Chicago Scene: February 4-10, 2018

Mwata Bowden

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

Sunday, February 4th 2018

5:00PM at Currency Exchange Cafe, 305 E Garfield Blvd, 773.855.9163 (Free)
GBME Pre-Superbowl Concert
AACM Great Black Music Ensemble with special guest Rollo Radford

7:00PM at the New Heartland Café Bar, 7000 N Glenwood, 773.465.8005 ($5)
Jimmy Bennington Colour and Sound, with Fred Jackson, Artie Black, Dustin Laurenzi, Mike Harmon

Monday, February 5th 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

Thursday, February 8th 2018

9:00PM at Elastic, 3429 W Diversey, #208, 773.772.3616 ($10)
Birgit Uhler, Katie Young
Birgit Uhler, Carol Genetti, Eric Leonardson

Friday, February 9th 2018

8:00PM at the Symphony Center, 220 S Michigan, 312.294.3000
Amir ElSaffar‘s Rivers of Sound
Mike Reed’s Flesh & Bone

8:00PM at Sugar Maple, 441 E Lincoln Ave, Milwaukee WI, 414.481.2393 ($15)
Nate Wooley’s knknighgh, with Chris Pitsiokos, Brandon Lopez, Dre Hocevar

Saturday, February 10th 2018

8:00PM at the Fulton Street Collective, 1821 W Hubbard ($20)
Keep Your Options Open II : Option Celebration and Fundraiser
Nate Wooley’s knknighgh, with Chris Pitsiokos, Brandon Lopez, Dre Hocevar
Amanda DeBoer Bartlett, Katie Young, Jenna Lyle
DJ John Corbett

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($25-$20)
Thurston Moore

9:00PM at Elastic, 3429 W Diversey, #208, 773.772.3616 ($10)
Fred Anderson Legacy Band, Encore Performance : Tatsu Aoki, Mwata Bowden, Edward Wilkerson, Avreeayl Ra, Ari Brown, special guests

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Burning Ambulance Podcast 9: Orrin Evans

Source: Burning Ambulance.

The ninth episode of the Burning Ambulance podcast features Orrin Evans, who’s been a solo artist for about 20 years, but is gaining a brand-new audience as the new pianist—replacing Ethan Iverson—in the long-running trio The Bad Plus. The group’s first album with Evans on piano, Never Stop II, was released two weeks ago, and they’re out on the road. I’ve interviewed Evans before, and reviewed many of his albums. In this conversation, recorded in early January, we discuss his early career, his placement in the annual Thelonious Monk competition, his other collaborative trio Tarbaby, his plans for juggling his solo career with his work in The Bad Plus, and much more.

Elliott Carter, John Aylward, Clara Ionnatta, and Salvatore Sciarrino NY Performances

Source: The DiMenna Center for Classical Music.

ECCE presents Italian/American showcasing premieres and works from Elliott Carter, John Aylward, Clara Ionnatta, and Salvatore Sciarrino conducted by Nicholas DeMaison. Taking place on Saturday, February 17th at 7:30pm at The DiMenna Center for Classical Music, the program features Elliott Carter’s classic Triple Duo, Clara Ionnata’s Limun, Salvatore Sciarrino’s Tre Notturni Brillanti, and the New York premiere of Angelus Novus, a new monodrama written by ECCE’s Artistic Director and Guggenheim fellow ’17, John Aylward. Dedicated to Aylward’s late teacher, composer Lee Hyla, Angelus Novus will be performed by Darmstadt prize-winning soprano Nina Guo with movement by Colin Gee, and costumes by Alex Posen.

Saturday, February 17, 2018 7:30pm
The DiMenna Center for Classical Music
450 W. 37th St., New York, NY 10018
(212) 594-6100
Tickets: $20; $10 for Students with ID

Maryanne Amacher in New York and New Jersey, March 30 and 31

Source: Blank Forms.

Maryanne Amacher: ‘Live’ Space/Anywhere City
‘Live’ Space: Maryanne Amacher at the Center for Advanced Visual Studies MIT, Symposium
Friday, March 30th, 2018, 11AM – 6PM
Nokia Bell Labs
600 Mountain Ave, Murray Hill, NJ 07974

Anywhere City: Maryanne Amacher at the Center for Advanced Visual Studies MIT,
Listening Session & Screening
Saturday, March 31st, 2018, 6PM – 8PM
Artists Space Books & Talks
55 Walker St, New York, NY 10013


‘Live’ Space and Anywhere City are the latest installments of Blank Forms’ ongoing investigation into the practice of pioneering sound artist Maryanne Amacher. This iteration takes the form of a two-day program consisting of a daylong symposium hosted by Nokia Bell Labs and a two-hour listening session with screenings the following day hosted by Artists Space. Both feature a group of guest panelists specifically invited for their collaboration with Amacher at MIT’s legendary Center for Advanced Visual Studies (CAVS), including Lowry Burgess (via remote link), Ernst Caramelle, Scott Fisher, and Keiko Prince, plus resident interlocutors Bill Dietz and Amy Cimini.