Chicago Scene: February 24 – March 2, 2018

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

Saturday, February 24th 2018

7:30PM at the Chopin Theatre, 1543 W Division, 773.278.1500 ($10-$5)
New Music Chicago’s Impromptu Fest
Amos Gillespie Quartet with Gaudete Brass Quintet

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western (Free)
2018 Frequency Festival
International Contemporary Ensemble — music by Sabrina Schroeder, Zosha Di Castri, Ann Cleare

Sunday, February 25th 2018

2:00PM at Preston Bradley Hall, 78 E Washington, 312.744.6630 (Free)
2018 Frequency Festival
Julius Eastman Portrait Concert, curated by Seth Parker Woods

7:30PM at the Chopin Theatre, 1543 W Division, 773.278.1500 ($10-$5)
New Music Chicago’s Impromptu Fest
Shi-An Costello

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($15, $35 festival pass)
2018 Frequency Festival
Mariel Roberts — music by George Lewis, Eric Wubbels, David Brynjar Franzson, Cenk Ergun, Mariel Roberts
Haley Fohr

Monday, February 26th 2018

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

Tuesday, February 27th 2018

7:00PM at the Copernicus Theater, 5216 W Lawrence, 773.777.8898
Chopin goes Avant-Garde
Krzysztof Pabian, Dave Rempis, Tim Daisy
Lilianna Zofia Wosko Trio, with Ben LaMar Gay, David Maurice

Wednesday, February 28th 2018

8:00PM at Acme Records, 2341 S Kinnickinnic Ave, Milwaukee WI ($10)
Dave Rempis, Brandon Lopez, Ryan Packard

Friday, March 2nd 2018

8:00PM at Elastic, 3429 W Diversey, #208, 773.772.3616 ($10)
Jennie Gottschalk/Music Since 1970

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The Squid’s Ear Reviews

Source: The Squid’s Ear.

Akio Suzuki / John Butcher – Immediate Landscapes (Ftarri)

Daunik Lazro / Jean-Luc Cappozzo / Didier Lasserre – Garden(s) (Ayler)

Alfredo Costa Monteiro / Miguel A. Garcia – AQ’AB’AL (Mikroton)

Ran Blake – Something to Live For (HatOLOGY)

Luigi Nono’s Harsh Music Inspires Reflection and Action 

Source: The New York Times.

In his politics and in his music, the composer Luigi Nono favored bold moves. In his 20s, Nono joined the Italian Communist Party, and loudly held fast to the party line for decades. Neo-fascist protesters demonstrated at the 1961 premiere of his opera “Intolleranza 1960” (which will be given a rare performance on Thursday at Carnegie Hall) and Nono remained a loyal Communist to the end, visiting the Soviet Union in 1988, not long before his death.

He remained similarly pledged to his chosen aesthetic. For his entire career, he was a champion of modernism, reveling in the possibilities offered by dissonance and electronic experimentation. But that reliability did not make him predictable, as a pair of New York performances demonstrates.

Spatial Audio Summer Seminar at EMPAC in July

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Source: EMPAC.

The Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is pleased to announce the second annual Spatial Audio Summer Seminar July 9-22. Co-presented by the Paris-based Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique (IRCAM) and Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA) at Stanford University, the intensive seminar is a rare opportunity for musicians, composers, programmers, and audio engineers to study the fundamentals of multichannel spatial audio in pristine acoustic environments. Participants will experience multiple large spatial audio systems, including Wave Field Synthesis, High-Order Ambisonics, and Binaural audio.

Researcher Markus Noisternig (IRCAM), professor Chris Chafe (Stanford), and other guests will join EMPAC’s audio staff in dissecting technical and artistic concerns in the creation and presentation of high-count multi-channel sound projection. Using the full capabilities of EMPAC’s sonic infrastructure, including over 700 channels of audio and EMPAC’s Wave Field Synthesis array, the seminar will consist of lectures, roundtables, listening sessions, workshops, and performances.

allEars Improvised Music Festival Reviewed

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Source: a Jazz Noise.

From the allEars website: “allEars is an annual festival for improvised music, held in Oslo, Norway. The goal is to present improvised music in all its forms, also incorporating other mediums like video and dance. allEars is a non-profit festival by music enthusiasts for music enthusiasts, organized by Guro Skumsnes Moe and Christian Meaas Svendsen.”

The festival’s been running since 2002. This year’s events took place between 11-14 January and Doğan Namar was there to experience it all. Here are the highlights according to Doğan…

Downtown Music Gallery Newsletter

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Source: Downtown Music Gallery.

Anthony Braxton Sextet/Charlie Parker Project: Paul Smoker/Misha Mengelberg/Han Bennink! Scott Johnson/Alarm Will Sound! Amir ElSaffar & Hyper! Bobby Kapp/Abraham Burton Trio! Resonant Bodies: Andrew Drury & Stephanie Richards! Gunter Hampel New Quartet! The Astra Choir: Morton Feldman/Earl Brown/Pauline Oliveros..! Giacinto Scelsi Solo Cello!

Helmut Lachenmann for Clarinet! Thomas Ades String Qt & Piano Quintet! FMR restocks!
Historic Music from: Francois Hardy! Hugh Masakela! Desert Rose Band! The Ramones! And LP’s from: Loren Connors! Three from Pharoah Sanders! Miles Davis 1963! Bill Evans Trio! Herbie Hancock! John Coltrane! Ray Charles! Tony Allen! Scott Walker and more!



Sunday, February 25th:
6pm: CHET DOXAS – Tenor Sax and JOHN ESCREET – Drum Machine / Prophet Synth
7pm: MATT MOTTEL and MARTIN ESCALANTE – Talibam Keyboard Wiz & Mexican Multi-Phonic Saxist

Sunday, March 4th:
6pm: RAF VERTESSEN / KEISUKE MATSUNO / HANS TAMMEN – Drums / Guitar / Buchla Synth!
7pm: MIJ YELNED – Solo Bass Flute!

Rare Tuesday, March 6th Performance:

Sunday, March 11th:
6pm: SEAN ALI & AYAKO KANDA – ContraBass & Voice
7pm: DOGWOOD: NICO SOFFIATO and ZACH SWANSON – Guitar and Double Bass!
8pm: BEN GOLDBERG and TOM RAINEY – Clarinet and Drums!