• Dec 6 2016 | 9:00 pm

    Michael Zerang & Biliana Voutchkova / Lia Kohl

    Violinist Biliana Voutchkova comes to Chicago to join Michael Zerang for an evening of creative improvisation.

Violinist Biliana Voutchkova comes to Chicago to join Michael Zerang for an evening of creative improvisation.

Cellist Lia Kohl opens the show.



Biliana Voutchkova is a dedicated, thoroughly engaged composer-performer whose work combines regular performances of major solo violin/ensemble works, new works by contemporary composers often written for her and improvisation. Her constant research as a creative improviser spans the widest possible range of sound/music/movement and extends the sonic and technical capacities of her instrument evolving into the development of a highly individual musical language. Biliana lives in Berlin and regularly appears at festivals and concert series worldwide. She works as a soloist and collaborates with the Splitter Orchestra, Solistenensemble Kaleidoskop, Ensemble Modern, Ensembles United, Mosaik, LUX:NM, Frances-Marie Uitti, Matthias Bauer, Audrey Chen, Ute Wassermann, Axel Dörner, Peter Ablinger, Michael Thieke and many others. Recent/current projects include solo concerts at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Radar Festval, Radialsystem V and Unerhörte Musik, the solo portrait concert/presentation and the project “Gazes that matter” at Ballhaus Naunynstrasse, the performance of Alban Berg’s chamber concerto for the March Music Days Festival and performances for the festivals Klangwerkstatt, Jazzfest and Faithful in Berlin, Rainy Days in Luxemburg and Klarafestival in Brüssel. More about her work at www.bilianavoutchkova.net


Michael Zerang was born in Chicago, Illinois, and is a first-generation American of Assyrian decent. He has been a professional musician, composer, and producer since 1976, focusing extensively on improvised music, free jazz, contemporary composition, puppet theater, experimental theater, and international musical forms.




Lia Kohl is a cellist and performance artist. Her work as a performer is deeply collaborative, and she is constantly seeking the meeting point between creative minds. She has worked extensively with dancers, poets and visual artists, and is inspired by new and different ways of thinking. Fascinated by the antiquated and illusory medium of performance, she endeavors to blur the lines between the pedestrian and the formal, and the obvious and the absurd in an attempt to bring her artistic practice into daily life—and vice-versa. She is a passionate interpreter of contemporary music and an avid improviser.