Chicago Scene: September 7-14, 2019

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

Saturday, September 7th 2019

3:00PM at the May Chapel at Rosehill Cemetery, 5800 N Ravenswood (Free)
Instigation Festival 2019
Instigation Orchestra : Jeff Albert, Haley Fohr, Helen Gillet, Anton Hatwich, Lia Kohl, Steve Marquette, Cyrus Nabipoor, Aurora Nealand, James Singleton, Paul Thibodeaux, Ken Vandermark, Mars Williams — music by Katinka Kleijn

Sunday, September 8th 2019

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($10)
Schnittke’s Piano Quintet : Myra Hinrichs, Dan Galat, Sixto Franco, Kelly Quesada, Shi-An Costello — music by Alfred Schnittke, Frederic Rzewski

Monday, September 9th 2019

7:30PM at Myopic Books, 1564 N Milwaukee, 773.862.4882
Christopher Moore, Mabel Kwan

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

Friday, September 13th 2019

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($17-$15)
Carl Stone
Joshua Abrams and Natural Information Society, with Lisa Alvarado, Mikel Avery, Ben Boye, Hamid Drake, Ben Lamar Gay, Nick Mazzarella, Jason Stein

Saturday, September 14th 2019

9:00PM at the Hungry Brain, 2319 W Belmont ($10) (wheelchair-accessible)
Thollem McDonas, Matthew Lux, Avreeayl Ra

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AMN Picks of the Week: Keeril Makan / Dan Weiss / SUSS / Dean Leininger

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.

Keeril Makan – Dream Lightly (2019)
Dan Weiss Trio Plus 1 – Utica Box (2019)
SUSS – High Line (2019)
Dean Leininger – Unmoved, Unspoken (2019)

Coming to the Vortex Jazz Club

Source: Vortex Jazz Club.

Louis Moholo-Moholo percussion Neil Metcalfe flute Caroline Kraabel alto sax, voice John Edwards double bass A rare opportunity to hear this quartet of consummate and virtuosic improvisers, who first…
Time: 8 – 11PM

John Russell continues to host the UK’s longest running concert series dedicated to freely improvised music.
Time: 2 – 5.30PM

This month Evan Parker invites Trance Map + Matthew Wright – electronics and bassist Adam Linson to join him for an evening of free-improv.
Time: 8 – 11PM

Toneshift Reviews

Source: Toneshift.

When She Had No Mirror… She Watched Her Shadow

In Tenebris Ratione Organi by Michael Bonaventure

Memorias Vol. 2 by Ross Alexander

New from RAIC. Happy Birthday John Cage!

Brüsseler Platz by Dominik von Senger

Six Microphones by Six Microphones

LC01 by Low Chord

Miniatures by Benjamin Nelson

Cylene by François J. Bonnet + Stephen O’Malley

In Girus Imus Nocte et Consumimur Igni

The Noise Is Rest by The Touchables

Plum God by Austin Rockman

The 22nd Beijing Music Festival Previewed

Source: Broadwayworld.

With the theme “Timeless Music into the Future,” the 22nd BMF strives to explore a new style of classical music with today’s most cutting-edge expressive forms, and to incorporate more new ideas with a “Chinese Concept” which the Festival has long advocated and refined. A young generation of internationally acclaimed composers will be on BMF’s stage, including the opera highlight Angel’s Bone by Du Yun, the first female Chinese Pulitzer Prize winner. Additionally, by focusing on innovative and avant-garde programs and inviting a group of trend-setting neoclassical musicians, BMF wishes to lead the Chinese classical music stage to brand new artistic realms. Among them, BMF’s commissioned composer Michel van der Aa’s latest work of mixed-reality musical theater Eight receives its Asia debut, and composer Max Richter, a contemporary classical figure, presents his monumental eight-hour composition Sleep at the foot of the Great Wall.

First Compilation Volume Based on the Nurse with Wound List Reviewed

Source: The Quietus.

Strain Crack and Break Volume One (France) chronicles the renowned list of obscure acts Nurse With Wound noted down on their legendary 1979 debut. It is a timely record, as recently there has been a growing interest in the French underground of the 1960s and 1970s. The volume, released on Finders Keepers and with the active collaboration of NWW’s Steven Stapleton, will only add further critical sheen, and doubtless be a gateway record to many.