This Weekend at Constellation Chicago

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This Friday, join us in celebrating Fred Anderson with a night of musical tribute by an incredible quartet. Then on Saturday, watch as Shi-An Costello performs pieces for prepared piano by John Cage. Buy a ticket to come to the shows in person, or tune in online from the comfort of your own home. Please review our COVID policy if you are planning to come in person.

Tribute to Fred Anderson
September 25 8:30pm

Ernest Dawkins leads a quartet including Justin Dillard, Junius Paul, and Isaiah Spencer in an evening of music in tribute to one of Chicago’s great jazz patriarchs: Fred Anderson. As Ernest Dawkins was quoted in the Chicago Reader, “No one sounds like Fred. … Even though he was ‘free,’ he still had that African-American method about what he was doing. … It was the esthetic that he came from — Louisiana, and you could hear that in his sound. If you really listened, you could hear that underneath everything he was doing.”

Shi-An Costello
September 26 8:30pm

Shi-An Costello performs John Cage’s playful and vibrant masterpiece Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano. The Sonatas and Interludes, a cycle of twenty pieces, was written in the late 1940s for “prepared piano,” the placing of resonant objects on and in the piano in order to manipulate the instrument’s tonal and percussive qualities. The evening also includes a new work by composer Danny Clay. Clay’s work is deeply rooted in curiosity, collaboration, and the sheer joy of making things with people of all ages and levels of artistic experience.

Litchfield Jazz Fest to mark Mario Pavone’s 80th Birthday 

Source: Republican-American.

Bassist/composer Mario Pavone turns 80 on Nov. 11. Like the postman undaunted by rain, sleet, snow or hail, nothing – not even a pandemic – will keep the Litchfield Jazz Festival from marking this milestone in the life of a deserving musician. Litchfield Jazz will host a tribute on Oct. 23 from the Telefunken Soundstage, with Pavone himself (along with his Dialect Trio) doing the honors. The performance, at 7:30 p.m., will be livestreamed and free, accessible through the jazz festival website at

35th Seattle Improvised Music Festival Schedule

Source: Nonsequitur.

35th Seattle Improvised Music Festival Schedule
Due to ongoing concerns regarding the COVID-19 coronavirus, this year’s Seattle Improvised Music Festival will not include any live performances. HOWEVER! A scaled-back version will be presented via streaming video in two programs. The first program will be presented in conjunction with Baltimore’s High Zero Festival, which is this year spread over four nights (Sept. 24 – 27), curated by presenting organizations in four different cities. Each night features a soloist, an ensemble, and an experimental video/sound project from the featured city + a soloist from Baltimore. SIMF also presents a second night separately from High Zero (Oct. 4). The two SIMF nights also feature video solos by out of town guests, along with Seattle artists recorded at the Royal Room. See the full schedule below. We will make links for video streams available when we have them.

(all events subject to change – watch here for updates)

Thur. Sept. 24, 8 PM (5 PM Pacific Time)
Curated by Elastic Arts, Chicago

Alejandro Acierto, artist/musician (Chicago)
Luke Stewart, bass (DC/NYC)

Norman Long, sound/art/design
Mallory Linehan (Chelsea Bridge), violin
Billie Howard, various instruments

Video + Sound:
Jonathan Woods, video
ABZyrd, sound

Fri. Sept. 25, 8 PM (5 PM Pacific Time)
Curated by High Mayhem, Santa Fe

Marisa DeMarco (Bigawatt), voice (Santa Fe)
Jamal Moore, reeds/percussion/electronics (Baltimore)

Raven Chacon, electronics/guitar
Carlos Santisteven, bass/electronics
Tatsuya Nakatani, percussion

Video + Sound:
ACVilla, video
Thollem, sound

Sat. Sept. 26, 8 PM (5 PM Pacific Time)
Curated by High Zero, Baltimore

Lucas Yasunaga, ecosystem of synthetic animals (Baltimore)
Jamal Moore, reeds/percussion/electronics (Baltimore)

Neroj Patrick, bass
Shelly Purdy, percussion
Duncan Moore, electronics
Susan Alcorn, pedal steel guitar
Sue-C, live video processing

Video + Sound:
Timothy Nohe

Sun. Sept. 27, 8 PM (5 PM Pacific Time)
Curated by Seattle Improvised Music Festival

Allison Clendaniel, voice (Baltimore)
Marina Albero, piano (Seattle)

Jim Knodle, trumpet
Casey Adams, percussion
Heather Bentley, viola
Evan Woodle, drums
Jenny Ziefel, clarinets

Video + Sound:
Dana Reason, piano (Corvallis)
Melody Owen, video (Portland/Sydney)

Sun. Oct. 4, 8 PM (Pacific Time)
Curated by Seattle Improvised Music Festival (not part of High Zero)

Ben Goldberg, clarinet (Berkeley)

Galin Hebert, drums; Laurel Evers, clarinet

Sam Newsome, saxophones (Brooklyn)

Thomas Campbell, drums; Dick Valentine, flutes, sax; Tamara Zenobia, voice

Joe McPhee, sax (Poughkeepsie)

Unsound 2020 Announced

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Unsound Intermission takes place online between 1st – 11th October. Check out the schedule, including collaborations between musicians, commissioned A/V works, a sleep concert, dance and meditation workshops, guided walks, custom-built virtual worlds, experimental webinar sessions, community listening events and tours. On top of this program are discussion panels, which will be added next week.

