Chicago Scene: July 20-25, 2019

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

Saturday, July 20th 2019

8:00PM at the Jazz Estate, 2423 N Murray Ave, Milwaukee, 414.964.9923
Jimmy Bennington Colour and Sound, with Fred Jackson Jr, Dustin Laurenzi, Mike Harmon

9:00PM at Elastic, 3429 W Diversey, #208, 773.772.3616 ($10)
New Japan Ensemble Chicago/Obihiro Exchange Project

Sunday, July 21st 2019

3:00PM at Experimental Sound Studio, 5925 N Ravenswood, 773.769.1069 (wheelchair-accessible)
Norman W Long, Andrew Clinkman, Xris Espinoza

4:00PM at Comfort Station, 2579 N Milwaukee (Donation)
Aperiodic: Matt Schulz, Kevin Parrett, Ben Perkins

9:00PM at the Hideout, 1354 W Wabansia, 773.227.4433 ($12)
Natural Information Society
Jim White, Marisa Anderson

Monday, July 22nd 2019

8:30PM at the Empty Bottle, 1035 N Western, 773.276.3600 (Free) (wheelchair-accessible)
Sick Gazelle — Record Release
Spiral Galaxy
Potions x Flux Bikes
CC Crain

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

Tuesday, July 23rd 2019

5:30PM at the Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E Chicago, 312.280.2660 (Free) (wheelchair-accessible)
Tuesdays on the Terrace
Tatsu Aoki’s The Miyumi Project

8:00PM at Orotund Music, 3323 W Armitage
ADFL Quartet : Alexander Adams, Valerie Dorr, Keenan Foley, Corey Lyons
Bill Harris, Jeff Kimmel, Ishmael Ali
Plucky Pluckers : Kelley Sheehan, Jonathan Hannau

Wednesday, July 24th 2019

6:00PM-8:00PM at Café Mustache, 2313 N Milwaukee, 773.877.3327 (wheelchair-accessible)
Heavy Air Happy Hour
Angel Bat Dawid, Jason Stein, Andrew Scott Young

8:30PM at Beat Kitchen, 2100 W Belmont, 773.281.4444
Splice Series
Ben Lamar Gay, Jeff Kimmel, Julian Kirshner, Peter Maunu

Thursday, July 25th 2019

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

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Jazzword Reviews 

Source: Jazzword.

Mark Dresser Seven
Ain’t Nothing But a Cyber Coup & You

Strings 3

Selon le vent

Alexander Hawkins
Iron into Wings

Dave Douglas – Uri Caine – Andrew Cyrille

Burkhard Beins/Mazen Kerbaj/Michael Vorfeld
Sawt Out

Chris Welcome
Beyond All Things

Pipeline 8

A Guide to Generative Electronic Music

Source: Bandcamp Daily.

It’s a simple rule of physics: Music can’t last forever. Every song and album comes to a close, every concert or listening session eventually gives way to silence, and the artist’s spell is broken. Practitioners of the electronic subgenre known as generative music see things a bit differently. When crafted and arranged correctly, the album as we know it can transcend that supposedly linear fate and embody a sort of permanence. In other words, the ecosystem will flourish and proliferates without you, bursting with life. It doesn’t begin and end; it just is.

The term entered the public lexicon in 1995, introduced by the ultimate music-genre namer, Brian Eno; Eno had been using generative techniques since his 1975 record, Discreet Music. Inspired by early works like John Cage’s Imaginary Landscape Vol. 4 and the I Ching-inspired Music of Changes—along with Terry Riley’s performative generative piece In C and Steve Reich’s tape manipulation masterpiece It’s Gonna Rain—Eno modernized and popularized generative techniques with now legendary records like Ambient 1: Music for Airports, which showcased how, with strategic timing, an artist could make a handful of short loops repeat in different ways with each go-round.

Coming to the Vortex Jazz Club

Source: London’s Vortex Jazz Club.

THU 25 JULY 2019
Our monthly Vortex residency with the master of free improvisation.
Time: 7.45 – 11PM

FRI 26 JULY 2019
Hard Edges explore multiphonics, quarter-tones and drones. The group is made up of Chris Dowding (trumpet), Dave Amis (trombone) and Ben Higham (tuba).
Time: 7 – 8.30PM

SUN 28 JULY 2019
Line up: Ian McGowan (trumpet) Hannah Marshall (cello) Marcio Mattos (bass) trio + John Rangecroft (clarinet) solo + Phil Minton (voice) John Russell (guitar) duo Ian McGowan…
Time: 2 – 5.30PM

THU 01 AUGUST 2019
Making their London debut, Burning Ghosts is a politically motivated quartet at the forefront of the jazz-metal underground featuring four of the most acclaimed musicians in the LA experimental music scene. Playing…
Time: 8 – 11PM