Ugly Beauty: The Month In Jazz – August 2019

Source: Stereogum.

One of the most fascinating things about avant-garde jazz and improvised music is the methods people use to impose structure, while still allowing plenty of room for players to run free. Last week, I went to the Jazz Gallery and watched a performance by trumpeter Taylor Ho Bynum’s 9-Tette. They were premiering music from the album The Ambiguity Manifesto, which will be out next month.

The Best New Ambient on Bandcamp: August 2019 

Source: Bandcamp Daily.

A quick browse through the Bandcamp ambient tag will reveal any number of ambient works from composers unified in their artistry through atmosphere, but with wildly differing approaches to how they achieve their goals. From the intimate and warm to the unsettling and tense, ambient is a diverse and endlessly thought-provoking genre. Every month, Ari Delaney will walk through the best recent releases you can find right here on Bandcamp.

In this edition, we’re highlighting albums released from July 15 through August 15, including a chill-out spin on vaporwave conventions and the anticipated sequel to February’s Grønland.

RIP Mario Davidovsky

Source: Wikipedia. Davidovsky passed away yesterday at age 85.

Mario Davidovsky (March 4, 1934 – August 23, 2019) was an Argentine-American composer. Born in Argentina, he emigrated in 1960 to the United States, where he lived for the remainder of his life. He is best known for his series of compositions called Synchronisms, which in live performance incorporate both acoustic instruments and electroacoustic sounds played from a tape.

Chicago Scene: August 24-31, 2019

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

Saturday, August 24th 2019

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western (Free)
Marc Ribot
Sarah Clausen, Jakob Heinemann, Emerson Hunton

Sunday, August 25th 2019

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($10)
Kyle Flens with Jesse Langen, Katie Schoepflin Jimoh — music by Tonia Ko, Luis Fernando Amaya, Michael Gordon, Darcy Copeland, Jonathan Hannau

9:00PM at the Hungry Brain, 2319 W Belmont (Free) (wheelchair-accessible)
Cooper Moore
Lesser Lakes Trio

Monday, August 26th 2019

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

Tuesday, August 27th 2019

6:00PM at Northeastern Illinois University, 700 E Oakwood Blvd
Ancient to the Future
Art Turk Burton Congo Square Ensemble and Ernest Dawkins

Wednesday, August 28th 2019

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($15-$12)
Jeff Parker and the New Breed
Ava Mendoza Unnatural Ways

Thursday, August 29th 2019

11:00AM-4:30PM at Preston Bradley Hall, 78 E Washington, 312.744.6630
Chicago Jazz Festival
2:00PM Tribute to Joseph Jarman, Alvin Fielder and Saalik Ziyad

5:55PM-9:00PM at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park, 201 E Randolph (wheelchair-accessible)
Chicago Jazz Festival
6:30PM Jazz Institute of Chicago’s 50th Anniversary featuring Nicole Mitchell, Rob Mazurek, Ari Brown, Jeff Parker, others

6:00PM in Fred Anderson Park, 1611 S Wabash
Honoring Fred Anderson
~Nois : Hunter Bockes, Janos Csontos, Jordan Lulloff, Brandon Quarles
Dave Rempis Quartet with Jim Baker, Kent Kessler, Avreeayl Ra

9:00PM at Elastic, 3429 W Diversey, #208, 773.772.3616 ($10)
Dave Rempis, Jeff Parker, Ingebrigt Håker Flaten, Jeremy Cunningham

Friday, August 30th 2019
11:30AM-4:00PM at the Von Freeman Pavilion, Millennium Park, 201 E Randolph (wheelchair-accessible)
Chicago Jazz Festival
3:00PM Rob Mazurek

3:45PM-9:00PM at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park, 201 E Randolph (wheelchair-accessible)
Chicago Jazz Festival
6:25PM Ambrose Akinmusire Quartet
7:45PM Art Ensemble of Chicago

9:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western (Free)
Nick Mazzarella, Ingebrigt Håker Flaten, Avreeayl Ra

Saturday, August 31st 2019

9:00PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($15-$12)
Kidd Jordan

9:00PM at the Hyde Park Speakeasy, 5115 S Harper ($20)
HotHouse and Coda present Jazz Fest Aftersets
Hanah Jon Taylor, Dushun Mosley, Darius Savage, Dave Gordon, Edward Wilkerson, Tatsu Aoki, James Sanders, Silvia Bolognesi, Fred Jackson, Harrison Bankhead and guests from the Chicago Jazz Festival

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Downtown Music Gallery Newsletter

Source: Downtown Music Gallery.

The Downtown Music Gallery 28th Anniversary Celebrations began on May 1st & Continues! Every In-store This Summer Helps Celebrate the Spirit of Creative Music Performed Live.

Sunday, August 25h:
7pm: CAMILLA NEBBIA / JOANNA MATTREY / VIOLETA GARCIA / DIANA ARIAS – Tenor Sax / Viola / Cello / Double Bass!

Sunday, September 1st:
6pm: SAM WEINBERG / WEASEL WALTER / HENRY FRASER – Tenor Sax / Drums / Contrabass!
7pm: DARREN JOHNSTON / MICHAEL ATTIAS – Trumpet and Alto Sax

Sunday, September 8th:
6pm: KYLE MOTL / KEIR GoGWILT – Contrabass / Violin
HILLIARD GREENE – Drums / Reeds Trumpet / Clarinet / Keyboard / Bass

Sunday, September 22nd:
6pm: REMEMBERING BERN NIX – Two Sets for Bern Nix!

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