The Stone in January

Reggie Workman, bassist, taken in Brooklyn, NY.
Reggie Workman, bassist, taken in Brooklyn, NY. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From New York’s Stone:

1/1 Thursday (EP)
8 pm
JOHN ZORN IMPROV NIGHT—A STONE BENEFIT
John Zorn (sax) Ikue Mori (electronics) Jim Pugliese (percussion) Frank London (trumpet) Kenny Grohowski (drums) Brian Marsella (keyboards) Craig Taborn (piano) Mauro Refosco (percussion) and many special guests
TWENTY FIVE DOLLARS

1/2 Friday (ICS)
8 pm
JOHN ZORN IMPROV NIGHT—A STONE BENEFIT
John Zorn (sax) Joe Morris, Aram Bajakian (guitars) Marty Ehrlich (sax) Vicky Chow (piano) Steve Bernstein (trumpet) Trevor Dunn (bass) Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz (bass) Jeremiah Cymerman (clarinet) Annie Gosfield (keyboards) Francisco Mela, Tim Keiper (drums) and many special guests
TWENTY FIVE DOLLARS

1/3 Saturday (ICS)
8 pm
JOHN ZORN IMPROV NIGHT—A STONE BENEFIT
John Zorn, Ilhan Ersahin, Ned Rothenberg (saxes) Uri Caine (piano) Kenny Wollesen (drums) Charles Bernstein (poetry) Sofia Rei (voice) Nate Wooley (trumpet) Steve Swell (trombone) Ron Anderson (guitar) and many special guests
TWENTY FIVE DOLLARS

1/4 Sunday (RK)
8 pm
JOHN ZORN IMPROV NIGHT—A STONE BENEFIT
John Zorn (sax) Josh Rubin (clarinet) Tyshawn Sorey (drums) Ava Mendoza, Jon Madof (guitars) Ches Smith (drums) Erik Friedlander (cello) Anthony Coleman (piano) and many special guests
TWENTY FIVE DOLLARS

1/6 Tuesday (BK)
8 and 10 pm
Animal Crackers
Kenny Werner (piano) Richie Barshay (drums) Jorge Roeder (bass) Dan Blake (tenor sax)

1/7 Wednesday (RJP)
8 and 10 pm
Chant
Kenny Werner (piano) Billy Drewes (reeds) Gilad Hekselman (guitar) Johannes Weidenmueller (bass) John Hadfield (drums)

1/8 Thursday (DDT)
8 and 10 pm
Kenny Werner and Joe Lovano Duo
Kenny Werner (piano) Joe Lovano (sax)
TWENTY DOLLARS

1/9 Friday (AV)
8 and 10 pm
Kenny Werner and Jean Michel Pilc Duo
Kenny Werner, Jean Michel Pilc (piano)

1/10 Saturday (HM)
8 and 10 pm
Kenny Werner Trio
Kenny Werner (piano) Johannes Weidenmueller (bass) Ari Hoenig (drums)

1/11 Sunday (HM)
8 and 10 pm
Kenny Werner Trio
Kenny Werner (piano) Johannes Weidenmueller (bass) Ari Hoenig (drums)

1/13 Tuesday (LC)
8 pm
Charlie Looker and Darius Jones
Charlie Looker (guitar) Darius Jones (sax)
Having developed a deep rapport over the years through Jones’ frequent guest appearances with Looker’s band Period, the two perform here for the first time in a duo setting.

10 pm
Charlie Looker, Tim Dahl, and Weasel Walter
Charlie Looker (guitar) Tim Dahl (bass guitar, electronics) Weasel Walter (drums)
Mangled non-songs drawing from no-wave, free jazz, and war metal, with this highly accomplished/demented rhythm section.

1/14 Wednesday (KR)
8 pm
Charlie Looker and Mary Halvorson
Charlie Looker, Mary Halvorson (guitars)
Though they have been friends since high school, Looker and Halvorson have never performed together before. Tonight they explore both open improvisation and abstracted jazz standards.

10 pm
Charlie Looker, Mary Halvorson, Mick Barr, and Tyondai Braxton
Charlie Looker, Mary Halvorson, Mick Barr, Tyondai Braxton (electric guitars)
First time collaboration, performing a set of Looker’s compositions prepared specially for the group, channeling minimalism and improvisation.

