Chicago Scene: October 3-10, 2015

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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, October 3rd 2015

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western
Never Enough Hope

9:00PM at Underground Lounge, 954 W Newport Ave, (773) 327-2739
Galaxxu Trzy

Sunday, October 4th 2015

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western
Fifth House Ensemble: Soundings

Monday, October 5th 2015

7:00PM at the Washington Park Arts Incubator, 301 E Garfield Blvd
Jimmy Bennington Colour and Sound, Fred Jackson Jr, Mike Harmon

7:30PM at Experimental Sound Studio, 5925 N Ravenswood, 773.769.1069 ($10-$5)
Hasco : Amanda DeBoer Bartlett, Jesse Langen
Ryan Packard Solo

Tuesday, October 6th 2015

9:00PM at Elastic, 3429 W Diversey, #208, 773.772.3616
Mars Williams, Darin Gray

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

Wednesday, October 7th 2015

9:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western
Eli Namay, Phil Sudderburg, Spencer Jenich
Sound Of The City Workshop

Thursday, October 8th 2015

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western
Erica Dicker, Ryan Ingebritsen
Amanda DeBoer, Christopher Narloch

9:00PM at Elastic, 3429 W Diversey, #208, 773.772.3616

Friday, October 9th 2015

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western
Jason Roebke Trio
Tim Stine, Joshua Abrams, Josh Berman

Saturday, October 10th 2015

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western
Jazz Occurrence #6
Vincent Davis Percussion Plus, with Lewis Achenbach

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John Corbett’s New Book is Out

Source: Chicago Reader.

Corbett has just published a terrific new anthology of his writing called Microgroove (Duke University), the long-delayed follow-up to his 1994 book Extended Play, a wide-ranging assortment of interviews and essays that reflected his wonderfully catholic sensibilities and set a standard that’s generally unmet, where music is music and genre’s just a lot of bullshit.

NYC Calendar for October 2015 

Swiss pianist Sylvie Courvoisier, performing a...

Source: Extended Techniques.

Highlight of the month: John Zorn and Terry Riley festivals at National Sawdust

SATURDAY, October 3
7:30 PM Olivier Messiaen, Quartet for the End of Time
Jocelyn Ho, Aaron Kruziki, Regi Papa and Brian Sanders

Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time Steinway Showroom NYC

VENUE: Steinway Hall

FRIDAY – SUNDAY October 2-4
8:00 PM Laurie Anderson: Habeas Corpus
VENUE: Park Avenue Armory
ADMISSION: $45, includes access to the installation

TUESDAY, October 6
8PM John Zorn Improv Night – A Stone Benefit
John Zorn (sax) Jon Rose (violin) Chuck Bettis (electronics) Ikue Mori (electronics) Okkyung Lee (cello) Francesco Mela (drums) and many special guests
VENUE: The Stone

WEDNESDAY, October 7
8PM Audrey Chen (cello) Mark Dresser (bass) Jon Rose (violin)

VENUE: The Stone

8PM John Luther Adams
VENUE: Miller Theater
ADMISSION: $25-$40

THURSDAY, October 8
8PM Shelley Hirsch (voice) David Watson (guitar) Jon Rose (violin) Ches Smith (drums)

VENUE: The Stone

SUNDAY, October 11
8PM Sylvie Courvoisier (piano) Jon Rose (violin)

VENUE: The Stone

TUESDAY, October 13
8PM Malcolm Goldstein (Violin)

VENUE: Artists Space Books & Talks
ADMISSION: $12/$15

SATURDAY, October 17
7.30 and 9.30 PM Shane Endlsey
Shane Endlsey – trumpet
Uri Caine – piano
Nate Radley – guitar & pedal steel guitar
Matt Clohesy – bass
Gerald Cleaver ñ drums
VENUE: Jazz Gallery
ADMISSION: $12-$22

SATURDAY, October 17
10PM Hypercolor
Eyal Maoz (guitar) James Ilgenfritz (bass) Lukas Ligeti (drums)

VENUE: The Stone

TUESDAY, October 20
8PM Battle Pieces
Nate Wooley (trumpet) Ingrid Laubrock (sax) Sylvie Courvoisier (piano) Matt Moran (vibes)
VENUE: The Stone

TUESDAY, October 20
10PM Battle Pieces Meta
Nate Wooley (trumpet) Ingrid Laubrock (sax) Sylvie Courvoisier (piano) Matt Moran (vibes) Tim Berne (sax)
VENUE: The Stone

THURSDAY, October 22
8PM The Ex and Ken Vandermark
VENUE: The Bell House

THURSDAY, October 22
8PM Baring Teeth Burning
Nate Wooley (trumpet and amplifier) C. Spencer Yeh (violin and voice) Ryan Sawyer (drums and voice)
VENUE: The Stone
ADMISSION: $15/$18

FRIDAY, October 23
8PM Nate Wooley (trumpet) Matt Shipp (piano)
VENUE: The Stone

SATURDAY, October 24
8PM Nate Wooley (trumpet) Zeena Parkins (harp and electronics) Joe Morris (guitar) P.A.L Ytton (drums)
VENUE: The Stone

SUNDAY, October 25
10PM Thomas Helton/William Parker

VENUE: Downtown Music Gallery

SUNDAY, October 25
Nate Wooley (trumpet) John Zorn (sax) P.A.L. Ytton (percussion) Josh Sinton (bass clarinet) Matt Moran (vibes) Eivind Opsvik (bass) Harris Eisenstadt (drums)
VENUE: The Stone

