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OPTION: Kelley Sheehan + Emily Beisel and Taylor Stevenson -Duos

  • ESS 5925 North Ravenswood Avenue Chicago, IL, 60660 United States (map)
OPTION: Kelley Sheehan + Emily Beisel Duo (set 1) and Taylor Stevenson Duo (set 2)

July 2nd, 2018

Doors At 7. Music At 7:30pm

Composer and computer musician Kelley Sheehan performs two duo sets: first with clarinetist Emily Beisel, then a set with Taylor Stevenson.

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Kelley Sheehan is a Chicago-based composer and computer musician moving between acoustic, electronic, electro-acoustic, and performance art works. In any medium, her work broadly focuses on noise, perception, and interaction. Cacophony magazine has described her work to be "frenetic, almost acrobatic." Kelley has either performed or has been performed at numerous concert halls or art spaces such as the Experimental Sound Studios (Chicago), The Art Institute of Chicago, Constellation (Chicago), and The Tank (New York).

She is co-artistic director and performer of Noisebias, a contemporary ensemble as well as co-founder of The Plucky Plunkers, a improvisational music duo that is focused on commission and performing works for the toy piano and multimedia colloborations. As an advocate for New Music, she is Co-Artistic Director and Editor at Cacophony Magazine, a Chicago based magazine dedicated to the advocation of contemporary music making and performance.

Emily Beisel finds great satisfaction in working in a wide range of musical styles and groups. She is the second clarinetist with Orchestra Iowa with which she performs masterworks, ballet, opera and pops concerts. She is a member of the contemporary ensemble Fonema Consort, touring most recently in Mexico, New York, and Minneapolis, and working with composers including Julio Estrada and James Dillon. Emily enjoys work as a woodwind doubler in her resident city of Chicago, including the world premiere of October Sky and productions of Evita, Man of La Mancha and She Loves Meat the Marriott Theater. Emily is also an avid free improvisor, particularly as it contributes to collaborative composition. These collaborative projects range widely from her work with Fat Pigeon to incubating a new death metal band.


Taylor Elara Stevenson is a Chicago based musician, engineer, and DJ. currently, their practice is based around analog and modular synthesis. their main goals are to make music that creates enveloping, warm, and singular space and experience.

Taylor makes music that explores stasis, (non)development, transcendence, liminality, and softness. they perform solo under their own name, and DJ under the name DJ Winona.