Chicago Scene: December 3-10, 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.

Saturday, December 3rd 2016

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($12)
Wants And Desires
Okkyung Lee, Andrew Lampert

Sunday, December 4th 2016

4:00PM at Merit School of Music, 38 S Peoria
PROXIMITY : Enno Poppe
Ensemble Dal Niente — music by Enno Poppe, Michael Pelzel, Rebecca Saunders

7:00PM at the Redline Tap, 7000 N Glenwood, 773.465.8005 ($5) (wheelchair-accessible)
Jimmy Bennington Colour and Sound

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($10) with Dante Boon — music by Jurg Frey

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

Monday, December 5th 2016

7:30PM at the Chopin Theatre, 1543 W Division, 773.278.1500 (Free)
OpenICE : Ricefall
Members of ICE with special guests — music by Michael Pisaro

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, December 6th 2016

7:30PM at the Chopin Theatre, 1543 W Division, 773.278.1500 (Free)
OpenICE : Celebrating Pauline
Dan Lippel, Cory Smythe, Alice Teyssier, Campbell Macdonald, Rebekah Heller, Ryan Muncy, Ross Karre, Katinka Kleijn — music of Pauline Oliveros

9:00PM at Elastic, 3429 W Diversey, #208, 773.772.3616 ($10)
Michael Zerang, Biliana Voutchkova
Lia Kohl

Wednesday, December 7th 2016

7:30PM at Preston Bradley Hall, 78 E Washington, 312.744.6630 (Free)
OpenICE : Drift
Members of ICE — music by Anna Thorvaldsdottir, Wojtek Blecharz, Anton Webern, Chaya Czernowin, Liza Lim, Sam Pluta

Thursday, December 8th 2016

9:00PM at Elastic, 3429 W Diversey, #208, 773.772.3616 ($10)
Michael Zerang with surprise Chilean guest
Keefe Jackson, Jason Adasiewicz

Friday, December 9th 2016

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($12)
Helen Money : Alison Chesley with Will Thomas
Bruce Lamont

Saturday, December 10th 2016

3:00PM at the Promontory, 5311 S Lake Park, 312.801.2100 ($20-$10)
Voices Heard : Black Women in Creative Music Festival
3:00PM Amina Claudine Myers, Nicole Mitchell
4:00PM Ndosi-Reid’s Sonic Restoration : Mankwe Ndosi, Tomeka Reid
5:00PM Samana : Properties of Light Through Sound featuring music of Maia

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Downtown Music Gallery Newsletter

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Source: Downtown Music Gallery.

Two Gems from Anthony Braxton: New Duo with Miya Masaoka & All-Star Quintet Reissue Rarity! Michel Edelin’s Flute Fever With Nicole Mitchell & John Betsch! New from Hatology/Now: Morton Feldman/James Tenney/Jackson Harrison Trio! Henry Kaiser & Alexei Pliousnine! Chris Pitsiokos Quartet! Bob Drake! Ossatura! Pablo Diax Quinteto! Paula Shocron & Enrique Norris!

Plus Rare Archival Recordings from Sun Ra Arkestra! Keiji Haino! Merzbow! Harry Bertoia! Yoko Ono! Peter Baumann! Two from Ry Cooder! More Enlightenment Reissues: John Lewis! Paul Chambers! Gerry Mulligan! Art Pepper! Oscar Pettiford! Hampton Hawes! Slapp Happy! And Much more!


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

Sunday, December 4th:

Rare Thursday, December 8th Event:
6pm Sharp: SHANE PARISH – Solo Acoustic Guitar & CHRIS PITSIOKOS – Solos & Duo

Sunday, December 11th: No In-Store During
Fred Frith Residency at The Stone!

Sunday, December 18th Double-Header:
6pm: VIV CORRINGHAM / MIA ZABELKA – Vocals / Violin
7pm: EMILIE LESBROS – Solo Vocals

Monday, January 2nd 2017: New Years Celebration to Kick Off 2017 With Something Special!
6pm: BEN GOLDBERG Returns to DMG!

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

Los Angeles Free Music Society Profiled

Source: The Guardian.

We were artists using sound as our medium, trying to find a different approach by letting go of the musician part,” wrote Rick Potts in his first-person history of the Los Angeles Free Music Society. Formed in the early 70s in the un-hip enclaves around Pasadena, the LAFMS was a loose collective of individuals who banded together to push the boundaries of sound, noise, music and art. To accomplish these goals, they used an unorthodox array of electronic and analog tools: tape loops, kids’ musical toys, homemade instruments and industrial objects. As founding member Tom Recchion notes: “I always felt like Evel Knievel. I could jump off any building and try to test something out.”