Newsbits: Claire Chase / Pat Patrick / Alice Coltrane / Nicole Mitchell / David Murray and Kahil El Zabar

Alice Coltrane

Claire Chase from the International Contemporary Ensemble has won the $100,000 Avery Fisher Prize.

The Chicago Reader features an obscure album from Sun Ra sideman Pat Patrick.

A new Alice Coltrane album, World Spirituality Classics 1: The Ecstatic Music of Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda, has been released.

The Chicago Reader also features a review of the new album from Nicole Mitchell.

David Murray and Kahil El Zabar will perform in Pittsburgh on June 4.

Chicago Scene: May 6-13, 2017

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

Saturday, May 6th 2017

4:00PM at Iridium Clothing Co, 1330 N Milwaukee
The Lynching Of : an Avant Garde Jazz Hip HOpera
David Boykin and Sebau

8:00PM at Elastic, 3429 W Diversey, #208, 773.772.3616 ($10)
Rami Atassi, Tatsu Aoki
Avreeayl Ra, Coco Elysses, JoVia Armstrong, KIOTO, Su Wun Choi

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($10)
Stephan Crump’s Rosetta Trio with Liberty Ellman, Jamie Fox

Sunday, May 7th 2017

5:00PM at Some Like It Black, 810 E 43rd, 773.891.4866
AACM Great Black Music Ensemble, with special guest Douglas R Ewart

6:00PM at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E 60th, 773.702.ARTS
The Bridge : Jason Roebke, Pierre-Antoine Badaroux, Jean-Luc Guionnet, Jim Baker

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($15-$10)
Dal Niente Presents
Gregory Beyer — music by Gregory Beyer, Alexandre Lunsqui, Raphaël Cendo, John Cage, Mikel Kuehn

Monday, May 8th 2017

7:00PM at Experimental Sound Studio, 5925 N Ravenswood, 773.769.1069 ($10)
Jeremiah Cymerman Solo

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

9:00PM at Elastic, 3429 W Diversey, #208, 773.772.3616 ($10)
Pierre-Antoine Badaroux, Jean-Luc Guionnet, Mars Williams, Nick Mazzarella
Dave Rempis, Matt Piet, Tim Daisy

Tuesday, May 9th 2017

7:00PM at Reggie’s Rock Club, 2109 S State, 312.949.0120 ($35-$60) (wheelchair-accessible)
District 97

7:30PM at the Hungry Brain, 2319 W Belmont (wheelchair-accessible)
Erwin Helfer
8:00PM at Elastic, 3429 W Diversey, #208, 773.772.3616 ($10)
Selina Trepp’s Rotation featuring Tomeka Reid, Jaimie Branch, Jason Ajemian, Chad Taylor, Dan Bitney

9:30PM at The Whistler, 2421 N Milwaukee (wheelchair-accessible)
The Bridge — artists TBA

Wednesday, May 10th 2017

8:00PM at the Promontory, 5311 S Lake Park, 312.801.2100
The Bridge #13
Pierre-Antoine Badaroux, Jean-Luc Guionnet, Jim Baker, Jason Roebke, Tatsu Aoki, Lou Mallozzi

9:00PM at the Hideout, 1354 W Wabansia, 773.227.4433 ($10)
Jaimie Branch Quartet with Tomeka Reid, Chad Taylor, Jason Ajemian, guests Matt Schneider, Ben LaMar Gay, Josh Berman — Record release
Wei Zhongle

Thursday, May 11th 2017

9:00PM at Elastic, 3429 W Diversey, #208, 773.772.3616 ($10)
The Bridge #13
Pierre-Antoine Badaroux, Jean-Luc Guionnet, Jim Baker, Jason Roebke

Friday, May 12th 2017

8:00PM at Elastic, 3429 W Diversey, #208, 773.772.3616 ($15)
Chicago String Summit
Mark Feldman, Tim Daisy
Mary Oliver Solo
Hank Roberts, Jacob Sacks

8:00PM at Experimental Sound Studio, 5925 N Ravenswood, 773.769.1069 ($10)
Outer Ear : The Bridge #13
Jean-Luc Guionnet, Pierre-Antoine Badaroux, Jim Baker, Jason Roebke

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($15-$10)
The Hustle
Spektral Quartet : Clara Lyon, Maeve Feinberg, Doyle Armbrust, Russell Rolen

Saturday, May 13th 2017

8:00PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($15)
Chicago String Summit
Eyvind Kang Solo
Helen Gillet Solo
Hear In Now : Mazz Swift, Silvia Bolognesi, Tomeka Reid

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EMPAC Summer Season

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Source: Troy NY’s EMPAC.

