Chicago Scene: February 13-20, 2016

Kent Kessler

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

Sunday, February 14th 2016

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($10)
Wet Ink : Josh Modney, Eric Wubbels, Sam Pluta

9:30PM at The Owl, 2521 N Milwaukee, 773.235.5300 (Donation)
Michael Zerang, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Kent Kessler, Jim Baker

Monday, February 15th 2016

7:30PM at Experimental Sound Studio, 5925 N Ravenswood, 773.769.1069 ($10)
Weston Olencki, Katherine Young — improvisations, and compositions by Evan Johnson, Peter Ablinger, Katherine Young

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, February 16th 2016

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($5)
Peep Show
Urban Bush Women, David Boykin

Wednesday, February 17th 2016

9:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western (Free)
Volcano Radar : Elbio Barilari, Julia Miller, Rollo Radford, Tim Davis
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, February 18th 2016

9:00AM at Elastic, 3429 W Diversey, #208, 773.772.3616 ($10)
Ben Schmidt-Swartz, Albert Wildeman, Matt Carroll
Keefe Jackson, Anton Hatwich, Phile Sudderberg

Saturday, February 20th 2016

7:00PM at The Annex, 4660 N Rockwell ($10 donation)
Experimental Artist Series #19
Keefe Jackson, Julian Kirshner
Tim Daisy, Jason Stein
Ben Baker Billington, Carlos Chavarria, Adam Tramposh

8:00PM at Graham Foundation (Madlener House), 4 W Burton Pl (Free, RSVP {})
Lampo Presents
EVOL : Roc Jiménez de Cisneros, Hanne Darboven

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western
Ambrose Akinmusire

9:00PM at Elastic, 3429 W Diversey, #208, 773.772.3616 ($10)
Ascension : 50th Anniversary Celebration
Galaxxu : Alexander Adams, Corey Lyons, Zachary Mark, Marc Williams
Set Self on Fire : Ben LaMar Gay, Daniel Van Duerm, Reid Karris, Brendan McAlinden, special guests Aaron Zarzutzki, Andrea Malek

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Daniel Levin Interview

Source: LondonJazz.

The first time I really improvised was when I was 19, at a summer chamber music and dance festival. The organizers brought the two divisions together in a room, and asked if any musicians would be willing to try improvising with a dancer. When I got on stage, I had no idea what to do. I just watched the dancer and allowed myself to respond to her gestures – it was physical and visual information that informed what to play. What I remember best about that experience was the last 10 or 15 seconds: she was spinning, very fast. I matched this movement by going way up the fingerboard and trilling. As I was doing this, at a certain point, I had the uncanny feeling that she was about to crash to the ground. I just went with it, and slid all the way down to the low end of the cello, the bottom of the C string. She and I hit the bottom at exactly the same time. I was astounded, and excited. The music no longer had to come from the page. It could come from other places – a dancer, my own ideas. This was the first big step in finding my voice as an improviser and composer.

Creative Music in DC

Events at Union Arts DC
Every Wednesday @ 7:30pm
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

Friday, February 19 @ 8pm
A Benefit Show for Union Arts DC
Janel and Anthony :: DAIS :: Escape-ism
Janel and Anthony (Creative Music, DC)
DAIS (Experimental Pop, DC)
Escapism (Solo Ian Svenonious, DC)
Union Arts DC (3rd Floor)
411 New York Ave NE
Enter through the loading dock off the corner of 4th and Penn Street NE

Saturday, February 20 @ 8pm
Marie Davidson (Electro-synth vocalizations, Montreal)
Ginger Breaker (Neuromodulation, Montreal)
Violence de Masse (Neuromodulation/ex Vox Nihili, Montreal)
Claire (Ascetic House, RVA)
Rosemary Arp (Broken Call, DC)
Union Arts DC (3rd Floor)
411 New York Ave NE
Enter through the loading dock off the corner of 4th and Penn Street NE

Friday, March 4 @ 8pm
Kohoutek :: Bonnie Kane :: Jeff Lederer’s DC Blowhards :: Boat Burning
Kohoutek (Improvised Psych Rock, Philly/DC)
Bonnie Kane (Solo Saxophone and Flute, NYC)
Jeff Lederer’s DC Blowhards (Creative Music, NYC/DC)
Boat Burning (Chamber Guitar, DMV)
Union Arts DC (3rd Floor)
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

Steve Reich 80th Birthday Events in Toronto

American composer Steve Reich performing clapp...

Source: Soundstreams.

Steve Reich at 80 is a celebration of the “father of minimalism’s” 80th-birthday, where he will be joined by artists from Canada and the US to undertake three signature compositions representing significant signposts in his prolific career.

This concert brings together the three original members of the Steve Reich Ensemble: Steve Reich, Russell Hartenberger, and Bob Becker. Formed in 1966 to perform Reich’s compositions, the ensemble quickly grew to 18 members or more and has toured nationally and internationally. Steve Reich at 80 will kick off with a rare onstage appearance by Reich, performing his playful Clapping Music (1972) with Toronto-based percussionist Hartenberger.

April 14, 2016 at 8:00 pm
Massey Hall, 178 Victoria Street
Presented by Soundstreams and The Corporation of Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall


Ear Candy: Electric Counterpoint (*note: Steve Reich will not be present at this event)
March 19, at 8:00 pm, The Theatre Centre

Salon 21: Clapping Music (*note: Steve Reich will not be present at this event)
April 8, at 7:00 pm, The Gardiner Museum

Soundstreams’ 2016 Gala (featuring Steve Reich)
April 11, at 6:30 pm, Integral House

Steve Reich and Michael Snow in conversation with Sook Yin Lee
April 12, at 7:00 pm, Toronto Reference Library, Bram & Bluma Appel Salon