Here is where I post, at a frequency of about once a week, a list of the new music that has caught my attention that week. All of the releases listed below I’ve heard for the first time this week and come recommended.
Halley / Shipp / Bisio / Baker – Terra Incognita (2019)
Aaron Novik – The Fallow Curves (2019)
Kyle Motl / Zach Rowden – Gristle (2019)
Moloch Conspiracy – Baclou (2019)
John Zorn / Sofia Rei – The Book Beri’ah: Keter (2018)
John Zorn / Cleric – The Book Beri’ah: Chokhma (2018)
Baclou is the name for a Guyanese evil spirit that can be summoned to do harm to a person. There are varying descriptions of a Baclou’s physical appearance, none of them appealing. Baclou is also the title of an experimental release from Moloch Conspiracy (Julien Lacroix), and is based on Lacroix’s experience in French Guyana.
Instrumentally, Lacroix uses cello, malaka, djembe, tama, detuned piano, synthesizers, and field recordings. Thus, this release should not be confused with the more strictly synth-oriented Northern European style of dark ambient music. Instead, it reflects on Lacroix’s venture into the tropical jungle with a heady, organic mix of birdsong, shakers, sparse percussion, and crackling elements. Behind this are slow, menacing waves of synths, cello drones, and bursts of white noise. The result is a suffocating amalgam that evokes the humid, equatorial environment, as well as the voodoo that still influences the inhabitants’ beliefs.
Ultimately, Baclou offers an oppressive psychedelia embodying both natural and supernatural dangers. Not unlike last year’s Cave of Metaphysical Darkness & Lights, Lacroix intrepidly explores a tenebrous theme in an immersive fashion. Well done, indeed.
This is a weekly overview of live avant performances in the Chicago area. Contact us if you’d like your shows listed.
Saturday, June 29th 2019
8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western
Sunday, June 30th 2019
10:00AM at Prop Thtr, 3502 N Elston ($15, or $30 weekend festival)
Curious E.A.T.S. (Electro-Acoustic Theater Symposium)
Multichannel Artist Panel and 8-Channel Demonstration
((Music)/(Theatre)): Short pieces by Jeff Kowalkowski, Bradley Robin, Matt Test, Sam Clapp, and Facility Theatre
Open Wide by Jenny Magnus
8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($20)
Third Coast Percussion
9:00PM at the Hungry Brain, 2319 W Belmont ($10 suggested donation) (wheelchair-accessible)
Jeff Albert’s Unanimous Sources (Chicago Style), with Joe Clark, Dave Rempis, Ken Vandermark, Anton Hatwich, Quin Kirchner
Monday, July 1st 2019
7:30PM at Experimental Sound Studio, 5925 N Ravenswood, 773.769.1069 ($10-$8) (wheelchair-accessible)
9:00PM at Beat Kitchen, 2100 W Belmont, 773.281.4444
Extraordinary Popular Delusions : Jim Baker, Ed Wilkerson Jr, Brian Sandstrom, Steve Hunt
Saturday, July 6th 2019
8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western (Free)
German National Youth Jazz Orchestra — music by Ansgar Striepens, Christopher Dell, Gebhard Ullmann, Bill Dobbins, Julia Hülsmann, Niels Klein, Oliver Schneller, Reinhild Steingröver
9:00PM at Elastic, 3429 W Diversey, #208, 773.772.3616 ($10)
wild.church : Erik Schoster, Paul Feyertag
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/