This summer the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute will present a special season of programming to coincide with Rensselaer’s inaugural Summer Arch semester. In addition to the production residencies and research projects that are regularly conducted at the center throughout the summer, the season will be punctuated by a number of concerts, film screenings, theater performances, and workshops.

Electronic musician Elysia Crampton will perform in EMPAC Studio 1 to kick things off on May 26. Crampton’s music is celebrated for its experimental sonic palette, queer identity, and embrace of South American spirituality.

From May 31 to June 4, the Albany Symphony Orchestra takes over EMPAC for their annual American Music Festival, highlighting new works by living American composers. Summer Arch students are invited to attend the Saturday, June 3, marquee concert free of charge.

From July 10-14, EMPAC partners with the Harvard University Studio for Electroacoustic Composition (HUSEAC) and the Paris-based Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique (IRCAM) for a first-of-its-kind intensive Spatial Audio Summer Workshop. Using EMPAC’s new 500-speaker wave field synthesis audio system, as well as Ambisonic technology, the weeklong workshop will offer in-depth training on emerging spatial audio platforms. IRCAM researcher Markus Noisternig will offer a performance using this technology on the opening night, followed by a performance by Harvard’s Hans Tutschku on the 13th.

On July 20, EMPAC will celebrate the release of a new book documenting the work of artist Lucy Raven. Low Relief chronicles Raven’s years-long work researching 3D film technology, culminating in her 2015 EMPAC commission Tales of Love and Fear. Following the book launch, Raven will join forces with Hollywood special effects legend Phil Tippett to present their collaborative project Coming Attraction, along with the cult-classic sci-fi film Starship Troopers, for which Tippett designed all the alien “bugs.”

On August 10, theater-maker Andrew Schneider will perform his Obie Award-winning experimental theater piece YOUARENOWHERE, inspired by quantum mechanics and parallel universes. Schneider is in residency at EMPAC to develop the follow-up to his blockbuster, which will premiere in the fall.

Finally, on August 16, trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire will bring his quartet to the concert hall. Akinmusire is a rising star of the jazz world and records for the legendary Blue Note record label.

Downtown Music Gallery Newsletter

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Source: Downtown Music Gallery.

Alice Coltrane’s World Spirituality! Mat Walerian / Matthew Shipp / William Parker! Cuong Vu 4-Tet with Bill Frisell! Nicole Mitchell Black Earth Ensemble! Jaimie Branch’s Fly or Die: Tomeka Reid / Jason Ajemian / Chad Taylor! New from FMR: Paul Dunmall / Liam Noble / John Edwards / Mark Sanders! George Lewis/Rob Burke/Paul Grabowsky/Mark Helias! John Cage’s Radio Music! Szilard Mezei Trio! Maggie Nicols Duo! Tomasz Stanko New York Quartet!

John Abercrombie/Marc Copland/Drew Gress/Joey Baron! New from Makigami’s Hikashu! New from Auand: Zeno De Rossi! Piero Bittolo Bon! Aunad Family 50th Release! Pascal Comelade! Sun Ra & Jac Berrocal 7” Singles! Faust! Albert Ayler! Max Roach! Paul Gonsalves! Bert Jansch! Jon Gibson! Arnold Dreyblatt! And more ans more..!


The FREE DMG Weekly New Music In-Store Series Continues on Sundays with:

Sunday, May 7th:
6pm; BEN STAPP and ELIJAH SHIFFER – Tuba and Sax / Clarinet
7pm: CATHERINE SIKORA and BRIAN CHASE – Tenor Sax and Drums

Sunday, May 14th:
6pm: BEAKER: ALEC HARPER & TYLER GILMORE – Tenor Sax & Electronics


Sunday, June 4th at Downtown Music Gallery:

Monday, June 5th at ZURCHER GALLERY (33 Bleecker St, east of Lafayette)

Monday, June 19th at THE STONE:
Bruce’s Birthday Celebration & Concert of Spiritual Jazz!
July, 2017 is the 50th Anniversary of the Passing of John Coltrane – We Embrace his Spirit!

Saturday, July 15th at DMG: Super Rare Solo Performance by:
6pm: HENRY KAISER – Solo Electric Guitar!

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