FRIDAY, October 30
8PM Ron Anderson (bass, guitar, trumpet) Anthony Coleman (piano) Shelly Hirsch (voice) Sarah Bernstein (violin) Michael Evans (drums, electronics)
VENUE: The Stone

FRIDAY, SATURDAY October 30, 31
8:30 PM 80 years Barre Phillips / 15 years Trio Urs Leimgruber, Jacques Demierre, Barre Phillips
Urs Leimgruber saxophone
Jacques Demierre piano
Barre Phillips double bass

New York’s Roulette in October

avant-garde pianist Matthew Shipp

Source: Roulette.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2015 @ 8:00 PM
Evolver Records Presents: Matthew Shipp, Lola Danza, Fung Chern Hwei, George Spanos and Ben Stapp Evolver Records presents a festival of music with special guest Matthew Shipp and Evolver Record Artists: Violinist Fung Chern Hwei presenting his project Lisao, Vocalist Lola Danza presenting her project Korean Shamans, George Spanos’ Quartet and Ben Stapp & the Zozimos Myrrah’s Red Book Act II…

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2015 @ 8:00 PM
Source: SLM Ensemble Album Release Concert The SLM Ensemble will perform music from “Source”, the new album release on the Liminal Music label. Featuring experimental works written for an ensemble of renowned and diverse musicians, “Source” awakens networks of interconnection and synthesis….

MONDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2015 @ 8:00 PM
Neil Rolnick – Silicon Breath: New Solos with Computer Neil Rolnick premieres two new pieces, Silicon Breath, for alto sax and computer, and Cello Ex Machina, for cello, that both exploits the ability of the computer to take a single line of a melodic instrument and transform it into an orchestral-sized sound world….

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2015 @ 8:00 PM
A Piano Party for Terry Riley at 80 A Piano Party for Terry Riley at 80 pays tribute to composer-pianist Terry Riley’s enduring impact with an evening of new solo piano pieces written in honor of his eightieth birthday by Pauline Oliveros, Samuel Carl Adams, Evan Ziporyn, Gyan Riley, Christine Southworth, Luciano Chessa, Dylan Mattingly, Danny Clay, and Elena Ruehr, combined with Riley’s own Keyboard Studies from 1964 and Fandango on the Heaven Ladder from 1994….

[RESIDENCY] Gelsey Bell: Prisoner’s Song Prisoner’s Song is a performance created by composer Gelsey Bell and visual artist Erik Ruin about the prison experience. Using shadow puppets and projections alongside a variety of musical idioms, the piece draws on historic ballads, poetry, audio interviews with people who have spent time in prison, and other primary sources to create a fragmentary encounter with the states of mind and heart prison engenders. …

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2015 @ 7:00 PM
2015 SONiC Festival: wild Up (New York debut) // AfterHours New Sounds – New Moves: Composers & Choreographers SONiC (Sounds of a New Century) is a festival of 21st century music by more than 60 composers age 40 and under.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2015 @ 8:00 PM
Robin Holcomb: Solo An evening of solo performances by Robin Holcomb who returns to Roulette with new compositions, improvisations, original repertoire and engagements with the music of Stephen Foster, the Mississippi Sheiks and the poetry of Nazim Hikmet. The evening offers a glimpse of the “deep strangeness” (Alex Varty, Georgia Straight) haunting the work of this acclaimed composer-performer….

Coming to Detroit’s Trinosophes

Source: Trinosophes.

Oct. 3: The Thing, Soar Trio

Mats Gustafsson – alto, tenor, baritone and slide saxophone, live electronics
Ingebrigt Håker Flaten – double bass and bass guitar
Paal Nilssen-Love – drums

After forming in 1999 as a Don Cherry recording project, Scandinavian garage jazz trio The Thing soon established themselves as one of the most important European jazz groups, playing a variety of compositions, including material by PJ Harvey, Albert Ayler, The White Stripes, Steve Lacy, The Stooges, The Sonics, The Cramps, Lightning Bolt and The Ex. They transformed the music of these artists into a contemporary context, making it their own. As individuals or as a group, they have collaborated with those including, Peter Brötzmann, Sonic Youth, Jim O’Rourke, Thurston Moore, David Grubbs, Eye, The Ex, Pat Metheny, Arto Lindsay, Steve Reid, Kieran Hebden, Merzbow, Christian Marclay, The Nomads, Guy Picciotto, Neneh Cherry and more, all activities fueling the music of The Thing to become what the group is all about.

Soar Trio

Soar Trio is the Detroit-based project of endlessly globe-trotting pianist Thollem McDonas and Detroit musicians Skeeter C.R. Shelton on winds and Joel Peterson double-bass. It’s a collaboration of musicians with a history of making innovative music that reaches beyond just seasoned New Music listeners. The Buffalo News has called Soar Trio “the perfect gateway band for free jazz”- which does not exactly describe the music (although the “cry” of jazz is throughly present in the classic tone and articulation of Shelton’s saxophone playing)- but it does describe the kind of impact and excitement the trio has even on general audiences.


Oct. 7: Ballrogg
Oct. 9 & 10: Sonic Lullaby Fest
Oct. 13 Jon Mueller, Ken Aldcroft, Tiger Hatchery
Oct 14: Ben Miller, Vikki Viktoria