Chicago Scene: April 18-23, 2016

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.

Monday, April 18th 2016
7:30PM at Experimental Sound Studio, 5925 N Ravenswood, 773.769.1069 ($10-$5)
Kristof Curzmann

7:30PM in the Mary B Galvin Recital Hall, 70 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston IL, 847.491.7575 ($8-$5)
Ensemble Linea — music by Raphaël Cendo, Aurélien Dumont, Yair Klartag, Marco Momi, Pascal Dusapin, Frédéric Durieux

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

Tuesday, April 19th 2016

9:00PM at Elastic, 3429 W Diversey, #208, 773.772.3616 ($10)
Graham Stephenson, Aaron Zarzutzki
Jack Wright, Bob Marsh, special guest Carol Genetti

Wednesday, April 20th 2016

10:30PM at Honky Tonk BBQ, 1213 W 18th, 312.907.7895
Figment : Fred Lonberg-Holm, Bill MacKay, Nick Macri, Julian Kirshner

Thursday, April 21st 2016

7:30PM in the Mary B Galvin Recital Hall, 70 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston IL, 847.491.7575 (Free)
Ensemble Linea — music by Bienen School composition students

Friday, April 22nd 2016

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($10)
Gunwale : Dave Rempis, Albert Wildeman, Ryan Packard

Saturday, April 23rd 2016

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

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($10)
Adam Rudolph’s Moving Pictures with Hamid Drake, Joshua Abrams, others TBA

9:30PM at the Hideout, 1354 W Wabansia, 773.227.4433 ($12)
Jim Becker, Joe Adamik, Glenn Kotche, Darin Gray

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Cecil Taylor in New York Reviewed 

Cecil Taylor at moers festival 2008

Source: The New York Times.

The pianist Cecil Taylor, one of the great American artists of the past century, is the subject of an imaginative exhibition and residency at the Whitney Museum of American Art for the next 10 days, called “Open Plan.” This kind of meticulous museum treatment is unusual for a musician, let alone an improvising or living one.

On Thursday, the night before the opening, Mr. Taylor played a concert at the far west end of an 18,200-square-foot open rectangular space on the museum’s fifth floor, by windows overlooking the Hudson River. Printed on the wall behind him was a poem he wrote on Feb. 12: “would I come/into this light/unbidden,” it began.

A couple of additional articles are here and here.

DMG Newsletter April 15th 2016

English: Susan Alcorn

Source: DMG.

John Zorn Nova Express #7! Matthew Shipp & Michael Bisio LP! Dave Douglas’ Dark Territory LP! Peter Brotzmann & ICI Ensemble! Darmstadt Aural Documents Box Set! Peter Lenz QT with Chris Speed! Two from Harvey Valdes! Ryoko Ono & Rogier Smal! Christian Wolff / Michael Pisaro! Matthew Rivert / Vanessa Rossetto! Susan Alcorn LP! Chris Abrahams!

Two from Catherine Christer Hennix! Two from Herman Nitsch! Plus Historic Items from Derek Bailey/Max Eastley/Lindsay Cooper/Irene Schweizer..! Teiji Ito! Friction! DNA! Lou Reed! Muddy Waters! Cluster Big Box! Current 93! Ennio Marconi and Even More..!


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

Saturday, April 16th, a Rare Set to conclude Record Store Day:
6:30pm: CHRIS PITSIOKOS – Solo Alto Sax!

Sunday, April 17th:
6pm: SARA SCHOENBECK / S W / ANDREW DRURY- Two Bassoons & Percussion
7pm: ALLISON LAZUR – Solo Tuba & Fixed Media

Sunday, April 24th:

Sunday, May 1st – 25th Anniversary Party for DMG- Early Start!
5pm: YONI KRETZMER ALL-STAR QUINTET – CD Release Celebration

Sunday, May 8th:
6pm: BRANDON LOPEZ & GREGORIO GUILLERMO – Acoustic Bass & Clarinet

Sunday, May 15th:
6pm: T.J. BORDEN – Solo Cello

Joe Morris and Stephen Haynes Curate Spectacle 2016 in May

Source: Spectacle 2016.

