• Thursday June 14 | 9:00 pm

    Krausbauer/Suzuki & Friends

    Husband and wife team John Krausbauer and Kaori Suzuki visit Chicago as part of an extensive tour of the U.S. and Japan this spring, collaborating with local Chicago improvisers for this special evening of electro-acoustic music.

John Krausbauer – electronics, percussion
Kaori Suzuki – electronics, percussion
Others TBA


John Krausbauer and Kaori Suzuki will present an improvisational-composition with voices, amplified strings, electronics, and bell percussion. Their work originates from their shared interest in ancient and spiritual musics as much as the western “avant-garde”. Their performance utilizes sustained tones (drone), long durations, and playing endurance, aiming to create environments that are ‘experiential’ in nature, more than exclusively ‘musical’.


Kaori Suzuki (b. Tokyo) is a composer of electronic and electroacoustic music living in Oakland, CA. Her musical works are concerned with inner-sensory responses and transformative states, often emphasizing duration and dynamics through meticulous synthesis techniques.


She has performed her music in numerous DIY venues and galleries on the west coast of America, music festivals such as Debacle Fest, TUFFest, and the San Francisco Electronic Music Festival, and academic institutions such as Mills College, Stanford (CCRMA), and Berkeley Art Museum. Her electronic performances often involve spatialization and high volumes to build saturated frequency interactions in the room, combined with spectral properties of transducer-driven materials; her recent solo computer music employs combinatory pure vhf tones and pulses to create auditory distortion products and other inner ear phenomena.


John Krausbauer (b. Indianapolis) is a music conceptualist/multi-instrumentalist currently living in Oakland, CA. He has performed and presented his music in a multitude of settings for 20 years – from basements, sidewalks, and rock clubs to colleges, churches, and art galleries. Numerous recordings of his work have been released on independent labels in the US, Europe, and Japan.


His recent musical work involves ritual-endurance happenings for solo voice, violin, and synth, and with the Ecstatic Music Band (a rotating 10+ member collective), both of which utilize ‘just’ tunings for amplified bowed strings at high volumes and long durations, with live stroboscopic lighting for TOTAL/immersive environments; The Essentialists (w/David Kendall), an electric country-blues-boogie-raga guitar/violin duo; the minimalist psych-punk group, Night Collectors; his systems-based phase compositions; and a new collaboration with the steel bodied resonator guitar player, R. Keenan Lawler.