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OUTER EAR: John Chantler

  • ESS 5925 North Ravenswood Avenue Chicago, IL, 60660 United States (map)

Doors at 7:30. Music at 8pm.
$10 general / $8 students & ESS members

“Strikingly Beautiful” — The Guardian

John Chantler is a musician and organiser living in Stockholm, Sweden working with synthesizers, electronics and sometimes pipe organs to explore his own personalised compositional and improvisational strategies — working with and against the specific systems inherent in his chosen tools.

His most recent LP—Which Way To Leave? (ROOM40)—charts an unpredictable, highly dynamic course through distorted washes of masses harmonics and passages of spare, alien beauty. This follows Still Light, Outside (1703 Skivbolaget)—an extended suite that combines passages of stark minimalism centred at the bodily invasive extremes of the pipe organ’s register with striking explosions of colour; massed chords shot through with heavy distortion and electronics that operate according to their own dream logic.

Originally from Australia, he spent a decade in London before moving to Sweden where he directs a small festival for ‘other music’ in Stockholm called Edition. The ‘Second Edition’ takes place in February 2017 at Fylkingen, Musikaliska, Tyska Kyrkan and Reaktorhallen.


$10 general
$8 students & ESS members


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