• Mar 31 2020 | 9:00 pm

    POSTPONED – Carol Genetti/Sarah Clausen, Emily Beisel/Hedra Rowan & Alisa Kolot

    The Acorn Series, a new series devoted to the improvisatory arts, presents two new pairings of established Chicago improvisors with Carol Genetti/Sarah Clausen and Emily Beisel/Hedra Rowan alongside a solo set by experimental pianist Alisa Kolot.

Carol Genetti is a Chicago-based vocalist whose work extends to sound and visual art media. Her palette is primordial, existing in a space where “language” and “music” have yet to be formed and formulated into familiar cultural patterns. Genetti’s aesthetic is one of raw power, yet also delicate, subtle, and precise. An exquisite soloist, she is often also heard in the company of other improvising musicians.

Sarah Clausen is an alto saxophonist and composer based in Chicago, IL.

Utilizing space, unique melodic content, and diverse textures, Sarah has developed an approach to improvisation and composition that is inspired by many musical traditions. While completing her Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance at Northern Illinois University, Sarah studied under renowned Chicago Saxophonist Geof Bradfield, and had the opportunity to work with artists such as Steve Coleman, Anna Webber, Jon Finlayson, Maria Grand, Jon Irabagon, John O’Gallager, and James Falzone.

Emily Beisel occasionally takes a break from reading to play various woodwind instruments with a strong preference for bass clarinet, especially when played through her fuzz-filter pedal.  You can often catch her playing with Fat Pigeon and Fonema Consort. For more, visit emilybeisel.com and also vote for Bernie 😉

Hedra Rowan: hi i’m hedra and i make sounds with my computer ~~ i also run bodymilk which is a label and concert series in chi.

Alisa Kolot is a composer, sound designer, and pianist based in Chicago. Her work is grounded in contemporary classical music, improvisation, and electro-acoustic music. In 2019 she released two through improvised piano albums titled ‘Spring’ and ‘Sorrel,’ drawing on experimental piano technique and twentieth century compositional practice. Alisa is inspired by the sound art tradition, using synthesizers and remote MIDI controllers to blend and sculpt sound. She reveals discreet sonic worlds in her compositions, sourced from her ongoing project @5th.sound. The project documents audio samples from unique acoustic and digital environments. Alisa composed an album for ‘Alterspace:’ an ongoing, open-source project with Harvard’s Library Innovation Lab. Alterspace gives library visitors control over light, color, sound, and space in an environment that best suits their needs. The album explored different combinations of electronic compositions with nature recordings that can be blended by the listener. Most recently, she was a composer in residence at Kimmel Nelson Harding Center for the Arts following her residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. She is an alumni of the Eastman School of Music with a BM in classical piano.