Chicago Scene: July 9-16, 2016

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

Saturday, July 9th 2016

4:00PM in Fred Anderson Park, 1611 S Wabash
The Executives and the Young Masters
Ernest Dawkins, Taalib-din Ziyad, Saalik Ziyad, Art “Turk” Burton, Jeremiah Collier, Alexis Lombre, James Wenzel

Sunday, July 10th 2016

9:00PM at the Hungry Brain, 2319 W Belmont ($10 donation) (wheelchair-accessible)
Tim Daisy, Daniel Levin
Tim Daisy, Daniel Levin, Jim Baker

Monday, July 11th 2016

7:00PM at Experimental Sound Studio, 5925 N Ravenswood, 773.769.1069 ($10)
Andrew Clinkman, Carol Genetti, Jeff Kimmel

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

Tuesday, July 12th 2016

5:30PM at the Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E Chicago, 312.280.2660 (wheelchair-accessible)
Tuesdays on the Terrace
James Sanders and Conjúnto

Wednesday, July 13th 2016

8:30PM at Beat Kitchen, 2100 W Belmont, 773.281.4444 (wheelchair-accessible)
Splice Series
Jim Baker, Josh Berman, Steve Hunt, Eli Namay, Peter Maunu

Friday, July 15th 2016

10:00PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($15-$12)
Pitchfork Festival After Show
Jenny Hval
Circuit des Yeux

Saturday, July 16th 2016

8:00PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($25-$20)
Pitchfork Festival After Show
Sun Ra Arkestra

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Upcoming Detroit Shows

From Detroit’s Trinosophes:

Friday, July 15: Bill Orcutt

Bill Orcutt’s career has seen him transform from noisy rock guitarist (most notably with Hairy Pussy) into a finger-picking psych-folk great His sound is a stuttered reimagining of blues guitar. You can hear familiar Southern folk idioms beneath Orcutt’s jagged acoustic guitar phrases, which often become unmoored in vast torrents of sound. Orcutt has also recorded or performed with Loren Mazzacane Connors, Chris Corsano, Peter Brotzmann and Alan & Richard Bishop.

Doors at 9pm, $10.

Saturday, July 16: Action Beat, Opening Bell, Thollem Electric

This is the first US tour of Action Beat, an improvisational noise rock act from Bletchley UK who usually perform with 1-4 drummers and an inordinate amount of guitarists. They began playing together in 2004, and have played over 600 shows throughout Europe. The recently added G.W. Sok as their frontman.

G.W. Sok (born 1957, real name Jos Kleij) is a Dutch singer, best known for his 30 year career as the frontman of the The Ex. G.W. Sok left The Ex in 2008 to focus on a solo career and collaboration projects with other musicians, participation in theatre performances and spoken word performances. Apart from his musical career he’s also active as a writer and a graphic designer.

Touring with Action Beat is the New York trio, Opening Bell. Veterans of underground rock music, this project finds the members veering towards drone, meditative and electronic music.

Visiting artist Thollem McDonas open the show with the first set of his residency in the solo, electric keyboard configuration. A virtuoso on the piano, Thollem’s music runs the gamut from radical to accessible and is delivered in a variety of idioms- this being one of his most rocking!

Doors at 9 pm; $8.

Sunday, July 17: BoxDeserter

For the second night of Thollem’s residency, we present the large ensemble BoxDeserter. Almost an improvising chamber orchestra, BoxDeserter has featured Thollem and Joel Peterson with a host of regional improvisors down the years, including the last full concert performance by Faruq Z. Bey. The group also released the CD, Two Revolutions, on the Edgetone label in 2008. This iteration of BoxDeserter reunites members of that recording and adds some new players as well.

Thollem McDonas (keys), Joel Peterson (strings), Clara Hardie (strings), Skeeter Shelton (winds), Molly Jones (winds), Marcus Elliot (winds), Hasan Abdur Razzaq (winds), James Cornish (brass), Tyler Hicks (guitar), Kurt Prisbe (percussion). More TBA

Doors at 7:30 pm; $10 min. donation.

Coming Soon

7/27: Michael Malis Trio, Matthew Daher

7/31 Tatsuya Nakatani Detroitet

The Secret Link Between Jazz and Physics

Source: Open Culture.

Alexander describes his jazz epiphany as occasioned by a complex diagram Coltrane gave legendary jazz musician and University of Massachusetts professor Yusef Lateef in 1967. “I thought the diagram was related to another and seemingly unrelated field of study—quantum gravity,” he writes in a Business Insider essay on his discovery, “What I had realized… was that the same geometric principle that motivated Einstein’s theory was reflected in Coltrane’s diagram.”

Classical Music Listings From The New York Times

English: Tyshawn Sorey at moers festival 2010

Source: The New York Times.

The Knights (Tuesday) This innovative chamber orchestra presents a typically eclectic yet thematically focused program bookended by two works that contemplate change: Haydn’s Symphony No. 64, “Tempora Mutantur,” and the ensemble’s own arrangement of Bob Dylan’s “The Times They Are A-Changin’.” Also on the program is music by Gabriel Kahane, and Bob Haggart and Ray Bauduc’s proto-drum-and-bass extravaganza “Big Noise From Winnetka.” At 7:30 p.m., Naumburg Bandshell, Central Park, midpark, enter at 72nd Street, (da Fonseca-Wollheim)

New Juilliard Ensemble (Sunday) The Sculpture Garden of the Museum of Modern Art is a pleasing place to hear concerts on summer evenings, despite the nearby traffic noise that filters in. This year’s free, always popular Summergarden concerts, which focus on contemporary music, are presented in collaboration with the Juilliard School and Jazz at Lincoln Center. The opening program presents performers from the New Juilliard Ensemble in works for mixed ensembles by Luca Francesconi, James Crowley, Paul Archbold and Hrodmar Ingi Sigurbjornsson. Joel Sachs conducts. Sunday at 8 p.m., Museum of Modern Art, 212-708-9400,; free. (Tommasini)

Tyshawn Sorey (Friday through Sunday) The composer and performer’s residency at the Stone, John Zorn’s performance space, concludes with three evenings of spontaneous creation, with Mr. Sorey conducting the Banff/NYC Improvisers Orchestra. Given the size of the band, seating will be limited. At 8 p.m., the Stone, Avenue C and Second Street, East Village, (David Allen)