Chicago Scene: August 18-25, 2018

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

Saturday, August 18th 2018

8:00PM at Slate Arts and Performance, 3203 W North Ave, 847.312.1527 ($5 suggested donation)
Matt Piet, Matt Lux
Jason Stein, Adam Shead
Matt Piet, Matt Lux, Jason Stein, Adam Shead

Monday, August 20th 2018

7:30PM at Experimental Sound Studio, 5925 N Ravenswood, 773.769.1069
Luke Stewart Solo
conversation with Ken Vandermark

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

9:00PM at Elastic, 3429 W Diversey, #208, 773.772.3616 ($10)
Dave Rempis, Mars Williams
Jason Stein, Tomas Fujiwara
Dave Rempis, Mars Williams, Matt Lux, Tyler Damon

Tuesday, August 21st 2018

5:30PM at the Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E Chicago, 312.280.2660 (Free) (wheelchair-accessible)
Ernest Dawkins

8:00PM at Martyrs’, 3855 N Lincoln, 773.404.9494 (wheelchair-accessible)
The Unknown New
Sun Speak
Jimmy Bennington Colour & Sound

8:00PM at Tritriangle, 1550 N Milwaukee, 3rd Fl
Jeb Bishop, Graham Stephenson, Bill Harris, Kent Kessler — Album release

Wednesday, August 22nd 2018

8:30PM at the Empty Bottle, 1035 N Western, 773.276.3600 ($8) (wheelchair-accessible)
A Night of Modular Synthesis V
Jason Soliday
Mode Hexe
AJ Halbrook
Onur Zlobnicki

9:00PM at Elastic, 3429 W Diversey, #208, 773.772.3616 ($10)
Ed Wilkerson Jr, Ken Vandermark, Jim Baker, Luke Stewart, Avreeayl Ra

Thursday, August 23rd 2018

9:00PM at Elastic, 3429 W Diversey, #208, 773.772.3616 ($10)
Paul Giallorenzo’s GitGO Large Group with Josh Berman, Jeb Bishop, Mars Williams, Dave Rempis, Anton Hatwich, Quin Kirchner

Friday, August 24th 2018

7:00PM at the Corner Store at the Edgewater Beach Apartments, 5555 N Sheridan (Free, RSVP
Jason Stein, Katie Ernst, Avreeayl Ra

Saturday, August 25th 2018

4:00PM-11:00PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western (Free)
Dog/Day #1
6:00PM James Brandon Lewis with Ben Lamar Gay, Kent Kessler, Avreeayl Ra
7:15PM mystery set
7:30PM Josh Berman, Jason Roebke, Michael Vatcher
9:00PM Craig Taborn

4:30PM-11:00PM at the Hungry Brain, 2319 W Belmont (Free) (wheelchair-accessible)
Dog/Day #1
7:00PM Mike Reed’s People, Places & Things

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New Album Coming from Wet Ink Ensemble 

Source: Broadwayworld.

On Friday, September 15th, 2018, Wet Ink releases Wet Ink: 20 on Carrier Records, the group’s first full-length album focused on works for sinfonietta, featuring the 28 musicians of the Wet Ink Large Ensemble. The release celebrates Wet Ink’s 20th Anniversary, and highlights the ethos of innovation through collaboration that has guided the work of Wet Ink throughout the ensemble’s history. The album includes works by Wet Ink’s four acclaimed composer members Alex Mincek, Sam Pluta, Kate Soper, and Eric Wubbels alongside music by Katherine Young and Anthony Braxton.

Time Spans Festival Reviewed

Source: The New York Times.

It’s often useful to prepare for a concert by checking out past recordings by a composer or ensemble. But it can also be fun to attend a show blind, with no informational baggage. On Tuesday, I took the unprepared route to a concert by the Bozzini Quartet, the first installment of this year’s Time Spans festival, which runs through Saturday at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music in Manhattan. I came out of the show a proselytizing convert to the music of Linda Catlin Smith.

Interview with Stephen O’Malley

Source: The Creative Independent.

Stephen O’Malley is a guitarist, producer, composer, and designer based in Paris, France. He’s played in a number of doom, drone, and experimental bands, and is best known for his work with Greg Anderson as Sunn O))). He’s collaborated with a number of musicians, including Merzbow, Scott Walker, Alvin Lucier, Iancu Dumitrescu, Keiji Haino, Johann Johannsson, and Attila Csihar, as well as visual artists, including Banks Violette, the theatre director Gisèle Vienne, and the performance artist Nico Vascellari.