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Option Series

 

Upcoming Shows

OPTION is a weekly music salon on Monday nights at Experimental Sound Studio. Its programming explores contemporary perspectives on improvisation and composition in a 'salon' format, enabling local, national, and international artists to publicly discuss their practice and ideas as well as perform—all in the intimate environment of ESS's Studio A. Organized by Chicago musicians Andrew ClinkmanTim Daisy, and Ken Vandermark, the schedule of concerts represents an insider's view of what is currently most exciting in music and the arts. Shows are professionally recorded by ESS staff, and are nearly always streamed live at http://bit.ly/ess_stream. We are continuing the process of assembling a library of archived streams that subscribers to the series may access at any time.

About the programmers

Andrew Clinkman (guitarist, improviser and composer, active member of the creative music communities in both Chicago and Boston)

Tim Daisy (percussionist, improviser, composer and teacher, active participant on the international music scene since the late 1990s)

Ken Vandermark (multi-instrumentalist, improviser and composer, MacArthur Fellow, organizer of weekly concerts in Chicago at a diverse range of venues for 15 years starting in the early 1990s)

 

 

Support for Option is generously provided by:

 
 

Here's a preview of the contents of the content of the Video Library: WILLIAM PARKER live on September 12, 2016.

 

PREVIOUS SHOWS

2017
03.06: NED ROTHENBERG
03.13: NICOLA HEIN w/ FRED LONBERG-HOLM & PHILLIP SUDDERBERG
03.20: CHAD TAYLOR
03.27: DEE ALEXANDER & MIGUEL DE LA CERNA
04.03: ROB MAZUREK
04.10: DARREN JOHNSTON WITH DAVE REMPIS
04.17: INGEBRIGT HåKER FLATEN
04.24: RUMBACK/BAKER/TATE/WARD
05.01: THE FEW
05.08: JEREMIAH CYMERMAN SOLO
05.15: CHARMAINE LEE WITH SAM PLUTA
05.22: JOHN SPARAGANA, JOHN CORBETT, KEN VANDERMARK
05.29: SURVIVAL UNIT III
06.05: ANDREA JABLONSKI & CALE ARTHUR

2016
01.11: SHAYNE BOWDEN
01.18: ELISABETH HARNIK / DIDI KERN & TIM DAISY
01.25: MARC RIORDAN / JULIAN KIRSHNER
02.01: TAR PET / MICHAEL ZERANG
02.08: MAT MANERI
02.15: WESTON OLENCKI / KATHERINE YOUNG
02.22: KEEFE JACKSON / STEVE HUNT
02.29: JOSH BERMAN w/ JOSHUA ABRAMS / AARON ZARZUTZKI
03.07: MICHAEL ATTIAS
03.14: LIA KOHL & JESSICA CORNISH / RICHARD HULL
03.21: JOE MORRIS
03.28: FRED LONBERG-HOLM
04.04: KENT KESSLER / JASON STEIN
04.11: JEB BISHOP / HAMID DRAKE / JOSHUA ABRAMS
04.18: CHRISTOF KURZMANN
04.25: TOM RAINEY
05.02: JIM BECKER / JOE ADAMIK
05.09: EVE RISSER / JASON ROEBKE
05.16: PAUL GIALLORENZO with ANTON HATWICH & JULIAN KIRSHNER
05.23: STEVE SWELL / FRED LONBERG-HOLM / MICHAEL ZERANG
05.30: SUSANA SANTOS SILVA / TOBY CEDERBERG / JIM BAKER
06.06: BEN VIDA / JASON ADASIEWICZ
06.13: CHRISTOPHER RIGGS / CARL TESTA
06.20: ANTHONY COLEMAN
06.27: INVISIBLE GUY
07.11: ANDREW CLINKMAN / CAROL GENETTI / JEFF KIMMEL
07.18: BRANCH / LONBERG-HOLM / BERMAN / GAY
07.25: DAVE BRYANT / MARC RIORDAN / JASON ROEBKE
08.01: ELI NAMAY / EMILY BEISEL
08.08: CHRIS CORSANO
08.15: MARS WILLIAMS / DONKEY NO NO
08.22: JEFF PARKER
08.29: JOHN NIEKRASZ / SHAWN DECKER / KATHERINE YOUNG
09.12: WILLIAM PARKER
09.19: PASQUALE MIRRA w/ HAMID DRAKE

2015
06.01: PAUL LYTTON
06.08: BAUER/ADASIEWICZ/LYTTON
06.15: ROEBKE/ADASIEWICZ/STEIN, FRANK 'N' STEIN
06.22: THE MARS WILLIAMS QUARTET
06.29: ARI BROWN
07.06: JIM BAKER/CAROL GENETTI
07.13: THE GREEN PASTURE HAPPINESS / short films of JIM O'ROURKE
07.20: TIM BARNES
07.27: JAMES FALZONE/GUILLERMO GREGORIO
08.03: NATE WOOLEY
08.10: JEN CLARE PAULSON
08.17: DAVE REMPIS/EDWARD WILKERSON JR.
08.24: SILVIA BOLOGNESI w/ Avreeayl Ra
08.31: JASON ADASIEWICZ / RON GORDON, photographer
09.07: PAAL NILSSEN-LOVE
09.14: JACOB WICK w/ MOON BROS.
09.21: ARIAN S w/ ETHAN T. PARCELL & ALBERT WILDEMAN
09.28: PANDELIS KARAYORGIS
10.05: HASCO DUO / RYAN PACKARD
10.12: ROB LUNDBERG / ART UNION HUMANSCAPE DUO: Ayako Kato / Jason Roebke
10.19: TERRIE EX & ANDY MOOR of The Ex
10.26: ANDREW DRURY (drums) / INGRID LAUBROCK (saxophones)
11.02: URS LEIMGRUBER, JACQUES DEMIERRE
11.09: JACK WRIGHT & ZACH DARRUP / RAMON LOPEZ
11.16: THE RUSS JOHNSON TRIO
11.23: JOE MCPHEE
11.30: SYLVIE COURVOISIER
12.07: C. SPENCER YEH
12.14: ALBERT WILDEMAN W/ JESSICA CORNISH, RYAN PACKARD, DAVE REMPIS

 

Live Subscription

$20/month (recurring)

You get:

Discounted, pre-paid admission to EVERY OPTION SHOW
Preferred Seating
Access to the Video Library
Occasional Artist Meet-&-Greets
Download of the #KYOO Benefit Compilation

Video Only Subscription

$5/month (recurring)
Great for supporters outside of Chicago!

You get:

Access to the Video Library as it is built

Already, there are hours of performances and discussions by William Parker, Chris Corsano, Dave Bryant, Jaimie Branch, and more available to watch on YouTube.

Download of the #KYOO Benefit Compilation

 

Donate Another Amount

Or, if you'd prefer, make a one-time donation to OPTION in the amount of your choice here:

Buy the #KYOO Benefit Compilation

$15 or more (one-time)

Great for supporters outside of Chicago & occasional attendees!

You get:

A generous helping of recordings from the past two years of OPTION shows, featuring

C. SPENCER YEH
TERRIE EX & ANDY MOOR of THE EX
SYLVIE COURVOISIER
CHRIS CORSANO
NATE WOOLEY
INGRID LAUBROCK
ARI BROWN
PAUL LYTTON
JOE MORRIS

& MORE!