From Elysium Furnace Works.
May 16: Sara Schoenbeck + Wayne Horvitz — The Wire magazine places Schoenbeck in the “tiny club of bassoon pioneers,” a statement with which her past associates like Anthony Braxton, Nels Cline, etc. would undoubtedly agree; she joins forces with the veteran Downtown keyboardist and composer Horvitz (Naked City, The President, Fontella Bass, Eddie Palmieri) in a duo combining compositional acuity with ardent spontaneity.
May 30: exclusiveOr — this duo, featuring the director of the CHIME (Chicago Integrated Media Experimental) Studio at the University of Chicago, laptop artist Sam Pluta, and director of both the Electronic Music program and the Princeton Laptop Orchestra at Princeton University, analog synthethist Jeff Snyder, creates uncanny real-time electronic sound structures which fluidly warp space-time, leaving far behind any conventional definition of “music.”
September 26: Sarah Bernstein/Kid Millions — this explosive duo of violinist Bernstein and drummer/percussionist Millions (Man Forever, Oneida) supercollide rock dynamics with a fearsome experimental edge, creating post-genre free fire zones at once terrifying and beautiful.
October 24: Loren Connors — the veteran experimentalist Pitchfork calls “one of the world’s most singular and distinctive guitarists,” indie legend Connors makes his Beacon debut in a rare solo performance.
November 21: Jamie Saft — EFW closes out its 2020 season with an appearance by the gifted keyboardist and storied Rasta polymath in a solo recital on the Howland’s immaculate 19th c. Steinway grand piano.