Chicago Scene: October 18-31, 2014

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

Saturday, October 18th 2014

12:00PM at the Promontory, 5311 S Lake Park, 312.801.2100 (Free)
Old And New Dreams Festival
Film : Misha And So On
Film : Douglas R Ewart performance shorts
Film : Roscoe Mitchell performance
Film : Peter Kowald performance
Film : Shadow Vignettes

7:00PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($25-$20)
Breaking Ice
Breaking Ice : Iddo Aharony, Sophie Webber, Jessica Segall, Ivo Peters, Qin Xu
Bike Again : Joel Styzens, Matthew McMunn, Alireza Ghoreishi, with The Recyclery
Trees + Radios : Henriet Fourie, Jeeyoon Kim, Matthew McMunn
Thirst : Winifred Haun & Dancers with Sophie Webber, Jeeyoon Kim
Cold Air : Winifred Haun & Dancers, Dawn Gingrich, Fused Muse Ensemble String Quartet

7:30PM at a house concert ($15 suggested donation)
Michaël Attias Solo — write to for details

8:00PM at the Logan Center Performance Penthouse, 915 E 60th, 773.702.ARTS (Free)
Chou Wen-Chung

8:00PM at the Promontory, 5311 S Lake Park, 312.801.2100 ($40-$22, limited $75 festival passes)
Old And New Dreams Festival
Amansu Eason with Errin Berry, Imani Dixon, Nicholas Brokemon, Lauren Brumett
Shanta Nurullah And Classic Black, with Emily Hooper Lansana, Zahra Baker, Mwata Bowden, Isaiah Spencer
Ari Brown Quintet with Kirk Brown, Yosef Ben Israel, Avreeayl Ra, Dr Cuz
Chicago Underground Duo : Rob Mazurek, Chad Taylor, with Pharoah Sanders

9:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($12)
Russ Johnson’s Still Out To Lunch, with Roy Nathanson, Myra Melford, Brad Jones, George Schuller

Sunday, October 19th 2014

2:00PM at the Promontory, 5311 S Lake Park, 312.801.2100 ($25, limited $75 festival passes)
Old And New Dreams Festival
Oliver’s Cinema : Eric Vloeimans, Tuur Florizoone, Jörg Brinkmann
Open Loose : Tony Malaby, Tom Rainey, Mark Helias

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($10)
Yarn/Wire : Ian Antonio, Laura Barger, Russell Greenberg, Ning Yu

10:00PM at the Hungry Brain, 2319 W Belmont, 773.709.1401 ($7) (wheelchair-accessible)
Jim Baker Quartet with Ed Wilkerson Jr, Brian Sandstrom, Steve Hunt

Monday, October 20th 2014

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

Wednesday, October 22nd 2014

8:00PM at Beat Kitchen, 2100 W Belmont, 773.281.4444 (wheelchair-accessible)
Splice Series
Peter Maunu, Albert Wildeman, Julia Miller, Avreeayl Ra

Thursday, October 23rd 2014

9:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($10)
Makaya McCraven with Justin Thomas, Junius Paul, Marquis Hill

Saturday, October 25th 2014

8:00PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($12)
Spektral Quartet

Sunday, October 26th 2014

10:00PM at the Hungry Brain, 2319 W Belmont, 773.709.1401 ($7) (wheelchair-accessible)
Dave Rempis, Joshua Abrams, Avreeayl Ra

Monday, October 27th 2014

7:00PM at Comfort Station, 2579 N Milwaukee (Free)
Public Collectors : Malachi Ritscher
Panel discussion by Marc Fischer, Dave Rempis, Neil Tesser, Rebecca Zorach
Performance by Kent Kessler, Dave Rempis

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

Wednesday, October 29th 2014

6:00PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western (Free)
Classical Revolution
Ursa Ensemble : Rachel Brown, Nicholas Jeffery, Veronica Nettles, Scott Dickinson, Joe Sanchez, Andy Frickle, Jonathan Hannau

Thursday, October 30th 2014

9:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($10)
Dave McDonnell Group : David McDonnell, Andra Kulans, Jeff Kowalkowski, Jason Adasiewicz, Joshua Abrams, Frank Rosaly

Friday, October 31st 2014

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($18)
Ben Frost — A U R O R A Live
Cleared : Steven Hess, Michael Vallera

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

AMN Reviews: Polbrone – o-nulu (Self-released)

Lo these many years ago, 2005 I believe it was, the brothers Andrea and Simone Salvatici did leave their native Italy to resettle in fair Albion. London, the Big Smoke. And there they did make a joyful sound as Clorinde. Drawing inspiration, as I wrote elsewhere, “from late medieval Europe, they play in minimalist, cyclic oblongs with room for improvisation inside the ellipses, wielding an array of plucked acoustic instruments, mandolin, bouzouki and banjo, kalimba, zither and ukulele, as well as bowed and struck glockenspiel, keyboards, drums and electric guitar. Their wood, metal and catgut sounds startlingly crisp, clear and contemporary, but the brothers titivate them with digital electronics to imbue mustiness and patina.”

