Chicago Scene: September 13-27, 2014

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

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)
3-On-3
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 : a.pe.ri.od.ic
Robert Reinhart, Nora Barton, Nomi Epstein, Matthew Oliphant, Kenn Kumpf, Jeff Kimmel, Eliza Bangert, Billie Howard, Alex Temple

Sunday, September 21st 2014

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($10)
Chicago Wandelweiser Festival
R Andrew Lee

Monday, September 22nd 2014

8:00PM at the Rockefeller Chapel, 5850 S Woodlawn, 773.702.2100
Chicago Wandelweiser Festival
Eva-Maria Houben

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 23rd 2014

9:30PM at The Whistler, 2421 N Milwaukee (wheelchair-accessible)
Jason Adasiewicz

Wednesday, September 24th 2014

9:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western (Free)
Le Rex
Sound Of The City Workshop

Friday, September 26th 2014

9:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($10)
Architeuthis Walks on Land : Katherine Young, Amy Cimini — Record Release
Kwaidan : Neil Jendon, Mike Weis, André Foisy

Saturday, September 27th 2014

1:30PM on the Jame W Wagner Stage, Midway Plaisance at Woodlawn Ave
2014 Hyde Park Jazz Festival
Ari Brown Quintet

3:30PM at the Oriental Institute Museum, 1155 E 58th St, 773.702.9514
2014 Hyde Park Jazz Festival
Joshua Abrams

4:00PM at the Logan Center Performance Penthouse, 915 E 60th, 773.702.ARTS
2014 Hyde Park Jazz Festival
Josh Berman Trio

4:30PM at the Oriental Institute Museum, 1155 E 58th St, 773.702.9514
2014 Hyde Park Jazz Festival
Joshua Abrams

5:15PM at the Logan Center Performance Hall, 915 E 60th, 773.702.ARTS
2014 Hyde Park Jazz Festival
Tomeka Reid’s Hear in Now

6:45PM at the International House, 1414 E 59th
2014 Hyde Park Jazz Festival
Nicole Mitchell’s Ice Crystals

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

9:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($12)
Sonic Remedies
Douglas R Ewart and Inventions : Mankwe Ndosi, Duriel Harris, Dee Alexander, Mwata Bowden, Edward Wilkerson, Dushun Mosley, Darius Savage, Douglas R Ewart, special guest Maggie Brown

9:30PM at the International House, 1414 E 59th
2014 Hyde Park Jazz Festival
Ernest Dawkins Quartet

11:00PM at the Rockefeller Chapel, 5850 S Woodlawn, 773.702.2100
2014 Hyde Park Jazz Festival
Craig Taborn

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/

Matana Roberts Reveals New Material for Coin Coin at 61 Local, Sep 11, 2014

From Jazz Right Now:

Alto saxophonist and storyteller Matana Roberts played the latest installment of Coin Coin last night at 61 Local. This one, a solo set, is intended as one of the bookends to an ambitious 12-part project that weaves together stories, history, and myths passed down in Roberts’ own family. This is an artist with a rare aesthetic vision, able to draw together ideas, melodies, phrases, stories, and images together in a kaleidoscopic work of sight and sound.

Sonic Circuits Fundraising Compilation Released

Sonic Circuits DC announces the release of District of Noise Volume 7, a fundraising compilation of twenty-three tracks of experimental music from Washington DC area artists. The release is available as a download. Proceeds from sales will go toward defraying costs of the 2014 Sonic Circuits Festival.

Tracks on the compilation document the range of experimental music in the DC area—sound collage, electronic composition, acoustic experimentation, free improvisation, and sounds that defy genre.

Sonic Circuits is a Washington DC area promoter for experimental music that seeks to expose audiences to cutting edge contemporary music that defies genres, and offer artists new platforms to present their music and opportunities to network and collaborate with artists from around the world.

Bernard Stollman Interview

From Chronogram:

It’s July 10, 1964. The location is Variety Arts, a tiny, low-budget recording studio near Times Square, where 35-year-old Bernard Stollman sits in the reception area. In the nearby live room, saxophonist Albert Ayler, bassist Gary Peacock, and drummer Sunny Murray are playing as the tape rolls. The engineer has left the control room door open so that Stollman and singer-composer Annette Peacock, then Gary’s wife, can hear the session. The sounds come surging in like a hard rain. The music is primal, elastic, frequently dissonant, and marked by a frayed cry that conjures the deepest gospel blues. Stollman, who hired the musicians and the studio, is elated. He turns to Annette, dazed, and says, “What an auspicious beginning for a record label!” And how. Released that year as the Albert Ayler Trio’s Spiritual Unity, the recording stands as a landmark of free jazz and the first officially recognized title of Stollman’s ESP-Disk Records imprint.

New Music Works celebrates Cage’s birthday in style

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From the Santa Cruz Sentinel:

Composer Cage was one of the leading figures of post-war avant-garde music. He pioneered non-standard use of musical instruments, leaving much of his music to chance and he worked extensively with electro-acoustic music. Philip Collins, one of the leading figures of today’s new music in Santa Cruz and music director of New Music Works, was the organizer of this celebratory spectacle. For the group of musicians, mainly local, who form New Music Works, Friday’s event was yet another chance to demonstrate their musical expertise and eclecticism, bringing new music to the town for another season of weird and wonderful music experiences. Twelve pieces by Cage were staged and performed in various locations throughout the downtown area while Duck Island, that rarely utilized stage in San Lorenzo Park, was transformed into a concert platform complete with a wonderful battery of percussion instruments, and yes, a grand piano too.