Chicago Scene: September 9-16, 2017

Paal Nilssen-Love

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

Saturday, September 9th 2017

6:00PM at Experimental Sound Studio, 5925 N Ravenswood, 773.769.1069
Ten x Ten 2017 : Dual Practices
Melina Ausikaitis, Ambrosia Bartošekulva
Mark Booth, Deidre Huckabay
Cathy Hsiao, Damon Locks
Lou Mallozzi, Joseph Clayton Mills
Allen Moore, Sadie Woods

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($15-$20, or $30 festival pass)
Instigation Festival 2017
The Instigation Orchestra : Jeff Albert, Anton Hatwich, Helen Gillet, Ben LaMar Gay, Damon Locks, Steve Marquette, Aurora Nealand, Avreeayl Ra, James Singleton, Macie Stewart, Paul Thibodeaux, Brad Walker, Kim Alpert, with The Djasporas : Marie Casimir, Jeremy Guyton, Felicia Holman, Chanice Holmes, Maritza Mercado-Narcisse, Jasmine Mendoza, Cristal Sabbagh

Sunday, September 10th 2017

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($10)
Pierrot Lunaire
Julia Bentley, Shi-An Costello, Zachary Good, Myra Hinrichs, Sonia Mantell, Allison Poh

9:00PM at Elastic, 3429 W Diversey, #208, 773.772.3616 ($10)
Tradition & Diaspora Series
Tatsu Aoki’s Reduction Quartet +PLUS

9:00PM at the Hungry Brain, 2319 W Belmont ($10 suggested donation) (wheelchair-accessible)
Sharif Sehnaoui, Jim Baker, Michael Zerang

Monday, September 11th 2017

8:00PM at Café Mustache, 2313 N Milwaukee, 773.877.3327 (wheelchair-accessible)
Sleight of Hand : Reid Karris, Ethan T Parcell, Hannah Bureau
Haiga Duo : Jason Chen, Eric Hollander

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

9:30PM at The Whistler, 2421 N Milwaukee (wheelchair-accessible)
Jimmy Bennington Colour and Sound, with Fred Jackson Jr, Artie Black, Dustin Laurenzi, Mike Harmon

Tuesday, September 12th 2017

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

Wednesday, September 13th 2017

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

9:00PM at Elastic, 3429 W Diversey, #208, 773.772.3616 ($10)
Rafael Toral, Jim Baker, Steve Hunt
Dave Rempis, Tashi Dorji, Tyler Damon
Katinka Kleijn, Bill MacKay

Thursday, September 14th 2017

9:00PM at Elastic, 3429 W Diversey, #208, 773.772.3616 ($10)
Frøde Gjerstad Trio with Jon Rune Strom, Paal Nilssen-Love, special guest Steve Swell

Saturday, September 16th 2017

3:00PM-4:30PM at the Northbrook Public Library, 1201 Cedar Ln, Northbrook IL, 847.272.6224 (Free)
Sound Exploration Series
Rafael Toral, Tim Daisy, Mars Williams

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($15-$12)
Tim Berne‘s Snakeoil, with Oscar Noriega, Matt Mitchell, Ches Smith

For more information, such as directions, as well as upcoming performances, see:,,,,,,,,,,,

Jazzword Reviews 

Olver Lake

Source: Jazzword.

Krakow Nights

This is Beautiful because we are Beautiful People

A Wing Dissolved in Light

The Long Road

Joseph BowieOliver Lake
Live at ‘A Space’ 1976

Konvoj Ensemble

Parker & RGG

TOC & the Compulsive Brass
Air Bump

Agustí Fernández/Rafał Mazur

Exclaim! Reviews

Source: Exclaim!

Marcus Fischer

Sun Gong / Bring on the Sun

Astrïd & Rachel Grimes
Through the Sparkle

Jean-Michel Blais
Festival de Musique Émergente, Rouyn-Noranda QC, September 3

Ólafur Arnalds
Eulogy For Evolution 2017

Kara-Lis Coverdale
MUTEK, Montréal QC, August 27

Taylor Deupree & Marcus Fischer

Jeff Özdemir & Friends Vol. 2

Camp Wavelength, Toronto ON, August 20

Fat Worm of Error

Nadia Sirota

Electric Eclectics Festival
Funny Farm, Meaford ON August 4 to 6

Collect/Project Presents “Vision and Delusions” Program in Chicago

Source: Collect/Project.

Collect/Project Presents “Vision and Delusions”
Acclaimed Trans-Atlantic Ensemble Presents
Daring Program with Four US Premieres

EVANSTON—Visions and Delusions explores musical and visual space of what is real or not, seen versus heard, how those elements align or not, and a presents dialogue about states of tangibility and our own ever-ephemeral perceptions. The music expresses the uniqueness of the ensemble Collect/Project, which specializes in experimental music performance with an interest in unorthodox and deeply collaborative experiences. Most of the works on the program were commissioned by the ensemble and developed in close collaboration with the composers and video artists an utilize improvisation, graphic notation and interpretation, open mobile forms, and interactive video and electronic elements.

This is the first time that Collect/Project will appear in the United States in this formation of flute, accordion, and electronics, featuring accordionist Eva Zöllner, and the first time they present a guest artist recital at Northwestern University (

Thursday, October 13, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
Mary B. Galvin Recital Hall, Northwestern University
70 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston
$8 for the general public and $5 for students with valid NU ID

Shanna Gutierrez, flute
Eva Zöllner, accordion
Francisco Castillo Trigueros, electronics

Selim Göncü (b.1983): Play Back (2016)

Fredrick Gifford (b.1972): Shadow Play (MOBILE 2016)

Neele Neo Hülcker (b.1987): Eva und Neele (2013) US Premiere

Detlef Heusinger (b.1956): Ver-Blendungen (2016) US Premiere

Keiko Harada (b.1968): Third Ear Deaf II b (2000) US Premiere

[zygote] (Martin Iddon/Antti Saario): complicity simplex (2010) US Premiere

About Collect/Project:
As a transatlantic ensemble based in sister-cities Chicago and Hamburg, Collect/Project specializes in experimental music and performance with an interest in unorthodox and deeply collaborative experiences grounded not only in classical and contemporary performance techniques, but also steeped in popular and folkloric traditions. Described as “intrepid virtuosi refashioning musical experimentation” by George Lewis, Collect/Project seeks to deploy the creativity of the performer beyond what might be considered normal boundaries. Dedicated specialists and advocates of new music, Collect/Project regularly commissions new works, providing a wider exposure for the music of living composers, and participates in educational residencies with universities and festivals which seek to provide composers and performers an opportunity for experimentation and collaboration. Comprised of Shanna Gutierrez (flutes), Frauke Aulbert (voice), Eva Zöllner (Accordion), and Francisco Castillo Trigueros (electronics), Collect/Project is dedicated to reshaping the way music is created and experienced.