UnCaged Toy Piano Festival Reviewed

From NYTimes.com:

The spirits of John Cage and Charles M. Schulz’s Schroeder converged on the Lower East Side on Thursday night, when the UnCaged Toy Piano Festival got underway at Pianos, a cozy, noisy nightclub on Ludlow Street. Founded in 2007 by Phyllis Chen — a skillful pianist and composer, a budding impresario and a leading proponent of the toy piano as a vehicle for serious music — the festival opened with a performance by Margaret Leng Tan.

 

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Utech Records December Releases

Suzuki Junzo
Suzuki Junzo (Photo credit: massdistraction)

 

From Utech Records:

 

Sum of R “Lights on Water” CD/LP + Download

Lights on Water is the second Sum of R album on Utech Records after their self titled 2008 debut, and the first full-length as the duo of Reto Mäder (bass guitar, electronics, drums, piano, samples) and Julia Valentina Wolf (guitar) after the Ride Out The Waves EP released in 2012.

Suzuki Junzo “Portrait of Madeleine Elster” CD

Portrait of Madeleine Elster is the third solo album for Utech Records by Japanese psychedelic troubadour Suzuki Junzo. A 21st century drone/space electric-blues album in the style of Ode to a Blue Ghost and Eight-Sided Infinity. Crystaline guitar passages soaked in reverb and distorted sadness. Junzo is joined by Ikuro Takahashi of LSD March, Kousokuya and ex-drummer of Fushitsusha, High Rise.

 

Chicago Scene: December 14 – 28

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

December 14:

7:00PM-11:00PM at the Rhythm Room, 1715 Maple Ave, Evanston IL, 847.491.9723
Jimmy Bennington Colour And Sound Trio with Charles Kirchen, Dan Pierson

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($18)
Kranky 20th Anniversary
Tim Hecker
Pan American
Keith Fullerton Whitman
Ken Camden

December 15:

10:00PM at the Hideout, 1354 W Wabansia, 773.227.4433
Avreeayl Ra, Jason Roebke, Jim Baker

December 16:

7:00PM at Harris Theater, 205 E Randolph, 312.334.7777 ($25)
MusicNOW : Carbide & Carbon
Musicians from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra — music by Andy Akiho, David Lang, Edgar Guzmán, Mason Bates

7:30PM at Myopic Books, 1564 N Milwaukee, 773.862.4882 (Free)
Albert Wildeman, Jason Roebke

8:00PM at Martyrs’, 3855 N Lincoln, 773.404.9494 ($20-$15) (wheelchair-accessible)
Mingus Awareness Project

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 17:

10:00PM at the Hideout, 1354 W Wabansia, 773.227.4433 ($15)
The Immediate Sound Series presents Two Nights with the DKV Trio
Hamid Drake, Kent Kessler, Ken Vandermark

December 18:

10:00PM at the Hideout, 1354 W Wabansia, 773.227.4433 ($15)
The Immediate Sound Series presents Two Nights with the DKV Trio
Hamid Drake, Kent Kessler, Ken Vandermark

December 19:

7:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($8)
Mixed Blessing, Indiana-ina spada a dus talioms
ensembleTZARA : Samuel Stoll, Moritz Müllenbach, Simone Keller, with guest artist Shanna Gutierrez — music by Robert Ashley, David Sontòn, Timothy McCormack, Mathias Steinauer

9:00PM at Elastic, 2830 N Milwaukee, 2nd Fl, 773.772.3616
Russ Johnson/Dave Rempis Group

9:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($10)
The Music of Albert Ayler and Songs of Xmas
Witches & Devils : Mars Williams, Josh Berman, Jim Baker, Harrison Bankhead, Brian Sandstrom, Kent Kessler, Steve Hunt

December 21:

6:00AM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($22)
23rd Annual Winter Solstice Concerts
Hamid Drake, Michael Zerang

December 22:

6:00AM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($22)
23rd Annual Winter Solstice Concerts
Hamid Drake, Michael Zerang

10:00PM at the Hungry Brain, 2319 W Belmont, 773.709.1401 (wheelchair-accessible)
Jason Stein Quartet with Keefe Jackson, Joshua Abrams, Frank Rosaly

December 23:

6:00AM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($22)
23rd Annual Winter Solstice Concerts
Hamid Drake, Michael Zerang

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

Now Is
The Ratchet Series
Umbrella Music
MCA Chicago
Chicago Events
The Skylark
The Hideout
The Elastic
Myopic Books
Lampo
Dal Niente
ICE Chicago
The Empty Bottle
Constellation

Monsieur Délire Reviews

From Monsieur Délire:

ANTHONY BRAXTON & TAYLOR HO BYNUM / Duo (Amherst) 2010 (New Braxton House)
SUSANNA HOOD & SCOTT THOMSON / The Muted Note (&records)
THE NECKS / Open (ReR Megacorp)
F.S. BLUMM / Up Up and Astray (Pingipung)
GELBART / Vermin (Gagarin – merci à/thanks to Dense Promotion)
DAT POLITICS / Powermoon (Tigerbeat6)
MAD/MOD / Neurinomes (Arachnidiscs)