Chicago Scene: February 21 – March 7, 2015

Fred Lonberg-Holm in 2002
Fred Lonberg-Holm

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

Saturday, February 21st 2015

7:00PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($20-$15)
Nels Cline, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Glenn Kotche, Mike Reed

9:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($20-$15)
Nels Cline, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Glenn Kotche, Mike Reed

Monday, February 23rd 2015

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, February 25th 2015

8:30PM at Beat Kitchen, 2100 W Belmont, 773.281.4444 (wheelchair-accessible)
Splice Series
Peter Maunu, Albert Wildeman, Reid Karris, Danny Van Duerm

9:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western (Free)
Valentine Trio : Fred Lonberg-Holm, Jason Roebke, Frank Rosaly
Sound Of The City Workshop

Thursday, February 26th 2015

7:00PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($12)
Julia Holter and Spektral Quartet

9:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($12)
Julia Holter and Spektral Quartet

Friday, February 27th 2015

9:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western
James Falzone’s Renga Ensemble, with Ben Goldberg, Ned Rothenberg, Keefe Jackson, Jason Stein, Ken Vandermark

Saturday, February 28th 2015

8:00PM at Graham Foundation (Madlener House), 4 W Burton Pl
Ma La Pert
Jennifer Walshe, Tony Conrad (RSVP jenniferwalshetonyconrad.eventbrite.com/, first come first served, doors at 7:30PM)

Sunday, March 1st 2015

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($15-$10)
Fulcrum Point New Music Project
Stephen Burns, Ian Ding, Jeremy Ruthrauff — music by Gustavo Leone, Karen Tanaka, George Aperghis, Jacob TV, Timothy Page

Monday, March 2nd 2015

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, March 3rd 2015

9:00PM at The Whistler, 2421 N Milwaukee (wheelchair-accessible)
Michael Zerang and The Blue Lights, with Mars Williams, Dave Rempis, Josh Berman, Kent Kessler

Wednesday, March 4th 2015

8:30PM at the Bedford, 1612 W Division, 773.235.8800
Melt Wonder : Katinka Kleijn, Bill MacKay, Frank Rosaly

Saturday, March 7th 2015

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western (Free)
OpenICE
Steve Lehman, Cory Smythe

For more information, such as 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/

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Just Outside Reviews

From Just Outside:

Vinícius Z. Chavarria – rabisco (no label)
Yan Jun – Microfeedback Lausanne (End of the Alphabet)
David Sylvian – there’s a light that enters houses with no other house in sight (Samadhi Sound)
Nadia Shpachenko – Woman at the New Piano (Reference Recordings)
Anastassis Phillippakopoulos – songs and piano pieces (Edition Wandelweiser)
Anastassis Phillippakopoulos – solo pieces (Edition Wandelweiser)

Nels Cline Singers European Tour

From Nels Cline:

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 09 Centro d’Arte
w/ The Nels Cline Singers
Padua, Italy

Mar 10 Stadtgarten
w/ The Nels Cline Singers
Cologne, Germany

Mar 11 Pardon To Tu
w/ The Nels Cline Singers
Warsaw, Poland

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

Mar 14 Stanzerei (Merker Areal)
w/ The Nels Cline Singers
Baden, Switzerland

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

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

Mar 18 Teatro Central de Sevilla
w/ The Nels Cline Singers
Seville, Spain

Mar 19 Nova Jazz Cava
w/ The Nels Cline Singers
Terrassa, Spain

Mar 20 Raindogs House
w/ The Nels Cline Singers
Savona, Italy

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

Mar 22 Auditorium di Piazza della Liberta
w/ The Nels Cline Singers
Bergamo, Italy

Bobby Zankel and the Warriors of the Wonderful Sound Series in Philadelphia

Dave Burrell
Dave Burrell 

From Philadelphia’s Ars Nova Workshop:

