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.
Join ESS in celebrating our October membership drive with a live-streamed party at Maria's in Bridgeport. Bring your friends to relax with a cocktail, support ESS, and listen to music DJ'd by Hayden Beck, Glenna J. Fitch, and BIGGIDZ.
Maria's will generously donate a portion of bar sales from this Happy Hour to ESS.
Join ESS for our summer gala! With performances by Tortoise, Helen Gillet with Kim Alpert, TALsounds, and Jeff Parker/Ben LaMar Gay/Tomeka Reid, this is a line up you do not want to miss. All proceeds go directly back into our programs, supporting the artists we work with and helping ESS continue to make space for creative experimentation.
You've never dined like this before! At this unique dinner, we're putting mics on every place setting to create a cacophonous, immersive sound and dining experience. Join us for an evening of eating loudly.
This event will raise funds towards ESS's 2017 programming in Audible Gallery.
Catering by The Rice Table
2016 marks the 30th anniversary of Experimental Sound Studio. To celebrate 30 years of incubating, presenting and documenting innovative work in sound from around the world, ESS is throwing a blow-out gala at Constellation Chicago. The evening will feature luminaries from throughout ESS’s diverse history, including MacArthur Fellow and OPTION programmer Ken Vandermark; Chicago composer and sound artist Olivia Block; Instrument inventor and improviser Hal Rammel; and internationally acclaimed Dutch vocalist, sound poet, and composer Jaap Blonk.
Please join us for an intimate feast prepared by ESS Executive Director Lou Mallozzi. (Beyond his achievements as an artist and educator, Lou has achieved some renown as a talented gastronome.) You'll get an insider look into the workings of Chicago's premiere resource for the creation, presentation and preservation of sound artworks in all media through conversation with artists and other figures in the ESS community—all while being treated to the sonic stylings of LeRoy Bach (Wilco) and Nick Butcher (My Silence, Sonnenzimmer). Your generous donation of $100/plate will support ESS’s ongoing programming and artist development iniatives as it enters its 30th year of operation in 2016.
We're partnering once again with our friends at Whole Foods Sauganash to deliver an evening of wine, cheese and music by three of our favorite players: James Falzone, Paul Giallorenzo, and Peter Maunu. Enjoy nine wines with cheese pairings presented by Whole Foods' expert staff, then listen as the musicians translate the characteristics and flavors of the fare into improvised sound. The evening will conclude in our verdant garden with light appetizers and an intimate performance by the trio of musicians.
Join us for live music, DJs, beer, wine, cocktails, and community as we gather at Experimental Sound Studio to celebrate and raise $$ for The Chicago Metamorphosis Orchestra Project, a non-profit dedicated to affecting positive social change through music on Chicago’s west side!!
ESS presents an evening of performances by Ken Vandermark & Fred Lonberg-Holm and Katherine Young, at Heaven Gallery on Saturday, September 21st. All proceeds will support the Malachi Ritscher Legacy Commissions, a new initiative of the Creative Audio Archive.
We are excited to bring back Vinosonic, the fourth annual annual afternoon of wine tasting and improvisation in the garden to benefit ESS. In a format that has become increasingly popular from year to year, a selection of wines—presented and supplied by our neighbors at In Fine Spirits—will inspire duo, trio, and quartet improvisations by local luminaries Fred Lonberg-Holm (cello), Jason Roebke (bass), Jason Stein (bass clarinet), and Michael Zerang (percussion). ESS' own Dan Mohr (a former professional in the wine world) will emcee the afternoon's proceedings. Music from the various collections in the Creative Audio Archive will play between sets, and the CAA will also have listening stations available at the event.
ESS is pleased to present a rare, intimate solo performance by a legend of European improvised music, horn player Peter Brötzmann. Brötzmann has decades of playing and over 100 recordings under his belt, and has collaborated with the likes of Bill Laswell, Mats Gustafson, Anthony Braxton, Hamid Drake, Keiji Haino, and Sonny Sharrock, among many others. As the above quotes indicate, he is a monster of a player whose aggressively physical approach and caustic sound has come to characterize and influence an entire genre of music. Don't miss this uncommon opportunity to see a jazz legend perform in close quarters!
Experimental Sound Studio is having a fundraiser on APRIL 30TH AT 8PM at Logan Square cocktail & music destination The Whistler. Performers include cornetist Rob Mazurek's new ensemble Screaming Planet, featuring Mazurek on cornet, Jeff Kowalkowski (piano), The Eternals' Damon Locks (voice), and percussionist Carrie Biolo. Avant-rock outfit Health&Beauty will also perform. There will be a raffle and silent auction for goods and services from Shure, ESS, various recording artists, screen printers and more.
We at ESS are excited to throw our third Vinosonic fundraiser! Come out and enjoy an eclectic and international selection of wines furnished and presented by In Fine Spirits, live improvised music by Jason Adasiewicz, Matt Clark, Dave Rempis and ESS's own Adam Vida, as well as Sandra Binion's 4-channel video installation Vino. The price of admission goes toward ESS's continuing public presentation and community outreach initiatives, which are impossible without your generosity.