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OPTION: William Winant
Aug
19
7:00 PM19:00

OPTION: William Winant

Option is pleased to welcome one of the most prolific artists working in the field of creative music, percussionist William Winant. Don’t miss your chance to hear one of the leading lights of creative music perform solo inside the intimate setting of studio A.


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OPTION: Darin Gray
Aug
26
7:00 PM19:00

OPTION: Darin Gray

American musician and composer Darin Gray is best known for his multiple collaborations with diverse musicians - perhaps less known is his fantastic solo work for both bass and electronics which he will present for the Option Series followed by a discussion with Tim Daisy.

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OPTION: Myra Melford
Sep
16
7:00 PM19:00

OPTION: Myra Melford

Option is pleased to welcome the prolific composer, pianist and Guggenheim fellow Myra Melford for a solo performance and discussion about her work with curator Tim Daisy. Don’t miss your chance to hear one of the giants of modern music perform in the cozy confines of Studio A.

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OPTION: Ryan Sawyer
Sep
23
7:00 PM19:00

OPTION: Ryan Sawyer

“Texas born and New York based drummer Ryan Sawyer bring his versatile talents to the Option series where he’ll present a set of solo music. Following this, he’ll discuss his history and creative work with Ken Vandermark.” -tim daisy/Option curator

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OPTION: Nick Macri
Sep
30
7:00 PM19:00

OPTION: Nick Macri

“Chicago bassist and composer Nick Macri has led a prolific and highly varied career as both a leader and a sideman, making contributions on both electric and acoustic bass for ensembles and musicians as varied as The Zincs (Thrill Jockey), Ken Vandermark’s Audio One, The Horses Ha, and Stirrup with Fred Lonberg Holm and Charles Rumback. Tonight marks Nick’s debut on the Option stage.” -tim daisy/Option curator 


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 Farnsworth Scores Film and Performance
Aug
17
3:00 PM15:00

Farnsworth Scores Film and Performance

The Farnsworth Scores is an experimental film and musical composition by multidisciplinary artist Rob Mazurek, in collaboration with filmmaker Lee Anne Schmitt that captures the interaction between humans, nature, and architecture at Mies van der Rohe's iconic Farnsworth House. Rob Mazurek, will be present for a live performance as well as discussion of the Farnsworth Scores.

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OPTION: Eli Wallace with Beth McDonald
Jul
29
7:00 PM19:00

OPTION: Eli Wallace with Beth McDonald

Brooklyn based pianist, improviser and composer Eli Wallace has worked with a whole range of acclaimed musicians and ensembles. His multi-dimensional and highly original sonic expressions will take full advantage of both on and inside the piano for his solo Option debut. Eli will be joined by Beth McDonald playing tuba and electronics in the second set.

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OPTION: Jeff Albert
Jul
1
7:00 PM19:00

OPTION: Jeff Albert

As a performer, composer, music technologist, presenter and educator, Jeff Albert has worked endlessly across multiple genres developing and sharing his unique and personal musical vision. Don’t miss Jeff’s solo set utilizing both trombone and electronics followed by an interview with Ken Vandermark

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OPTION: Matt Lux
Jun
24
7:00 PM19:00

OPTION: Matt Lux

Versatile bassist and composer Matt Lux performs a set of solo music on the Option Stage. He’ll then join Tim Daisy for a discussion about his life and work. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear one of the scenes most flexible and genre-blending musicians perform as well as talk about his decades-long career working with countless musicians and ensembles both here in Chicago and beyond.

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OPTION: Paul Giallorenzo, Eli Namay and Andrew Green
Jun
10
7:00 PM19:00

OPTION: Paul Giallorenzo, Eli Namay and Andrew Green

Brazil based saxophonist and composer Vinicuis Mendes makes his Option debut with a solo set for piano and saxophone followed by a set of original music with Chicago musicians Paul Giuallorenzo (piano) Eli Namay (bass) and Andrew Green (drums.) Don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear one of the great musical minds from South America operating in the intimate setting of the Experimental Sound Studio.

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Performance & Talk: Wave Front Artist Brian Chu Yin-Woo (龢wo4)
May
30
6:30 PM18:30

Performance & Talk: Wave Front Artist Brian Chu Yin-Woo (龢wo4)

This year's WAVE FRONT artist-in-residence is Brian Chu Yin-Woo (龢wo4) from Hong Kong. Before the end of his residency in Chicago, Brian will play a solo improvisation set, followed by a short presentation sharing insights into the underground music scene in his hometown and the ways in which it has inspired the ideas behind his creative process.

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OPTION: Mabel Kwan
May
27
7:00 PM19:00

OPTION: Mabel Kwan

Pianist and composer Mabel Kwan brings in a highly personal and spirited approach to her work, both a performer and a composer of new music. Don’t miss this chance to hear one Chicago’s brightest talents perform in the intimate setting of the Experimental Sound Studio.

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OPTION: Kim Alpert
May
13
7:00 PM19:00

OPTION: Kim Alpert

Kim Alpert is one of the most exciting artists to be working with multimedia materials on the international scene.  This performance on Option will be unique for the series, mixing Kim's real-time video synthesis and feedback, with movement and sonic artist components.  Afterward, Kim will discuss her creative history and ideas with Ken Vandermark.

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The Bridge [2.1]: Crying Out Loud
May
11
2:00 PM14:00

The Bridge [2.1]: Crying Out Loud

Experimental Sound Studio is proud to present The Bridge [2.1] for a performance and live recording in the studio as a concluding event in their 3 day micro-residency. Their collaborative efforts titled, Crying Out Loud, is an improvisational quintet ensemble featuring Dan Bitney (drums), Christian Bopp (trombone, voice), Rob Frye (woodwinds, electronics), Jayve Montgomery (woodwinds, electronics) and Simon Sieger (trombone, tuba, accordion, piano).

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