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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: 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: 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: 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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OPTION: Adam Shead & Matt Piet
Apr
15
7:00 PM19:00

OPTION: Adam Shead & Matt Piet

Percussionist and composer Adam Shead is a highly prolific member of Chicago’s improvised music scene. Along with drumming and writing for a number of creative ensembles, he also organizes the Improvised Series at Slate Arts and Performance. Adam will perform a set of music for solo drums, followed by a duet with the versatile Matt Piet on piano. This will be Adam’s premier performance on the Option stage.


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Traveling Inside: Chicago Composers' Consortium at ESS
Apr
5
7:30 PM19:30

Traveling Inside: Chicago Composers' Consortium at ESS

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On April 5, Experimental Sound Studio will host the Chicago Composers’ Consortium for Travel Inside, including works featuring a variety of instrumentalists performing on bass clarinet, viola, piano, violin, spoken word and French horn, and with an emphasis on electronic interaction.

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OPTION: Lisa Mezzacappa
Mar
25
7:00 PM19:00

OPTION: Lisa Mezzacappa

San Francisco Bay Area bassist and composer Lisa Mezzacappa presents a program that showcases different aspects of her far-ranging musical personality—combining improvisation, original compositions, graphic scores, and music for experimental film. She performs solo and in duos with with longtime collaborator, Bay Area drummer Jason Levis, plus a surprise guest or two from the Chicago improvised music community. Throughout the intimate salon-style performance, Mezzacappa will discuss her process composing music for improvisers and collaborating with artists in other media, as well as the (often hysterical, sometimes heartbreaking) trials and tribulations that have marked her artistic journey.

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OPTION: Biliana Voutchkova and Jakob Warmenbol
Mar
11
7:00 PM19:00

OPTION: Biliana Voutchkova and Jakob Warmenbol

Biliana Voutchkova (violin) and Jakob Warmenbol (drums) will each play a solo set of music, and conclude the evening with a short improvised duo piece. Biliana Voutchkova is an essential member of the Berlin music scene and her album Blurred Music was picked as a Top Ten of 2018 by the Free Jazz Blog.  Jakob Warmenbol is a principal figure on the Belgian scene and has collaborated with a wide range of improvisers, such as Greg Cohen, John Hollenbeck, and Joachim Badenhorst; this will be his only solo performance during his current residency in Chicago.

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OPTION: Don Dietrich
Mar
4
7:00 PM19:00

OPTION: Don Dietrich

Don Dietrich's concert on the OPTION series at Experimental Sound Studio presents one of the founding figures of American improvised music and sonic exploration in a solo context. After his performance he'll discuss his musical history with Ken Vandermark and answer questions from the audience.


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Special Event: Jordan Martins, 'Fugal Systems'
Jan
31
7:00 PM19:00

Special Event: Jordan Martins, 'Fugal Systems'

On January 31 ESS presents a prototype of a larger format Fugal Systems music series scheduled to debut at Experimental Station in fall 2019. Participating in this preview iteration are Billie Howard, Ayanna Woods, Angel Bat Dawid, and Adam Vida. Join us for this unique, immersive live sound collage that will take over the entire ESS building.

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