2016 marks the 30th anniversary of Experimental Sound Studio. To celebrate 30 years of incubating, presenting and documenting innovative work in sound from around the world, ESS is throwing a blow-out gala at Constellation Chicago. The evening will feature luminaries from throughout ESS’s diverse history, including MacArthur Fellow and OPTION programmer Ken Vandermark; Chicago composer and sound artist Olivia Block; instrument inventor and improviser Hal Rammel; percussionist/composer Michael Zerang; and internationally acclaimed Dutch vocalist, sound poet, and composer Jaap Blonk. Rare recordings of sound art and music from ESS's programming history now housed in the organization's Creative Audio Archive will also be prominently presented, including the work of George E. Lewis, Douglas Ewart, Laetitia Sonami, and more. In addition to four sets of music and general levity, we'll also host a silent auction of artwork and merchandise from some of our most esteemed partners and colleagues. Finally, on the occasion of his retirement, we will toast ESS founder and Executive Director Lou Mallozzi for creating and sustaining a robust, lasting resource for artists around the world who work in the sonic arts.