• May 12 2017 | 8:00 pm

    Chicago Jazz String Summit

    The third annual Chicago Jazz String Summit, organized by cellist Tomeka Reid, brings together many of the top improvising string players from around the world in a special showcase that highlights the achievements of these musicians in a myriad of styles and approaches.

The Chicago Jazz String Summit (CJSS) is a two-day music festival showcasing jazz, classical & experimental music by internationally celebrated musicians. Founded by critically acclaimed cellist and composer, ​Tomeka Reid,​ this year’s multi-venue event is open to public and will take place at ​Elastic Arts and ​Constellation on ​May 12-13, 2017 ​respectively. Chicago Jazz String Summit aims to bring recognition to contemporary string music and to foster a creative platform for talented improvising string musicians to convene and to experiment.

This year’s festival artist line-up includes ​Mark Feldman (New York)​, ​Tim Daisy (Chicago)​, ​Mary Oliver (Amsterdam, NL)​, ​Hank Roberts (New York)​, ​Jacob Sacks (New York)​, ​Eyvind Kang (New York)​, ​Helen Gillet (New Orleans)​, and ​Hear in Now made up of Tomeka Reid (Chicago), Mazz Swift (New York) and Silvia Bolognesi (Siena, IT)​. The festival will coincide with the new CD release of ​Hear in Now​, and will also honor American jazz violinist ​Michael White​ (1930-2016).

Elastic, Friday May 12:

8 PM : Hank Roberts/Jacob Sacks Duo

Hank Roberts – cello
Jacob Sacks – piano



9 PM : Mary Oliver Solo


Mary Oliver – violin/viola


10 PM : Mark Feldman/Tim Daisy Duo

Mark Feldman – violin
Tim Daisy – percussion




Chicago String Summit Knows No Bounds :

Chicago Tribune, May 4th, 2016