Chicago Scene: October 8-13, 2016

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

Saturday, October 8th 2016

2:00PM at Preston Bradley Hall, 78 E Washington, 312.744.6630 (Free)
Ear Taxi
Access Contemporary Music and Julia Bentley — music by Lawrence Axelrod, Seth Boustead, Yuan-Chen Li, Andrew McManus, Timothy Page
live painting by Lewis Achenbach

5:00PM at Harris Theater, 205 E Randolph, 312.334.7777
Ear Taxi
NewMusicBox Live

7:30PM at Harris Theater, 205 E Randolph, 312.334.7777 ($20-$10)
Ear Taxi
Third Coast Percussion and Spektral Quartet — music by Third Coast Percussion, Augusta Read Thomas
Chicago Harp Quartet — music by Carolyn O’Brien
Arcomusical — music by Gregory Beyer, Alexis C Lamb
All Ear Taxi Festival Musicians — music by Drew Baker

9:00PM at Elastic, 3429 W Diversey, #208, 773.772.3616 ($10)
Richard Pinhas
Wume
Good Willsmith

Sunday, October 9th 2016

12:00PM at Preston Bradley Hall, 78 E Washington, 312.744.6630 (Free)
Ear Taxi
Chicago Composers Orchestra — music by Brian Baxter, Olivia Block, Kathleen Ginther, Randall West
live painting by Lewis Achenbach

5:00PM at Claudia Cassidy Theater, 78 E Washington, 312.744.6630 (Free)
Ear Taxi
Fifth House Ensemble — music by Dan Visconti
a.pe.ri.od.ic — music by Michael Pisaro
Picosa — music by Jonathon Kirk

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($15-$10)
Ear Taxi
Ear Taxi Festival Blowout Party, with music by Marc Mellits, Nicole Mitchell, Marta Ptaszynska, Christopher Wendell Jones, Aaron Cassidy, LJ White

Monday, October 10th 2016

7:30PM at Harris Theater, 205 E Randolph, 312.334.7777 ($27-$15)
Ear Taxi and MusicNOW
Musicians from the CSO — music by Marc Mellits, Katherine Young, Sam Pluta, Kyle Vegter

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($15)
Steve Coleman and Five Elements, with Jonathan Finlayson, Anthony Tidd, Sean Rickman, Kokayi

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

Wednesday, October 12th 2016

9:00PM at the Hideout, 1354 W Wabansia, 773.227.4433 ($10)
Nate Young
Aaron Dilloway
Hogg
Andy Ortmann

Thursday, October 13th 2016

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($10)
Battle Trance : Travis Laplante, Patrick Breiner, Matthew Nelson, Jeremy Viner

9:00PM at Elastic, 3429 W Diversey, #208, 773.772.3616 ($10)
Frode Gjerstad Trio with Fred Lonberg-Holm, Jon Rune Strøm

For more information, such as directions, as well as upcoming performances, see:

http://now-is.org/, http://www.ratchetmusic.com, http://www.mcachicago.org, http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/chicago_culturalcenterschedule.html, http://www.skylarkchicago.com, http://www.hideoutchicago.com, http://www.elasticrevolution.com, http://www.myopicbookstore.com/music.html, http://www.lampo.org, http://dalniente.com, http://iceorg.org/events/category/chicago, http://www.emptybottle.com/

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Drummer Jim Black’s New Album Reviewed

Source: Bleader.

Drummer Jim Black has one of the most immediately recognizable styles in jazz—his wonderfully unhinged playing bears the mark of the rock backbeat, but he makes it special with a clanking, disruptive quality that forces his collaborators to heighten their reflexes. I first heard him as the infectiously sputtering engine behind Tim Berne’s fantastic quartet Bloodcount, but Black’s roots reach back to Seattle, where in 1987 he cofounded Human Feel with reedists Chris Speed and Andrew D’Angelo and guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel. Black has maintained an especially fruitful relationship with Speed, not just in the reactivated Human Feel but also in the reedist’s old band Yeah No, his more recent Endangered Blood, the Eastern European-influenced collective Pachora, and the drummer’s own Alasnoaxis.

