Chicago Scene: May 11-18, 2019

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

Saturday, May 11th 2019

9:00PM at Elastic, 3429 W Diversey, #208, 773.772.3616 ($10)
Angel Bat Dawid’s Mothership 9 : A June Tyson Space Odyssey
Featuring Julian Otis, Deborah Powell, Aquarius Aquarius, Dr Adam Zanolini, Rudra Xristián, N W Long, Vincent Davis, Jonathan Woods-Apuat En Heru, Deborah Jackson, Nicole Melanie Davis

Sunday, May 12th 2019

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western (Free)
ICE: Isabel Lepanto Gleicher, Zachary Good, Ryan Muncy, Rebekah Heller, Kallie Ciechomski — music by Morgan Krauss

9:00PM at the Hungry Brain, 2319 W Belmont ($15) (wheelchair-accessible)
Simon Nabatov
The Bridge : Dan Bitney, Rob Frye, JayVe Montgomery, Olivia Scemama, Simon Sieger

Monday, May 13th 2019

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

Tuesday, May 14th 2019

9:00PM at Café Mustache, 2313 N Milwaukee, 773.877.3327 (wheelchair-accessible)
Dave Rempis, Gerrit Hatcher, Kent Kessler, Bill Harris

Wednesday, May 15th 2019

9:00PM at the Hideout, 1354 W Wabansia, 773.227.4433 ($10)
Crying Out Loud : The Bridge 2.1
Dan Bitney, Christiane Bopp, Rob Frye, JayVe Montgomery, Simon Sieger

Thursday, May 16th 2019

12:00PM-12:45PM at Claudia Cassidy Theater, 78 E Washington, 312.744.6630
Love Wounds
Chicago Fringe Opera and Latitude 49 — music by Christopher Cerrone

5:00PM at the Stony Island Arts Bank, 6760 S Stony Island, 312.857.5561
Crying Out Loud : The Bridge 2.1
Dan Bitney, Rob Frye, JayVe Montgomery, Olivia Scemama, Simon Sieger

9:00PM at Elastic, 3429 W Diversey, #208, 773.772.3616 ($10)
Dave Rempis, Joshua Abrams, Avreeayl Ra + Jim Baker

Friday, May 17th 2019

6:00PM-8:00PM at the Stony Island Arts Bank, 6760 S Stony Island, 312.857.5561
Parts of Speech
Tomeka Reid — Lecture and performance

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($15-$12)
Brian Krock’s LIDDLE, with Olli Hirvonen, Marty Kenney, Nathan Ellman-Bell

Saturday, May 18th 2019

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($15-$12)
Tatsu Aoki’s The MIYUMI Project, with Mwata Bowden, Coco Elysses, Edward Wilkerson Jr, Avreeayl Ra, Jamie Kempkers, Kioto Aoki, special guests Tsukasa Taiko

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/

The Best Jazz on Bandcamp: April 2019 

Source: Bandcamp Daily.

The way things are going in 2019, I might as well just copy-paste my introductions from each month’s column into the next. Every month, I’ve been talking about the avalanche of excellent new releases in the jazz aisle of the Bandcamp store. Usually there’s an ebb to the tide, but here we are covering April’s offerings, and nothing’s changed—there’s still too much great music to get to everything, and more than enough to keep you satisfied until we meet again this time next month.

Hat Hut Records Relaunches 

Source: The Wire.

Improvisation and new music institution Hat Hut has relaunched with a new album series, alongside new independent distribution arrangements. The new series is entitled „ezz-thetics“, after George Russell’s 1961 album, and its first releases are recordings by Jimmy Giuffre 3, Alex Hendriksen and Fabian Gisler, and a trio of Hildegard Kleeb, Roland Dahinden and Alexandre Babel. It follows a restart which, as longtime label boss Werner X Uehlinger puts it, “was only possible due to support from friends.” Hat Hut, which has longed maintained sublabels such as hat[now]ART Label and hatOLOGY covering distinct musical zones, remains an independent operation, and is lining up a typically prolific and eclectic slate of new releases.

Downtown Music Gallery Newsletter

Source: Downtown Music Gallery.

The Downtown Music Gallery 28th Anniversary Celebrations begins on May 1st!
Every In-store in May Helps Celebrate the Spirit of Creative Music Performed Live.

Here’s the schedule:

Sunday, May 12th:
6pm: GUILLERMO GREGORIO ENSEMBLE: SARAH BERNSTEIN / NICK JOZWIAK Guest!
7pm: MATTEO LIBERATORE / JON IRABAGON – Guitar / Sax!
8pm: ODD GRAVITY: THOMAS HELTON / JAIMIE BRANCH / MICHAEL EVANS!

Super Rare Monday Night, May 13th DMG-28 Event:
6:30: DAMON SMITH / MICHAEL FOSTER / THOMAS HELTON / SANDY EWEN!

Sunday May 19th: No InStore
Bruce Lee Gallanter will be Attending FIMAV:
The International Festival Musique Actuelle Victoriaville!

Sunday, May 26th:
6pm: JONATHAN CHEN / GAMIN – Electronics / Korean Double Reeds!

Sunday, June 2nd:
6pm: WHAT HAPPENS IN A YEAR: GIACOMO MEREGA / JOSH SINTON / TODD NEUFELD!
7pm: URS LEIMGRUBER – Solo Sax!

DMG is located at 13 Monroe St. (between Catherine & Market Sts) in a basement below a small gallery. Take the F train to East Broadway or the 6 train to Canal or the B or D to Grand, or the M-15 bus to Madison & Catherine. Come on Down, the Sunday Music Series is Always Free & the Vibes are Always Cosy. You can check the weekly in-store sets through our Instagram feed

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Two Highly Recommended Gigs for This Weekend:

EVAN PARKER Mini Tour May, 2019:

Friday, May 10th, 8pm at Zürcher Gallery
EVAN PARKER & NED ROTHENBERG duo
33 Bleecker St., NY NY 10012 –
$20 tickets can be purchased at the door. Opens at 7:30.

Saturday, May 11th at 7:30 & 9:30pm:
JOHN ESCREET / EVAN PARKER / CHES SMITH Guest!
Jazz Gallery – 1160 Broadway, 5th fl
between 27th 28th streets
New York, NY 10001 USA

ComposHER Concert, June 12 in London

Source: EartH.

ComposHER is a new concert celebrating the best new music to moving picture, featuring a stunning roster of some of the best women composers writing for the screen today. The aim of the concert is not only to showcase this incredible talent in the UK, of composers scoring film, TV and more, but also to inspire the next generation of women composers and to seek to make this area of the industry as inclusive as possible for future generations.

With composition being one of the most unequal areas of the global music industry, much work to tackle this has already taken place: 2018 saw the launch of the UK Women Composers’ Forum, as well as a new global database of women composers writing for visual media on FreeTheBid.com. This concert seeks to continue to support and empower the UK women composers’ community, towards further progression and change in 2019.

Many of the performances will be introduced or accompanied by the composers, with the 2 hour concert separated into two halves of music performed from all areas of visual media, to encompass the diverse nature of the British industry, showcasing works for film, TV, theatre and video games. The musical genres of the performances will also vary to feature classical composition, vocal performance alternative & electronic music and ensemble performances, played by the London Contemporary Orchestra.

The composers being showcased are: Carly Paradis, Jessica Jones (selected by the NFTS to represent their alumni), Anne Nikitin, Emilie Levienaise-Farrouch, Kate Simko, Jessica Curry, Jocelyn Pook, Nainita Desai, Imogen Heap (music performed by LCO and SHE Choir), Alev Lenz, Claire M Singer and Amelia Warner.