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Prisoner’s Song is a performance created by composer Gelsey Bell and visual artist Erik Ruin about the prison experience. Using shadow puppets and projections alongside a variety of musical idioms, the piece draws on historic ballads, poetry, audio interviews with people who have spent time in prison, and other primary sources to create a fragmentary encounter with the states of mind and heart prison engenders. This event will also feature a talk by Benneth/Benny Lee of the National Alliance for the Empowerment of the Formerly Incarcerated, and proceeds from the show will go to support NAEFI.
From the idiosyncratic musical mind of guitarist/composer Brandon Seabrook comes his latest album Convulsionaries (Astral Spirits, September 2018). In his close to two decades in NYC, Seabrook has garnered international acclaim for his sui generis approach to the electric guitar, one which astounds with tremolo pyrotechnics and an entropic sensibility. While those elements are in full effect on Convulsionaries, they’re met with a mature and thorough sense of dynamics, pace, groove, and feeling. Joining Seabrook on this release are the young upright bassist Henry Fraser (Anthony Coleman, The Full Salon) and Daniel Levin (Tony Malaby, Mat Maneri), two revolutionary string players who have been working in various creative ensembles in Brooklyn for years. Together, the string trio tackles Seabrook’s thorny compositions, which perpetually surprise and unseat the listener throughout the album’s trajectory. The trio’s frightening rhythmic precision oscillates between ominous repeating ostinatos; cathartic, angular, and intricate counterpoint; and a massive dynamic range which can change in a nanosecond. Convulsionaries is the sound of three restless virtuosos, making a bold statement, guiding listeners through a gauntlet of emotional spaces with the aid of these structural assemblages, turning impending doom into a deep cathartic release. Journeymen Chicago improvisers Berman and Abrams open up tonight's proceedings.
Celebrate fierce femme singers and songwriters of the 90s with the first feminist equity musical theatre company: Firebrand Theatre! Performed by Chicago's best Firebrands, and the critically acclaimed casts of 9-5, Lizzie and Firebrand's upcoming production of Caroline, or Change. Hosted by Becca Brown and Liz Chidester. Produced in association with Bill Brickey of Shoobooty Productions' Emerging Artist Series at Elastic Arts in Logan Square.
Kuzu returns to Chicago towards the tail end of a fourteen-date North American Tour, to celebrate the release of their first record, Hiljaisuus on Astral Spirits, which was recorded in this very room in September 2017! Comprised of Chicago saxophonist Dave Rempis, recent Chicago transplant Tyler Damon, and Asheville-based guitarist Tashi Dorji, this band relishes in a patient development of themes and ideas into a maelstrom of energy. Detroit-based Shells opens the night up with a set of punk wildlife!
Metamatic is a percussion trio organized by Chicago based drummer and composer Tim Daisy. The trio, which includes fellow percussionists Philip Sudderberg and Julian Kirshner, perform original compositions and improvisations arranged for a wide array of traditional and non traditional percussion instruments. Formed in the Spring of 2018, Metamatic will have its premier performance at the Elastic Arts Foundation in Chicago on October 18th, 2018, with more performances both in Chicago and abroad planned for the near future. The title for the group is inspired by the wondrous sculptural machines created by Swiss artist Jean Tinguley in the 1950’s and 1960’s.