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Two mid-career improvisers from different corners of the jazz spectrum join forces for this special duo concert. This collaboration will kick off a weekly residency the two plan for Tuesday nights in February at the Whistler, featuring a number of different special guests. For the second set, Macie Stewart and Lia Kohl continue to explore their duo collaboration, which will release its first recording this coming spring..
Tatsu Aoki’s The Miyumi Project returns with their first performance of 2019. One of the longest standing amalgams drawing from the aesthetics of Japanese traditional music and Chicago’s avant-garde jazz and experimental music. The presentations are improvised compositions that stem from a conceptual framework for each band member to interpret, which is then transformed into a contemporary musical immersion for the audience. Each successive grouping of Miyumi Project musicians over the past two decades have contributed to the unique blending of modern application with traditional sensibility. The final result is a continuous evolution of a "live and raw" musical happening. The current members of Tatsu Aoki’s Miyumi Project are: Mwata Bowden, Coco Elysses, Avreeayl Ra, Edward Wilkerson Jr., Jaime Kempkers, and Kioto Aoki.
RGB operates within the great tradition of Chicago groove-based improvised music. Comprised of Paul Giallorenzo on keyboards, Charlie Kirchen on bass, and Ryan Packard on drums, the group’s improvisations are built around dark and hypnotic grooves that evolve through a series of almost microscopic shifts in the material. This performance is part of a midwestern tour commemorating the release of the group’s first album. For the opening set, Danish vocalist RP makes her Chicago debut.
Asheville-based guitarist Shane Parish makes a long overdue return to the Elastic Arts stage for a set of solo music, and Chicago percussionist Emerson Hunton presents this trio collaboration featuring Boston-based pianist Eric Krouse and electronic improviser/composer Ted Moore. Using live processing, feedback, modular synthesis, and acoustic instruments, the trio presents improvisations ranging from stark minimalism to frenetic density. The trio’s first meeting was in May of 2018 at the University of Chicago, where a recording was made.
Celebrating over ten years of collaborating together, Berlin saxophonist/composer, Gebhard Ullmann and NYC trombonist/composer Steve Swell join two of Chicago's finest improvising musicians; Fred Lonberg-Holm, cello/electronics and percussionist Michael Zerang for this new configuration. Building on the strength and ideals of those three cities the quartet creates enough fireworks to light up the night sky with their brilliant sound imagery. Ullmann/Swell's Chicago Plan thoroughly breaks new ground for what Jazz and New Music ensembles' approach to what creative music should be.