Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival, Community Stage, Milwaukee Ave at Diversey
Jason Adasiewicz, Keefe Jackson — part of Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival 2013

9:00PM at the Hideout, 1354 W Wabansia, 773.227.4433 ($12)
Spektral Quartet
Pretty Monsters

9:00PM at Heaven Gallery, 1550 N Milwaukee, 2nd Fl, 773.342.4597
Chris Riggs, Drew Dahle, Paul Giallorenzo
Brian Labycz, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Ståle Liavik Solberg

9:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($15)
Matthew Shipp Trio with Mike Bisio, Whit Dickey

June 30:

1:15PM at Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival, Culture Stage, Milwaukee Ave at Kedzie
Brian Labycz, Jason Stein — part of Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival 2013

3:30PM at the Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E Chicago, 312.280.2660 (wheelchair-accessible)
The Accumulative Affects of Migration 1
Yaw Agyeman, Khari Lemuel, Tomeka Reid, Joshua Abrams, Mikel Avery, Orron Kenyatta — performance accompanying the exhibit 13th Ballad

4:00PM at Lakeside Inn, 15251 Lakeshore Rd, Lakeside MI ($15)
Renée Baker’s Artet, with Steve Berry, Nicole Mitchell, William Porter, Alex Wing, Avreeayl Ra

10:00PM at the Hungry Brain, 2319 W Belmont, 773.709.1401 ($7) (wheelchair-accessible)
Keefe Jackson’s Likely So, with Jeff Kimmel, Jason Stein, Nick Mazzarella, Mars Williams, Guillermo Gregorio, Dave Rempis

July 1:

7:00PM at the Washington Park Arts Incubator, 301 E Garfield Blvd
Ari Brown, Avreeayl Ra

9:00PM at Beat Kitchen, 2100 W Belmont, 773.281.4444 (wheelchair-accessible)
Extraordinary Popular Delusions : Jim Baker, Mars Williams, Brian Sandstrom, Steve Hunt

9:00PM at the Empty Bottle, 1035 N Western, 773.276.3600 (Free) (wheelchair-accessible)
Kwaidan — Record release
Death Blues
Mind Over Mirrors

July 2:

8:00PM at Observatory Studios, 3036 N Lincoln, 4th Fl
Tim Stine, Anton Hatwich, Frank Rosaly

9:30PM at The Whistler, 2421 N Milwaukee (wheelchair-accessible)
Stirrup : Fred Lonberg-Holm, Nick Macri, Charles Rumback

July 3:

10:00PM at the Hideout, 1354 W Wabansia, 773.227.4433 ($8)
Dana Jessen Solo
Dana Jessen, Jeff Kimmel, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Mike Reed

July 4:

6:30PM at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park, 201 E Randolph (wheelchair-accessible)
Loops & Variations
Nosaj Thing

July 6:

11:00AM at Austin Town Hall, 5610 W Lake, 773.287.7658 (Free)
David Boykin Expanse

9:00PM at Elastic, 2830 N Milwaukee, 2nd Fl, 773.772.3616 ($10)
Intersections Series
Jeff Chan Solo
Tim O’Dell Trio with Tatsu Aoki, Avreeayl Ra

9:00PM at Studio 914, 914 N California
Frank Rosaly, Marc Riordan, Brian Labycz, Aaron Zarzutzki, Daniel Fandiño, KG Price

9:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($15)
Chris Dingman Quartet with Jesse Lewis, Ike Sturm, Jared Schonig

July 8:

9:00PM at Beat Kitchen, 2100 W Belmont, 773.281.4444 (wheelchair-accessible)
Extraordinary Popular Delusions : Jim Baker, Brian Sandstrom, Steve Hunt

July 9:

5:30PM at the Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E Chicago, 312.280.2660 (wheelchair-accessible)
Tuesdays on the Terrace
Stirrup : Fred Lonberg-Holm, Nick Macri, Charles Rumback

July 10:

10:00PM at the Hideout, 1354 W Wabansia, 773.227.4433 ($8)
Rob Mazurek, Jim Baker, Joshua Abrams, Michael Zerang

July 11:

9:00PM at Elastic, 2830 N Milwaukee, 2nd Fl, 773.772.3616
Chris Brown Solo
Chris Brown, Brian Labycz, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Michael Zerang

9:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western (Free)
Jeff Parker, Geof Bradfield

July 13:

9:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($12)
The Eternals Espiritu Zombi Group : Damon Locks, Wayne Montana, Areif Sless-Kitain, Jason Adasiewicz, Matt Lux, Josh Berman, Cameron Pfiffner, Nick Mazzarella, Tomeka Reid, Jeanine O’Toole

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

Sardegna e Jazz 2013 – Featuring Sun Ra’s Arkestra and Cecil Taylor

English: Sun Ra at New England Conservatory, F...
English: Sun Ra at New England Conservatory, February 27, 1992. Photo by Pandelis Karayorgis. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The annual Sardegna e Jazz festival takes place from August 22-31 in Sant’anna Arresi, Italy. THe lineup announcement follows.

