Chicago Scene: December 5-11, 2015

Fred Lonberg-Holm in 2002

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

Saturday, December 5th 2015

8:00PM at Experimental Sound Studio, 5925 N Ravenswood, 773.769.1069
ARP 2015 Showcase
Maria Gaspar
Jodie Mack
Jefferey Thomas, Chris Salveter

Sunday, December 6th 2015

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($15-$10)
Neue Musik
Ensemble Dal Niente — music by Carola Bauckholt, Helmut Lachenmann, Mark Andre, Johannes Kreidler, Enno Poppe

9:30PM at The Owl, 2521 N Milwaukee, 773.235.5300
Tim Daisy Solo
Signals : Russ Johnson, Clark Sommers, Tim Daisy

Monday, December 7th 2015

7:30PM at Experimental Sound Studio, 5925 N Ravenswood, 773.769.1069
C Spencer Yeh

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

9:00PM at Elastic, 3429 W Diversey, #208, 773.772.3616 ($10)
Sitarsys : Shanta Nurullah, Zahra Baker, Alex Wing, Harrison Bankhead, Avreeayl Ra
Proyecto Libre : James Sanders, Joshua Abrams, Harrison Bankhead, Jean-Christophe Leroy, Robert Delgado, special guest Nick Mazzarella

Tuesday, December 8th 2015

9:30PM at The Whistler, 2421 N Milwaukee (wheelchair-accessible)
Jim Baker, Jason Roebke, Avreeayl Ra

Wednesday, December 9th 2015

10:30PM at Honky Tonk BBQ, 1213 W 18th, 312.907.7895
Fred Lonberg-Holm, Bill MacKay, Matt Lux

Thursday, December 10th 2015

9:00PM at Elastic, 3429 W Diversey, #208, 773.772.3616
Art Union Humanscape : Ayako Kato, Jason Roebke
SKM Trio : Macie Stewart, Steve Marquette, Charlie Kirchen

Friday, December 11th 2015

7:00PM at the Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N Central Pk
JazzCity 2015 : Voices Heard!
Nicole Mitchell, Dee Alexander, Tomeka Reid, Renée Baker, Ann Ward, Coco Elysses

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

8:00PM at Experimental Sound Studio, 5925 N Ravenswood, 773.769.1069 ($10, $20 series pass)
Daniel Wyche, Byron Westbrook

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New Releases From Cold Spring Records

Cold Spring (label)

Source: Cold Spring Records, a trio of albums coming out later this month.

After the much praised collaboration with RAISON D’ETRE released summer 2015 (“De Aeris In Sublunaria Influxu”) and the final volume of the ‘Power Romantic’ trilogy with “Mare Morphosis” in late 2013, “Acouasme” is the first full length album from TROUM in over 2 years. With this album, TROUM wanted to go in a completely different direction, creating a ‘harsher’ and more ‘Industrial’ sounding album as a contrast to previous releases. But through the trademark troumatic machining, the final result doesn’t sound at all like standard harsh noise – it’s rather industrial noise as if filtered through a feverish dream, through a deranged perception. The six long tracks of pestering transrational drones on “Acouasme” sound like an aural psychiatric symptom, a humming hallucination leaving the stable reality.

Z’EV completes an alchemical exploration of Concord and Dissonance that began with the cosmological equations of Sum Things and then clasped the elemental quintet of air, water, fire, earth and spirit in A Handful of Elements. Now, with Eleven Mirrors to the Light, Z’EV plays with the intersection of light and dark, catching waves of luminescence between prisms and mirrors that fragments particles into shimmering washes of sound. Z’EV’s trademark percussion transforms into glistening soundscapes and drones, one part subterranean and another subatomic.

From the wild hedgerows and deep dark rivers of the Midlands, Leicestershire’s Colossloth makes psychogeographic maladies and invocations to warm the heart of the discerning and intrepid psychonaut. Phonic seeds planted in Blackened soil fertilised by visceral imagination. A fugitive ambience for those seeking solace in the unexpected.

Brooklyn’s National Sawdust Venue Profiled

Source: Curbed.

During a recent tour of National Sawdust, a high-tech new concert hall in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, a lone musician was seated behind a piano, playing the hauting theme song from Twin Peaks. Normally, that would be the cue for some surreal Lynchian visual to begin. But after wandering inside the performance space to see where the song was coming from, it was immediately apparent that the music was actually the most normal thing about the intimate venue. For a space devoted to audio performances, it offers quite a striking visual.

DMG Newsletter December 4 2015

English: Ken Vandermark, moers festival 2010

Source: DMG.

Ken Vandermark Book/2 CD Set! Tim Berne/Steve Byram Book & Live Snakeoil CD! BC Studio Doc DVD! Sun Ra: A Joyfyl Noise DVD! FAT returns! Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra! Solo Piano Gems from Uwe Oberg & Claudio Sanna! Stefano Bollani Quintet! Ten Jewels from the Great Auand label on sale!

