Chicago Scene: June 6-18, 2015

English: Ken Vandermark, moers festival 2010

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

Saturday, June 6th 2015

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($10)
Larry Gray Trio with Ed Wilkerson, Avreeayl Ra

Monday, June 8th 2015

7:30PM at Experimental Sound Studio, 5925 N Ravenswood, 773.769.1069 ($10-$5)
Option Series
Johannes Bauer, Jason Adasiewicz, Paul Lytton

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

Thursday, June 11th 2015

9:00PM at Elastic, 3429 W Diversey, #208, 773.772.3616 ($10)
Jonah Parzen-Johnson Solo
Russ Johnson Quartet with Jason Stein, Anton Hatwich, Tim Daisy

9:00PM at the Hideout, 1354 W Wabansia, 773.227.4433 ($15)
Drill Festival
Ken Vandermark, Nate Wooley
Olivia Block
Ken Vandermark, Nate Wooley, and WIRE perform “Map Ref. 41°N 93°W”

Friday, June 12th 2015

9:00PM at Thalia Hall, 1807 S Allport, 312.526.3851 ($20)
Drill Festival
The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion
White Lung
The Fly
St Vincent and WIRE perform “DRILL”

Saturday, June 13th 2015

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($10)
Michael Zerang And The Blue Lights : Josh Berman, Mars Williams, Dave Rempis, Kent Kessler, Michael Zerang — Record release

9:00PM at the Metro, 3730 N Clark, 773.549.0203 ($24)
Drill Festival
Tim Hecker
the pinkflag guitar orchestra

Sunday, June 14th 2015

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($10)
Chicago Composers Orchestra : Club Night
beyond this point Percussion Quartet : Alex Monroe, John Corkill, Brett Baxter, Sam Scranton, with Scott Tegge, Randall West, Ian Le, Brandon Harrington — music by Elliot Cole, Brandon Harrington, David Rakowski, Randall West, David Sampson

9:00PM at Elastic, 3429 W Diversey, #208, 773.772.3616 ($10)
Burning Tree
Dead Neanderthals
Ben Billington, Mark Shippy, Daniel Wyche

Monday, June 15th 2015

7:30PM at Experimental Sound Studio, 5925 N Ravenswood, 773.769.1069 ($10-$5)
Option Series
Jason Roebke, Jason Adasiewicz, Jason Stein
Frank’n’Stein : Frank Rosaly, Jason Stein

9:00PM at Beat Kitchen, 2100 W Belmont, 773.281.4444 (wheelchair-accessible)
Extraordinary Popular Delusions : Jim Baker, Mars Williams, Brian Sandstrom, Steve Hunt
9:00PM at Elastic, 3429 W Diversey, #208, 773.772.3616

Tuesday, June 16th 2015

9:30PM at The Whistler, 2421 N Milwaukee (Free) (wheelchair-accessible)
Michael Zerang and The Blue Lights

Wednesday, June 17th 2015

8:30PM at Beat Kitchen, 2100 W Belmont, 773.281.4444 (wheelchair-accessible)
Splice Series
Mars Williams, Brian Sandstrom, Steve Hunt, Albert Wildeman, Peter Maunu

9:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western (Free)
Party Knüllers with Jim Baker
Sound Of The City Workshop

10:30PM at Honky Tonk BBQ, 1213 W 18th, 312.907.7895
Keefe Jackson Trio with Jason Roebke, Mikel Avery

Thursday, June 18th 2015

9:00PM at Elastic, 3429 W Diversey, #208, 773.772.3616 ($10)
Fourth Landscape : Samuel Blaser, Benoît Delbecq, Gerry Hemingway

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Pierre Boulez 44CD Box Set Reviewed

From the Sydney Morning Herald:

The young Pierre Boulez was like a lion flayed alive, according to his mentor, Olivier Messiaen. There was a terrible purity to the fire that burned inside the French composer, and made him the angriest young man of all. No respecter of reputations, Boulez excoriated Schoenberg within months of the death of the founder of serialism for not going far enough. He attacked other leading figures such as Rene Leibowitz and Messiaen, though Boulez was yet well under 30 himself and had yet to display much more than dogmatic idealism and unfulfilled talent.

Taran’s Free Jazz Hour Podcast 11/2015

English: Bill Laswell at the Moers Festival 2006

From Taran’s Free Jazz Hour:

Traces of Chants: Paolo Cerboni Bajardi, S/ Bruno Cerboni Bajardi, Perc/ Mirco Ballabene, B

Tasting Beauty: Giancarlo Mazzu, G/ Luciano Toja, P

Blue Dialect: Mario Pavone, B/ Matt Mitchell, P/ Tyshawn Sorey, Dr

Save your Breath: Kris Davis Infrasound

Dom Minasi/ Chris Kelsey
Duets NYC/woodstock: Dom Minasi, G/ Chris Kelsey, Ss

Jeff Platz
Sour Grapes: Jeff Platz, G/ Jim Hobbs, as/ Luther Gray, Dr/ Timo Shanko, B