Creative Music Studio Don Cherry Show in NY

Source: Creative Music Studio.

Creative Music Studio 2.0 Presents: ‘In the Spirit of Don Cherry

CMS Improvisers Octet Led by Karl Berger, explores Themes from Cherry’s 50-Year- Old Landmark Recordings Symphony for Improvisers,.

Saturday, November 5, 8:30 pm
Greenwich House Music School, 46 Barrow Street (off Bleecker)
$20 at the door (includes CMS Archive CD)

The revamped Creative Music Studio will present a 50th anniversary tribute to Don Cherry’s landmark 1966 recordings featuring the all-star CMS Improvisers Octet led by Karl Berger with a special performance on Saturday, November 5 at Greenwich House Music School, 46 Barrow Street (off Bleecker) in Greenwich Village, NYC. The performance begins at 8:30. Tickets are $20 at the door and include a CMS Archive Project CD.

The CMS™ Improvisers Octet will explore themes from Don Cherry’s visionary recordings from 1965 and 1966, including Symphony for Improvisers, Where is Brooklyn? and Complete Communion. The CMS Improvisers Octet’s “In the Spirit of Don Cherry” performance will use pieces from these timeless recordings as launching pads for improvised interpretations that weave together jazz, world music and contemporary music. The ensemble features six musicians who played with Cherry, including Karl Berger (piano, vibes, leader), Bob Stewart (tuba), Steven Bernstein (trumpet), Peter Apfelbaum (reeds, percussion), Ingrid Sertso (vocals), and Graham Haynes (cornet), along with Tani Tabbal (drums) and Adam Lane (bass). Special guests may be announced at another time.

Noted for his long association with saxophonist Ornette Coleman, which began in the late 1950s, Don Cherry became a pioneer of world-fusion music in the 1960s. During this period, he incorporated various ethnic styles into his playing and composing. Cherry, who died in 1995, was essential to the creation and development of the Creative Music Studio™; he inspired many of its methodologies, taught many CMS workshops and founded his legendary group, Codona, at CMS. A suite of his is included in CMS Archive Project Selections Vol. 2, released last year.

Downtown Music Gallery Newsletter

Frank Zappa, Ekeberghallen, Oslo, Norway

Source: Downtown Music Gallery.

Rova/Orkestrova Tribute to Butch Morris! Andrew Cyrille QT: Bill Frisell/Richard Teitlebaum/Ben Street! Jonathan Finlayson & Sicilian Defense: Miles Okazaki/Matt Mitchell/John Hebert/Carl Weinrib! Duck Baker Trio: Alex Ward & John Edwards! Omar Tamez/Angelica Sanchez Qt! 2 from Frank Zappa (Legit) Road Tapes Venue #2 + 200 Motels DVD!

Plus Rare Restocks & Reissues from Don Cherry! Cecil Taylor! Michael Mantler & Jazz Composers Orchestra! Butch Morris Conduction # 70! Tim Berne & Hank Roberts! Cosmosamatics! Vinny Golia Quintet! Ran Blake Solo! Steve Lacy & Michael Smith! And a Healthy Dose of LP-Only Items!

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

Sunday, October 9th:
6pm: T A TRIO Plays STEVE LACY: TITUS ABBOTT – Soprano Sax / NICOLAS LETMAN-BURTINOVIC – Bass / PETER KRONREIF – Drums

Rare Thursday, October 13th:
6:30pm: NATE WOOLEY / JEREMIAH CYMERMAN – Trumpet / Clarinet Duo
Plus LOGAN HONE – Solo Alto Sax & Bass Clarinet

Sunday, October 16th Double-Header:
6pm: HARVEY VALDES / MARCO OPPEDISANO / DARIO ISCARO – 3 Guitarists
7pm: JEREMY CARLSTEDT / ANDERS NILSSON / FRANCOIS GRILLOT

Sunday, October 23rd Double-Header:
6pm: THOMAS HELTON / TONY MALABY / JOE HERTENSTEIN
7pm: DAMON SMITH & NICOLAS LETMAN-BURTINOVIC Contrabass Duo