Improvisations :: Arcade
Event VIII

We chose to do something a bit different this year, and hope that you will share our excitement about the group of friends who have agreed to join us this time ’round. We plan two quintet groupings, ad hoc combinations and a small orchestra, an annual tradition.

Spectacle III

Joe Morris/guitar, bass
Stephen Haynes/cornets

Kaoru Watanabe/flutes
Andria Nicodemou/vibraphone
Andrew Drury/drums and percussion
Mat Maneri/viola
Kyoko Kitamura/voice
Carl Testa/bass
Ben Stapp/tuba
Ben Hall/drums and percussion

3 PM, Sunday, May 15
Real Art Ways
Hartford, CT

$5 Student admission
$15/$12 for members

About the Series
We are celebrating our fifth season at RAW with a change in direction, connecting with Arcade, a powerful new regional performance initiative, taking place in Cambridge, Hartford, New Haven, and Brooklyn.

Improvisations :: Arcade is curated by Joe Morris and Stephen Haynes, who join with different guests each month for an improvised performance. The listening environment encourages intimate and deep contact with the music, the musicians, and other audience members. Come early and stay late, listen to and speak with the performing artists.

New Opera Days Ostrava

Iannis Xenakis

Source: Ostrava Center for New Music.

New Opera Days Ostrava is a biennial festival exploring new possibilities in music-theater, including premieres of works composed specifically for the festival. Its 3rd biennial will take place from June 27 – 30, 2016 at a wide range of Ostrava venues – two opera houses (the traditional Antonin Dvořák Theater and the modern Myron Theater, cultural center Cooltour as well as Ostrava alternative industrial spaces such as Coal Mine Hlubina.

Festival will feature five operas by composers from the Czech Republic (Petr Cígler), Hungary (György Ligeti), Great Britain (Richard Ayres), Greece (Iannis Xenakis), and a Polish-Iran partners (Martyna Kosecka and Idin Samimi Mofakham). There will be two world premieres (Cígler and Kosecka / Mofakham), the premiere of a staged version of opera by Richard Ayres, and two Czech premieres (Xenakis, Ligeti).

Avantwhatever April Performance in Melbourne

Source: Avantwhatever.

Avantwhatever Monthly – April 2016

Erkki Veltheim
David Palliser
Marco Cher-Gibard

The Alderman
134 Lygon St
Wednesday April 20
Entry $10 | 7pm for a 7:30pm start

Erkki Veltheim

Erkki Veltheim is a musician and interdisciplinary artist. He has performed with ensembles such as Australian Art Orchestra, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Elision and Ensemble Modern, and has also featured as a soloist with London Sinfonietta and Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. He has performed with and composed arrangements for artists including Black Arm Band, Gurrumul, Shane Howard and Zulya, and as an improviser has worked with Australia’s leading practitioners, such as Anthony Pateras, John Rodgers, Jon Rose, Scott Tinkler and Tony Buck. He has appeared as an on-stage musician in the Belvoir Street production of ‘The Diary of a Madman’, directed by Neil Armfield and starring Geoffrey Rush, and on-stage electric violinist in Brett Dean’s opera ‘Bliss’. Erkki has been commissioned by Adelaide Festival, Vivid Festival and New Music Network, and his compositions have been performed by ensembles such as London Sinfonietta, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Soundstream Collective and Sydney Symphony Orchestra. He frequently collaborates with Sabina Maselli on audiovisual performance and expanded cinema projects. Erkki is a recipient a 2013 Myer Creative Fellowship.

David Palliser

David Palliser is a visual artist and improv musician. He plays with, amongst others, The Charles Ives Singers, The Donkey’s Tail and performs solo. He will playing saxophone, clarinet and loop pedal.

Marco Cher-Gibard

A master of the dark arts of digital signal processing, Marco has performed internationally and nationally as a solo performer and with others. Recent performances include The Make It Up Club with sister (Melbourne 2016), Long Play with sister (Melbourne 2015, Set 30 in Nantes (France 2015), the Now Now Series (Sydney 2013), Time Machine Festival with Scott Morrison (Syndey 2012), Dotolim (Seoul, South Korea, 2011), Hand Made Music Festival (Melbourne, 2011) , Rainbow Serpent Festival (Victoria, 2011), and Taiwan (Black Snail and École Café, 2010)