Aldo Clementi for Saxophones: Pasquale Laino, Ss, as/ Manuele Morbidini, as/ Pedro Spallati, Ts/ Rossano Emili, Bari Sax

Glance and Many Avenues: Gianni Mimmo, Ss/ Ove Volquartz, Bcl, Cbcl/ Gianni Lenoci, P/ Cristiano Calcagnile, Dr

Song for a New Decade: Mikko Innanen, Saxes, Cl Etc/ William Parker, B/ Andrew Cyrille, Dr

Space/time Redemption: Milford Graves, Dr, Perc/ Bill Laswell, Basses

Blue Lines Trio
Blue Lines Trio: Michiel Scheen, P/ Raoul Van Der Weide, B, Cackle Box/ George Hadow, Dr

Muriel Grossmann on Fb
Earthtones: Muriel Grossmann, Ss/ Radomir Milojkovic, G/ Robert Landfermann, B/ Christian Lillinger, Dr

Creative Music in DC

Saturday, June 6 @ 8pm
Boat Burning – Music for 70 Guitars, A Benefit for Music in DC Public Schools
On Saturday June 6th, BOAT BURNING: MUSIC FOR MASSED GUITARS brings over 70 electric guitars to SCHOOL WITHOUT WALLS at FRANCIS-STEVENS in support of music in D.C. public schools, with a once-in-a-lifetime array of musicians from D.C.’s vibrant music scene. All ticket proceeds will go to music programs at Ward 2’s School Without Walls campuses and Ward 8’s Randle Highlands Elementary School.
School Without Walls at Francis Stevens
2425 N St NW
Located at the corner of N & 24th Streets NW

Every Monday @ 7pm
Creative Music Workshop
The Creative Music Workshop brings together some of DC’s most dedicated Creative Musicians together. Each session features an opportunity to explore various aspects of improvised music and experimentalism.
Artists of any discipline welcome!
Union Arts DC
411 New York Ave NE
Enter through the loading dock off the corner of 4th and Penn Street NE

Saturday, June 13 @ 3pm
An Afternoon of Creative Music Education with the Association for the Advancement of Creative Music (AACM) at 50
Part of CapitalBop’s DC Jazz Loft Series at the DC Jazz Festival
3pm – 4:30pm: AACM Masterclass
5pm – 6:30pm: AACM Panel Discussion
*Middle and High School Students strongly encouraged.*
Union Arts DC
411 New York Ave NE
Enter through the loading dock off the corner of 4th and Penn Street NE

Saturday, June 6 @ 6:30pm
Fantastic Planet
The Fantastic Planet exhibit is a Collaborative Art & Music operation presented by Mensa Kondo and Jamal Gray. Based on the 1973 animation, “Le Planete Sauvage”, the art in the exhibition pulls directly from the films otherworldly themes. A sonic and visual experience, the artist’s featured in the exhibit were able to gain inspiration from the film, and implement it into their art.
Suggested Donation
Adinkra Cultural Arts Studio
3804 34th Street
Mount Rainier, MD
Located off the Circle in Mt. Rainier

Saturday, June 6 @ 7:30pm
Queering Sound – INTONARUMORI
Presented by Sonic Circuits
A night of experimental art/music by LGBTQ Artists and Allies.
Live performances by
Admission $10
Pyramid Atlantic
8230 Georgia Ave
Silver Spring, MD
Located Near the Silver Spring Metro on the Redline

Monday, June 8 @ 8:00pm
Malportado Kids :: Laughing Man :: Defenestrados :: DJ Tariq
MALPORTADO KIDS (Power Cumbia-Punk Duo, Providence, RI)
Laughing Man (Art-punk with old-school R&B, DC)
Defenestrados (Another MJ Regalado Punk Band, DC)
DJ Tariq (Awesome Dude with good musical tastes, DC)
Studio 69 @ Union Arts DC
411 New York Ave NE
Enter through the loading dock off the corner of 4th and Penn Street NE
Go to the basement

Thursday, June 11 – Saturday, June 13
CapitalBop’s DC Jazz Loft Festival Series
Presented by CapitalBop
June 11: Trio of Trios
Gary Thomas Trio
Kris Funn and Corner Store Trio
Warren Wolf Trio
June 12: Warehouse Jazz Loft Party
Sam Prather’s Groove Orchestra
June 13: AACM at 50
Ernest Khabeer Dawkins’ Orchestra
Nicole Mitchell/Tomeka Reid/Mike Reed
Organix Trio
Admission $20adv/$25door, Festival Pass $42
Hecht Warehouse
1401 New York Ave NE
Enter through the loading dock off 16th street NE

Wednesday, June 17 @ 8pm
Tashi Dorji :: Dunums :: Weed Tree :: Ian McColm
Tashi Dorji (Prepared Guitar, Asheville)
Dunums (Freaky Folky World Prog, Asheville)
Weed Tree (Prepared Guitar/Prepared Drum Duo, DC)
Ian McColm (Prepared Guitar/Electronics, DC)
Suggested Donation $9
Union Arts DC
411 New York Ave NE
Enter through the loading dock off the corner of 4th and Penn Street NE

