Chicago Scene: September 7 – 21

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.

September 7:

9:00PM at Studio 914, 914 N California (Donation)
Turn-A-Kit #5
Nick Tallidis, Eli Namay, Matt Roberts
Stumble: Fred Lonberg-Holm, Michael Zerang, Brent Gutzeit

September 8:

3:00PM at Studio 914, 914 N California (Donation)
Nicole Mitchell, Coco Elysses, Tomeka Reid, Rashida Black, Buddy Fambro, Joshua Abrams, Jovia Armstrong

7:30PM at Merit School of Music, 38 S Peoria
Contact | Absence
Ensemble Dal Niente — music by Hans Thomalla, Karlheinz Stockhausen

September 9:

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

September 10:

5:30PM at the Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E Chicago, 312.280.2660 (wheelchair-accessible)
Tuesdays on the Terrace
David Boykin

September 11:

10:00PM at the Hideout, 1354 W Wabansia, 773.227.4433 ($8)
Ken Vandermark Solo
Fred Lonberg-Holm Solo
Ken Vandermark, Fred Lonberg-Holm

September 12:

9:00PM at Elastic, 2830 N Milwaukee, 2nd Fl, 773.772.3616
Keefe Jackson, Jim Baker, Albert Wildeman, John Niekrasz
Whirlpool : Caroline Davis, Jeff Stanton, Charles Rumback

9:00PM at Sugar Maple, 441 E Lincoln Ave, Milwaukee WI, 414.481.2393
Fred Lonberg-Holm, Ken Vandermark

September 13:

10:00AM at Claudia Cassidy Theater, 78 E Washington, 312.744.6630 (Free)
Whirlpool : Caroline Davis, Jeff Swanson, Charles Rumback

September 14:

11:00AM at Austin Town Hall, 5610 W Lake, 773.287.7658 (Free)
Whirlpool : Caroline Davis, Jeff Swanson, Charles Rumback

9:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($10)
Lina Allemano Four, with Brodie West, Andrew Downing, Nick Fraser
Tone Step : Will Miller, Lane Beckstrom, Matt Carroll

September 15:

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($10)
Untitled piece by Matthew Lux : Jeff Greene, Dan Thatcher, Khari Lemuel, John Sutton, Liz Payne, Becca Wilcox, Jim Becker, Renée Baker, Doug McCombs, Ben Boye
Fred Lonberg-Holm presents Variable Variations, Volumes One and Two : James Falzone, Jeff Kimmel, Liliana Wosko, Anton Hatwich, Ben Boye

9:00PM at the Redline Tap, 7000 N Glenwood, 773.465.8005 (wheelchair-accessible)
Jimmy Bennington Colour and Sound, with Fred Jackson, Jerome Croswell, Brian Sandstrom

September 16:

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

September 20:

7:00PM in Hamilton Park, 513 W 72nd
Live the Spirit Big Band — works by Ernest Dawkins, Peter Edwards

9:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($15-$10)
Elliott Sharp

September 21:

12:00PM-7:00PM in Hamilton Park, 513 W 72nd
Taylor Moore Trio with special guest vocalist Margret Murphy-Webb
Live the Spirit Residency Ensemble
Great Black Music Ensemble
Kelan Phil Cohran, Art Hoyle
Henry Johnson Trio
Ernest Dawkins’ New Horizons Ensemble with special guest Billy Harper

1:00PM in Fred Anderson Park, 1611 S Wabash (Free)
Ari Brown Trio
Singers from True Rock Ministries

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

Monsieur Délire Reviews

English: Japanese avant-garde jazz pianist and...

From Monsieur Délire:

MACHINEFABRIEK / Stroomtoon II (Herbal International)
SENKING / Capsize Recovery (Raster-Noton)
DAMIR OUT LOUD / Graduation Day (Unit Records)
JEFF PLATZ, KIT DEMOS, FABIO DELVO & JOHN MCLELLAN / Differential Equations (Skycap Records)
SATOKO FUJII / Gen Himmel (Libra Records)
NATSUKI TAMURA / Dragon Nat (Libra Records)
DAVID MEIER’S HUNTER-GATHERER / Hunter-Gatherer (Wide Ear Records)
BILLY BANG / Da Bang! (TUM Records)
GASTÓN ARÉVALO / Rollin Ballads (Oktaf)
AISHA BURNS / Life in the Midwater (Western Vinyl)
ARVE HENRIKSEN / Places of Worship (Rune Grammofon)
KLIMPEREI / IWM (5): De quelques directions (In Poly Sons)
ADRIAN CORKER / Raise (Village Green)
P.O.P. / Täbriz (Monotype)

Chicago Reedist and Composer Keefe Jackson Steps up His Game

From the Bleader:

The talent of Chicago’s Keefe Jackson as an improvising reedist has long been beyond reproach. His work as sideman in groups led by Jason Stein, Pandelis Karayorgis, and Josh Berman, to say nothing of his key participation in the collective Fast Citizens has been astonishing—a consistent source of elegantly constructed, logically flowing improvisations that move easily between postbop and free jazz.

Resonant Bodies Festival Reviewed


The Resonant Bodies Festival opened its inaugural three-day celebration of contemporary vocal music on Thursday evening at ShapeShifter Lab in Park Slope, Brooklyn. The most dramatic and seductive demonstration of this was the performance by Ariadne Greif, who possesses a luminous, expressive voice and an uncanny ability to imitate bird song. In George Crumb’s deeply affecting “Apparition,” bird calls and other wordless vocalizations link a song cycle on the subject of living and dying. The final performance of the evening was given over to a mesmerizing rendition of Morton Feldman’s “Three Voices” for voice and tape by the preternaturally focused Canadian soprano Charlotte Mundy, with meticulously balanced electronics by Elliot Cole.

Steve Dalachinsky and Charlemagne Palestine at Issue Project Reviewed

Steve Dalachinsky
Steve Dalachinsky (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Mr. Dalachinsky, reliably, was present. This time, though, he was a star attraction, starting a long evening that included sets by the saxophonist Joe McPhee and the pianist and performance artist Charlemagne Palestine. A mixed bag for sure, but Mr. Dalachinsky drew connections in his opening remarks. He and Mr. McPhee, fellow travelers in the ecstatic-jazz scene, knew each other well, he said, adding that he and Mr. Palestine were more recent acquaintances but had bonded quickly as fellow Brooklyn Jews and misfits.