Chicago Scene: November 23 – December 7

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

November 23:

11:00AM at the Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N Central Pk (Free)
Anton Hatwich, Kate Joyce — multimedia performance

8:00PM at Transistor, 3441 N Broadway, 312.631.9408
Jason Stein Solo
Jonah Parzen-Johnson Solo

9:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($10)
redrawblak : Brad Walker with Chicago guests
Steve Marquette Quintet with Jeff Albert, Brad Walker, Jesse Morrow, Marcello Benetti — Record release

November 24:

2:00PM at the Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E 60th, 773.702.ARTS ($35-$5)
Claroscuro
Anat Cohen, Jason Linder, Joe Martin, Daniel Freedman

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western
Chicago Q Ensemble

10:00PM at the Hungry Brain, 2319 W Belmont, 773.709.1401 (wheelchair-accessible)
Charles Rumback Quintet with Nick Mazzarella, Jason Stein, Jeff Parker, Clark Sommers

November 25:

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

10:00PM at Skylark, 2149 S Halsted, 312.948.5275 (wheelchair-accessible)
Marquis Hill Quartet with Nick Mazzarella, Joshua Abrams, Frank Rosaly

November 26:

10:00PM at Bar DeVille, 701 N Damen, 312.929.2349 (wheelchair-accessible)
Loris : Tim Stine, Frank Rosaly, James Davis, Jeff Greene

Deecmber 1:

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western
Dokuro
Guillermo Gregorio Ensemble, with Tom Curry, Daniel J Kempkers, Lilianna Wosko, Brian Labycz

10:00PM at the Hungry Brain, 2319 W Belmont, 773.709.1401 ($7) (wheelchair-accessible)
James Baker, Peter Maunu, Albert Wildeman, John Niekrasz
Pedway : Caroline Davis, Matthew Golombisky, Quin Kirchner — Record release

December 2:

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

December 4:

9:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western (Free)
Jeff Kimmel, Tim Stine, Anton Hatwich

December 5:

9:00PM at Multi Kulti, 1000 N Milwaukee, 4th Fl
Edward Wilkerson Jr, Jim Baker, Vincent Davis

9:00PM at Elastic, 2830 N Milwaukee, 2nd Fl, 773.772.3616
Anne La Berge, Katie Young, James Falzone, Brian Labycz, Jason Roebke

December 6:

7:30PM at the Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E 60th, 773.702.ARTS ($35-$5)
Gamak

Rudresh Mahanthappa Quartet with David Fiuczynski, François Moutin, Dan Weiss
7:30PM at Myopic Books, 1564 N Milwaukee, 773.862.4882
Keefe Jackson, Julian Kirchner

8:00PM at Experimental Sound Studio, 5925 N Ravenswood, 773.769.1069 ($10, or $30 series pass)
Oscillations Series
Bill MacKay, Matt Lux
Cinchel

9:00PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($10)
David Boykin, Alex Wing, with Dirty Sneakers Crew : Miss Sweet Feet, Bgurl Maya

December 7:

8:00PM at Graham Foundation (Madlener House), 4 W Burton Pl (Free, must RSVP)
Lampo Presents
Steve Hauschildt

9:00PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western
Paul Giallorenzo’s GitGO, with Mars Williams, Jeb Bishop, Anton Hatwich, Quin Kirchner
Keefe Jackson’s Likely So, with Jeff Kimmel, Jason Stein, Guillermo Gregorio, James Falzone, Dave Rempis, Mars Williams, Nick Mazzarella — Record release

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

http://now-is.org/
http://www.ratchetmusic.com
http://www.umbrellamusic.org
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/

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Monsieur Délire Reviews

Ipecac Recordings

From Monsieur Délire:

