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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.
This critically acclaimed annual event is an essential cornerstone for highlighting and documenting the significant role that Asian Americans and their collaborators have in contributing to the city's historic and vibrant musical landscape. Come and celebrate the 22nd anniversary of the Chicago Asian American Jazz Festival (CAAJF)www.aajazz.org. The CAAJF features the finest in contemporary Asian American music. Curated by Asian Improv aRts Midwest, national and internationally acclaimed Asian American artists and their collaborators weave together their collective flair to create an improvisational experience.
Continuing this critically acclaimed annual event, CAAJF is an essential cornerstone for highlighting and documenting the significant role that Asian Americans and their collaborators have in contributing to the city's historic and vibrant musical landscape. Come and celebrate the 22nd anniversary of the Chicago Asian American Jazz Festival (CAAJF) www.aajazz.org. The CAAJF features the finest in contemporary Asian American music. Curated by Asian Improv aRts Midwest, national and internationally acclaimed Asian American artists and their collaborators weave together their collective flair to create an improvisational experience.
This critically acclaimed annual event is an essential bulwark for highlighting and documenting the significant role that Asian Americans and their collaborators have in contributing to Chicago's historic and vibrant musical landscape. Curated by Asian Improv aRts Midwest, the 22nd anniversary of the Chicago Asian American Jazz Festival (CAAJF) features the finest in contemporary Asian American music. Natsuko Furukawa & Yutaka Umitsuki add to the CAAJF Festival with their New Orleans style Jazz at the Elastic Arts center.
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.
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.