Chicago Scene: May 24 – June 7

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

Saturday, May 24th 2014

8:00PM at Experimental Sound Studio, 5925 N Ravenswood, 773.769.1069 ($10-$8)
Fonema Consort — music by Pablo Santiago Chin, Mauricio Pauly, Alejandro Cardona

Sunday, May 25th 2014

4:00PM at Lakeside Inn, 15251 Lakeshore Rd, Lakeside MI ($20)
Douglas R Ewart’s Quasar, with Mankwe Ndosi, Nicole Noland, Darius Savage, Preyas Roy

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($20-$10)
Proximity : Raphaël Cendo
Ensemble Dal Niente

10:00PM at the Hungry Brain, 2319 W Belmont, 773.709.1401 ($7) (wheelchair-accessible)
Fred Lonberg-Holm, Nick Mazzarella, Anton Hatwich, Avreeayl Ra

Monday, May 26th 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, May 27th 2014

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

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

10:00PM at the Hideout, 1354 W Wabansia, 773.227.4433 ($15)
DKV Trio : Ken Vandermark, Kent Kessler, Hamid Drake

Thursday, May 29th 2014

6:30PM at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park, 201 E Randolph (Free) (wheelchair-accessible)
Loops and Variations
Hauschka with Q Ensemble

9:00PM at Elastic, 2830 N Milwaukee, 2nd Fl, 773.772.3616
Jason Stein, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Scott Clark
Nick Broste Quartet with Ben Boye, Anton Hatwich, John Niekrasz

9:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($10)
Nat Baldwin
Pillars and Tongues

Friday, May 30th 2014

8:00PM at the Symphony Center, 220 S Michigan, 312.294.3000 ($75-$24)
Looks of a Lot
Theaster Gates with Jason Moran and the Bandwagon : Jason Moran, Tarus Mateen, Nasheet Waits, Ken Vandermark, Katie Ernst, Kenwood Academy Jazz Band

9:00PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($10)
Mike Reed Turns 40
People, Places and Things : Mike Reed, Greg Ward, Tim Haldeman, Jason Roebke, with surprise guests
DJs Damon Locks, Wayne Montana

Saturday, May 31st 2014

7:00PM at the Rhythm Room, 1715 Maple Ave, Evanston IL, 847.491.9723
Jimmy Bennington, Matt Gold, Aaron Zachary

9:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($8)
Dave Rempis, Joshua Abrams, Avreeayl Ra

Sunday, June 1st 2014

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($10)
No Exit
Chicago Q Ensemble : Ellen McSweeney, Aimee Biasiello, Sara Sitzer

10:00PM at the Hungry Brain, 2319 W Belmont, 773.709.1401 ($7) (wheelchair-accessible)
Dave Rempis, Jason Roebke, Scott Clark
Josh Berman, Keefe Jackson, Jason Roebke, Scott Clark

Wednesday, June 4th 2014

9:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($12)
The Dave King Trucking Company : Chris Speed, Brandon Wozniak, Erik Fratzke, Adam Linz, Dave King

10:00PM at the Hideout, 1354 W Wabansia, 773.227.4433 ($10)
NRG Ensemble : Mars Williams, Ken Vandermark, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Kent Kessler, Brian Sandstrom, Steve Hunt

Thursday, June 5th 2014

6:30PM at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park, 201 E Randolph (Free) (wheelchair-accessible)
Loops and Variations
Arca, Jesse Kanda
Civitas Ensemble

7:30PM at the Berger Park Cultural Center, 6205 N Sheridan, 773.761.0376
Sand and Stone
Fonema Consort — music by Juan Campoverde, Aaron Cassidy, Ryan Krause, Kaija Saariaho, Giacinto Scelsi

Friday, June 6th 2014

9:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($20-$15)
Peter Brötzmann, Hamid Drake, William Parker

Saturday, June 7th 2014

7:00PM at the Rhythm Room, 1715 Maple Ave, Evanston IL, 847.491.9723
Jimmy Bennington, Spencer Brown

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

Monsieur Délire Reviews

English: Sun Ra at New England Conservatory, F...
 Sun Ra

From Monsieur Délire:

AZURE CARTER & ALAN SONDHEIM / Avatar Woman (Public Eyesore)
MUSIC FOR HARD TIMES / City of Cardboard (Public Eyesore)
AUDIO ONE / An International Report (Audiographic Records)
ROUGH FIELDS / High Time (Bomb Shop – merci à/thanks to Dense Promotion)
THE YOUNG MOTHERS / A Mother’s Work is Never Done (Tektite Records)
STICK AGAINST STONE / The Oregon Bootleg Tapes – Live (MediaGroove)
DONNA REGINA / Holding the Mirror for Sophia Loren (Karaoke Kalk)
FRANÇOIS TUSQUES, ALEXANDRA GRIMAL & SYLVAIN GUÉRINEAU / La jungle du douanier Rousseau (Improvising Beings)
EMANUELE DE RAYMONDI / Ultimo Domicilio (Zerokilled)

Newsbits: Ideal Bread / Sun Ra Centenary and Releases / With Hidden Noise

Jazz Right Now reviews the new release from Josh Sinton’s Ideal Bread.

In time for his 100th birthday, a load of Sun Ra albums have been released on iTunes.

In other Sun Ra news, an article in the New Yorker celebrates his centenary.

Wave Hill in New York City is featuring With Hidden Noise, an installation that invites visitors to become absorbed in the act of listening. It is curated by sound and media artist Stephen Vitiello and organized by Independent Curators International (ICI).

