Chicago Scene: August 14-18, 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.

Sunday, August 14th 2016

9:00PM at the Hungry Brain, 2319 W Belmont ($10 donation) (wheelchair-accessible)
Stirrup : Fred Lonberg-Holm, Nick Macri, Charles Rumback — CD Release

Monday, August 15th 2016

7:30PM at Experimental Sound Studio, 5925 N Ravenswood, 773.769.1069 ($10-$5)
Mars Williams Solo
Donkey No No

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, August 16th 2016

5:30PM at the Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E Chicago, 312.280.2660 (wheelchair-accessible)
Tuesdays on the Terrace
Tomeka Reid’s Hear in Now

Wednesday, August 17th 2016

10:30PM at Honky Tonk BBQ, 1213 W 18th, 312.907.7895
Jim Baker Trio

Thursday, August 18th 2016

9:00PM at Elastic, 3429 W Diversey, #208, 773.772.3616 ($10)
Dave Rempis, Tim Daisy
Dave Rempis, Aaron Zarzutzki, Tim Daisy

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Downtown Music Gallery Newsletter, August 12, 2016

Uri Caine

Source: Downtown Music Gallery.

Erik Friedlander / Shoko Nagai/ Satoshi Takeishi! Uri Caine / Mark Helias / Clarence Penn + Kirk Knuffke! Nick Fraser Quartet With Tony Malaby! Matty Harris Double Septet with Vinny Golia! Healing Orchestra! Buck Curran! Two from Marcos Campello! Three Gems from Camilo Angeles: Animal Ceramico & Sales de Bano! More Books back in stock from Joe Morris & Stuart Broomer! Plus Archival Recordings from Bob Dylan! Dungen! Rapoon! Renaldo & the Loaf! Klaus Schulze & Peter Namlook!


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

Sunday, August 14th:

Sunday, August 21st:

Sunday, August 28th: No In-Store Bruce at Jason’s Wedding

Sunday, September 4th:

DMG is located at 13 Monroe St. (between Catherine & Market Sts) in a basement below a former Buddhist temple & beauty salon. 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 Sunday Music Series is Always Free & the Vibes are Cosy!

Ditchfest in Nashville Starts Sunday

Source: FMRL. The lineup is only available for day 1, but I’m told that the fest lasts through August 16.

Time Fades Away: FMRL Ditch Fest Day One
Sunday, August 14th, 2016 at 9:00pm
Betty’s Grill
407 49th Ave N
Nashville, TN 37209-3442
Get Directions

::Justice “Grampa” Yeldham
Sydney, Australia-based audiovisual artist who has been described as a “trumpeter trapped in a two-dimensional universe” is an accurate description of the musicality of his approach to playing his unlikely instrument of choice: a contact-mic’d pane of glass. Over the past 20 years Lucas Abela has, under his given name and various performing identities created music and interactive installations ranging from Vinyl Road Rallies (remote slot cars fitted underneath with phonograph cartridges to play racetracks made from records) to Temple of Din ( a series of multiplayer pinball machines whose flippers aim metal orbs against the necks of guitars or a Phillipine kulintang gamelan orchestra. His instrumental control of the glass pane is both impressive and apparent to any who have seen his previous Music City shows.

::Bryan Lewis Saunders (Johnson City, TN)
Bryan Lewis has drawn a self-portrait each day for more than 20 years. A consecutive series of these were done under the influence of different drugs went viral and was featured in articles by news outlets such as CNN and Huffington Post. He also is an engaging performance and spoken-word artist. David Parker’s documentary “Art of Darkness” offers an honest portrayal of Saunders

::Pico Dorado (Panama City, FL)
Pico Dorado is a game-piece for improvisation devised by filmmaker and guitarist Scott Bazar in the tradition of John Zorn‘s COBRA. Following is a description of PD from Bazar’s site: “Pico Dorado is a video-conducted spontaneous game composition for an improvising sextet. The players are assigned 1 of 6 colors and are prompted by animated cues. The cues affect various aspects of playing such as duration, volume, tempo, timbre, as well as dividing the group into solos, duos, trios, and so forth. Pico Dorado performances are broken into 10 or 30 min rounds. Each round features a new ensemble. This is achieved by public participation encouraging musicians in attendance to learn the mechanics of the game.”

::Torschlusspanik (Cleveland, TN)
Torschlusspanik describes herself as a supergroup consisting of members of the Rolling Stones, Metallica, and Oasis, prompting the obvious question: “Where were we while you were getting high?”. Her sonically engaging “harsh, cut-up electroacoustics” avoid genre cliches while revealing a developed musicality.

9 pm
$10-$15 sliding scale admission

Metropolis Ensemble 10 Year Anniversary

Source: Metropolis Ensemble.

Celebrate: Metropolis Ensemble Turns 10
September 27 @ 8PM show/7:30PM doors
Angel Orensanz Foundation
172 Norfolk Street, NYC
Tickets: $20

The experience is inspired by John Cage’s instruction “everything at once and all together.” Itinerant performers (violinist Sean Lee with roving Paganini Caprices; soprano Ariadne Greif with selections from Cage’s Song Books) will interweave with overlapping live-music installations and large-scale group performances (featuring music by Anna Clyne, Timo Andres, Vivian Fung, Paula Matthusen, Andrew Norman, and Ricardo Romaneiro). Electro-acoustic works ranging from Jakub Ciupinski’s re-programmed theremins, a new open-score work for Pocket Operator + Instruments by Ryan Francis, and a Happy Birthday “pop-song” composed by Du Yun for orchestra during the event with audience participation, will enlarge the palette of sonic colors and textures. Featured performers include singer-songwriter Emily Wells, violinist Kristin Lee, cellist Ashley Bathgate, bassoonist/composer Brad Balliett, percussionist Ian Rosenbaum, and pianist Conor Hanick.


Kati Agocs, Andy Akiho, Timo Andres, David Bruce, Brad Balliett, Doug Balliett, Christopher Cerrone, Anna Clyne, Avner Dorman, Jakub Ciupinski, Jacob Cooper, Daniel Felsenfeld, Ryan Francis, Vivian Fung, Ted Hearn, Robert Honstein, Ray Lustig, Paula Matthusen, Andrew Norman, Gity Razaz, Ricardo Romaneiro, Emily Wells, and Du Yun. More to be announced!