ARTISTES VARIÉS-VARIOUS ARTISTS / …and darkness came (Headphone Commute)
ULRICH TROYER / Songs for William 2 (4Bit )
EMPTYSET / Recur (Raster-Noton)
KROHN JESTRAM LIPPOK / Dear Mister Singing Club (Distillery)
GRAND GROUPE RÉGIONAL D’IMPROVISATION LIBÉRÉE (GGRIL) / Combines (Tour de bras)
KIV ORCHESTRA / Whole (Auris Media)
MELVINS / Tres Cabrones (Ipecac)
NEIL ROLNICK / Gardening at Gropius House (Innova)
HENRY VEGA / Stream Machines (ARTEksounds)
THE OPIUM CARTEL / Ardor (Termo Records)
I KNOW YOU WELL MISS CLARA / Chapter One (Moonjune)

AMN Reviews: Mary Halvorson – Illusionary Sea

English: Mary Halvorson with Anti-House at Clu...

Over the course of the last decade, few left-of-center guitarists have received the high acclaim that Mary Halvorson has garnered. From her work with Anthony Braxton’s ensembles to her contributions to a plethora of groups in the Brooklyn creative music scene, to her efforts of a leader, Halvorson has emerged as a singular voice. This, the first recording of her septet, raises the already high bar of what we’ve come to expect from her.

Accompanied by established co-conspirators John Hebert on bass and Ches Smith on drums, Illusionary Sea also includes the four-horn attack of Jonathan Finlayson, Jon Irabagon, Ingrid Laubrock, and Jacob Garchik. With this larger outfit, the album focuses on Halvorson’s compositional, as well as improvisational, skills.

For instance, the title track opens with the horn section weaving an angular melody, with Halvorson initially taking a background role. Throughout the album, she is comfortable with performing rhythmic duties, though busy ones, backing up the horn section. Nonetheless, she does let fly from time to time with her signature spiky, clean-toned style.

Each track provides unique insight into Halvorson and her group. On Smiles of Great Men, she provides powerful strumming reminiscent of a more pristine version of late 90’s Nels Cline. Butterfly Orbit, the second to last track, takes a more assertive approach, as if it were written for an avant-rock band.

Illusionary Sea is a high-water mark in a rapidly growing oeuvre, possibly Halvorson’s best release yet as a leader. And that’s saying a lot.

AMN Picks of the Week: David Dominique / Miriodor / Chicago Modern Orchestra Project / Andrew McKenna Lee / Northumbria / Withering of Light / Risset

Here is where I post, at a frequency of about once a week, a list of the new music that has caught my attention that week. All of the releases listed below I’ve heard for the first time this week and come recommended.

David Dominique – Ritual (2013)
Miriodor – Cobra Fakir (2013)
Chicago Modern Orchestra Project – Nappy Hair’s Best Friend (2013)
Andrew McKenna Lee – The Knells (2013)
Northumbria – All Days Begin as Night (2013)
Withering of Light – Through the Nightlands Unto the Gates of Dawn (EP) (2013)
Withering of Light – Procession Towards Oblivion (2013)
Jean-Claude Risset – Sud / Dialogues / Inharmonique / Mutations (1987)

December and January OutNow Music Nights in New York

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Joe Fonda mit der “Nu Band” im Club W71 in Weikersheim (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From OutNow Recordings:

The OutNow Music Nights, December 2013 – January 2014, program will take place at The Legion, 790r Aetropolitan Ave. Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY 11211

December 8th 2013

8:00 – ROY CAMPBELL TRIO

Roy CampbellRoy Campbell – trumpets
Ken Filiano – double bass
Ehran Elisha – drums

http://www.roycampbellmusic.com

9:30 – SWELL – KRETZMER – HEBERER – JOHNSON – TAYLOR

Steve Swell – trombone
Yoni Kretzmer – tenor sax
Thomas Heberer – trumpet & cornet
Max Johnson – double bass
Chad Taylor – drums

An OutNow Music Nights special! A debut concert for this quintet. three full sounding horns, meeting up with a prize rhythm section. The quintet will playing three original originals compositions, allowing for much group interplay and solo statements.