Watch Out for Vomit Fist! Plus Archival Goodies from Teenage Jesus & the Jerks Live! Two from Organum! Christoph Heemann! Steven Stapleton! Limpe Fuchs! Classic Jazz Boxes from Wes Montgomery! George Russell! Dexter Gordon! Freddie Hubbard! Sonny Rollins & Roland Kirk! The Ever-Expanding LP Section: Peter Brotzmann! Charles Mingus! Howlin’ Wolf! Mike Cooper! Faust! Roger Miller & The Avengers! And So Much More..!

******** The DMG FREE Weekly In-Store Concert Series Continues With:

Sunday, December 6th – Two Amazing Trios in One Evening!

Sunday, December 13th:
6pm: TAMIO SHIRASHI – Elder Solo Sax Legend!
7pm: CHRIS PITSIOKOS – Young Alto sax Wonder!

Sunday, December 20th:
7pm: MAT WALERIAN – Solo Reeds Wiz – from Polish collaborator with Matt Shipp (Great CD on ESP)!

Sunday, December 27:
BEN GOLDBERG & FRIENDS will Get Down & Get Funky!

DMG is located at 13 Monroe St. (between Catherine & Market Sts) in a basement below a Buddhist temple. Take the F train to East Broadway or the 6 train to Canal or the B or D to Grand, or the M-15 bus to Madison & Catherine. Come on Down, the Music Always Free & the Vibes are Quite Cosy!

Extended Techniques NYC Calendar For December 2015 

Source: extended techniques.

SATURDAY, December 5
8PM and 10PM trio-convulsant avec des cordes
Trevor Dunn (bass) Mary Halvorson (guitar) Ches Smith (drums) Secret Quartet: Jennifer Choi, Cornelius Dufallo (violins) Lev Zhurbin (viola) Jeffrey Zeigler (cello)
VENUE: The Stone

SUNDAY, December 6
3 PM John Zorn’s Bagatelles: Jamie Saft Trio
Jamie Saft (piano) Brad Jones (bass) Kenny Wollesen (drums)
VENUE: The Stone

MONDAY December 7– SATURDAY December 19
7:00 PM/8:00 PM/3:00 PM Goldberg
Piano: Igor Levit
Visual Artist: Marina Abramović
Igor Levit interprets J.S. Bach’s Goldberg Variations in an installation created by seminal artist Marina Abramović.
VENUE: Park Avenue Armory, Wade Thompson Drill Hall

TUESDAY, December 8
8PM beyond: a video and sound performance by Ursula Scherrer with MV Carbon and Shelley Hirsch
Ursula Scherrer – live video, MV Carbon – cello, synthesizer, Shelley Hirsch – voice
VENUE: Roulette
ADMISSION: $15-$25

THURSDAY, December 10
8PM Interpretations presents AACM50: Wadada Leo Smith // Douglas Ewart & Quasar
VENUE: Roulette
ADMISSION: $15-$20

FRIDAY, December 11
7 PM Women, Music, Power: a concert by the International Contemporary Ensemble
Music of David Adamcyk & Zosha Di Castri, Natacha Diels, Maria Stankova
VENUE: The Italian Academy

TUESDAY, December 15 and WEDNESDAY, December 16
7.30PM and 9.30PM Mary Halvorson Octet
Mary Halvorson – guitar
Jonathan Finlayson – trumpet
Jon Irabagon – alto saxophone
Ingrid Laubrock – tenor saxophone
Jacob Garchik – trombone
Susan Alcorn – pedal steel guitar
John Hebert – bass
Ches Smith – drums
VENUE: Jazz Gallery
ADMISSION: $15/$10

FRIDAY, December 18
8 PM Ned Rothenberg’s Inner Diaspora Quintet
Ned Rothenberg, woodwinds; Mark Feldman,violin; Erik Friedlander, cello; Satoshi Takeishi, percussion; Jerome Harris, guitar and bass
VENUE: Greenwich House Music School

FRIDAY, December 18
8 PM Sylvie Courvoisier, Ikue Mori, Chuck Bettis
Sylvie Courvoisier (piano) Ikue Mori (electronics) Chuck Bettis (electronics)
VENUE: The Stone

SATURDAY, December 19
8 PM Music Four Pianos Festival
Ron Stabinsky, Sylvie Courvoisier, Cory Smythe & Craig Taborn

TUESDAY, December 29 – THURSDAY, December 31
8 PM John Zorn Improv Night—A Stone Benefit
John Zorn (sax) and friends (check with the venue)
VENUE: The Stone

WEDNESDAY, December 30
8:30PM Tom Rainey Trio
Mary Halvorson, guitar; Ingrid Laubrock, tenor saxophone; Tom Rainey, drums