Thus The Creative Listener and not long after, a double album soundscaping The Gardens of Bomarzo, with over forty tracks, as sprawling as the infamous park in Viterbo, just north of Rome. Built in that mid-Renaissance time when the Enlightenment was young, science was still all tangled up with purported secret Hermetic knowledge and curiosity only killed the cat when it was required for some alchemical experiment. Designed to assuage the grief of the local prince, who had just lost his dear wife, he and his landscaper defied the symmetry of the typical Renaissance garden and filled it with mythographic statuary. The album Clorinde made in its honour was a kind of cross between an outdoor fair and a ´70s theme album, like The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, in scope and narrative ambition. It´s a fine thing to hear, especially if you´ve visited the bizarre, amusing park.

The brothers recently announced that they have rebranded themselves as Polbrone and made a drastic about-face with o-nulu, programming computers while gazing at the shoes beneath their guitars. Now wielding axes, they have chopped their mandolins, bouzokis, kalimbas, etc., into kindling wood and on “Dolores” attack the air in intense, deliberate waves, as if hoping to cleave the thickness of its atoms. “Pigs of Gavorrano” begins tinkling like rose quartz in sunlight before the guitars crizzle its clarity and clouds of feedback are shot through with electric malfunction. Banish the clouds and the sunlight returns to illuminate a cozy, hillside village cottage. There´s lemonade on the porch but it´s been spiked. Beholding the “Watermelon Fields” stretched out from the front yard down into the valley below, the bucolic scene begins to waver, both the sound of it and the sight of it, until some of the watermelons start blowing up.

An interesting introduction to an unexpected left turn in the duo´s career.

Stephen Fruitman

AMN Picks of the Week: Steve Roach / Rob Mazurek and Black Cube SP / Combat Astronomy / Kayo Dot / Anthony Pirog

Kayo Dot
Cover of Kayo Dot

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.

Steve Roach – Bloodmoon Rising (2014)
Rob Mazurek and Black Cube SP – Return the Tides: Ascension Suite and Holy Ghost (2014)
Combat Astronomy – Time Distort Nine (2014)
Kayo Dot – Coffins on Io (2014)
Anthony Pirog – Palo Colorado Dream (2014)

Monsieur Délire Reviews

From Monsieur Délire:

Jorrit Dijkstra / Music for Reeds and Electronics: Oakland (Driff Records)
Bolt / Shuffle (Driff Records)
Keiko Higuchi &Amp; Yasumune Morishige / Awai (Improvising Beings)
Bruce Bennet &Amp; Vince Galloway / Desolation (Spectropol)
Lil / the Space Between (Spectropol)
Ilia Belorukov / I Did What Was Possible to Quiet Us (Spectropol)
Marcus Rubio / I Don’t Think I See a Difference (Spectropol)
Dálava / Dálava (Sanasar Records)
David Mott &Amp; Jesse Stewart / Anagrams (Art Stew)
Inca Babies / the Stereo Plan (Black Lagoon)
Anna Homler, Michael Vlatkovitch, Jeff Kaiser, Scott Walton &Amp; Rich West / Here &Amp; Here &Amp; Here (Pfmentum)
Prince &Amp; 3rdeyegirl / Plectrumelectrum (Warner Bros.)

There’s Plenty to See This Weekend at the Hothouse’s Old and New Dreams Festival

From the Chicago Reader:

On Saturday night trumpeter Russ Johnson brings his excellent Eric Dolphy project to Constellation, but the big action is happening mostly at Hyde Park’s Promontory, where HotHouse makes a splash from beyond the grave with the Old and New Dreams Festival, an action-packed three-day event where the venue founded by Marguerite Horberg will make some kind of announcement about its return to a new location in Bronzeville, although I’m betting details will be sparse. In any case, the lineup for Promontory is impressive.

A new look at ‘Science Fiction’ by The Bad Plus

The Bad Plus
Cover of The Bad Plus

The Bad Plus plays Ornette Coleman‘s Science Fiction tonight at Duke University.

Saturday, The Bad Plus (Iverson on piano, Reid Anderson on bass and David King on drums) will premiere their arrangement of Coleman’s 1971 album “Science Fiction” in Baldwin Auditorium. For this performance, the trio will be joined by Tim Berne and Sam Newsome on saxophones, and Ron Miles on trumpet. Duke Performances commissioned The Bad Plus to do an interpretation of “Science Fiction.” In 2011 Duke commissioned the group to re-imagine Igor Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring.” The success of that collaboration led to Duke Performances approaching them again, and the band suggested doing “Science Fiction.”