ESS is partnering with the Northbrook Public Library as part of their Sound Exploration Series to present a special concert of improvised music featuring Rafael Toral, electronics; Tim Daisy, drums; Mars WIlliams, saxophone.
The fifth and most conceptually broad iteration of Ten x Ten, ‘Ten x Ten 2017: Dual Practices’ brings together 10 notable Chicago artists who have robust practices in both visual art and music. By considering questions about boundaries and location, Ten x Ten 2017 will investigate Chicago neighborhood identities, urban change, and comfort in space and place.
Five artist pairs have been collaborating over several months to each create a two-part work that includes a song or audio piece and an 18” x 18” screen print. The results of these partnerships will be released with a concert and gallery exhibition at Experimental Sound Studio on Saturday, September 9th.The artists will perform excerpts from their collaborations and display their prints as well as other work.
Bassist/vocalist Katie Ernst is joined by improvisers Greg Artry, Matt Gold, Ken Oshodi to present new compositions and improvisations centered around questions of strength and vulnerability. These are songs for the softening of hardened hearts.
Photo by James Risley
Highly prolific Dutch cellist Katinka Kleijn performs a set of solo
music. A discussion with Tim Daisy follows
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.
Helen Gillet uses an amplified cello, loop pedal, effects and vocals in her solo show. Her current solo performance explores the noise, distortion, vibration and rhythmic phasing by both extended techniques of improvisation and live looping the cello. Afterward she'll discuss her creative practice with Tim Daisy.
Ikue Mori performs a solo set on laptop/electronics, and then discusses her creative history with Ken Vandermark.
Veteran saxophonist, improviser, and composer Dave Rempis performs a solo concert on the Option stage. An interview with Tim Daisy follows.
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.