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OPTION: Vinícius Mendes

  • Experimental Sound Studio 5925 N RAVENSWOOD Chicago United States (map)
OPTION: Vinícius Mendes
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June 10, 2019

Doors At 7. Music At 7:30pm

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.

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Improviser/multi-instrumentalist composer (saxophone, flute, piano), Vinícius Mendes obtained a Bachelor's degree in popular music and a Masters degree in Musical Performances at the Federal University of Minas Gerais (Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, UFMG). He actively performs in the instrumental/experimental music scenes of Belo Horizonte, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, as an instrumentalist, composer and improviser. His first album Vinicius Mendes Quartet, was released at the Savassi Jazz Festival in 2013. Mendes recorded his second NAU album in 2015 and released it in 2017 at the VAC (Verão Arte Contemporânea) festival. Currently preparing the material for the album NAU Volume II, this album will consist of compositions for improvisers based on the Unit Structure system. Each new album's composition is inspired and dedicated to a writer. Some of them like Gertrude Stein, Franz Kafka, Raymond Carver among others. Vinicius Mendes also collaborates with projects like Alexis Mendes Quartet, Vórtice and his latest work as a pianist Rothko's Dilema, both dedicated to free improvisation.


Bill's solo work for drum kit is a culmination of ideas and processes from the last twenty years of playing, studying and exploring the instrument, with a focus on self reflection, deep listening, autodidacticism, and an honest attempt at total vulnerability. This Option performance will document the manifestation of these ideas in a three-part piece entitled "Ask the Waste," a work which incorporates both acoustic and electro-acoustic manipulations of the drum kit.

A transplant from the Los Angeles music and recording scene, guitarist/violinist Peter Maunu has toured, performed and recorded with a long list of diverse musicians including Charles Lloyd, Jean-Luc Ponty, Bobby McFerrin, Tony Williams, Billy Cobham, Charlie Haden, Archie Shepp, and Grace Slick. As the guitarist on the Arsenio Hall Show, he performed nightly with legends like Wayne Shorter, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Ringo Starr, Madonna, Ray Charles, NWA, Public Enemy, and many more. Additionally, Peter contributed to the soundtracks of film scores including Crash, Bobby, Food Inc., and tv shows Chicago Hope, Arrested Development and CSI New York. Since relocating to Chicago, he has performed and recorded with improvisers Fred Lonberg-Holm, Dave Rempis, Michael Zerang, Mars Williams, Jim Baker, Tomeka Reid, Katherine Young, Jason Roebke, Tim Daisy, Avreeyal Ra, dancer Ayako Kato and many others. In addition, he founded, curates and performs at the Splice Series, a bimonthly improvisation series at the Beat Kitchen in Chicago.


Earlier Event: June 3
OPTION: Bill Harris with Peter Maunu
Later Event: June 17
OPTION: Wendy Eisenberg