1/15 Thursday (MJC)
8 pm
Charlie Looker Solo Guitar
Charlie Looker (acoustic and electric guitars)
A rare performance of Looker’s pieces for solo guitar.

10 pm
Charlie Looker, Andrew Hock, Jamie Saft, and Balazs Pandi
Charlie Looker, Andrew Hock (electric guitars) Jamie Saft (organ, electronics) Balazs Pandi (drums)
Looker and Hock (of Psalm Zero) team up with downtown luminary Jamie Saft (Black Shabbis, Electric Masada) and Budapest-based percussion virtuoso Balacz Pandi (Merzbow, Venetian Snares).

1/16 Friday (SK)
8 pm
Charlie Looker, Caleb Burhans, Robbie Lee, and Travis Laplante
Charlie Looker (electric guitar) Caleb Burhans (violin) Robbie Lee (portative organ, woodwinds) Travis Laplante (tenor sax)
First-time free improvisation collaboration of these four unique musicians. The group’s diverse collective credits include work with Alarm Will Sound, Newspeak, Seaven Teares, Howling Hex, Little Women, and Battle Trance.

10 pm
Seaven Teares & Friends
Charlie Looker (guitars, voice) Amirtha Kidambi (voice) Caleb Burhans (voice) Zohra Atash (voice) Robbie Lee (portative organ, guitars, bass clarinet) Russell Greenberg (percussion)
Formed in 2010, Seaven Teares combines elements of dark pop, early music, and post-industrial folk. Their debut album “Power Ballads” was released in 2013 by Northern Spy Records. Tonight they premier new songs, both originals and covers, and will be joined by special guest vocalists Caleb Burhans (of Alarm Will Sound) and Zohra Atash (of Azar Swan).

1/17 Saturday (EP)
8 pm
Andrew Hock Solo / Charlie Looker Solo Songs
Andrew Hock (electric guitar) Charlie Looker (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, voice)
Two solo sets by the members of Psalm Zero. Hock performs his dark, contemplative, loop-based compositions for electric guitar, from his upcoming album for the Stab/Repeat label. Looker plays solo versions of deep cuts from the Extra Life songbook, as well as several covers of Britpop, post-punk, and early music classics.

10 pm
Psalm Zero Acoustic
Charlie Looker (acoustic guitar, piano, voice) Andrew Hock (acoustic guitar, voice)
A one-time all-acoustic performance by new acclaimed art metal duo Psalm Zero. Performing re-worked versions of songs from their 2014 debut album “The Drain” (Profound Lore Records), and premiering a few brand new songs.

1/18 Sunday (AV)
8 pm
The Pleasures of a Normal Man
Peter Evans, Gareth Flowers (trumpets) Jacob Garchik (tenor trombone) Andrew Hock, Mario Diaz de Leon (electric guitars) Mike Pride (drum set, percussion) Josh Modney (violin) Caley Monahon-Ward (violin) Karen Waltuch (viola) Mariel Roberts (cello) Pascal Niggenkemper (contrabass) Charlie Looker (composer, synthesizer)
Premiere of a brand new composition by Charlie Looker. About 45 minutes long, this drone-based piece combines the influences of French spectral composition, minimalism, early music.

10 pm
Period featuring Tim Berne
Charlie Looker (baritone guitar) Chuck Bettis (electronics) Mike Pride (drums) Tim Berne (alto sax)
Since 2006, Period has been making heavy, austere, semi-improvised instrumental music rooted in metal, jazz, noise, psych, and drone music. Their 2013 record was released by Public Eyesore Records. Often working with a rotating cast of guest musicians, tonight Period is joined for the first time by downtown legend Tim Berne.

