• Friday March 8 | 7:00 pm

    Sonic Celluloid 2019

    WNUR is teaming up with Elastic Arts once again to bring you Sonic Celluloid, the annual event where sound meets vision in experimental combinations. The lineup this year includes M. Sage, Ben LaMar Gay, and finally Glenn Jones.

M. Sage

M. Sage is Matthew Sage, born and raised on Colorado’s Front Range, currently living and studying writing at SAIC in Chicago. Equally inspired by Eno’s luminous ambience, Scientist’s clattering dub, Fahey’s melodic folk narratives and Coltrane’s reeling free jazz, Sage approaches mixed-media sound collage and electronic composition with a playful and earnest sensibility. Texture and melody interact to create lush environments, strange dwellings and inviting atmospheres.

Ben Lamar Gay

Ben Lamar Gay is a composer who deals with many components of sound through various folk traditions past, present and future. Ben continues a long Chicago tradition of forward thinking musicians brought into existence by visceral dexterity and by the virtuosos of the Association of the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), of which he himself is a member.

Glenn Jones

Glenn Jones is a master of American Primitive Guitar, a style invented in the late 1950s by John Fahey, whose traditional fingerpicking techniques and wide-ranging influences were used to create modern original compositions. Jones, who led the post-rock ensemble Cul de Sac, brings his own made-up tunings, the use of custom-crafted partial capos, and a highly skilled picking style on both banjo and guitar, to create personal compositions that are lyrical, emotive and elegant. What sets him apart from the myriad guitarists playing today is his ability to tell stories with the guitar and banjo, and to convey a range of emotions. This process starts with the compositions themselves and carries through to his selection of recording environment and engineer.