Chicago Scene: February 15 – March 1

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

Saturday, February 15th 2014

8:00PM at the Logan Center Performance Hall, 915 E 60th, 773.702.ARTS (Free)
Envisioning China Festival
New Music Ensemble, Third Coast Percussion, Amy Briggs, Daniel Schlosberg

Sunday, February 16th 2014

9:30PM at The Whistler, 2421 N Milwaukee (Free) (wheelchair-accessible)
Goran Ivanovic Trio with Matt Ulery, Pete Tashjian

10:00PM at the Hungry Brain, 2319 W Belmont, 773.709.1401 ($7) (wheelchair-accessible)
Peter Maunu, Albert Wildeman, Steve Hunt
Peter Maunu, Albert Wildeman, Steve Hunt, Keefe Jackson

Monday, February 17th 2014

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

Tuesday, February 18th 2014

9:00PM at Elastic, 2830 N Milwaukee, 2nd Fl, 773.772.3616
Chicago Reed Quartet : Nick Mazzarella, Dave Rempis, Ken Vandermark, Mars Williams

Wednesday, February 19th 2014

9:00PM-11:00PM at the Bedford, 1612 W Division, 773.235.8800 (Free)
Spontaneous Composition Series
Makaya McCraven, Marquis Hill, Matt Ulery, Stu Mindeman

10:00PM at the Hideout, 1354 W Wabansia, 773.227.4433
Fred Lonberg-Holm, Dave Rempis, Paul Giallorenzo, Marc Riordan

11:00PM-1:30AM at Honky Tonk BBQ, 1213 W 18th, 312.907.7895
Keefe Jackson, Jason Roebke, Mikel Avery

Thursday, February 20th 2014

9:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($10)
Caffeine : Ken Vandermark, Jim Baker, Steve Hunt

Friday, February 21st 2014

9:00PM at Sugar Maple, 441 E Lincoln Ave, Milwaukee WI, 414.481.2393
Caffeine : Ken Vandermark, Jim Baker, Steve Hunt

Saturday, February 22nd 2014

7:00PM at the Rhythm Room, 1715 Maple Ave, Evanston IL, 847.491.9723
Colour and Sound Trio : Jimmy Bennington, Mike Harmon, Jeff Swanson

9:00PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western
Allos Musica Ensemble : James Falzone, Ronnie Malley, Jeremiah McLane, Tim Mulvenna

Sunday, February 23rd 2014

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($10)
Amanda DeBoer Bartlett with Mabel Kwan — music by Carola Bauckholt, Jessie Marino, Georges Aperghis

9:00PM at the Redline Tap, 7000 N Glenwood, 773.465.8005 ($5) (wheelchair-accessible)
Jimmy Bennington Colour and Sound, with Fred Jackson, Jerome Croswell, Brian Sandstrom

9:00PM at The Whistler, 2421 N Milwaukee (Free) (wheelchair-accessible)
Loris : James Davis, Tim Stine, Jeff Greene, Frank Rosaly

10:00PM at the Hungry Brain, 2319 W Belmont, 773.709.1401 ($10) (wheelchair-accessible)
Ken Vandermark Solo
Dave Rempis, Tim Daisy — Record Release

Monday, February 24th 2014

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

Tuesday, February 25th 2014

9:00PM at Elastic, 2830 N Milwaukee, 2nd Fl, 773.772.3616
Chicago Reed Quartet : Nick Mazzarella, Dave Rempis, Ken Vandermark, Mars Williams

9:30PM at The Whistler, 2421 N Milwaukee (wheelchair-accessible)
Jim Baker, Jason Roebke, Avreeayl Ra

Wednesday, February 26th 2014

8:00PM at Beat Kitchen, 2100 W Belmont, 773.281.4444 (wheelchair-accessible)
CPA+ : Christopher Preissing, Peter Maunu, Albert Wildeman, with Tim Daisy

9:00PM-11:00PM at the Bedford, 1612 W Division, 773.235.8800 (Free)
Spontaneous Composition Series
Makaya McCraven, Marquis Hill, Matt Ulery, Stu Mindeman

11:00PM-1:30AM at Honky Tonk BBQ, 1213 W 18th, 312.907.7895
Nick Mazzarella Trio with Anton Hatwich, Frank Rosaly

Thursday, February 27th 2014

9:00PM at Elastic, 2830 N Milwaukee, 2nd Fl, 773.772.3616 ($8)
Katherine Young, Carol Genetti, Matt Ingalls, Kathryn Schulmeister, Aaron Zarzutzki

Friday, February 28th 2014

7:00PM at Jennifer Norback Fine Art, 217 W Huron, Lower Level
Ernest Dawkins — concert accompanying the closing reception for The Negro Clocks

Saturday, March 1st 2014

7:00PM at the Rhythm Room, 1715 Maple Ave, Evanston IL, 847.491.9723
Colour and Sound Trio : Jimmy Bennington, Mike Harmon, Jeff Swanson

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

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Monsieur Délire Reviews

From Monsieur Délire:

Lou Harrison
Cover of Lou Harrison

ANNE CHOQUET / Foehn (Petit label)
JULIEN DESPREZ / Acapulco (Coax Records)
SPINIFEX / Hipsters Gone Ballistic (TryTone – merci à Toondist)
DEERHOOF & MARC RIBOT’S CERAMIC DOG / Split 7 (Northern Spy)
DAN THOUIN / Oscilloscope (La Tribu)
DOCTOR NERVE / Did Sprinting Die? (Cuneiform)
ARTISTES VARIÉS-VARIOUS ARTISTS/ Cocktail Mol6t8v: La bande son de la révolte (Le son du maquis)
FELIX KUBIN MIT MITCH & MITCH / Bakterien & Batterien (Lado ABC – merci à/thanks to Dense Promotion)
THEE SILVER MT. ZION MEMORIAL ORCHESTRA / Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light On Everything (Constellation)
JOHN LUTHER ADAMS / For Lou Harrison (New World Records)
ANDREA HERMENAU QUARTET / Die Nachtpracht (Unit Records)
KNYST! / Knyst! (Gaffer Records)
BOLIDE / Soaks (Gaffer Records)
MATANA ROBERTS / Coin Coin Chapter Two: Mississippi Moonchile (Constellation)

Cuneiform on the Challenges of Running a Record Label

From D.C. Music Download:

Cuneiform Records was founded by Steve Feigenbaum in 1984 as the next logical step from a mail-order music distribution company called Wayside Music. The label specializes in ambient and avant-garde music, and has worked with hundreds of artists from around the world, including the beloved Washington, D.C. duo Janel and Anthony. Though Cuneiform has grown to include a small staff of promoters—including Feigenbaum’s wife—the label still faces a very serious set of challenges, notably the constant threat of music piracy.

 

New York’s Stone: In the Church of Difficult Music

From NYTimes.com:

This is the Stone, which some regard as the purest musical space in New York. It is a landmark site for avant-garde and experimental music, and it is as sparse as a single note played repeatedly on a piano. But the sounds that leak from its shuttered windows are the opposite of such austerity. Rather, they are as varied and unpredictable as a spiraling Ornette Coleman solo.