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Tatsu Aoki presents the New Japan Ensemble, a compositional project exploring the experimental sonic milieu of contemporary Tokyo and Chicago. Over two evenings at Elastic Arts, select members from The Miyumi Project, electronic sound artists, and creative Japanese musicians from Chicago will play together with sound artist Hiroshi Mehata from Tokyo. Predicated in the personal histories of each artist and sonic landscape of each metropolis, the collaboration will coalesce as a textural and affective experimentation of a cross-cultural, multigenerational, musical expression. The New Japan Ensemble project is part of the Chicago Obihiro Exchange Exhibition presented by AIRMW at the Hairpin Arts Center.
Aaron Shapiro returns to Elastic Arts after his recent move to New York to debut his organ trio. His new ensemble features organist Dan Chase, who will be performing on Elastic’s recently acquired Hammond RT-2 and Clif Wallace on drums. A stellar local trio of Dan Bitney, Leroy Bach and Dustin Laurenzi open the evening.
For the third and final week of his Tuesday night residency at Elastic Arts, Vandermark brings in one of his oldest working projects, a duo with fellow saxophonist and longtime collaborator Mars Williams. The duo recently worked on an entirely new set of material that they'll present again tonight for only the third time.
Elastic Arts regulars Jeff Kimmel and Matt Piet kick tonight off with a new duo collaborations. For the second set, we present the touring band Collector - the collaborative project of Matt Blair, Jakob Heinemann and Devin Drobka. Having played together in separate contexts for several years, the three musicians first came together as a trio in November 2016. Since then, they have primarily worked in expansive, developing improvisations, with a focus on exploring electroacoustic sound, dynamic extremes, and drones. Above all, the trio has always prized close listening and a sensibility for self-expression in their music.
This unique pairing weaves together years of work together between these four musicians in countless different contexts into a first-time quartet pairing, made possible since each of the artists are in town for the Chicago Jazz Festival. Come kick off the weekend's festivities with this amazing lineup.
Instigation Festival continues with its fourth year bringing Chicago and New Orleans musicians, artists, and dancers together in a cross-medium exploration of the deep historical connections between these two locales. Curated by guitarist Steve Marquette and dancer/choreographer Marie Casimir, this promises to be another enlightening installment!l