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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.

May 13, 2019: Kim Alpert is one of the most exciting artists to be working with multimedia materials on the international scene. This performance on Option was unique for the series, mixing Kim's real-time video synthesis and feedback, with movement by Jasmine Mendoza and sonic performance by Ben LaMar Gay.

May 6, 2019: Drummer claire rousay is a leading light of a new generation of improvisers currently making waves in creative music. For her Option debut, she presented a set of solo music for percussion, followed by a duo set with Chicago based clarinetist Emily Beisel.

April 29, 2019: Flutist, improviser and composer Anne Laberge and vocalist/composer Amanda Schoofs mark their debut on the Option stage. An evening of solo and duo music by two of giants in the field of sound.

April OPTION concerts are sponsored by Petzel Gallery.

April 22, 2019: Brooklyn based saxophonist and composer Anna Webber performed a set of solo music followed by a duo set with Chicago percussionist Tim Daisy.

April OPTION concerts are sponsored by Petzel Gallery.

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.