Chicago based cellist and composer Liliana Zofia Wosko performs a solo set followed by a duo with rising star Ben Lamar Gay on cornet.
Chicago based sound artist Lou Mallozzi returns to the Option stage. Tonight's performance will showcase a set of duo music with the visionary composer, improviser and sculptor Douglas Ewart.
Prolific bassist and composer Max Johnson marks his Option debut with a solo set followed by an improvised trio with Dave Rempis on saxophones and Sam Pluta on electronics.
Bassist Luke Stewart performs a solo set. A conversation with Ken Vandermark follows.
Saxophonist Sarah Marie Hughes performs solo. A duo set with drummer Steve Hunt follows.
Cellist Kevin Davis performs solo. A trio set with bassoonist Katherine Young and drummer Phil Sudderberg follows.
Multidisciplinary french artist Julien Bayle performs solo. A talk with Ken Vandermark follows.
Solo sets by percussionist Fred Lonberg-Holm, saxophonist and clarinetist Keefe Jackson, and drummer Julian Kirshner. A trio set follows.
Percussionist Tyler Damon performs solo. A duo set with bassists Andrew Scott Young follows.
Composer and computer musician Kelley Sheehan performs two duo sets: first with clarinetist Emily Beisel, then with Taylor Stevenson
Cellist and performance artist Lia Kohl performs duo with multi - instrumentalist Macie Stewart. A solo set with video follows.
Baltimore based musician, writer and performer Bonnie Jones performs solo on the OPTION stage, a conversation with Ken Vandermark follows.
Zurich based vocalist, drummer and electronics musician Jason Kahn performs solo on the OPTION stage and in a vocal duet with Chicago's Carol Genetti.
Composer, improviser and clarinetist Angel Bat Dawid presents two trios for her OPTION debut:
Set one includes Lia Kohl on cello and Norman Long on electronics while set two includes Adam Zanolini on saxophone and flute and Xris Espinoza on saxophone and bowed percussion.
Violinist, pianist and vocalist Macie Stewart performs solo followed by a duo with drummer Julian Kirshner
Versatile bassist Tom Blancarte and Danish - American saxophonist, vocalist and composer Louise Dam Eckardt Jensen perform solo and in duo with Chicago's own Kent Kessler.
Detroit based composer and performer Molly Jones makes her Option debut. Multi-Instrumentalist Michael Foster and percussionist Ben Bennett perform duo for the second set.
Chicago based drummer Phillip Sudderberg kicks off the Option season with a solo set followed by an improvised trio with Jason Stein on bass clarinet and Charlie Kirchen on bass
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 powerhouse trio, Icepick; Mat Maneri as a special guest on violin and viola; 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 DJ Peter Margasak. We'll also have Sketchbook Brewing serving their finest seasonal brews for the evening. As a token of our appreciation for all of our Option supporters, we will be releasing a special limited edition CD 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.