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The J e l l o Performance strives for full artist visibility and inclusivity. Art-making takes a lot of time, space and money. We provide a safe environment and welcoming performance space for artists to experiment, create, risk and try! As a J e l l o artist, you have access to a performance space, production/lighting resources and a very supportive audience. This is a great opportunity whether you are an emerging choreographer or an established artist. Previous J e l l o artists have shown works from the past, works in progress as well as excerpts from current work. There have even been collaborations involving other art forms (ie. Movement and Music)! We also provide, FREE videographic and photographic footage!
It's coming time to celebrate an incredible year. With your help we've grown bigger, stronger, and the music and art have been thundering. So let's party! Please join us for our end of year celebration on Saturday, December 15. We'll be getting down and just having a high old time with old and new friends. Special guest artists will provide the soundscape, and light refreshments will be offered. We'll also be unveiling a very special surprise! Can you guess what's underneath the velvet curtains?
Gather series is turning two years old! While normally housed at Comfort Station Logan Square, Gather is partnering up with Elastic Arts Center to close out its 2018 season with an amazing series of performances by Blackerface, Katinka Kleijn, and Lykanthea with Hanna Brock and Lia Kohl. Proceeds from this event go directly towards Gather’s 2019 programming.
Chicago-based working trio Devouring the Guilt is a collaboration between three of the most active young improvisers on the scene. Tonight they return to the Elastic Arts stage in the dark days of winter to bring the sunshine. Swiss saxophonist Sebastian Strinning, the current resident in the Lucerne-Chicago sister city exchange program, opens up in a duo with Chiago percussionist and Elastic Arts regular Julian Kirshner.
Carl Testa's Sway is an interactive live processing environment designed by Testa using the SuperCollider computer music programming language. The system is inspired by interactive music systems by composers such as George Lewis, Anthony Braxton, Pauline Oliveros, and Richard Teitelbaum. It builds off of Testa's previous electroacoustic works utilizing live processing including Iris (2012), Sⁿ (2014), and Ultraviolet (2015). Whereas in those pieces the electronics were controlled by Testa himself, in Sway, the electronic control is given over to the system. To accomplish this, audio analysis is conducted on each musician's signal to determine the type of processing and the exact moment-to-moment parameters of each kind of processing. Each musician's signal is analysed separately and generates a unique processing map over the course of the performance. What results is a dynamic, changing environment surrounding the music which pushes and pulls the musicians in different directions while retaining Testa's live processing aesthetic he has honed in over a decade of electroacoustic improvisation.
AfroPunk is a documentary film directed by James Spooner (who'll be in attendance,) exploring the roles of African Americans within what was then an overwhelmingly white punk scene across the United States of America -- and taking place as the world shifted with the galvanizing power of the internet. Featuring performances by: Erzulie, Blackmarket Democracy and The Eternals
Two mid-career improvisers from different corners of the jazz spectrum join forces for this special duo concert. This collaboration will kick off a weekly residency the two plan for Tuesday nights in February at the Whistler, featuring a number of different special guests. For the second set, Macie Stewart and Lia Kohl launch off a new digital-only release with a live concert.