Dusted Reviews

Source: Dusted.

Okkyung Lee — Dahl-Tah-Ghi (Pica Disk)

Satoko Fujii / Alister Spence — Intelsat (Alister Spence Music)

Keith Rowe by Brian Olewnick (Powerhouse Books)

Wadada Leo Smith & Sabu Toyozumi – Burning Meditation (No Business/Chap Chap)

Chicago Scene: January 19-26, 2019

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

Saturday, January 19th 2019

4:00PM at the Crowd Theater, 3935 N Broadway (Donation)
Carl Testa + Warm Human

9:00PM at the Hungry Brain, 2319 W Belmont ($15) (wheelchair-accessible)
Atomic : Fredrik Ljungkvist, Magnus Broo, Håvard Wiik, Ingebrigt Håker Flaten, Hans Hulbækmo

Sunday, January 20th 2019

8:00PM at Elastic, 3429 W Diversey, #208, 773.772.3616 ($10)
Carl Testa’s Sway, with Alejandro Acierto, Hanna Brock, Aaron Getsug, Anne Rhodes, Christopher Riggs

9:30PM at the Hungry Brain, 2319 W Belmont ($10 suggested donation) (wheelchair-accessible)
Håvard Wiik, Joshua Abrams, Avreeayl Ra
Ken Vandermark, Håvard Wilk, Joshua Abrams, Avreeayl Ra

Monday, January 21st 2019

9:00PM at Beat Kitchen, 2100 W Belmont, 773.281.4444
Extraordinary Popular Delusions : Jim Baker, Mars Williams, Brian Sandstrom, Joe Adamik

9:00PM at Elastic, 3429 W Diversey, #208, 773.772.3616 ($10)
The Delegation : Gabriel Zucker, David Leon, Tal Yahalom, Connor Parks
Håvard Wiik Sextet with Dave Rempis, Jason Stein, Josh Berman, Jason Roebke, Tim Daisy

Wednesday, January 23rd 2019

9:00PM at the Hungry Brain, 2319 W Belmont (Free) (wheelchair-accessible)
Ben LaMar Gay, Mike Reed

Thursday, January 24th 2019

6:30PM at Apple Michigan Avenue, 401 N Michigan, 312.529.9500
Extraordinary Popular Delusions : Jim Baker, Mars Williams, Brian Sandstrom, Joe Adamik, with Lewis Achenbach

Saturday, January 26th 2019

7:00PM at Transition East, 2548 E 83rd, 1st Fl, 773.221.7748 ($10)
Black Praxis Project Reprise
Eliel Sherman Storey, David Boykin, Davu Seru, special guest Jamal R Moore

8:00PM in Fulton Recital Hall, 1010 E 59th, 4th Fl, 773.702.8069 ($15 donation)
Sonic Salutations to Fielder, Jarman, and Mixon!
Hamid Drake, Ben LaMar Gay, Douglas R Ewart, special guest TBA

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/

2019 Sound It Out! Concerts

Source: 2019 Concerts – Sound It Out!

Saturday January 19, 7:30pm — Sean Moran’s Sun Tiger w/ Hank Roberts & Vinnie Sperrazza + The Choir Invisible w/ Vinnie Sperrazza, Charlotte Greve & Chris Tordini

Double-bill — Sean Moran’s Sun Tiger: Sean Moran, electric guitar; Hank Roberts, cello; Vinnie Sperrazza, drums + The Choir Invisible w/ Vinnie Sperrrazza, drums; Charlotte Greve, saxophone; Chris Tordini, double-bass

This 2019 kickoff show presents ever-vivacious drummer Vinnie Sperrazza’s return to Sound It Out as the linchpin of a double-bill. The second half showcases guitarist Sean Moran – whom All Music Guide lauded for blending “a rock sensibility with a free aesthetic” – making his series debut, leading his Sun Tiger trio with Vinnie and cellist Hank Roberts. Their set will celebrate the release of the band’s eponymous debut album on Skirl Records. The night’s opening half features Vinnie’s new trio The Choir Invisible, with the drummer alongside saxophonist Charlotte Greve and bassist Chris Tordini.

Thursday January 24, 8pm — Brandon Seabrook Trio
Brandon Seabrook, electric guitar; Cooper-Moore, piano; Gerald Cleaver, drums

Guitarist extraordinaire Brandon Seabrook – aptly dubbed “wildly virtuosic” and “one of New York’s great musical individualists,” as well as the “Best Guitarist in New York City” by the Village Voice – returns to the Sound It Out series to lead a powerhouse new trio featuring the great combo of pianist Cooper-Moore and drummer Gerald Cleaver. This will be a thrilling show.

Saturday February 9, 7:30pm — Frank Kimbrough & Masa Kamaguchi + Megumi Yonezawa, Masa Kamaguchi & Ken Kobayashi
Double-bill — the duo of Frank Kimbrough, piano & Masa Kamaguchi, double-bass + the trio of Megumi Yonezawa, piano; Masa Kamaguchi, double-bass; Ken Kobayashi, drums

The ever-soulful Frank Kimbrough – one of Sound It Out’s very favorite artists, a pianist that the Paris Review has lauded for his “bewitching lyricism” – returns to the series to play in a duo with kindred-spirit bassist Masa Kamaguchi, visiting from Spain. Masa does double-duty on the night, also playing in the opening set in a trio with pianist Megumi Yonezawa and drummer Ken Kobayashi, whose set was the highlight of 2018’s 55th anniversary show for ESP-Disk, the label that last year released the trio’s deeply poetic debut album, Boundary.

Saturday February 16, 7:30pm — Caroline Davis’s Alula w/ Matt Mitchell & Dan Weiss + Michael Dessen Trio w/ Chris Tordini, Dan Weiss & special guest Fay Victor
Double-bill — Caroline Davis’s Alula: Caroline Davis, alto saxophone/voice; Matt Mitchell, piano and synth; Dan Weiss, drums + Michael Dessen Trio: Michael Dessen, trombone; Chris Tordini, double-bass; Dan Weiss, drums; and special guest Fay Victor, vocals

This double-bill presents two Sound It Out debuts. The second half of the evening will see saxophonist Caroline Davis making her series debut at the head of her trio Alula, featuring pianist Matt Mitchell and drummer Dan Weiss. Caroline will be celebrating the release of a new Alula single via New Amsterdam Records. Dan will also be behind the kit for the opening set by a group led by trombonist Michael Dessen, making his Sound It Out debut in a visit from California. DownBeat has called Michael “a musician for this moment.” His trio also includes bassist Chris Tordini, plus vocalist Fay Victor– a longtime Sound It Out fixture – as a special guest.

Ekmeles Singers Take on Sciarrino Reviewed

Source: New York Classical Review.

It can be hard sometimes to discern the actual qualities of the singing in modern and contemporary vocal music. The concept of the voice as a pure instrument and not a means for delivering a song — combined with avant-garde and extended techniques that carry the music farther into abstraction — will obscure how well a singer, you know, sings. As in their presentation of words and melodies. This was not the case with Ekmeles, one of the leading ensembles in the vocal repertoire that was on offer Thursday night at Crypt Chapel of the Church of the Intercession. And this particular program — of (mostly) Italian language music of this century — was so well chosen that one heard the full range of their skills, customary pleasures of phrasing and articulation included. In this style of music, Ekmeles bring out a rare level of musical expression.