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The collaborative ensemble of Avreeayl Ra, Edward Wilkerson, Jim Baker, Ken Vandermark, and Luke Stewart, came together on the occasion of the "Exposure Series" at Elastic Arts in March of 2018. Since that wonderful concert, energies have lingered and developed into the perfect opportunity to revisit and re-explore the possibilities in this group of deeply experienced improvisers. The accumulated histories of this collective is unmatched, yet the group itself navigates that history and experience, interacting without compromise, deliberation without hesitation.
This powerhouse Norwegian quartet returns to Chicago on their 2018 US Tour to once again take charge. As Peter Margasak wrote in the Chicago Reader on their last visit, ”No Scandinavian group since Atomic has so powerfully addressed and remade the free jazz of the 60s like Cortex. In a country whose creative music scene is celebrated for its bold hybrids of disparate sounds, Cortex goes another way, embracing tradition in its own unique way, with a personality sketched out by the strength of Johansson’s indelible themes and four distinctive improvisational voices.”
From the idiosyncratic musical mind of guitarist/composer Brandon Seabrook comes his latest album Convulsionaries (Astral Spirits, September 2018). In his close to two decades in NYC, Seabrook has garnered international acclaim for his sui generis approach to the electric guitar, one which astounds with tremolo pyrotechnics and an entropic sensibility. While those elements are in full effect on Convulsionaries, they’re met with a mature and thorough sense of dynamics, pace, groove, and feeling. Joining Seabrook on this release are the young upright bassist Henry Fraser (Anthony Coleman, The Full Salon) and Daniel Levin (Tony Malaby, Mat Maneri), two revolutionary string players who have been working in various creative ensembles in Brooklyn for years. Together, the string trio tackles Seabrook’s thorny compositions, which perpetually surprise and unseat the listener throughout the album’s trajectory. The trio’s frightening rhythmic precision oscillates between ominous repeating ostinatos; cathartic, angular, and intricate counterpoint; and a massive dynamic range which can change in a nanosecond. Convulsionaries is the sound of three restless virtuosos, making a bold statement, guiding listeners through a gauntlet of emotional spaces with the aid of these structural assemblages, turning impending doom into a deep cathartic release.
Elastic Arts regulars Zach Good and Gerrit Hatcher negotiate across disciplines in this new duo pairing, while the working group KNS Trio debuts a new set of collaboratively developed original compositions that explore form, timbre and interplay, juxtaposing lyricism with an off-kilter rhythmic sensibility.
Kuzu returns to Chicago towards the tail end of a fourteen-date North American Tour, to celebrate the release of their first record, Hiljaisuus on Astral Spirits, which was recorded in this very room in September 2017! Comprised of Chicago saxophonist Dave Rempis, recent Chicago transplant Tyler Damon, and Asheville-based guitarist Tashi Dorji, this band relishes in a patient development of themes and ideas into a maelstrom of energy.
Metamatic is a percussion trio organized by Chicago based drummer and composer Tim Daisy. The trio, which includes fellow percussionists Philip Sudderberg and Julian Kirshner, perform original compositions and improvisations arranged for a wide array of traditional and non traditional percussion instruments. Formed in the Spring of 2018, Metamatic will have its premier performance at the Elastic Arts Foundation in Chicago on October 18th, 2018, with more performances both in Chicago and abroad planned for the near future. The title for the group is inspired by the wondrous sculptural machines created by Swiss artist Jean Tinguley in the 1950’s and 1960’s.