Join us in celebrating our fourth season of Option, a weekly series of improvised music curated by Ken Vandermark, Tim Daisy, and Andrew Clinkman, and hosted by ESS. Keep Your Options Open II will feature Nate Wooley’s exciting new ensemble from NYC, knknighgh, and a premiere of a new work entitled, “310 Lines” by Amanda DeBoer Bartlett (voice) with Katie Young (bassoon and electronics) and Jenna Lyle (voice and movement). We’ll keep the party going after with John Corbett spinning records along with special guest DJs Peter Margasak and Angel Bat Dawid. As a token of our appreciation for all of our Option supporters, we will be releasing a special limited edition mixtape featuring artists from the 2017 Option season. Funds raised from this evening will go directly back into the series, supporting artist fees and travel in 2018.
knknighgh (pronounced knife) is a radical new take on the classic free jazz quartet tradition. Inspired by the minimalist poems of Aram Saroyan, Wooley wrote only one short and fragmented composition for this group, which consists of three of the most interesting upcoming musicians in New York today: Chris Pitsiokos on alto saxophone, Brandon Lopez on bass, and Dre Hocevar on drums.
The group worked tirelessly on pushing the simple 13 bar theme to its limits. Wooley wrote short fragmentary loop compositions that could be triggered by a simple auditory cue by anyone in the band, making this a form of composition by committee. The group finds new configurations of the almost non-existent material that give a fresh perspective on the free jazz aesthetic while forcing the players out of their comfort zones and into pure creative energy.
On this tour, the group grapples with Wooley’s Brecht Series, which takes the musical ideas of their first recording into a deeper abstraction that is no less communal, but produces a music involved with yes and no, foreground and background, and the meaning of jazz history.
Katherine Young is a bassoonist and improviser who employs a flexible electronics set-up.The curious timbres, expressive noises, and kinetic structures of Young’s electro-acoustic music explore the dramatic physicality of sound, shifting interpersonal dynamics, and associations with the familiar and the strange. Young is currently on faculty at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, teaching improvisation, electronic music, and experimental practices in the Sound Department.
An active composer, performer, installation-builder, and administrator, Jenna Lyle has worked with various ensembles and specialized in the performance of works by living composers. Jenna is also co-founder and co-administrator of Parlour Tapes+, a New Music cassette tape label and media/performance collective based in Chicago, and curates and coordinates programming at The Arts Club of Chicago as Programs Manager. As an artist, Lyle explores how the physical body, and in turn the culture in which it functions, adapts to its semiotic or "data-based" representation.
Amanda DeBoer Bartlett
Amanda DeBoer Bartlett is a vocalist, improviser, and composer based in Omaha, NE. Along with her solo repertoire, she is a member of Ensemble Dal Niente, Quince Vocal Ensemble, and Hasco Duo. When she's not on the road performing, you'll find her organizing Omaha Under the Radar, a yearly experimental performance festival in Nebraska.