July 26, 2013

Printer’s Ball Collaboration

Printers Ball 2013 – Trip & Return

Chicago’s largest annual celebration of literary and print making culture.

We’re pleased to be bringing some live music and video to this year’s Printer’s Ball, presented by Spudnik Press at the Hubbard Street Lofts, 1821 W Hubbard, Saturday, July 27 12:00 – 6:00pm.  Free!

About Printer’s Ball

Founded in 2004 by Poetry Magazine Associate Editor Fred Sasaki, the Ball was first held at the now-shuttered HotHouse, later moving to various venues throughout Chicago, including the Double Door, the Zhou B Center, the Museum of Contemporary Art, and Columbia College Chicago. Along the way, it has grown from a local celebration to an event with presenters from all over the United States and drawing attendees, last year more than 4,000, from across the city and beyond.
The theme for 2013 is “Trip & Return.” A letterpress printing term, it’s also a playful acknowledgement of the return to discussion of the craft. This daytime event will host letterpress and screen printing demonstrations, discussions by well-known print and poster makers, readings from local poets, and performances from Elastic Arts Foundation musicians throughout the many art and design spaces within the spacious building. Local food trucks and beverage vendors will also be on hand. As is tradition, magazines, literary organizations, and design studios—over 400—from across the country will provide complimentary magazines and ephemera to all attendees of this free event.

We will presenting three special performances by Michael Zerang, Fred Lonberg-Holm, and Paul Giallorenzo /Aaron Zarzutzki.  Then join us for an afterparty at Bar DeVille 701 N Damen Ave, at 6pm.

2:30pm Johalla Projects space
Michael Zerang – solo percussion

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.  Michael has collaborated with contemporary theater, dance, and other multidisciplinary forms and has received three Joseph Jefferson Awards for Original Music Composition in Theater, in collaboration with Redmoon Theater, in 1996, 1998, and 2000.  As a percussionist and composer, Michael has over eighty titles in his discography and has toured nationally and internationally to 34 countries since 1981, and works with and ever-widening pool of collaborators.  Michael founded and was the artistic director of the Link’s Hall Performance Series in Chicago from 1985-1989 where he produced over 300 concerts of jazz, traditional ethnic folk music, electronic music, and other forms of forward thinking music. Michael has been a Board Member of Links Hall Since 1989. He continued to produce concerts at Cafe Urbus Orbis from 1994-1996, and at his own space, The Candlestick Maker in Chicago’s Albany Park neighborhood, from 2001 – 2005.  Michael currently tours and holds workshops in improvisational music, and teaches private lessons in rhythmic analysis, music composition, and percussion technique.

4:30pm Johalla Projects space
Fred Lonberg-Holm – solo cello
Cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm has played and studied music in a variety of situations from the Juilliard School to the gutter.   A former student of Anthony Braxton, Morton  Feldman, Bunita Marcus and Pauline Oliveros,  his primary projects are his Valentine Trio and The Lightbox Orchestra.  He is also a member of a number of ongoing collective projects (The Boxhead Ensemble, The Friction Brothers with Michaels Zerang and Colligan, The Flatlands Collective,  Keefe Jackson’s Fast Citizens) as well as participating in numerous one off “ad-hoc” or in frequently convening ensembles.  He also currently plays in groups led by Joe McPhee (Survival Unit III),  Peter Brotzmann (Chicago 10tet),  and Ken Vandermark (Vandermark 5, Frame 4tet, Territory Ensemble).   Improvisors he has worked with include  Jim Baker, John Butcher,  Wilbert DeJoode, Axel Doerner,  Mats Gustafsson, Charlotte Hug, Glenn Kotche, Peter Kowald, Nicole Mitchell, Torsten Muller, Jim O’Rourke, Jeff Parker, David Stakenas,  Ben Vida, and Michael Zerang.

He has contributed cello sounds to numerous recording projects by rock groups including Califone, Freakwater, God-is-my-co-pilot, L’altra, Smog, Super Chunk, US Maple, Wilco and many others.

3pm Simple Honest Work space
Paul Giallorenzo/Aaron Zartzutzki – audio/video synthesis

Paul Giallorenzo lives in Chicago but he is not from Chicago. As an improviser, composer, and sound designer he uses piano, synthesizer, electronics, and keyboards of all shapes and sizes in a wide variety of groups and contexts, ranging from jazz and improvised music to electro-acoustic / noise.  Current groups and collaborators include GitGO (w/ Mars Williams, Jeb Bishop, Anton Hatwich, Quin Kirchner), Breakway (w/ Brian Labycz, Marc Riordan), Hearts and Minds (w/ Jason Stein, Frank Rosaly), and ongoing projects with Argentine-born reedist/composer Guillermo Gregorio and Swiss contrabass saxophonist/composer Thomas Mejer.  Co-founder/director of the music and art venue Elastic, which has produced hundreds of creative music concerts in Chicago since 2001.


Aaron Zarzutzki performs weekly in and around the city playing free jazz, EAI, noise, and house music as well as work in the visual arts. Known for his self made electronics and as a turntablist, he has performed with many artists including Nick Hoffman, Brent Gutzeit, Kevin Drumm, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Takahiro Kawaguchi, among many others. He is a member of Green Pasture Happiness alongside Brian Labycz and Daniel Fandiño, and fronts the straight rock band Double Morris.