1/20 Tuesday (SV)
8 pm
Vijay Iyer, Rajna Swaminathan, Anjna Swaminathan, Reggie Workman
Vijay Iyer (piano) Rajna Swaminathan (mrudangam) Anjna Swaminathan (violin) Reggie Workman (bass)
TWENTY DOLLARS

10 pm
Vijay Iyer, Rajna Swaminathan, Anjna Swaminathan, Reggie Workman, Mat Maneri
Vijay Iyer (piano) Rajna Swaminathan (mrudangam) Anjna Swaminathan (violin) Reggie Workman (bass) Mat Maneri (viola)
TWENTY DOLLARS

1/21 Wednesday (BS)
8 pm
Vijay Iyer, Imani Uzuri, DJ Val-INC,
Linda Oh
Vijay Iyer (piano, electronics) Imani Uzuri (voice) DJ Val-INC (percussion, electronics) Linda Oh (bass)
TWENTY DOLLARS

10 pm
Vijay Iyer, Sunny Jain, Himanshu Suri
Vijay Iyer (piano, electronics) Sunny Jain (dhol) Himanshu Suri (poems, lyrics)
TWENTY DOLLARS

1/22 Thursday (SV)
8 pm
The Intuitionists
Vijay Iyer (piano) Liberty Ellman (guitar) Reggie Workman (bass) Tyshawn Sorey (drums)
TWENTY DOLLARS

10 pm
Fieldwork
Vijay Iyer (piano, compositions) Steve Lehman (sax, compositions) Tyshawn Sorey (drums, compositions)
TWENTY DOLLARS

1/23 Friday (SC)
8 pm
Trriioo
Vijay Iyer (piano) Matthew Brewer, Stephan Crump (basses) Marcus Gilmore, Tyshawn Sorey (drums)
TWENTY DOLLARS

10 pm
Trriioo++
Vijay Iyer (piano) Matthew Brewer, Stephan Crump (basses) Marcus Gilmore, Tyshawn Sorey (drums) Rafiq Bhatia (guitar) Graham Haynes (cornet, flugelhorn) Mat Maneri (viola)
TWENTY DOLLARS

1/24 Saturday (DDT)
8 pm
Sextet
Vijay Iyer (piano) Matthew Brewer (bass) Marcus Gilmore (drums) Mark Shim (tenor sax) Steve Lehman (alto sax) Graham Haynes (cornet, flugelhorn)
TWENTY DOLLARS

10 pm
Open Cityscapes
Vijay Iyer (piano) Matthew Brewer (bass) Marcus Gilmore (drums) Mark Shim (tenor sax) Steve Lehman (alto sax) Graham Haynes (cornet, flugelhorn) Elena Pinderhughes (flute) Patricia Franceschy (vibraphone) Rafiq Bhatia (guitar) Teju Cole (narration)
TWENTY-FIVE DOLLARS

1/25 Sunday (KM)
8 pm
Wadada Leo Smith and Vijay Iyer
Wadada Leo Smith (trumpet) Vijay Iyer (piano)
TWENTY DOLLARS

10 pm
Wadada Leo Smith, Vijay Iyer, Nitin Mitta, Patricia Franceschy, Reggie Workman
Wadada Leo Smith (trumpet) Vijay Iyer (piano) Nitin Mitta (tabla) Patricia Franceschy (vibraphone) Reggie Workman (bass)
TWENTY DOLLARS

1/27 Tuesday (MJC)
8 pm
The Heschel Project—Songs of Wonder (in Yiddish)
Basya Schechter (oud guitar) Uri Sharlin (piano, keys, accordion) Megan Gould (violin) Noah Hoffeld (cello) Rich Stein (percussion)

10 pm
Itzik Manger—Chumesh Lider (A New Project in Yiddish)
Basya Schechter (oud guitar) Uri Sharlin (piano, keys, accordion) Megan Gould (violin) Noah Hoffeld (cello) Rich Stein (percussion)

1/28 Wednesday (SK)
8 pm
Meg Okura & Sam Newsome Duo
Meg Okura (violin) Sam Newsome (soprano sax)

10 pm
Meg Okura’s Pan Asian Jazz Chamber Ensemble plays Pharoah’s Daughter
Meg Okura (violin, erhu), Sam Newsome (soprano sax), Sam Sadigursky (clarinet, bass clarinet) Anne Drummond (flute, alto flute) Brian Marsella (piano) Eddy Khaimovich (bass) Satoshi Takeishi (percussion)

1/29 Thursday (SV)
8 pm
Pharoah’s Daughter—Singer Songwriter (in English)
Basya Schechter (voice, guitar) Daphna Mor (flute) Meg Okura (violin) Uri Sharlin (piano, keys) Mathias Kunzli (percussion) Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz (bass) Yuval Lion (drums)

