RIP Ursula Mamlok

Source: The New York Times.

Though Ms. Mamlok often employed the techniques of serial music, her style defied ready categorization. (Devised by Arnold Schoenberg, serial, or 12-tone, music entails using all 12 notes of the Western chromatic scale in equal proportion throughout a work.)

Her music could be atonal, but it was often less so — and, as a result, less forbidding-sounding — than that of other avant-gardists. Critics praised its deliberate, economical spareness; its light, almost pointillist aspect; its sense of wit and play; and its almost palpable emotional clarity.

Chicago Scene: May 8-14, 2016

English: Tyshawn Sorey at moers festival 2010

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

Sunday, May 8th 2016

9:00PM at the Hungry Brain, 2319 W Belmont (wheelchair-accessible)
Chicago Jazz String Summit
Charles Burnham Solo
Macie Stewart, Steve Marquette
Mixed groupings with Summit musicians

Monday, May 9th 2016
7:00PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western (Free)
James Falzone, Lia Kohl, Megan Schneeberger

7:30PM at Experimental Sound Studio, 5925 N Ravenswood, 773.769.1069 ($10-$5)
Eve Risser, Jason Roebke

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($10)
Hanami Quartet : Andrew Trim, Mai Sugimoto, Jason Stein, Charles Rumback

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

9:30PM at The Whistler, 2421 N Milwaukee (Free) (wheelchair-accessible)
The Bridge
Christian Pruvost, Christophe Rocher, special guests Harrison Bankhead, Renée Baker, Mwata Bowden

Tuesday, May 10th 2016

9:30PM at The Whistler, 2421 N Milwaukee (Free) (wheelchair-accessible)
The Bridge
Sylvaine Hélary, Christian Pruvost, Lionel Garcin, Fred Lonberg-Holm, special guests Joshua Abrams, Jim Baker, Lou Mallozzi, Avreeayl Ra

Thursday, May 12th 2016

8:00PM at DePaul Concert Hall, 800 W Belden
Ensemble 20+, Michael Lewanski, conductor — music by Anton Webern, Arnold Schoenberg, Kurt Weill

9:00PM at Elastic, 3429 W Diversey, #208, 773.772.3616
The Sync (The Bridge #5)
Sylvaine Hélary, Eve Risser, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Mike Reed

Saturday, May 14th 2016

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western
Fay Victor, Tyshawn Sorey

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