The HQ for the online program is the schedule on the Unsound website, with links to program elements – some of which require registration. Meanwhile, a freshly launched Unsound Discord will function as a meeting place where the audience can find out what’s currently happening, or just hang out and chat, sometimes engaging directly with specific projects, even conversing with artists and curators presenting work during the festival.

The opening show of this year’s edition is Weavings, a durational improvisation conceived and co-curated by Nicolás Jaar, structured in the manner of a long fabric of sound, with performers playing with the artists coming before and after them. Performers so far confirmed include Aho Ssan, Angel Bat Dawid, Dirar Kalash, Ellen Fullman, Księżyc, Laraaji, Ka Baird, , Jaar himself, Paweł Szamburski, Raphael Roginski, Resina, Rolando Hernandes and Wukir Suryadi & Rully Shabara of Senyawa.

Coming to Roulette

Source: New York’s Roulette.

Brandon Lopez
Thursday, September 24, 2020
Composer and bassist Brandon Lopez plays with new a string trio with violinists Gabby Fluke-Mogul and Marina Kifferstein.

Stephen Gauci and Cooper-Moore
Friday, September 25, 2020
Iconic avant jazz pianist Cooper-Moore and saxophonist Stephen Gauci will perform a set of spontaneous improvisations.

Sylvie Courvoisier Trio featuring Drew Gress & Kenny Wollesen
Wednesday, September 30, 2020
One of the most creative pianists in the Downtown scene Sylvie Courvoisier brings her trio with bassist Drew Gress and drummer Kenny Wollesen to celebrate their newest album, Free Hoops—out September 18th on Intakt Records.

María Grand & Amirtha Kidambi
Friday, October 2, 2020
October begins with the premiere performance of the newly formed duo María Grand and Amirtha Kidambi as they explore the timbral and expressive combinations of their voices and saxophones through collaborative compositions.

Luke Stewart + Leila Bordreuil: Works for Feedback Ensemble
Saturday, October 3, 2020
Luke Stewart and Leila Bordreuil lead a raucous group in the world premiere performance of a new work for feedback ensemble.

Vision Festival Healing Soul: Streaming October 8 – 12, 2020 


Thursday, October 8
Streaming Online from Firehouse 12

7pm EDT
​Wadada Leo Smith Solo
Wadada Leo Smith – trumpet, piano

Wadada Leo Smith, trumpeter, multi-instrumentalist, composer, and improviser is one of the most acclaimed creative artists of his times, both for his music and his writings. Smith’s solo creative music practice has been evolving since the beginning of his career, with 2017’s Solo: Reflections And Meditations on Monk being his most recent solo recording.

8pm EDT
Panel Discussion on Jazz and Protest
Panelists include Amirtha Kidambi, Russell Hall, JD Allen, Gerald Cleaver, Jean Carla Rodea, Andrea Wolper, William Parker, and Lee Mixashawn Rozie

Friday, October 9
Streaming Online from the Clemente

5pm EDT
The Healing Force
​Patricia Nicholson – text, movement
Ellen Christi – voice
Jean Carla Rodea – voice
Amirtha Kidambi – voice
Andrea Wolper – voice
Ava Mendoza – guitar
Val Jeanty – percussion

6pm EDT
Afro-Algonquin Trio
Lee Mixashawn Rozie – reeds, mandolin, voice
Rick Rozie – bass
​Royal Hartigan – drums

Afro-Algonquin began in the 1970s with the intent to celebrate the fusion of Afro-American and Indigenous music of the Americas. Today, the concept has expanded to embrace full the Atlantic World (the Americas, Africa, Europe and the various fusions of these cultures overtime). Resulting in Indigenous to Bebop, Conga to Funk, Ragtime to notime, and music that freely spans styles and labels driven by the inner pulse of creativity that we call jazz.

7pm EDT
Oliver Lake Organ Quartet
Oliver Lake – alto sax
Jared Gold – organ
Freddie Hendrix – trumpet
Chris Beck – drums

Legendary composer, multi-instrumentalist, painter, and poet Oliver Lake presents his unconventional organ quartet – exploring freebop, funk, jazz and avant-musical conversations.

Saturday, October 10
​Streaming Online from the Clemente

4pm EDT
Open Space
Hamid Drake – drums
James Brandon Lewis – tenor saxophone
Brandon Lopez – bass
Alexis Marcelo – piano

As one of the most versatile drummers in modern music, Hamid Drake has been the backbone to countless ensembles. Here is a rare opportunity to hear a group of his own formation, bringing the Chicago percussionist together with three of NYC’s most exciting improvisers.

