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The Fulcrum Ensemble, a sextet organized by Chicago-based drummer and composer Tim Daisy, is a showcase for his original compositions and features some of the leading lights from the international improvised music scene. The group's premier performance took place in July of 2015 in honor of Tim's 40th birthday celebration. Tonight's concert will feature a new book of music and will also be recorded for a future release on Relay Records.
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.
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.