Friday, June 19 @ 9pm
Insect Ark :: Olivia Neutron-John :: Chester Hawkins :: Bastet
Presented by Sonic Circuits
Insect Ark (One-woman solo electro-rock, NYC)
Olivia Neutron-John (Post-Bro, DC)
Chester Hawkins (Experimental Electronic legend, DC)
Bastet (Dark Ambient Techno, Baltimore)
Admission $10
Pyramid Atlantic Art Center
8230 Georgia Avenue
A short walk from the Silver Spring Metro

Wednesday, July 1 @ 8pm
Circuit Des Yeaux :: Janel Leppin :: Laughing Man
Circuit des Yeux (Experimental Folk, Chicago)
Janel Leppin (Experimental Dream Pop, DC)
Laughing Man (Art-punk with old-school R&B, DC)
Suggested Donation $9
Union Arts DC
411 New York Ave NE
Enter through the loading dock off the corner of 4th and Penn Street NE

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

Doek Festival blog #3

Braxton, Anthony

From the Doek Festival:

Jazz festivals love to slap together combinations of well-known musicians, but some star-studded bands that look good on paper fizzle on stage—sometimes, frankly, because certain stars turn out to be jerks who aren’t easy to work with. Of course 20 nice people don’t necessarily make an ensemble either. This transatlantic bunch are especially congenial; you can see how much they enjoy each other’s company. (Having a lot of funny people around always helps.) More important, everyone can really play, everyone listens, and everybody pulls together.

Exhibit A was the second set at the Bimhuis last night, devoted to Anthony Braxton’s large-ensemble compositions. Braxton likes his Charles Ives-y collage effects, and often during that continuous set, there were three conductors in front of the band. Braxton was flanked by Taylor Ho Bynum and James Fei, who using hand-signals carved players out of the main ensemble to follow their instructions—to play different music from the other players, sometimes in a conflicting tempo, or a radically different dynamic level. Yet the music still had the transparency that Braxton seeks. It was great theater, which yielded clear and invigorating music. (After the show Braxton was already talking about making that set a CD.)

Spectrum in June

English: Tyshawn Sorey at moers festival 2010

From New York’s Spectrum:

Richard Carrick‘s Friday Night Loud series continues with Doc Wallace Trio (June 5)

– Elvis Zapp Urban Film Festival (June 5)

– LaToyah Gill (June 6)

– David Holzman (June 7)

– New Morse Code (June 7)

– Vox Temporum curated by Brian Erickson & Lester St. Louis (June 11)

– Gabriel Zucker presents Thursdays on the Spectrum (June 11)
H U E I; Jeff McGlaughlin’s Masters of the Flying Guillotine

– Spectrum Friday Prog. featuring Anton Roolart (June 12)

– Jorge Sylvester ACE (Afro Caribbean Experimental) Collective (June 12)

– Jennifer Logan & Bryan Pezzone (June 13)

– Mick Rossi’s Outliers series returns with doGs in Space: Erik Friedlander, CJ Camerieri, Jeff Davis & Rossi (June 13)

– Eleonor Sandresky’s Retes series continues with Andrew Sterman (June 13)

– Strange Interlude: Lily Press & Simon Linn-Gerstein (June 14)

– Jennifer Logan & Bryan Pezzone (June 14)

– Lukas Ligeti’s 50th Birthday party (June 14)

– Tomoko Mukaiyama: Project 88 (June 17)

– Andy Didorenko, Yuliya Basis & Valeriya Sholokhova (June 18)

– R. Andrew Lee (June 18)

– RT9 Ensemble (June 19)

– Susan Seliger & Jane Ashe presents Out By Ten featuring Drawing Nekkid Men, Howls of Laughter, and
a chance of Mortification: GrandSLAM Storytellers & Musicians (June 19)
(Adam Wade, Tricia Rose Burt, David Crabb & Ann Klein)

– Jeremiah Bornfield (June 20)

– John King’s Born into Flames series returns with Jeanann Dara (June 20)

– Ramin Arjomand’s Reinterpretations series with Arjomand & guest, Chris Irvine (June 21)

– Guy Barash’s Eavesdropping series with Jamie Jordan & Nadav Lev (June 21)

– Gabriel Zucker’s Weighting feat. Tyshawn Sorey, Adam O’Farrill & Eric Trudel (June 22)

– Richard Barrett Festival: TILT Brass, Milana Zaric & Richard Barrett (June 24) – 3 DAY Festival

– Sarah Plum Album Release (June 25)

– Richard Barrett Festival: Richard Barrett, Miranda Cuckson, Lester St. Louis & Milana Zaric (June 26) – 3 DAY Festival

– Lisa Bielawa Album Relase (June 27)

– Late Night with The Brothers Balliett (June 27)

– Celebration of Gay Pride Day (June 28)
Adam Tendler, Don Hulbert & Heidi Skok

– Richard Barrett Festival: Richard Barrett, Gleb Kanasevich, Peter Evans, Chris McIntyre, Dave Shively & Milana Zaric (June 30) – 3 DAY Festival

Spectrum is located at 121 Ludlow Street on the Lower East Side. Tickets are generally $15; $10 for students and seniors except where indicated.