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Brazilian saxophonist Vinicius Mendes had assembled a group of Chicago's finest journeyman improvisers to accompany him on his first visit to our fair city, but the United States denied him an entry visa, so he won't be making the trip. The band he had assembled for the occassion will continue with the proceedings however.
HSR explores spontaneous free collaboration. They focus on developing layers of melodic invention and timbre. Electronics, sampling, tape loops, and vintage percussion is an important part of the mix. Bursts of rhythmic energy break through, too. For this concert HSR performs excerpts from "In These Words…Voices of Women" which incorporates tape loops of statements on women's rights. For the second set longtime collaborators David Boykin and Alex Wing launch off a new duo record.
For the third and final week of his Tuesday night residency at Elastic Arts, Vandermark brings in one of his oldest working projects, a duo with fellow saxophonist and longtime collaborator Mars Williams. The duo recently worked on an entirely new set of material that they'll present again tonight for only the third time.
Collector is the collaborative project of Matt Blair, Jakob Heinemann and Devin Drobka. Having played together in separate contexts for several years, the three musicians first came together as a trio in November 2016. Since then, they have primarily worked in expansive, developing improvisations, with a focus on exploring electroacoustic sound, dynamic extremes, and drones. Above all, the trio has always prized close listening and a sensibility for self-expression in their music.
This unique pairing weaves together years of work together between these four musicians in countless different contexts into a first-time quartet pairing, made possible since each of the artists are in town for the Chicago Jazz Festival. Come kick off the weekend's festivities with this amazing lineup.