Chicago Scene: July 15-22, 2017

English: Tyondai_Braxton, moers festival 2008

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

Saturday, July 15th 2017

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($20-$15)
Tyondai Braxton
Tim Kinsella

Sunday, July 16th 2017

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($20-$15)
Colin Stetson
Justin Walter

Monday, July 17th 2017

7:00PM at Experimental Sound Studio, 5925 N Ravenswood, 773.769.1069
Helen Gillet 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

Tuesday, July 18th 2017

5:30PM-8:00PM at the Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E Chicago, 312.280.2660 (wheelchair-accessible)
Tuesdays on the Terrace
Jason Stein Trio

Saturday, July 22nd 2017

7:00PM-12:00AM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($50/$65/$100)
ESS Summer Gala
Tortoise
Helen Gillet, Kim Alpert
TALsounds
Jeff Parker, Ben LaMar Gay, Tomeka Reid

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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The Emergence of A New Black Avant-Garde

Source: The Brooklyn Rail.

Over the past decade, a new wave of Black avant-garde music has been gathering momentum in New York, Philadelphia, and beyond. This wave constitutes a major new phase of the movement now commonly known as experimentalism. One of the hallmarks of this movement is the fusion of free jazz and experimental music with various forms of text, including poetry, literary works, and histories that engage deeply with African American pasts, presents, and futures. The other defining feature of this emerging wave is a direct engagement with the culture, social organizations, and politics of the era of the Black Arts Movement of the 1960s and 70s.

Interview with Caspar Brotzmann 

Source: Burning Ambulance.

It’s been 30 years since guitarist Caspar Brötzmann and his power trio Massaker made their debut with 1987’s The Tribe. He made four more Massaker albums: 1989’s Black Axis, 1992’s Der Abend der Schwarzen Folklore, 1993’s Koksofen, and 1995’s Home (a collection of re-recordings of tracks from The Tribe and Black Axis). He’s only collaborated with his saxophonist father twice, on 1990’s Last Home and as a member of the 10-member Marz Combo in 1993. He’s also worked with Einstürzende Neubauten‘s FM Einheit on 1994’s Merry Christmas, and with Helmet‘s Page Hamilton on 1996’s Zulutime. His last studio recording under his own name was Mute Massaker, a collection of instrumental trio jams that sounded more indebted to Jimi Hendrix than anything he’d done before; that was released in 1999.

Thus, it’s been a surprise to see him make a slow, somewhat tentative comeback over the past few years. In 2012, he formed a new trio, NOHOME, with bassist Marino Pliakas and drummer Michael Wertmüller, both of whom played with Peter Brötzmann in the group Full Blast. Their self-titled debut also featured FM Einheit on two tracks, adding a junkyard noise element to their extended doom-improv workouts. He was also the subject of a 2012 documentary, the title of which translates to Brötzmann: That’s When the World is Mine.

Tony Conrad Documentary to be Shown July 23 in Cambridge

at the Celebration of the 35th Anniversary of ...

Source: The Boston Globe.

Tony Conrad, the avant-garde filmmaker, artist, and musician, died last year at 76. He was a provocative, iconoclastic, and subversive polymath whose influence and brilliance are increasingly being recognized. He didn’t care much what people thought of his work; in fact, he often was happy when people totally hated it.

Take, for example, his most noted film, “The Flicker” (1968), which consists of a series of alternately black-and-white images projected on the screen to produce a strobe-like effect. “One third of the audience hated it so much they walked out before it even started,” he says gleefully in one of his puckish interviews in Tyler Hubby’s sly, lively, and illuminating documentary, “Tony Conrad: Completely in the Present.”

Downtown Music Gallery Newsletter

Source: Downtown Music Gallery.

King Crimson: [‘Elements 2017’ 2 CD-Set & ‘Heroes’ CD-EP! Erstwhile Goodies: Keith Rowe / Michael Pisaro & Graham Lambkin / Taku Unami! Brandon Seabrook: Marika Hughes / Chuck Bettis / Eivind Opsvik..! Brian Marsella: Cyro Baptista/Marshall Allen/Meg Okura..!

14 CDs from Clean Feed & Shhpuma: Eric Revis/Ken Vandermark/Kris Davis/Chad Taylor! Nate Wooley/Chris Pitsiokos/Brandon Lopez/Dre Hocevar! Max Johnson/Susan Alcorn/Kris Davis/Mike Pride! Joachim Badenhorst/Susan Santos Silva LAMA! Angelika Niescier Qt: Maroney/Ilgenfritz/Drury! Rob Mazurek Solo! Roots Magic! Platform: Xavier Charles..! Marco Von Orelli: Big Bold Black Bone!

JG Thirwell/Noveller: Xordox! Plus Historic Discs from John Cale & Band! Rolling Stones! Guy Clark! Alex Chilton! Link Wray! LPs from: Univers Zero! Bruce Langhorne! Movie Gold Restocks and Even More..!

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THE DMG 26TH ANNIVERSARY SERIES OF SONIC CELEBRATIONS Continue with:

Super Rare Night Saturday, July 15th Set:
6pm: HENRY KAISER – Solo Electric Guitar!

Sunday, July 16th:
6pm: New Clarinet Trio: GUILLERMO GREGORIO / AARON NOVIK / STAN ZENKOFF!

Sunday, July 23rd:
6pm: BILLY MINTZ QUINTET: TONY MALABY/JOHN GROSS/ROBERTA PIKET/HILLIARD GREENE!
7pm: MAT MANERI & TANYA KALMANOVITCH – LP Release Set!

Sunday, July 30th:
6pm: PABLO DIAZ & PAULA SHOCRON – From the Argentinian Underground – New CD on Hatology!
7pm: JESSE DULMAN – Solo Tuba

Sunday, August 6th:
6pm: PAPER BALLS DUO: DAVID GROLLMAN & JEFF BARSKY!

DMG is located at 13 Monroe St. (between Catherine & Market Sts) in a basement below a small gallery. 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 Always Cosy