Filtering by: OPTION
OPTION: Nick Macri
Sep
30
7:00 PM19:00

OPTION: Nick Macri

“Chicago bassist and composer Nick Macri has led a prolific and highly varied career as both a leader and a sideman, making contributions on both electric and acoustic bass for ensembles and musicians as varied as The Zincs (Thrill Jockey), Ken Vandermark’s Audio One, The Horses Ha, and Stirrup with Fred Lonberg Holm and Charles Rumback. Tonight marks Nick’s debut on the Option stage.” -tim daisy/Option curator 


View Event →
OPTION: Wayne Montana
Oct
28
7:00 PM19:00

OPTION: Wayne Montana

A mainstay of the Chicago music scene for more than 20 years including work with seminal bands The Eternals and Trenchmouth, Option welcomes bassist, guitarist, and composer Wayne Montana for a set of original sound making. Come and close out the 2019 Option series with a legendary musician from the city we call home!



View Event →

OPTION: Myra Melford
Sep
16
7:00 PM19:00

OPTION: Myra Melford

Option is pleased to welcome the prolific composer, pianist and Guggenheim fellow Myra Melford for a solo performance and discussion about her work with curator Tim Daisy. Don’t miss your chance to hear one of the giants of modern music perform in the cozy confines of Studio A.

View Event →
OPTION: Ryan Sawyer
Sep
9
7:00 PM19:00

OPTION: Ryan Sawyer

“Texas born and New York based drummer Ryan Sawyer bring his versatile talents to the Option series where he’ll present a set of solo music. Following this, he’ll discuss his history and creative work with Ken Vandermark.” -tim daisy/Option curator

View Event →
OPTION: Darin Gray
Aug
26
7:00 PM19:00

OPTION: Darin Gray

American musician and composer Darin Gray is best known for his multiple collaborations with diverse musicians - perhaps less known is his fantastic solo work for both bass and electronics which he will present for the Option Series followed by a discussion with Tim Daisy.

View Event →
OPTION: William Winant
Aug
19
7:00 PM19:00

OPTION: William Winant

Option is pleased to welcome one of the most prolific artists working in the field of creative music, percussionist William Winant. Don’t miss your chance to hear one of the leading lights of creative music perform solo inside the intimate setting of studio A.


View Event →
OPTION: Eli Wallace with Beth McDonald
Jul
29
7:00 PM19:00

OPTION: Eli Wallace with Beth McDonald

Brooklyn based pianist, improviser and composer Eli Wallace has worked with a whole range of acclaimed musicians and ensembles. His multi-dimensional and highly original sonic expressions will take full advantage of both on and inside the piano for his solo Option debut. Eli will be joined by Beth McDonald playing tuba and electronics in the second set.

View Event →
OPTION: Jeff Albert
Jul
1
7:00 PM19:00

OPTION: Jeff Albert

As a performer, composer, music technologist, presenter and educator, Jeff Albert has worked endlessly across multiple genres developing and sharing his unique and personal musical vision. Don’t miss Jeff’s solo set utilizing both trombone and electronics followed by an interview with Ken Vandermark

View Event →
OPTION: Matt Lux
Jun
24
7:00 PM19:00

OPTION: Matt Lux

Versatile bassist and composer Matt Lux performs a set of solo music on the Option Stage. He’ll then join Tim Daisy for a discussion about his life and work. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear one of the scenes most flexible and genre-blending musicians perform as well as talk about his decades-long career working with countless musicians and ensembles both here in Chicago and beyond.

View Event →
OPTION: Paul Giallorenzo, Eli Namay and Andrew Green
Jun
10
7:00 PM19:00

OPTION: Paul Giallorenzo, Eli Namay and Andrew Green

Brazil based saxophonist and composer Vinicuis Mendes makes his Option debut with a solo set for piano and saxophone followed by a set of original music with Chicago musicians Paul Giuallorenzo (piano) Eli Namay (bass) and Andrew Green (drums.) Don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear one of the great musical minds from South America operating in the intimate setting of the Experimental Sound Studio.

View Event →
OPTION: Mabel Kwan
May
27
7:00 PM19:00

OPTION: Mabel Kwan

Pianist and composer Mabel Kwan brings in a highly personal and spirited approach to her work, both a performer and a composer of new music. Don’t miss this chance to hear one Chicago’s brightest talents perform in the intimate setting of the Experimental Sound Studio.

View Event →
OPTION: Kim Alpert
May
13
7:00 PM19:00

OPTION: Kim Alpert

Kim Alpert is one of the most exciting artists to be working with multimedia materials on the international scene.  This performance on Option will be unique for the series, mixing Kim's real-time video synthesis and feedback, with movement and sonic artist components.  Afterward, Kim will discuss her creative history and ideas with Ken Vandermark.

View Event →
OPTION: Adam Shead & Matt Piet
Apr
15
7:00 PM19:00

OPTION: Adam Shead & Matt Piet

Percussionist and composer Adam Shead is a highly prolific member of Chicago’s improvised music scene. Along with drumming and writing for a number of creative ensembles, he also organizes the Improvised Series at Slate Arts and Performance. Adam will perform a set of music for solo drums, followed by a duet with the versatile Matt Piet on piano. This will be Adam’s premier performance on the Option stage.


View Event →
OPTION: Lisa Mezzacappa
Mar
25
7:00 PM19:00

OPTION: Lisa Mezzacappa

San Francisco Bay Area bassist and composer Lisa Mezzacappa presents a program that showcases different aspects of her far-ranging musical personality—combining improvisation, original compositions, graphic scores, and music for experimental film. She performs solo and in duos with with longtime collaborator, Bay Area drummer Jason Levis, plus a surprise guest or two from the Chicago improvised music community. Throughout the intimate salon-style performance, Mezzacappa will discuss her process composing music for improvisers and collaborating with artists in other media, as well as the (often hysterical, sometimes heartbreaking) trials and tribulations that have marked her artistic journey.

View Event →
OPTION: Biliana Voutchkova and Jakob Warmenbol
Mar
11
7:00 PM19:00

OPTION: Biliana Voutchkova and Jakob Warmenbol

Biliana Voutchkova (violin) and Jakob Warmenbol (drums) will each play a solo set of music, and conclude the evening with a short improvised duo piece. Biliana Voutchkova is an essential member of the Berlin music scene and her album Blurred Music was picked as a Top Ten of 2018 by the Free Jazz Blog.  Jakob Warmenbol is a principal figure on the Belgian scene and has collaborated with a wide range of improvisers, such as Greg Cohen, John Hollenbeck, and Joachim Badenhorst; this will be his only solo performance during his current residency in Chicago.

View Event →