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Race Card collides three divergent musical approaches in an improvising format. Josh Berman's cornet playing combines a profound knowledge of jazz idioms, free improvising expertise, and subtle sound-as-sound techniques. Damon Locks tethers his punk-inflected voice to a bottomless well of electronic processes and musical references from his many years as a DJ. Lou Mallozzi dismantles and reconstitutes vinyl and CD sounds from the human, animal, and vegetable kingdoms through a highly gestural approach to live mixing. For the second set, saxophonist Nick Mazzarella brings in his working quintet, a group that works in a very fluid way somewhere in the space between soul jazz and free jazz.
Eli Namay and Phil Sudderberg, known for their work as a rhythm section providing the backbone of countless Chicago-based bands, here lend their sound to Bay Area clarinetist John McCowen, an Illinois native who currently resides in the Bay Area, where he works as both a composer and performer primarily in the new music world. Tonight's concert will serve as a record release for their eponymous debut record. TCB opens.
Pianist Marc Riordan returns to Chicago for his first performance since relocating to LA last fall, followed by the longstanding duo pairing featuring French clarinetist and vocalist Isabelle Duthoit alongside Viennese trumpeter Franz Hautzinger. This duo returns to the Elasic Arts stage for a rare States-side performance.
Tristan Honsinger started improvising in Montreal more than forty years ago, prior to his decisive move to Europe, where he's been at the centre of improvised music activity ever since. With his two Montreal-based counterparts here, this group represents an oblique sort of homecoming. Their rapport is obvious, the results a satisfying mixture of musical empathy and creative conflict. Tristan plays with characteristic daring from his reserves of readymade tune fragments and shards of poetry, heading straight into the protean unknown that is the foundation for the best group improvising. Josh Zubot and Nicolas Caloia don't merely follow him there, but provoke him – and each other – in ways that are by turns, subtle, assertive, and irreverent. The Few opens - a Chicago-based string trio that should provide the perfect counterpoint to In The Sea.
Prolific improviser and cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm returns to Elastic Arts for what's become a yearly incarnation of his Lightbox Orchetra, a game-piece style instant composition where he calls the shots for a group of ten improvisers using a cuing system consisting of his homemade "lightbox" and a series of written instructions that he holds up for one or more participants.
Melodic, abstract, mysterious, beautiful, and confrontational, Kaze plays free jazz at its most creative and powerful. The members of this international quartet share an insatiable appetite for sonic experimentation, boundless energy and enthusiasm, and the disciplined intelligence of accomplished spontaneous composers. The group has released three acclaimed recordings - 2011’s Rafale, 2013’s Tornado, and 2015’s Uminari which the London Jazz News calls “...bold, uncompromising music." Uminari is a Japanese word that refers to a sound rising from the sea, a low-frequency roar that portends a coming storm or tsunami. The two-horn quartet is equally adept at the calm and the storm, with expressive subtleties giving way to overwhelming torrents of sound.
Percussionist and road warrior Tatsuya Nakatani brings his renowned gong orchestra back to the Elastic Arts stage for the first time since 2012. This one-of-a-kind project is the only bowing Gong Orchestra in existence in the world today, and is dedicated towards continuous, growing community engagement. The rich harmonies produced from multiple layers of bowed gongs are transformative, engaging and inspiring for both players and audiences. Nakatani began germinating ideas for N.G.O. in early 2002, and finally took the project on the road in April 2011. Since then he has performed over 100 concerts with N.G.O. internationally. Notable venues include John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C., MOCA Cleveland, OH, Tigertail Productions presented at Miami Dade County Auditorium in FL, Bemis Contemporary Art Center in Omaha NE, Columbia Museum of Art in SC, The Issue Project Room in New York City, and the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Arkansas. N.G.O. has also been a visiting artist conducting workshops at a number of universities; including the University of Illinois, Smith College, Ohio State University and Wesleyan. The gong bows and surrounding instrumentation equipment are handmade by Nakatani Kobo.
This legendary Norwegian trio, featuring a cross-generational collaboration of some of the brightest lights from the Scandinavian scene, returns to the Elastic Arts stage, this time with a twist. They'll be joined for their fall US Tour by New York trombonist Steve Swell, an apt counter voice to Gjerstad in the band's front line.
Jacob Wick is a trumpet player and improviser. Originally from the suburbs of Chicago, Wick has lived in Brooklyn, Oakland, and Los Angeles, and has performed with a variety of improvisers and composers in a variety of contexts, including at the Whitney Museum of American Art (US), the Moers Jazz Festival (DE), and el Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo (MX). He has performed with Toshimaru Nakamura, Bonnie Jones, Katherine Young, Andrew D'Angelo, Josh Roseman, and many others. He has released recordings on Prom Night Records (Brooklyn, NY), Peira (Chicago, IL), Diatribe (Dublin, IE), and Creative Sources (Lisbon, PT). He holds a BM from Purchase College, SUNY, and an MFA from the California College of the Arts. In performance, Wick works to privilege the perspective, experience, and expressive capacities of ambient non-human actors—air ducts, airplanes, birds, cement—over his own experience as a white, cis, American male. This approach is indebted to a wild commitment to queer politics and years of cruising contemporary and 20th century art and/or life theories. Tonight, he’ll present a solo set, and then a collaboration with several long-time Chicago counterparts.
This powerful transatlantic trio returns to Chicago for the first time since 2014, celebrating the release earlier this year of their seventh recording, Slag, for Aerophonic Records. The band first came together at a closed session in 2009, and as any fan of improvised music can imagine, the band hit hard from the first note and hasn’t looked back since. The unabashed energy of Rempis and Nilssen-Love, coupled with the electrified cello antics of Lonberg-Holm, make for a powerful listening experience that combines driving grooves with noisy textures and occasional melodic interjections. These sliding and overlapping rhythms often give the music a feeling as if a rug is slowly being pulled out from underneath the listener while the music still maintains a strong forward momentum. Reference points include the Julius Hemphill groups of the 70’s and 80’s featuring Abdul Wadud, Ornette Coleman’s Prime Time, and the early 70’s explorations of Miles Davis’ electric bands. This date kicks off a fourteen concert North American tour for the band.