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Archiving & Amplifying Chicago's Experimental Creativity

  • Intuit 1550 North Milwaukee Avenue Chicago, IL, 60622 United States (map)

A panel discussion & concert investigating the influence of the Malachi Ritscher Collection
curated & moderated by Marc Fischer
with panelists Tempestt Hazel, Peter Margasak, & Michael Zerang
& a live performance by Jim Baker, Jim Becker, Jim Dorling, & Michael Zerang

This discussion and performance will investigate the influence of Malachi Ritscher—the late Chicago-based documentarian, activist, artist, musician, photographer, and supporter of experimental and improvised music whose thousands of audio recordings fill the shelves of the Creative Audio Archive at Experimental Sound Studio.

Marc Fischer, Administrator of the initiative Public Collectors whose project for the 2014 Whitney Biennial focuses on Malachi Ritscher, will moderate a discussion alongside independent curator, writer and executive director Tempestt Hazel of Sixty Inches From Center, Peter Margasak—a longtime music writer for the Chicago Reader, and musician, composer and producer Michael Zerang who has curated and presented hundreds of events at Links Hall, Cafe Urbus Orbis and his own space The Candlestick Maker, which existed in Chicago's Albany Park neighborhood from 2001-2005.

Following the discussion, there will be a musical performance by Jim Baker, Jim Becker, Jim Dorling, and Michael Zerang. It is worth noting that Jim Dorling will perform using an Indian harmonium that was once owned by Ritscher and was recently recovered from a Chicago consignment shop with the kind permission and assistance of Malachi's parents Dick and Betty Ann Ritscher.

Presented with the generous support of the Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation.


756 N Milwaukee Ave.

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