Friday, May 5: Dave Rempis solo and with guests, Spectrum 2, Molly Jones debuts Microliths
One of the stalwart’s of Chicago’s creative music scene, Dave Rempis at the age of 22 was asked to replace veteran saxophonist Mars Williams in the well-known Chicago jazz outfit The Vandermark Five. This opportunity catapulted him to notoriety as he began to tour regularly throughout the US and Europe playing clubs, concert halls, and festivals on both continents.
During his tenure with The Vandermark Five, Rempis also began to develop the many Chicago-based groups and international collaborations for which he’s currently known, including The Rempis Percussion Quartet, The Engines, Ballister, Rempis/Abrams/Ra, Wheelhouse, The Rempis/Rosaly Duo, and The Rempis/Daisy Duo. Many of these groups have been documented on the Okkadisk, 482 Music, Not Two, Clean Feed, Solitaire, and Utech record labels.
Also on the bill is the veteran improvisor Skeeter Shelton’s Spectrum 2 and the debut of Microliths, a new group from Molly Jones. Members of both ensembles will join Rempis following his solo set.
Doors at 8 pm; $10 min.
Wednesday, May 17: NEWN concert with Stephen Boegehold and Michael Malis.
Noontime concert featuring Stephen on drums and Michael on piano/keys. Free!
Monday, May 22: Elgar, Way of Dreams
The European experimental trio Elgar features Swiss improvised music legend Hans Koch (Cecil Taylor, Marc Ribot, John Zorn) on baritone saxophone, along with Flo Stoffner guitar (Paul Lovens, Rudi Mahall, Dewey Redman) and Lionel Friedli (Marc Ribot, Elery Eskelin) drums. Veering towards the electric and angular, this group often sounds like it has a No-Wave rhythm section riding below the broad sonic foreground. Opening the show is Way of Dreams, also a new, rocking experimental music group from Stephen Boegehold.
Doors at 8 pm; $8.
6/6: Alan Licht