You will hear Mulatu Astatke, the legendary vibraphonist of Duke Ellington, playing Steps Ahead. Your notes will be hallowed by Rob Mazurek especially crafted for you by the Exploding Star Orchestra and Nicole Mitchell.

The road to Saturn is still far away, a constellation of incredible surprises is on the way: M.O.P.D.T.K and Talibam!, two of the most interesting and fresh projects around, both capable of reducing the distance between styles and genres. Talibam! will perform with a special guest, Alan Wilkinson, an extraordinary free jazz saxophonist from England.

There will be Space for Dinamitri Jazz Folklore Septet’s music, and their sounds from Africa will challenge the audience with the origin of things and its elements. The septet will have a special guest, the writer and poet Amiri Baraka.

An original and fascinating project entitled Living By Lanterns is brought you by Mike Reed and Jason Adasiewicz and among them Greg Ward, Joshua Abrams will offer a reinterpretation of some of your inspirational unpublished music, recorded but never released.

The Heliocentrics will take us to another galaxy through a sinergic mix of different music genres coming together with your Afro-futuristic lesson.

Cecil Taylor, there is no need to introduce him, will honor us with his presence in Sant’Anna Arresi for the second time and will meet you, Sun Ra, half way to the sky.

We will march to your planet Saturn with the exploding power of the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble joined by their father, Kelan Philip Cohran, one of your trusted trumpet player.

From Turkey, Konstruk, an affirmed reality of free jazz, will offer a show focused on your favourite discipline: the orchestral improvisation, featuring a special guest, yours Marshall Allen.

From Turkey to France, with saxophonist Thomas Pourquery’ Supersonic exploring the prolific production of Ra’s hymns and songs. From Germany an ensembled Heliocentric Counterblast will strike a tribute to Sun Ra, the latest musical effort.

On the last day of ceremony, your great Sun Ra Arkestra will land to Sant’Anna Arresi under the direction of Marshall Allen to arouse the people of the Earth before fading into the endless Abyss of the Universe.

A 3-day conference will discuss Sun Ra’s music legacy and perspectives. Two art exhibition will show Sun Ra graphic genius and his journey to the sardinian planet of Sound Stones, back in 1981 and 1989.

TILT Brass Five Premieres at Roulette Reviewed


As typecasting goes, brass instruments have been assigned some of the juicier roles in music. But a new generation of players and composers is redefining the repertory and experimenting with different modes of expression. TILT Brass, an ensemble founded by the trombonist and composer Chris McIntyre, has been a force in this movement, dedicating itself to commissioning and performing new music for brass. On Thursday it celebrated its 10th anniversary at Roulette in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, with a concert that included five world premieres.

Chuck Nessa Interview

Delmark Records
Delmark Records (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From Delmark:

It was in college that Chuck was first exposed to Down Beat Magazine and the blues. Local folklorist Harry Oster would bring in blues acts like Big Joe Willams to perfom and the University music department had a record collection with two hundred or so jazz records. When in Chicago Nessa would often go out to see blues acts with Bob Koester on Chicago’s south and west sides. It was Chuck who, after moving to Chicago in 1966 to manage the Jazz Record Mart, was responsible for bringing the AACM into recorded history. As a member of a group of jazz fans and JRM regulars including Terry Martin, John Litweiler and Jerry Figi, Chuck Nessa convinced Jazz Record Mart and Delmark Records owner Koester to record members of the AACM, then still a fledgling free jazz organization.

Monsieur Délire Reviews

From Monsieur Délire:

ARTISTES VARIÉS-VARIOUS ARTISTS / 70 Years of Sunshine (Monotype Records)
STEPHAN MATHIEU / The Falling Rocket (Dekorder)
CURTIS HASSELBRING / Number Stations (Cuneiform Records)
JEAN-LUC FAFCHAMPS / YZ3Z2Z1S2, a Five-Letter Sufi Word (Sub Rosa)
CHRIS ABRAHAMS & MAGDA MAYAS / Gardener (Relative Pitch Records)
BOOK OF THREE / Continuum (Relative Pitch Records)