April 21, 2015

April and May Events



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Ed Wilkerson

James Falzone Solo & Wilkerson/Baker/Hunt

Join us for the inaugural Thursday night Jazz and Improvised Music Series show in our new space!

Clarinetist James Falzone makes a rare solo appearance, opening up for three veterans of the Chicago jazz scene whose musical relationships over the last 30 years encapsulate the history of the Chicago scene in general.
9 PM : JAMES FALZONE SOLO

James Falzone – clarinet

10 PM : WILKERSON/BAKER/HUNT

Ed Wilkerson – reeds, Jim Baker – piano/electronics, Steve Hunt – drums

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FRIDAY APRIL, 24 | 9:00 PM

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Homeroom Songwriter Showcase

Lindsey Charles (Cell Phones), Dave Davison (Maps and Atlases), Justin Petertil (Love Raid), Nick Ammerman (Scare Quotes)

Homeroom’s longest-running program returns for the spring with a rockin’ lineup of well-known Chicago bands. The Songwriter Showcase emphasizes the craft of songwriting by inviting songwriters from diverse musical backgrounds to perform without a backing band or a full amplifier rig. Facebook Event
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SATURDAY APRIL, 25 | 9:00 PM

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NbN Trio with Amanda Gutierrez & Tim Feeney

NbN: Nora Barton, Billie Howard, and Nomi Epstein – strings, percussion + Amanda Gutierrez – video. Tim Feeney – percussion and electronics

NbN Trio is a Chicago-based, acoustic, experimental improvisation trio made up of Nora Barton, Billie Howard, and Nomi Epstein.
Amanda Gutierrez will join the trio with live video.
Tim Feeney (percussion and electronics) seeks to explore and examine the timbral possibilities inherent in everyday found and built objects. He treats his percussion setup as a friction instrument, using bows, scrapers, and rosined drumheads to capture and amplify frequencies that go unheard when an object is struck with a traditional mallet. He supplements this acoustic console with an electronic instrument, arranged from mixers, contact microphones, and effects pedals, that synthesizes and alters the spectral characteristics of low-fidelity tones, feedback, and noise.
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SUNDAY APRIL, 26 | 8:00 PM
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Mykel Boyd, Coppice, Solt

Mykel Boyd – electronics. Coppice (Noé Cuéllar, Joseph Kramer – bellows, electronics). Solt (Michael Hartman, Paul Giallorenzo, Neil Jendon – electronics)

Live performances from Mykel Boyd, Coppice and Solt (Michael Hartman, Paul Giallorenzo, and Neil Jendon)
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MONDAY APRIL, 27 | 9:00 PM

Makaya McCraven

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Cameron Pfiffner Quartet & Makaya McCraven Group

Veteran Chicago saxophonist and composer Cameron Pfiffner leads a quartet of his closest collaborators in a set of unforgettable original tunes first written for a steady gig at a Pilsen hangout. Fresh from a fantastic release on International Anthem, drummer Makaya McCraven brings his tasteful, groove-driven improvisational style to Elastic for an intimate showcase.

SET 1: Cameron Pfiffner Quartet: Cameron Pfiffner – tenor saxophone, Steve Doyle – guitar, Dan Thatcher – bass, Avreeayl Ra – drums
SET 2: Makaya McCraven Group: Makaya McCraven – drums

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WEDNESDAY APRIL, 29 | 8:00 PM

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Proyecto Libre

Proyecto Libre (James Sanders, violin; Harrison Bankhead, bass; Avreeayl Ra, drums; Jean-Christophe Leroy, congas & percussion; Edward Wilkerson, saxophones)

Proyecto Libre continues their Free Improvisation / Afro-Latin exploration in their first show since performing at the Made in Chicago Festival in Poznan, Poland. “A kind of a musical melting pot, in which a variety of cultural traditions and stylistic genres form a unique symbiosis of sound… in which the various trends form a new music culture.” – Long Play
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THURSDAY APRIL, 30 | 9:00 PM

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Stein/Jackson/Rempis/Reid/Estvang

Jason Stein – bass clarinet, Keefe Jackson – reeds, Dave Rempis – saxophones, Tomeka Reid – cello, Tollof Estvang – drums

Norwegian drummer Tollof Estvang returns to Chicago for several concerts with this collaborative quintet, featuring some of the shining lights of the Chicago scene.
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MAY 2015


FRIDAY MAY 1 | 8:00 PM

Bocafloja (Mex/NY)

Pachanka Music Culture & Elastic Arts present: MAY DAY: International Workers’ Day Celebration wiith special guest BOCAFLOJA (Mex/NY)

SATURDAY MAY 2 | 9:00 PM

Jeweled Net of the Vast Invisible

Steve Rush’s Naked Dance Trio; Josh Oberman/Dugan Kelly

SUNDAY MAY 3 | 8:00 PM

ICP Orchestra Small Groups

Join us for a very special Sunday-night incarnation of the Elastic Improvised Music Series as we feature the legendary ICP Orchestra, broken down into smaller configurations.

