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Calendar

OPTION: BBQ
Jul
3
2:00 pm14:00

OPTION: BBQ

  • ESS

July 3rd we are throwing an invitation only thank you celebration for all the musicians, patrons, and subscribers who have helped OPTION thrive.

ESS Summer Gala
Jul
22
7:00 pm19:00

ESS Summer Gala

  • Constellation

Join ESS for our summer gala! With performances by Tortoise, Helen Gillet with Kim Alpert, TALsounds, and Jeff Parker/Ben LaMar Gay/Tomeka Reid, this is a line up you do not want to miss. All proceeds go directly back into our programs, supporting the artists we work with and helping ESS continue to make space for creative experimentation.


OPTION: Lou Mallozzi
Jun
19
7:00 pm19:00

OPTION: Lou Mallozzi

  • ESS

Lou Mallozzi presents a rare solo set of improvisations with turntables, CDs, mixer, microphones, and text. The set will be intertwined with questions, arguments and discussion posed by theorist and artist Seth Kim-Cohen. The result may be an improvised performance that contains its own interrogation, or an interrogation that improvises its own performance.

OPTION: Damon Locks Solo
Jun
12
7:00 pm19:00

OPTION: Damon Locks Solo

  • ESS

Chicago-based visual artist, educator, vocalist/musician, and deejay Damon Locks performs his work The Colors That You Bring. A short discussion with Tim Daisy follows.

OPTION: The Few
May
1
7:00 pm19:00

OPTION: The Few

  • ESS

An evening of solo and trio performances by The Few - three of the most dynamic string players from the latest generation of Chicago's storied improvised music community - Macie Stewart (violin / voice), Charlie Kirchen (bass), Steve Marquette (guitar).

WORKSHOP: Juliet Fraser
Apr
29
1:00 pm13:00

WORKSHOP: Juliet Fraser

  • ESS

Toolbox: an informal workshop on writing for the voice. 

In this workshop, JULIET FRASER will lay out her guidelines to writing for the voice and use a selection of scores to explore and debate notational practices in contemporary vocal writing.

OUTER EAR: Gyre Ensemble
Apr
21
7:30 pm19:30

OUTER EAR: Gyre Ensemble

  • Experimental Sound Studio

Swiss-based new music trio Gyre Ensemble develops new pieces and concepts using an unusual instrumentation: Alejandro Olivan (saxophone), Stefanie Mirwald (accordion), and Christian Smith (percussion).

DOORS AT 7:30; MUSIC AT 8PM
$10 general / $8 students & ESS members