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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.
In September 2013, Larry Ochs was in residence at The Stone. On two nights that week he premiered this quintet to enthusiastic acclaim. But most importantly, all five musicians were really excited by what happened at The Stone. The music was on fire, the compositions sparked their imaginations and left plenty of room for continued exploration. Because Ochs lives in San Francisco Bay Area, and busy schedules made it difficult to connect, The Fictive Five didn't perform again until December 2014, immediately followed by a highly focused recording session, and the music from that session was released in October 2015 on Tzadik, the label curated by John Zorn. Bring your imaginations and be ready for anything, and you won’t be disappointed.
Quin Kirchner presents his genre-blending electro-acoustic solo project, which he's been developing gradually for the past two years. Chicago ex-pat Michael Raynor—longtime sideman of the late, great Von Freeman—is joined by Nick Mazzarella, Russ Johnson and Clark Sommers for an improvised performance.
This improvising trio joins up veteran Chicago improvisers Rempis and Daisy, whose collaborations span decades, with young pianist Matt PIet. Although this is only the band's fourth concert, they've released two digital albums, including Cure For the Quotidian on Piet's Amalgam imprint, and Hit The Ground Running on Rempis' Aerophonic label. Proceeds form both records have gone to causes including Planned Parenthood of Illinois and Refugee One, perhaps a result of the trio's first meeting - the fateful day after the election of the current U.S. president.
In conjunction with the Bridge, the Anagram Series presents a special performance featuring collaborations between musicians from France and the United States. Spoken word artist Mike Ladd and vocalist Mankwe Ndosi are joined by Damon Locks and Wayne Montana of the Eternals. Clarinetist Sylvain Kassap teams up with saxophonist Nick Mazzarella and longtime rhythm duo Clark Sommers and Dana Hall.
Elastic Arts starts a new relationship with the beautiful and historical May Chapel at Rosehill Cemetery. This gorgeous space, built in 1901 by German craftsmen, offers incredible acoustics and will be the perfect setting for this afternoon's FREE concert. To start, saxophonist Dave Rempis performs a solo set, a record release party for his first solo recording "Lattice," which came out on Aerophonic Records in October, and features material he recorded during an extensive 27-city tour of North America this past spring. He'll be followed by the subtle and sublime sounds of The Few.