10 pm
The Darshan Project—A Collaboration with Eden Perlstein and Tamer Pinarbasi
Basya Schechter (oud, vocals, percussion) Eden Perlstein (voice, rhyme) Tamer Pinarbasi (kanoun) Shir Yaakov (guitar, vocals)

1/30 Friday (EP)
8 pm
Queen’s Dominion
Basya Schechter (voice, guitar) Daphna Mor (flute) Meg Okura (violin) Uri Sharlin (piano, keys) Mathias Kunzli (percussion) Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz (bass) Yuval Lion (drums)

10 pm
Pharoah’s Daughter—Shabbat Tish
Basya Schechter (voice, guitar) Daphna Mor (flute) Meg Okura (violin) Uri Sharlin (piano, keys) Mathias Kunzli (percussion) Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz (bass) Yuval Lion (drums)

1/31 Saturday (SC)
8 pm
Pharoah’s Daughter—Dumiyah (CD release party)
Basya Schechter (voice, guitar) Daphna Mor (flute) Meg Okura (violin) Uri Sharlin (piano, keys) Mathias Kunzli (percussion) Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz (bass) Yuval Lion (drums)

10 pm
Pharoah’s Daughter—Song of Songs
Basya Schechter (voice, guitar) Daphna Mor (flute) Meg Okura (violin) Uri Sharlin (piano, keys) Mathias Kunzli (percussion) Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz (bass) Yuval Lion (drums)

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Chicago Scene: December 27, 2014 – January 9, 2015

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

Saturday, December 27th 2014

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

Sunday, December 28th 2014

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($12)
Patterns in a Chromatic Field
Morton Feldman Chamber Players

10:00PM at the Hungry Brain, 2319 W Belmont, 773.709.1401 (wheelchair-accessible)
Mike Reed’s Sights & Sounds

Monday, December 29th 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, December 31st 2014

7:00PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($35-$25)
The Sun Ra Arkestra directed by Marshall Allen

9:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($35-$25)
The Sun Ra Arkestra directed by Marshall Allen

Friday, January 2nd 2015

9:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($10)
Caroline Davis/Paul Bedal Quartet, with Matt Ulery, Matt Carroll
Jon Deitemyer Quartet with Leslie Beukelman, Rob Clearfield, Matt Ulery

Sunday, January 4th 2015

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($5)
Haptic : Steven Hess, Joseph Clayton Mills, Adam Sonderberg
Greg Hamilton

Monday, January 5th 2015

7:30PM at Myopic Books, 1564 N Milwaukee, 773.862.4882
Albert Wildeman, Ryan Packard, Daniel Wyche

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

Friday, January 9th 2015

8:00PM at Transistor, 3441 N Broadway, 312.631.9408
Keefe Jackson, Aaron Zarzutzki, Julian Kirshner

9:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($10-$5)
Chartreuse Trio Plus : Myra Hinrichs, Carrie Frey, Helen Newby, with Zachary Good, Benjamin Roidl-Ward, Hannah Hammel, Katherine Young

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/

Upcoming Nels Cline Shows

From Nels Cline:

Jan 13 The Royal Room (Early Show)
w/ Julian Lage
Seattle, WA

Jan 13 The Royal Room (Late Show)
w/ Julian Lage
Seattle, WA

Jan 14 Mississippi Studios
w/ Julian Lage
Portland, OR

Jan 16 Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse
w/ Julian Lage
Berkeley, CA

Jan 17 Largo
w/ Julian Lage
Los Angeles, CA

Jan 18 Musical Instrument Museum
w/ Julian Lage
Phoenix, AZ

Feb 21 Constellation Chicago, IL

Mar 06 Sardinen USF
w/ The Nels Cline Singers
Bergen, Norway

Mar 07 Alter Schlachthof Weis
w/ The Nels Cline Singers
Wels, Austria

Mar 08 Kunsthaus Weiz
w/ The Nels Cline Singers
Weiz, Austria

Mar 13 Spielboden
w/ The Nels Cline Singers
Dornbirn, Austria

Mar 15 Bimhuis
w/ The Nels Cline Singers
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Mar 16 Grand Theatre
w/ The Nels Cline Singers
Groningen, Netherlands

Mar 21 Victoria
w/ The Nels Cline Singers
Oslo, Norway

Mar 27 Big Ears Festival (March 27-29)
w/ Kronos Quartet, Norton…
Knoxville, TN