Set in the Fern Room of Chicago’s Lincoln Park Conservatory, Lakshmi Ramgopal’s installation A Half-Light Chorus features a ninety-minute, four-channel recording of vocalists imitating the calls of birds from India and Sanskrit literature. Punctuated with original Tamil odes to individual birds, this tapestry of arias, whistles, clicks, and cries plays with the diurnal rhythms, forms, and functions of birdsong.
2018 Wavefront artist-in-residence Dave Chow presents recent work in ESS’s Audible Gallery.
Multidisciplinary french artist Julien Bayle performs solo. A talk with Ken Vandermark follows.
Solo sets by percussionist Fred Lonberg-Holm, saxophonist and clarinetist Keefe Jackson, and drummer Julian Kirshner. A trio set follows.
Percussionist Tyler Damon performs solo. A duo set with bassists Andrew Scott Young follows.
This workshop will be led by MT Coast.
Composer and computer musician Kelley Sheehan performs two duo sets: first with clarinetist Emily Beisel, then with Taylor Stevenson
Cellist and performance artist Lia Kohl performs duo with multi - instrumentalist Macie Stewart. A solo set with video follows.
Baltimore based musician, writer and performer Bonnie Jones performs solo on the OPTION stage, a conversation with Ken Vandermark follows.
Exhibition opening for 2018 Wavefront artist-in-residence Dave Chow’s exhibition of recent work in ESS’s Audible Gallery.
Zurich based vocalist, drummer and electronics musician Jason Kahn performs solo on the OPTION stage and in a vocal duet with Chicago's Carol Genetti.
Composer, improviser and clarinetist Angel Bat Dawid presents two trios for her OPTION debut:
Set one includes Lia Kohl on cello and Norman Long on electronics while set two includes Adam Zanolini on saxophone and flute and Xris Espinoza on saxophone and bowed percussion.
Violinist, pianist and vocalist Macie Stewart performs solo followed by a duo with drummer Julian Kirshner
Stop by Star Lounge on Friday, April 13 to hear and see new collaborations from Chicago artists Melina Ausikaitis, Ambrosia Bartosekulva, Allen Moore, and Sadie Woods. Known for their robust practices in both visual art and music, these performers were brought together through the collaborative project Ten x Ten.
Functioning as both an encore of Ten x Ten 2017 and retrospective of prior iterations, audience are invited to enjoy musical performances from 2017 artist pairs (Allen Moore & Sadie Woods and Melina Ausikaitis & Ambrosia Bartosekulva) while viewing Ten x Ten screen prints from all five iterations.
Experimental Sound Studio, in collaboration with MOCREP, is pleased to present a performance of works by Jennifer Walshe on April 10th at the Chicago Athletic Association hotel. This exciting interdisciplinary collaboration between Walshe and Mocrep, will include moments of karaoke, sounds of the outdoors and sometimes no sound at all. This performance has been facilitated by the Aisteach Institute, the Avant Garde Archive of Ireland, and will feature the Chicago premier of the film, AN GLÉACHT.
Versatile bassist Tom Blancarte and Danish - American saxophonist, vocalist and composer Louise Dam Eckardt Jensen perform solo and in duo with Chicago's own Kent Kessler.
Detroit based composer and performer Molly Jones makes her Option debut. Multi-Instrumentalist Michael Foster and percussionist Ben Bennett perform duo for the second set.
mass notification is a sound installation by the artist Banrei that considers auditory methods of control and the language of the siren. The work experienced at Experimental Sound Studio (ESS) consists of an array of hundreds of works dispersed through short auditory bursts of sound that swell and spatter, interspersed with moments of modulated silence, utilizing sheer volume as a visceral form of object presence.
Chicago based drummer Phillip Sudderberg kicks off the Option season with a solo set followed by an improvised trio with Jason Stein on bass clarinet and Charlie Kirchen on bass