December 15th 2013

8:00 – ROB BROWN QUARTET

Rob Brown – alto saxophone
Kenny Warren – trumpet
Peter Bitenc – double bass
Juan Pablo Carletti – drum

http://www.robbrownmusic.com

9:30 – WUNDERBAR

Anna Webber – tenor sax
Josh Sinton – baritone sax & bass clarinet
Jonathan Goldberger – guitar
Devin Gray – drum

http://www.annakristinwebber.com

December 22nd 2013

8:00 – YONI KRETZMER 2BASS QUARTET

Sean Conly – double bass
Reuben Radding – double bass
Mike Pride – drums
Yoni Kretzmer – tenor sax

Derived straight from the classic Sax-Bass-drum trio, Kretzmer’s latest projects augments this standard setting with the addition of an extra double-bass, thus creating a different balance, sound, deepness and flavor yet still maintaining some of the esthetics and clarity that made the sax trio so popular in the first place. One might say this quartet’s sound is obvious yet unfamiliar simultaneously. Their second album will be released in early 2014.

9:30 – CARTER – ELISHA – FONDA

Daniel Carter – reeds
Joe Fonda – double bass
Ehran Elisha – drums

Daniel Carter and Ehran Elisha have played together for twenty years in several collaborative trios, quartets and quintets, mutually approaching every meeting as a special occasion. They are pleased to forge a new chapter in their musical bond with this joint performance with master bassist Joe Fonda.

http://joefonda.com/

January 5th 2014

8:00 – SAMUEL BLASER, MAX JOHNSON & JEFF DAVIS

Samuel Blaser – Trombone
Max Johnson – Bass
Jeff Davis – Drums

Swiss Trombonist Samuel Blaser teams up with the American rhythm section of Max Johnson & Jeff Davis for a night of improvisation, composition and general insanity. All band leaders on their own, these three fantastic improvisers will play a set of amazing music, mirth and mysticism. Plus, there may be a special guest or two…

http://www.maxjohnsonmusic.com

9:30 – SEAN CONLY & DARIUS JONES

Darius Jones – alto sax
Sean Conly – double bass

A one of a kind duo! Sean Conly and Darius Jones have both established themselves as key figures of the “downtown”/ avant-garde scene. Their artistry, individualism, musicianship and superior command of their instruments are sure to produce an evening to be remembered.

January 12th 2014

8:00 – DARIUS JONES GROUP

Darius Jones – alto sax
Band – tba

http://www.dariusjonesmusic.com/

9:30 – RED TRIANGLE

Chuck Bettis – electronics
Nonoko Yoshida – alto sax
James Ilgenfritz – double bass

http://jamesilgenfritz.com/

January 19th 2014

8:00 – JOHN HEBERT GROUP

John Hebert – double bass
band – tba

http://www.johnhebert.com/

9:30 – YONI KRETZMER – JASON AJEMIAN – MIKE PRIDE

Yoni Kretzmer – tenor sax
Jason Ajemian – double bass
Mike Pride – drums

Swifter, Slower, Higher, Lower, Stronger, Touchier… The trio reunites after three years for a night/set of “open” interplay, pushed to the limits.

http://www.yonikretzmer.com
http://mikepride.com/
http://jasonajemian.com/

January 26th 2014

8:00 – INGRID LAUBROCK – SAM PLUTA – NATE WOOLEY

Ingrid Laubrock – tenor & soprano sax
Sam Pluta – electronics
Nate Wooley – trumpet

Three masters on one stage. this evening will surely produce sparks, not to be missed!

http://www.ingridlaubrock.com/
http://natewooley.com/
http://www.sampluta.com/

9:30 – HERTENSTEIN – CONLY – NEUFELD

Todd Neufeld – guitar
Sean Conly – double bass
Joe Hertenstein – drums

The energy of the moment simultaneously releasing and absorbing, creating and breaking silence, snapshots of tension, full commitment to breath and phrase, and to the room, the space, and the people in it. Mystery is the purpose.