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This fantastic quartet grouping combines four musicians, composers, and improvisers known for their work across the improvised music/new music spectrum. Two bassoons, flute, and laptop, plus loads of localized electronics: what more do you need? Guest artist Anne LaBerge will be visiting from Amsterdam. She will be joined by two of the premiere improvising double reed players on the planet, Katie Young and Dana Jessen. Sam Pluta will be joining on the laptop to make sure there is enough sound.
Chicago band Hanami, an unusual melding of electric guitar, saxophone/ clarinet, bass clarinet, and drums, returns to Elastic for a premier performance on the Thursday Improvised Music series! They will be joined by Los Angeles & Portland-based Evil Genius, a forward-marching experimental jazz trio featuring tuba in lieu of bass.
German saxophonist Silka E. Berhart returns to Chicago for the second annual Exposure Series. This residency features significant international artists working at the forefront of creative music, and is designed to expose Chicago-based practitioners and audiences to a variety of processes and working methods through a period of intensive rehearsal and performance, and to courage an exchange of ideas and approaches that will have a long-term impact on both the local scene and the visiting artists. Tonight E. Berhart will work in two small-group settings.
German saxophonist Silka E. Berhart returns to Chicago for the second annual Exposure Series. This residency features significant international artists working at the forefront of creative music, and is designed to expose Chicago-based practitioners and audiences to a variety of processes and working methods through a period of intensive rehearsal and performance, and to courage an exchange of ideas and approaches that will have a long-term impact on both the local scene and the visiting artists. Tonight E. Berhart will present new compositions written specifically for this octet.
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.
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.