Chicago Scene: September 6-20, 2014

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.

Saturday, September 6th 2014

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

Sunday, September 7th 2014

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($10)
Travis Laplante’s Battle Trance : Travis Laplante, Patrick Breiner, Matthew Nelson, Jeremy Viner
Doug Perkins with special guests Lisa Kaplan, Nick Photinos

Monday, September 8th 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

Wednesday, September 10th 2014

9:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western (Free)
Nick Mazzarella, Cameron Pfiffner, Joshua Abrams, Mike Reed
Sound Of The City Workshop — visit for details

10:00PM at the Hideout, 1354 W Wabansia, 773.227.4433 ($8)
Josh Berman, Kent Kessler
Whirlpool : Caroline Davis, Jeff Swanson, Charles Rumback

Friday, September 12th 2014

7:30PM at the Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E Chicago, 312.280.2660 (wheelchair-accessible)
Heart and Breath
eighth blackbird

7:30PM at Transistor, 3441 N Broadway, 312.631.9408 (Donation)
Led Astray
Reid Karris

9:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($12)
Steve Dawson’s Funeral Bonsai Wedding : Steve Dawson, Jason Adasiewicz, Frank Rosaly, Jason Roebke
Rock Falls

Saturday, September 13th 2014

9:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($12)
Thumbscrew : Mary Halvorson, Michael Formanek, Tomas Fujiwara

Sunday, September 14th 2014

10:00PM at the Hungry Brain, 2319 W Belmont, 773.709.1401 ($7) (wheelchair-accessible)
Mars Williams, Tim Daisy

Monday, September 15th 2014

7:00PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western (Free)
Jason Adasiewicz, Adriana Durant, Lou Mallozzi
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, September 16th 2014

9:00PM at Sugar Maple, 441 E Lincoln Ave, Milwaukee WI, 414.481.2393
Gordon Grdina, Kenton Loewen

Wednesday, September 17th 2014

9:00PM at Sugar Maple, 441 E Lincoln Ave, Milwaukee WI, 414.481.2393
Robin Verheyen’s NY Quartet , with Russ Johnson, Drew Gress, Jeff Davis

9:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western (Free)
Jason Adasiewicz, Jason Roebke, Jason Stein
Sound Of The City Workshop

10:00PM at the Hideout, 1354 W Wabansia, 773.227.4433 ($12)
Survival Unit III : Joe McPhee, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Michael Zerang

Thursday, September 18th 2014

9:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($10)
Robin Verheyen NY Quartet, with Russ Johnson, Drew Gress, Jeff Davis

Friday, September 19th 2014

8:00PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western (Free)
Boban & Marko Markovic Orchestra

Saturday, September 20th 2014

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($10)
Chicago Wandelweiser Festival :
Robert Reinhart, Nora Barton, Nomi Epstein, Matthew Oliphant, Kenn Kumpf, Jeff Kimmel, Eliza Bangert, Billie Howard, Alex Temple

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

AMN Reviews: Anglagard – Prog på Svenska – Live in Japan (2014)

anglagard-prog_pa_svenskaProgressive rock juggernaut Anglagard reformed to acclaim in 2012, releasing the quite excellent Viljans Öga (AMN review here). They are back again with this 2CD live album featuring tracks from their fractured 20-year history. Recorded in Japan in mid-March of last year, the group consisted of only five members rather than the usual six. While my initial concern was that this one-guitar lineup would be unable to reproduce the nuanced layers than make up the Anglagard guitar-guitar-flute-keyboard-bass-drums sound, they manage to meticulously cover material from all three of their studio albums. In some places, guitar replaces keyboards or sax replaces guitar, but the renditions here rarely diverge from the originals.

The album begins with the only new piece, the seven-minute, atmospheric Introvertus Fugu. Following that is Hostejd from their second album, Epilog. While Hostejd was never one of my favorites due to it being stiffly composed, the group pulls off a compelling and workmanlike rendition. The last two tracks are Langtans Klocka from Viljans Öga, and the powerful Jordrok from their debut Hybris, both stellar examples of symphonic progressive rock.

The second disc features only three tracks. It begins with the majestic Sorgmantel, probably Anglagard’s most involved track to date, and finishes with Kung Bore and Sista Somrar, the former the only track on this set with vocals.  Handling vocal chores are original member Tord Lindman, as well as Linus Kase.  While vocals were never Anglagard’s strong suit (as they were never featured after Hybris) , they are carried out quite well here.  As for Sista Somrar, this rendition contains an atmosphere that evokes the change to darkness that the track represents.

As noted above, the material on Prog på Svenska is an accurate reproduction of the music on Anglagard’s studio releases. Unlike types of rock and jazz that involve improvisation, this live recording does not offer much in the way of a new reading on the Anglagard oeuvre. However, it is still a winner for fans of the band, especially since the group’s recorded output is rather minimal.

Monsieur Délire Reviews

Sun Ra
Cover of Sun Ra

From Monsieur Délire:

PAUL BARAN / The Other (Fang Bomb)
LE GRAND FRISSON / On/off (Creative Sources)
WADADA LEO SMITH / The Great Lakes Suite (TUM Records)
AARDVARK JAZZ ORCHESTRA / Impressions (Leo Records)
SUN RA / Live in Ulm, 1992 (Leo Records)
ZEITKRATZER / Lou Reed: Metal Machine Music (Zeitkratzer)
URS PETER SCHNEIDER / Kompositionen 1960-2012 (Cubus)

AMN Picks of the Week: Chemical Clock / Anglagard / Ken Thomson / Wadada Leo Smith / Neil Leonard

Jamie Saft
Cover of Jamie Saft

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.

Chemical Clock – Bad Habitat (2014)
Anglagard – Prog på Svenska – Live in Japan (2014)
Ken Thomson / Slow Fast – Settle (2014)
Wadada Leo Smith / Jamie Saft / Joe Morris / Balazs Pandi – Red Hill (2014)
Neil Leonard – For Kounellis (2014)

Coming to the Vortex Jazz Club

Trevor Watts
Cover of Trevor Watts

From London’s Vortex:

Henry Lowther
SAT 6 SEPTEMBER • 20.00 • £13
A night of the finest music from those who were at the vanguard of the 1960s London jazz scene, including several of the first players of free jazz. With Dave Green (bass), Paul Clarvis (drums), Peter Hurt (sax), and Barry Green (piano).

SUN 7 SEPTEMBER • 20.00 • £8 / £10 • MD
Deemer is an installation/performance based electro-acoustic ‘twomanned’ orchestra, whose aural narratives are created within fluid frameworks that map a trajectory in time, but leave the sonic textures and compositions entirely free. Corey Mwamba creates music using vibraphone, dulcimer, and electronics. His music contains elements of jazz, folk and electronica.

THURS 11 SEPTEMBER • 20.00 • £10 • MD
The result of what was meant to be a one-off performance in commemoration of the late Lol Coxhill, the music produced by this formidable group of improvisers proved so good it seemed natural to continue. Consisting of two legends of improvised music in Trevor Watts (saxes) and Terry Day (drums), and two younger veterans with their own international reputations with John Edwards (double bass) and Tony Bevan (saxes), it’s hard to describe the quartet as anything but a supergroup.