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OUTER EAR: John Butcher & Lou Mallozzi

Renowned English saxophone player and sound artist John Butcher will duet with ESS Director Lou Mallozzi (turntables, CD players, feedback).

Butcher will lead an Improvisation Workshop on Sunday, October 30.

John Butcher's work ranges through improvisation, his own compositions, multitracked saxophone pieces and explorations with feedback and extreme acoustics. Originally a physicist, he left academia in 1982, and has since collaborated with hundreds of musicians - including Derek Bailey, John Stevens, Gerry Hemingway, The EX, Polwechsel, Gino Robair, Rhodri Davies, John Edwards, Toshimaru Nakamura, Paul Lovens, Eddie Prevost, John Russell, John Tilbury, Christian Marclay, Phil Minton, and Steve Beresford. He is well known as a soloist, sometimes exploring unusual site-specific acoustics, and has released seven CDs of solo saxophone music. His compositions include pieces for the Austrian group Polwechsel, the Australian Elision Ensemble, the American Rova Saxophone Quartet and Penny Wands and Native String for eight reconstructed Futurist Intonarumori. Butcher values playing in occasional encounters - ranging from large groups such as Butch Morris' London Skyscraper and the EX Orkestra, to duo concerts with Otomo Yoshihide, Kevin Drumm, Fred Frith, Okkyung Lee, Duck Baker, Matthew Shipp and Akio Suzuki.


Lou Mallozzi is a sound artist who makes sound installations, performances, works for CD and broadcast, improvised music, sound design for cinema and media installations, drawings, visual installations, and other projects. He regularly collaborates with other artists and musicians – past (and present and hopefully future) collaborators have included Michael Zerang, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Hal Rammel, Gustavo Matamoros, Charlotte Hug, Michael Vorfeld, Antonia Contro, Maurizio Pellegrin, Sandra Binion, Isa Wiss, Carlos Zingaro Alves, Guillermo Gregorio, Birgit Uhler, Mark Dresser, Frances-Marie Uitti, George Lewis, 48 Nord, and many others. He has received grants and residencies to pursue his work, including four Illinois Arts Council fellowships, a residency at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Study Center in Italy, Artist-in-Residence positions at Harvestworks New York and Spritzenhaus Hamburg, and several faculty grants and residencies from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Mallozzi is co-founder and executive director of Experimental Sound Studio, a nonprofit sonic arts organization in Chicago, and he is on the faculty of The Sound Department of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Earlier Event: October 21
Later Event: November 4
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