5pm EDT
Fay Victor’s Mutations for Justice
Fay Victor – voice, compositions
Mazz Swift – violin
​Chris Williams – trumpet
Luke Stewart – bass
Jason Nazary – drums

Mutations for Justice are a series of small composition mantras or ‘memes’ out of the need to articulate political ideas in a minimalist repetitive framework further developed through improvisation. Chanting and utilizing protest music as a mutable entity to change how we see. These pieces will mingle with a fantastic group of improvisors adding their personal spin on the Mutations.

6pm EDT
Amina Claudine Myers Trio
Amina Claudine Myers – piano, organ, voice
Jerome Harris – bass, voice
​Reggie Nicholson – drums

Amina Claudine Myers comes from a background steeped in the blues and gospel. She was a founding member of the AACM, and took the new freedom approach to making music, while staying close to her roots. Her trio with Jerome Harris and Reggie Nicholson has been one of the mainstays of her 50+ years in creative music.

Sunday, October 11
Streaming Online from the Clemente

4pm EDT
Andrew Cyrille Quartet
Bill Frisell – guitar
David Virelles – piano
Ben Street – bass
Andrew Cyrille – drums

Renowned drummer Andrew Cyrille, 2019 Vision Festival Lifetime Achievement award honoree, leads his all-star quartet featuring guitar luminary Bill Frisell, one of the most sought-after guitar voices in contemporary music; highly in-demand bassist Ben Street; and renowned Cuban-born pianist David Virelles.

5:30pm EDT
Tyehimba Jess
​Tyehimba Jess – poetry

Tyehimba Jess is the author of two books of poetry, Leadbelly and Olio. Olio won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, The Midland Society Author’s Award in Poetry, and received an Outstanding Contribution to Publishing Citation from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association.

6pm EDT
Black Host
Gerald Cleaver – drums
Darius Jones – alto sax
Brandon Seabrook – guitar
Cooper-Moore – piano
​Brandon Lopez – bass

Gerald Cleaver’s Black Host brings forth original compositions that blend modern jazz, free music, psych, post-punk and electrified noise with painstaking detail and heady abandon. A reverb-drenched and incisive stew of rhapsodic piano, searing alto and fractured guitar over rhythms that are alternately chunky and airy, rendered with a tremendous live energy.

Monday, October 12
​Streaming Online from the Clemente

4pm EDT
David Murray Trio
David Murray – tenor sax, bass clarinet
Luke Stewart – bass
Ronnie Burrage – drums

One of the greatest tenor sax and bass clarinet players of his generation, David Murray has performed in ensembles of all sizes, from the fabled World Saxophone Quartet to his own Octets and Big Bands. Here her presents a new trio configuration, with bassist Luke Stewart, and drummer Ronnie Burrage.

5:30pm EDT
LaTasha Diggs
LaTasha Diggs – poetry

A writer, vocalist, and sound artist, LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs is the author of TwERK (Belladonna, 2013); three chapbooks which include Ichi-Ban and Ni-Ban (MOH Press), Manuel is destroying my bathroom (Belladonna Press), and the album, Televisíon.

6pm EDT
In Order to Survive Quintet
William Parker – bass
Rob Brown – alto sax
​James Brandon Lewis – tenor sax
Cooper-Moore – piano
Hamid Drake – drums

The music of In Order To Survive is deeply rooted in the concept of vision. In this music I hear the history, the mystery and the now, all existing and vanishing at the same time. Everything is kept together by the undertow of this luminous lyricism that is ever present. The main force in playing this music is having the ability to feel the pain of all who suffer. To feel it as if it were happening to us; not resting until it ceases to be. Making sure that each sound that comes from your instrument is directed and filled with the strongest truth that exists.

Pharoah Sanders to Livestream 80th Birthday Concert 

Source: Variety.

On Tuesday, October 13, legendary jazz saxophonist Pharoah Sanders will perform at a special concert livestreamed from Zebulon in Los Angeles to celebrate his 80th birthday. Called “Another Trip Around the Sun,” the concert will see Sanders joined by Azar Lawrence on sax, John Beasley on keyboards, Tony Austin on drums and Sekou Bunch on bass. The concert will begin at 7 p.m. in all time zones worldwide.

New Original Works Festival 2020 at REDCAT

Source: REDCAT.

Nine New Contemporary Performance Projects Given Residency Support to Premiere at the 17th Annual New Original Works Festival

REDCAT’s Annual New Original Works Festival transforms REDCAT into a summer laboratory premiering new contemporary dance, theater, music and multimedia performances. This year’s festival launches nine new works by Los Angeles emerging and mid-career artists who are re-defining the boundaries of contemporary performance to invent hybrid artistic disciplines, re-imagine traditions and confront urgent issues. All artistic teams receive free rehearsal space, technical support, and artist fees.

Each of the three weekends features a triple bill of three premieres in a shared evening. Each program is premiered on Thursday evening and repeated Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:30 pm.