• Jan 24 2019 | 9:00 pm

    ~Nois Saxophone Quartet & Fat Pigeon

    Two notable ensembles working in the contemporary classical field in Chicago stop by to showcase a different type of approach towards improvisation.



Brandon Quarles – soprano saxophone
Hunter Bockes – alto saxophone
Jordan Lulloff – tenor saxophone
János Csontos – baritone saxophone




Emily Beisel – bass clarinet
Craig Davis Pinson – guitar
Luis Fernando Amaya – percussion


Fat Pigeon’s music, both composed work and open improvisation, features the use of macro-timbres that are built from the group’s unorthodox instrumentation into complex layers. The use of contact microphones combined with close physical proximity during performance introduces an acousmatic element in which sounds are perceived apart from their source. This experience of the group’s performances further blurs the perception of “authorship” of each sound. Formed in 2016 at while at Northwestern University, Fat Pigeon is a Chicago based group that strives to bridge the gap between the DIY scene and established experimental venues. Most recent performances include Constellation’s 3×3 series, Hairpin Arts Center LATINxARTS, and Body Milk Tapes performance series.


~Nois is a Chicago-based saxophone quartet that defies categorization by working between the boundary of contemporary classical music and experimental improvisation. Founded in 2016 by graduate students at Northwestern University, ~Nois (pronounced “noise”) has quickly emerged as one of the premier young ensembles dedicated to innovative and engaging performances. Known for their “masterclass-level demonstrations of precise articulations and glowing legatos” (I Care if You Listen), “truly innovative musicianship,” and “raw creativity” (Cacophony Magazine), ~Nois has been awarded prizes at prestigious chamber music competitions including the Second Prize in the Open Division of the 2018 M-Prize International Chamber Arts Competition, the Silver Medal at the 2017 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, Second Prize at the 2018 North American Saxophone Alliance Quartet Competition, and First Prize at the 2016 Chicago Woodwind Ensemble Competition. ~Nois was invited to be an Ensemble Fellow to the 2018 Blackbird Creative Lab, where they worked closely with fellow Chicago-based ensemble, Eighth Blackbird.