MONDAY MAY 4 | 9:00 PM

Hanami Quartet & Jarod Bufe Quartet

Hanami Quartet thoughtfully reimagines traditional Japanese songs through the medium of modern jazz. Jarod Bufe’s quartet specializes in playing a repertoire of his highly personal original compositions, in which the influence of Pharaoh Sanders can be heard.

THURSDAY MAY 7 | 9:00 PM

The Bridge

France meets Chicago in this all-star incarnation of the ongoing international meeting ground The Bridge.

FRIDAY MAY 8 | 8:00 PM

Tomorrow Kings Presents: Welcome back SKECH185

After relocating to NYC in August, SKECH185 will be making his first visit back to the city that made him. To celebrate this homecoming, he’ll be headlining a show at Elastic Arts with friends and family.

SATURDAY MAY 9 | 9:00 PM

Urbanized Music’s 20th Anniversary Party

Urbanized Music’s 20th Anniversary Party! Come join Amina and Coolout Chris as they celebrate two decades of enriching the Chicago Hip-H0p scene.


SUNDAY MAY 10 | 7:00 PM

Metrics

Western Michigan University’s Advanced Jazz Ensemble & Artists of WMU’s Dept. of Dance
METRICS is a five-movement suite composed for a 10 piece ensemble. The idea behind the suite is derived from a variety of impressions of what the word Metrics means. In jazz and improvised music, there is a trend towards shifting meters and odd time signatures, and this work makes widespread use of these devices. Metrics also refers to measurement, and also the study of meter in poetry. The piece attempts to realize these ideals by formulating both “poetic” melodic statements, and various forms which evolve in a measured way. The music is at times incredibly dynamic with a deep rhythmic drive, and at other times is plaintive and restrained.

MONDAY MAY 11 | 9:00 PM

Meridian Trio & Matt Ulery’s Loom

The collaborative Meridian Trio delves equally into the realms of modern jazz and the avant-garde through a unique musical kinship, and a book of original material. The music of Matt Ulery’s Loom features lush harmonic landscapes, cinematic themes, and a first-rate lineup of virtuoso instrumentalists.

THURSDAY MAY 14 | 9:00 PM

Rempis/Johnston/Ochs

Bay Area stalwarts Larry Ochs and Darren Johnston join forces with Chicagoan Dave Rempis in this collaborative horn trio, which begins a two week North American Tour here at Elastic.

SATURDAY MAY 16 | 9:00 PM

Black Market Democracy


MONDAY MAY 18 | 9:00 PM

Moon Bros. & Darts and Arrows

Showcasing his masterful finger-picking technique, Matt Schneider’s meditative solo performances unfold as densely patterned sonic tapestries which surround and dazzle the listener. The richly textured music of Bill MacKay’s Darts and Arrows shimmers with stirring melodies that frame attentive interplay between the members of a perfectly cast ensemble.

WEDNESDAY MAY 20 | 9:00 PM

LJ/Jenna Lyle, Katherine Young

LJ – violin, Jenna Lyle – voice duo; Katherine Young – solo bassoon

THURSDAY MAY 21 | 9:00 PM

Frank Rosaly Solo & Rooms Trio

This double bill pairing features a rare solo set by renowned Chicago percussionist and Elastic regular Frank Rosaly, alongside one of the most promising working trios to emerge from the active milieu of Chicago’s younger improvising musicians.


FRIDAY MAY 22 | 9:00 PM

Elastro electro/acoustic series


SATURDAY MAY 23 | 3:00 PM

Esau McGhee

Artist Talk


WEDNESDAY MAY 27 | 9:00 PM

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Snails and Oysters (Denver)


THURSDAY MAY 28 | 9:00 PM

Fred Lonberg-Holm Solo & Rob Mazurek Solo

Join us for an evening of solo sets, as two Chicago masters present back to back explorations of the most revealing setting an improviser can take on.


FRIDAY MAY 29 | 9:00 PM

Napoleon Maddox’s ISWHAT?! feat. Graham Haynes

MC/Beatboxer (of Hamid Drake’s Bindu Reggaeology) meets trumpet master son of legendary jazz drummer

SATURDAY MAY 30 | 7:00 PM

The Spacesuits

The Spacesuits is a series of immersive and multimedia installations featuring work by an international collective of over fifty musicians. The collective is curated by artists Anaïs Duplan and Winston Scarlett, who will host eight shows across North America during The Spacesuits summer tour.

SUNDAY MAY 31 | 7:00 PM

The Spacesuits

The Spacesuits is a series of immersive and multimedia installations featuring work by an international collective of over fifty musicians. The collective is curated by artists Anaïs Duplan and Winston Scarlett, who will host eight shows across North America during The Spacesuits summer tour.