Ned Rothenberg Starts New Season of Chicago’s Option Series

Ned Rothenberg at Appleby Jazz Festival 2007

Source: Bleader.

The superb Option series at Experimental Sound Studio returns next week following a hiatus since last October. Curators Ken Vandermark, Tim Daisy, and Andrew Clinkman have announced eight new events, including a kickoff Monday with the virtuosic reeds improviser Ned Rothenberg, giving his first local solo concert since 2013. The intimacy of ESS’s studio provides an optimal setting for Rothenberg’s playing, which builds on the extended techniques of Evan Parker—with whom he’s regularly collaborated—but brings a more serene, hypnotic flair that’s less driven by marathon flights of circular breathing. His technical mastery can certainly blow one’s mind, but he tends to situate such displays in concise chunks that explore a single idea or two.