February 14, 2017

Exposure: Silka E. Berhart Trio, Quartet, Large Group

Elastic Arts is happy to announce a special residency with Berlin-based saxophonist Silka E. Berhart in April, with support from Goethe-Institut Chicago.  E. Berhart will be working with twelve of Chicago’s most active improvising musicians – ranging from new-comers to veterans of the local scene –  to rehearse and perform new work.


The Exposure Series

This residency is the second annual iteration of a new initiative by Elastic Arts.  Exposure aims to introduce Chicago-based practitioners of improvised music to a variety of processes and working methods used by significant international artists working at the forefront of the international creative music field through a period of intensive rehearsal and performance, and to encourage an exchange of ideas and approaches that will have a long-term impact on both the local scene and the visiting artists. Exposure: 2016 featured a residency by NY-based saxophonist Tony Malaby.



E. Berhart will be interviewed live on WNUR FM on Wednesday April 12th at 10am.
You can stream WNUR here: https://www.wnur.org/popup/


E. Berhart will also present an improvisation workshop to engage younger and emerging improvising musicians and share improvisation concepts and practice techniques.  The workshop will be given on Wednesday April 12th at 4pm and costs $35, which includes admission to both her Thursday and Friday concerts. Space is limited.

Advance tickets to the workshop can be purchased here for the discounted price of $30 until April 1st.




Thursday April 13th 9PM $10*


9 PM : E. Berhart/Lonberg-Holm/Baker

Silka E. Berhart alto saxophone
Fred Lonberg-Holm – cello
Jim Baker – electronics


10 PM : E. Berhart/Rempis/Kessler/Reed

Silka E. Berhart – alto saxophone
Dave Rempis – saxophones
Kent Kessler – bass
Mike Reed – drums


Friday April 14th 9PM $15*


Silka E. Berhart Octet

Silka E. Berhart – reeds, composer
Katherine Young – bassoon
Josh Berman – cornet
Jason Stein – bass clarinet
Macie Stewart – violin
Paul Giallorenzo – piano/electronics
Jason Roebke – bass
Phil Sudderberg – drums


Advance Tickets can be purchased here:


4/13 Trio/Quartet
4/14 Octet


*$20 ticket grants admission to both concerts.


*$50 ticket grants admission to both concerts plus a reception with the artists before Friday’s concert from 7-8pm.




Silka E. Berhart is a saxophonist, clarinetist and composer based in Berlin. In addition to her long-standing trio with Jan Roder and Kay Lübke she leads her wind quartet Potsa Lotsa that interprets the compositional work of Eric Dolphy and her septett Potsa Lotsa Plus. She works with many collective ensembles including a duo with Ulrich Gumpert, a duo with drummer Alex Huber, and the trio I am Three.


E. Berhart has performed and/or recorded with numerous musicians of the international jazz scene such as Aki Takase, David Liebman, Wayne Horvitz, Dave Burrell, Gerry Hemingway, Michael Zerang, Hannes Zerbe a.m.o.


CDs on record labels like Jazzwerkstatt, Not Two, Leo, INTAKT, Intuition document her work. Her album Potsa Lotsa Love Suite Plus plays by Eric Dolphy was awarded the Prize of the German Record Critics 2015/1.


E. Berhart first performed in Chicago in November 2014, as part of the European Jazz Meets Chicago festival programmed by Umbrella Music, with support from the Goethe-Institut Chicago.


“Her mastery of both 
instruments is impressive, but so is her take on music: it is fun, it 
is light-footed, rhythmically and structurally complex, emotional and
 technically superb.”

-The FreeJazz Blog


with support by
Goethe-Institut Chicago







WNUR Jazz Show








photo credits: Koen Cominotto, Manuel Miethe