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Members have access to raw full-length OPTION video performances. The most recent shows are listed below. Access the full archive here.

July 8, 2019: Songwriter and multi - instrumentalist Sima Cunningham has been a mainstay of the Chicago music scene for more than a decade. Along with co-founding the Avant rock band OHMME, she has also performed and recorded with a host of great artists including Jeff Tweedy, Chance The Rapper, Paul Dempsey and Kelly Hogan.
July 1, 2019: Jeff Albert is a significant member of the improvised music scene both in his home town of New Orleans as well as abroad. As a performer, composer, music technologist, presenter and educator, he has worked endlessly and across multiple genres; developing and sharing his unique and personal musical vision.
June 24, 2019: Versatile bassist and composer Matt Lux performs a set of solo music on the Option Stage. He'll then joined Tim Daisy for a discussion about his life and work. One of the scenes most flexible and genre-blending musicians performs as well as talks about his decades-long career working with countless musicians and ensembles both here in Chicago and beyond.
June 17, 2019: Improvising guitarist, banjo player, vocalist, and poet Wendy Eisenberg performed a set of solo music for their Option debut. Wendy then joined Option's own Tim Daisy for an interview about their life and work.

Sunday Session Playlists

Members have access to curated playlists from ESS’s Creative Audio Archive Sunday Sessions. This new program from the Creative Audio Archive at ESS asks guest curators, those with ties to a particular CAA collection, to assemble a playlist around a theme and present it at a live listening event. Between and beside these historic sounds, curators will provide first-hand stories and conversation, offering further insight into important recordings of avant-garde music makers.


Archive Dive Archive

06/2019: Studio Henry


04/2019: Sounds from Chicago

05/2019: Happy Arrival Day Sun Ra

02/2019: Don Dietrich