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.
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.
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.
Legendary saxophonist Urs Leimgruber has been a fixture on the international improvised music scene for decades and has performed with an amazing array of talents. For this rare Chicago appearance, Urs will perform a set of solo music and then join Chicago greats Jason Roebke and Jim Baker.
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.
Drummer claire rousay is a leading light of a new generation of improvisers currently making waves in creative music. For her Option debut, she will present a set of solo music for percussion, followed by a duo set with Chicago based clarinetist Emily Beisel.
Brooklyn based saxophonist and composer Anna Webber performs a set of solo music followed by a duo set with Chicago percussionist and composer Tim Daisy. Don’t miss the chance to hear these two artists collaborate in what’s sure to be an exciting evening of sound exploration.
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.
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.
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.
Don Dietrich's concert on the OPTION series at Experimental Sound Studio presents one of the founding figures of American improvised music and sonic exploration in a solo context. After his performance he'll discuss his musical history with Ken Vandermark and answer questions from the audience.
Los Angeles based percussionist Booker Stardrum makes his Option debut.
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.
Chicago based cellist and composer Liliana Zofia Wosko performs a solo set followed by a duo with rising star Ben Lamar Gay on cornet.
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