Philadelphia’s Bobby Zankel leads his now-institutional big band, the Warriors of the Wonderful Sound, alongside some of the most innovative voices in jazz: Dave Burrell, Oliver Lake, Rudresh Mahanthappa and Jaleel Shaw. Philadelphians can expect a swinging blend of intricate compositions composed by Zankel and commissioned pieces composed by the evening’s special guest.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015, 8:00pm
Bobby Zankel and the Warriors of the Wonderful Sound + Dave Burrell
Bobby Zankel, alto saxaphone; Dave Burrell, piano; Julian Pressley, alto saxophone; Diane Monroe, violin; Josh Lawrence, trumpet; Stan Slotter, trumpet; John Swana, trombone; Larry Toft, trombone; Tom Lawton, piano; Lee Smith, bass; Craig McIver, drums
Painted Bride Art Center, 230 Vine St., $15

Tuesday, April 7, 2015, 8:00pm
Bobby Zankel and the Warriors of the Wonderful Sound + Rudresh Mahanthappa
Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts, 738 S. Broad St., $15

Tuesday, May 5, 2015, 8:00pm
Bobby Zankel and the Warriors of the Wonderful Sound + Oliver Lake
Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts, 738 S. Broad St., $15

Tuesday, June 2, 2015, 8:00pm
Bobby Zankel and the Warriors of the Wonderful Sound + Jaleel Shaw
Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts, 738 S. Broad St., $15

Creative Music in DC

Kahil El'Zabar at Chicago's Ethnic Heritage En...
Kahil El’Zabar

Saturday, February 21 @ 8:00PM
Cyrus Pireh :: Jonathan Badger :: Zak Forrest
Cyrus Pireh is the world’s greatest living electric guitarist. Jonathan Badger is a guitarist, composer and video artist whose work ranges from postrock sludge to neobaroque chamber music. In live performance his compositions and improvisations show themselves in electronic garb, all the while maintaining the character of solo guitar, including the use of a distinctly musicalized video projection system. Videographer Zak Forrest uses an array of modular synthesizers to supplement an abstract visual performance.
Union Arts DC
411 New York Ave NE
Enter through the loading dock off the corner of 4th and Penn Street NE

Sunday, February 22 @ 7:00PM
Ethnic Heritage Ensemble
Presented by Transparent Productions
For over forty years, the Ethnic Heritage Ensemble has carried the banner for creativity, with an emphasis on the spiritual over the technical, deeply soulful sounds with cultural roots. Kahil El’ Zabar established the group, stemming from the school and musical environment that the AACM had established in the 60’s and 70’s. Many musicians have played in the Ensemble, from Pharoah Sanders to Kalaparusha Maurice McIntyre to “Light” Henry Huff. For the past decade the group has consisted of fellow Chicagoan musicians Ernest Dawkins (New Horizons Ensemble) and Corey Wilkes (Art Ensemble of Chicago).
The Historic Bohemian Caverns
1101 11th Street NW
Washington, DC
One the corner of U Street and 11th Street NW

Friday, February 27 @ 8:00PM
Deleuzer :: Praxis Cat :: Bobby Hill :: Jenny Moon Tucker/Layne Garrett
Over the last two years, Deluezer has worked on compositional forms, collective improvisation, and group exercises, settling in to a committed membership of Morgan Evans-Weiler (violin), Howard Martin (reeds), Jesse Kenas-Collins (trumpet, reeds, feedback objects), Peter Gumaskas (modular synthesizer), Michael Rosenstein (amplified surfaces and oscillators), Chris Johnson (laptop), and Dan Wick (keyboards). The name “Deluezer” came from an initial thought that the group would read and discuss “A Thousand Plateaus” by French philosopher Gilles Deleuze and psychoanalyst Félix Guattari. That never came to pass, but the name for the group got batted around and stuck. Christine P (aka PraxisCat) is a synthesist and multi-instrumentalist that uses a variety of conventional and unconventional electronic instruments in the creation of esoteric improvised atmospheres, and deconstructed rhythms. She has been experimenting with synthesizers since childhood, and has maintained a lifelong interest in music technology. The collaborative performances of Jenny Moon Tucker and Layne Garrett are clear examples of absolute dedication to original Creative Music. Both wield homemade instruments and have a high level of improvisational prowess. Together they create compelling musical moments, such that has never been heard before.
Union Arts DC
411 New York Ave NE
Enter through the loading dock off the corner of 4th and Penn Street NE

