Improvised Music Series

The Thursday-night Improvised Music Series, curated by saxophonist Dave Rempis, began in April of 2002 at EAF’s original home, 3030, and has featured over 500 concerts by local and internationally known musicians and sound artists.  The series presents performances that explore improvisation from a variety of vantage points, ranging from jazz-based approaches, to new music-influenced ones, to completely non-idiomatic forms of improvisation.  And the true legacy of the series over the course of its decade-plus history has been to serve as a breeding ground for new ensembles, and new generations of Chicago improvisers.


Elastro Electro-Acoustic Series

Launched in November 2003 by musician and EAF co-founder Paul Giallorenzo, Elastro is a series of acoustic, electro/acoustic, electronic music, sound, and video performances featuring local, national, and international artists,
with an emphasis on presenting sonically stimulating and visually performative work. Co-curated with musician Daniel Wyche.

Dark Matter Series

The Dark Matter Residency supports Chicago-based, emerging artists of color whose work challenges the hegemonic hierarchies of race through performance and visual representation. The Residency provides artists with a flexible, functional space, a platform, and a network to help develop their work and careers.

Vision Gallery

We have been displaying regular visual art exhibitions since 2006, in addition to video screenings and multimedia performances. Alyssa Brubaker is the current curator. For information on submitting a gallery proposal, email us.

Anagram Series

Curated by alto saxophonist and composer Nick Mazzarella, the Anagram Series hosts weekly performances of jazz and improvised music at Elastic. The mission of the series is to bring diverse elements of the Chicago music scene into close proximity in order to inspire new collaborations and creative growth within the musical community, and to foster programming that reflects the full variety of thoughtful Chicago artists working in modern music. The series’ concerts feature both developing and established musicians and composers, serving as a haven for the incubation of new ideas, as well as a platform for the presentation of mature work.



We each have an effect on the rooms we enter. With our presence we bring our personal experience and hidden motivations. We encounter others who bring the same. And in this ecology we can develop a common purpose that amplifies, refracts, upsets, or transcends the notions we brought in with us. Just by being together we are making meaning, with and for each other. We Series is a festival presenting live art that blurs the boundary between performance and reality. Every Tuesday in May, the We Series offers rituals, participatory performance, and immersion in artist-led experiences. Because your presence at the We Series affects us all, we ask some things of you: Arrive knowing your presence is part of the event. You may be called to participate. Depending on the evening, you may need to bring or prepare something. Read instructions carefully.


Image by Laetitia Cerio.

J e l l o

J e l l o is a performance series.  Created by Jessica Cornish at Links Hall and run by Tuli Bera and Carla Gruby, J e l l o creates a space for dance/performance/movement artists to experiment, create, risk and try! J e l l o artists have the opportunity to show revisited work, new work or works in progress.


Annual residency featuring significant international artists working at the forefront of the international creative music field, designed to expose Chicago-based practitioners and audiences to a variety of processes and working methods through a period of intensive rehearsal and performance, and to encourage an exchange of ideas and approaches that will have a long-term impact on both the local scene and the visiting artists.

Culture Coach Summertime Concert Series

In partnership with Kuumba Renaissance and with support from the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) and the Chicago Park District, we program a series of 20-30 concerts each summer on a mobile pop-up stage – the Culture Coach – in various neighborhood parks and nighttime farmers’ markets across the city.  The goal is to bring free, family friendly music concerts, interactive drum circles, and break-dancing workshops to areas of the city that traditionally have lower access to cultural programming. is a project supporting live music in Chicago by listing concerts and building a network of musicians, listeners, venues, and organizations for collaborative support of the live music ecosystems of the City of Chicago.

With funding by Boeing, and in partnership with the Chicago Music Commission, a non-profit organization serving as the independent advocate for the music community with government and the private sector, nurturing the community towards future growth.

Mothership 9 Series

Curated by Angel Bat Dawid, Mothership is a monthly series of creative music concerts, education and community participatory events of diverse styles approaches and genres with the purpose of building a sonic mythological spaceship to the cosmos. This series will explore the connection between space, cosmos, mythology and its relation to Chicago’s deep history and tradition of creative music as a valid construct for empowerment, healing and solidarity.




Through the AfriClassical Series, Elastic Arts seeks to foreground the underrecognized achievements and challenges of African American composers and performers working in classical music. Series events feature works and performances by African American composers and performers. Then the artists are invited to share their perspectives and experiences from working in a markedly Eurocentric field, their take on the relationships between music of the African Diaspora and Western art music, as well as their ambitions for the future of their work, in dialogue with insightful interlocutors. This series is supported by a generous grant from the Paul M. Angell Foundation.