AMN Reviews: Karl MV Waugh – 5 Alarm Systems / Songs About Choir Boys (Emblems of Cosmic Disorder)

Emblems of Cosmic Disorder is a new, little and very DIY label “and/or private press dealing in weirdo sound, experimental noise, drone, improv, sound art, modern poetry and other (un)related things”. At the helm of this Brighton start-up stands Karl MV Waugh, whose sonic work we have encountered previously in these pages.

Its first three releases range all across the above mission statement, in particular Waugh´s own 5 Alarm Systems / Songs About Choir Boys, a complementary set of five “hard prosody” poems and a twenty-one minute sound collage disc that judders from domestic bliss to distressed Subcontinentalia, all stuffed into a standard, single pocket wallet folder.

The poetry – “vindicated on plain old english soil, ha ha” – is angry and funny, really enjoyable, but to be frank, this weirdo sound and improv lies outside the present reviewer´s comfort zone. However, Emblems of Cosmic Disorder is obviously a source that should attract the attention of true friends of (un)related things.

Stephen Fruitman

Roulette Offers a Glimpse at the Now and Future of Opera

Anthony Braxton
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From I Care If You Listen:

From April 17 through April 22, 2014, Brooklyn’s progressive new music venue Roulette presented three very different world premieres. The unifying thread that bound these three contrasting productions together was the theme of opera, though the various forms that concept assumed made for quite a compelling collage of possibilities. Beginning on the 17th, avant-garde music legend Anthony Braxton took the helm as conductor, offering his latest project, a four act metaphysical masterpiece entitled Trillium J, which was spread over two nights and added up to about four hours of spiritually penetrating, mantric comedy, at once profound and absurd. A few days later, American Opera Projects and the American Modern Ensemble teamed up to present two, short works including The Wanton Sublime an intimate monodrama exploring the human and mythic aspects of the Virgin Mary by British composer Tarik O’Regan and a science-fiction parody called The Companion by American Modern Ensemble founder Robert Paterson.

David Grubbs: Records Make the Landscape

David Grubbs performing as part of EMP Pop Con...
David Grubbs

From the Bleader:

A couple of months ago I interviewed former Chicagoan David Grubbs about his excellent book Records Ruin the Landscape: John Cage, the Sixties, and Sound Recording (Duke University Press), a highly readable and illuminating examination of the role sound recordings play in the dissemination of experimental music. In the book he writes about how important recordings have been an educational and aesthetic tool, a medium that brought him into contact not only with work made decades before he was born, but also music that was rarely if ever performed in Louisville, Kentucky, where he grew up.

St. Paul’s Liquid Music Series 2014-15 Season

From The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra:

Glenn Kotche Square CopyComposer/percussionist Glenn Kotche (Wilco) joins Chicago-based Third Coast Percussion for Kotche’s Wild Sound, an expansive piece written for the group that sees the onstage construction and destruction of custom-designed instruments. With music by Steve Reich and Glenn Kotche. Wild Sound is commissioned by the University of Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center and the SPCO’s Liquid Music series.
Sun, Oct 5, 2014 at 7:00pm | Mon, Oct 6, 2014 at 7:30pm
The Music Room at SCPO Center

Dawn Of Midi Black And WhiteBerlin-based keyboardist Nils Frahm and instrumental trio Dawn of Midi each perform their intricately rhythmic music, sharing an evening that explores the interplay between extremes of sonic simplicity and complexity.
Sat, Nov 15, 2014 at 7:00pm
Amsterdam Bar & Hall

Julia Holter CopyAvant-pop composer/performer Julia Holter joins Chicago’s Spektral Quartet to add her haunting and ephemeral voice to Behind the Wallpaper, the quartet’s latest commission from composer Alex Temple. With new arrangements of Holter’s own music and a taste of Spektral Quartet’s signature “sampler pack.”
Mon, Feb 23, 2015 at 7:30pm
Amsterdam Bar & Hall

HELADO NEGRO: Island Universe Story
Helado Negro CopyCombining Latin rhythms, electronic beats and classical influences, Helado Negro expands his sound and vision in this exclusive engagement featuring a cadre of all-star collaborators including Adron, Mikael Jorgenson (Wilco), Jan St. Werner (Mouse on Mars), Jason Trammell (David Byrne, William Onyeabor) and more to be announced. With new arrangements by composers Trey Pollard (Matthew E White Band) and Jason Ajemian (Marc Ribot) for double string quartet, percussion and electronics.
Sat, Mar 21, 2015 at 8:00pm
Ordway Concert Hall

Bryce Dessner CopyCollaborators new and familiar (including Arcade Fire’s Richard Reed Parry, Pulitzer Prize winner Caroline Shaw, and The National’s Ben Lanz) will be present as composer/guitarist Bryce Dessner (The National) draws friends from both the pop and classical worlds to perform his music and theirs, bookended by two significant works by Dessner: Music for Wood and Strings for SŌ Percussion and Lachrimae for chamber orchestra featuring the Minneapolis Music Company and musicians of the SPCO
The Walker’s William and Nadine McGuire Theater

Glasser CopyComposer/electric guitarist Noveller, synthpop chanteuse Glasser, and new classical chamber ensemble Victoire join forces for an evening that explores the sonic intersections of woman and machine, manipulation and composition.
Sat, May 9, 2015 at 8:00pm
The Walker’s William and Nadine McGuire Theater

WYE OAK AND BRIGHT WAVE: Spiritual America
Bright Wave Dancer Version William Brittelle’s Spiritual America, created for indie rock duo Wye Oak and electro-acoustic chamber ensemble BRIGHT WAVE, is the concert centerpiece of a program that also includes selections of each group’s own work with backing support from the other.
Thurs, Jun 11, 2015 at 7:30pm
Amsterdam Bar & Hall