Saturday, February 28 @ 3:00PM
#BLACKARTMATTERS
Standing at the end of History, AfroFuturism lunges forward to renew the root of the Black Arts Movement as a powerful solar food for ascension into Alter Destiny. Musical forces MOM² (Luke Stewart, Bobby Hill – BMad, Thomas Stanley – Bushmeat), Jamal Moore (solo and w/MOM²), Jenna Camille, John Moon (Cornel West Theory) and Nag Champa (Jamal Gray) join authors Rasheedah Phillips and Thomas Stanley for an evening of hyperdimensional gourd-expansion and soul food of the highest order. On a first-come-first-eat basis, Dr. Stanley will serve a pot of homemade vegan (no meat, dairy, or peanuts) bushmeat stew (similar to cosmic slop).
Lamont Street Collective
1822 Lamont Street NW
Between 18th and 19th Streets NW, in Mount Pleasant

Every 2nd Sunday of the Month
CapitalBop’s DC Jazz Loft
The DC Jazz Loft showcases and stimulates the talent and forward-focused creative thought that is occurring in the DC Jazz community. On the second Sunday of every month, at Union Arts DC, a variety of idioms and approaches to Jazz are presented by members of the diverse local scene.
Union Arts DC
411 New York Ave NE
Enter through the loading dock off the corner of 4th and Penn Street NE

Muhal Richard Abrams Interview

English: Muhal Richard Abrams, moers festival 2009
Muhal Richard Abrams

From Chicago Tonight:

How did the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians originate?

It was a natural progression of musicians doing their thing and working, and the AACM was to do it in a certain way. It was just a continuation of what musicians do. We’re functioning as musicians and decided to make a formal setting for it. Musicians function as individuals, and we just came together to compose and perform original music, and that is the music that would come from the members of AACM.

Taran’s Free Jazz Hour Podcast 05/2015

Drummer Whit Dickey performing at the world pr...
Whit Dickey

From Taran’s Free Jazz Hour:

Rogueart
to Duke: Matt Shipp, P/ Mike Bisio, B/ Whit Dickey, Dr

Angel City: Roscoe Mitchell, Sax, FL, Etc Etc/ James Fei, Saxes, Cl, Etc Etc/ William Winant, Dr, per, Bells, Etc Etc

Meta Records
Reflections for Future: Simon Spiess Solo, Sop, Ts

Capri
the Journey: Charles Mcpherson, as/ Keith Oxman, Ts/ Chip Stephens, P/ Ken Walker, B/ Todd Reid, Dr

Hotcup Records
Jeremiah: Jon Lundbom, G/ Jon Irabagon, Ss/ Bryan Murray, Ts, Balto Sax/ Moppa Elliott, B/ Dan Monaghan, Dr

Trolleybus
Buiten Dienst: Yedo Gibson, Reeds/ Nora Mulder, P/ Renato Ferreira, B

Patois Records
Fly: Mitch Shiner and the Bloomingtones Big Band

François Carrier
the Russian Concerts Vol 2: François Carrier, as/ Michel Lambert, Dr/ Alexey Lapin, P

Kali Z Fasteau
Piano Rapture: Kali Fasteau, P, El P, Organ, Vo/ Kidd Jordan, Ts/ Mixashan Rozie, Ss, FL, Dr/ J D Parran, Afl, Acl/ Ron Mcbee, Perc

Ken Thomson
Settle: Ken Thomson, Bcl, as/ Russ Johnson, Tp/ Nir Felder, G/ Adam Armstrong, B/ Fed Kennedy, Dr

Jack Mouse
Snakeheads and Ladybugs: Jack Mouse, Dr/ Scott Robinson, Ts, Cornet, Cl

Leo Records
Eighteen Ways to Miss Egypt: Christoph Baumann, P/ Jaques Siron, B, Vo/ Dieter Ulrich, Dr, Bugle

Tum
the Great Lakes: Leo Smith, Tp/ Henry Threadgill, as, FL, Bfl/ John Lindberg, B/ Jack Dejohnette, Dr