This year's WAVE FRONT artist-in-residence is Brian Chu Yin-Woo (龢wo4) from Hong Kong. Before the end of his residency in Chicago, Brian will play a solo improvisation set, followed by a short presentation sharing insights into the underground music scene in his hometown and the ways in which it has inspired the ideas behind his creative process.
Experimental Sound Studio is proud to present The Bridge [2.1] for a performance and live recording in the studio as a concluding event in their 3 day micro-residency. Their collaborative efforts titled, Crying Out Loud, is an improvisational quintet ensemble featuring Dan Bitney (drums), Christian Bopp (trombone, voice), Rob Frye (woodwinds, electronics), Jayve Montgomery (woodwinds, electronics) and Simon Sieger (trombone, tuba, accordion, piano).
On April 5, Experimental Sound Studio will host the Chicago Composers’ Consortium for Travel Inside, including works featuring a variety of instrumentalists performing on bass clarinet, viola, piano, violin, spoken word and French horn, and with an emphasis on electronic interaction.
On January 31 ESS presents a prototype of a larger format Fugal Systems music series scheduled to debut at Experimental Station in fall 2019. Participating in this preview iteration are Billie Howard, Ayanna Woods, Angel Bat Dawid, and Adam Vida. Join us for this unique, immersive live sound collage that will take over the entire ESS building.
December 2, 2018 - ESS & CAA founder Lou Mallozzi presents a playlist of sound art and performance pieces that are “not music” - selected from the Creative Audio Archive’s ESS Collection.
This listening session explores the particular linguistic devices and manipulations used in two newly commissioned pieces by Fernanda Aoki Navarro and Pablo Santiago Chin as well as a virtuosic tour-de-force by composer Richard Barrett.
On October 28th, Ace Hotel and ESS welcome Steven Krakow for Sunday Sessions, presenting a playlist of rare recordings from the Malachi Ritscher collection of the Creative Audio Archive.
OLIVIA BLOCK and JULIA HOLTER’s Outer Ear Residency culminates in a premiere performance at May Chapel in Rosehill Cemetery.
Set in the Fern Room of Chicago’s Lincoln Park Conservatory, Lakshmi Ramgopal’s installation A Half-Light Chorus features a ninety-minute, four-channel recording of vocalists imitating the calls of birds from India and Sanskrit literature. Punctuated with original Tamil odes to individual birds, this tapestry of arias, whistles, clicks, and cries plays with the diurnal rhythms, forms, and functions of birdsong.
Stop by Star Lounge on Friday, April 13 to hear and see new collaborations from Chicago artists Melina Ausikaitis, Ambrosia Bartosekulva, Allen Moore, and Sadie Woods. Known for their robust practices in both visual art and music, these performers were brought together through the collaborative project Ten x Ten.
Functioning as both an encore of Ten x Ten 2017 and retrospective of prior iterations, audience are invited to enjoy musical performances from 2017 artist pairs (Allen Moore & Sadie Woods and Melina Ausikaitis & Ambrosia Bartosekulva) while viewing Ten x Ten screen prints from all five iterations.
The Ears Have Walls: A Survey of Sound Games is an interactive exhibition of sound games, presented in collaboration with the Video Game Art Gallery.
The fifth and most conceptually broad iteration of Ten x Ten, ‘Ten x Ten 2017: Dual Practices’ brings together 10 notable Chicago artists who have robust practices in both visual art and music. By considering questions about boundaries and location, Ten x Ten 2017 will investigate Chicago neighborhood identities, urban change, and comfort in space and place.
Five artist pairs have been collaborating over several months to each create a two-part work that includes a song or audio piece and an 18” x 18” screen print. The results of these partnerships will be released with a concert and gallery exhibition at Experimental Sound Studio on Saturday, September 9th.The artists will perform excerpts from their collaborations and display their prints as well as other work.
ESS is excited to present installations by Hong Kong multimedia artists Cheng Lee and Vvzela Kook at Mana Contemporary this June-July. The exhibition opens on June 27th.
The duo Vincent Barras and Jacques Demierre extends an experimental tradition of sound and poetry at the boundaries of established categories such as literature, scenic arts, and music. Their new piece, interpreting bardem interpreting, follows in the tracks of this long-term work on the origins of speech. It includes, besides the duo, the participation of several simultaneous interpreters.
Join us on Saturday, December 17 for a presentation of the work this year's artists completed during their residencies. The 2016 Artist Residency Program is made possible thanks once again to a generous grant from the National Endowment for the Arts Art Works Program.
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
Pianist Adam Tendler has led a colorful career, from a 50-state grassroots recital tour of American piano music (88x50), to realizing the feat of performing modern works from memory, like John Cage’s Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano, and here for this event, Feldman’s Palais de Mari. A professor of Sound and Liberal Arts at the School of the Art Institute, Robert Snyder is the author of Music and Memory (MIT Press). A pianist and composer, Andy Costello is the founder and executive director of the Morton Feldman Chamber Players.
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.
Synthesizers, Circuit Bent Toys, Electronic Kits, Unique Musical Instruments, Food, Live Music, & Fun! Vendors from all over Midwest will meet for one day to showcase and pass on to a good home tons of gear, electronics, and projects.
Coincident with Mother's Day, Wavefront artist Mark Chung will present a reworking of some video sculptures he made about his mother. He will screen the works as one piece, and perform a new scripted narration to accompany the visuals. Lou Mallozzi will then discuss Mark's Chicago experiences and how they have informed his work.
WAVEFRONT artist DAVID BOYKIN performs solo and discusses his adventure in Hong Kong last fall.
Experimental Sound Studio and Frequency Series are proud to present a rare Chicago appearance by influential composer, violinist, and improviser Malcolm Goldstein. Works to be performed may include gentle rain preceding mushrooms (in memoriam John Cage), my feet is tired but my soul is rested (for Rosa Parks), and Soundings—the name Goldstein gives to his open improvisations, which have long been credited for expanding the sonic palette and expressive potential of the violin.
The Chicago Composers' Consortium continues its 2015-16 season with our annual program devoted to works using various electronic media. We are proud to be the only new music group in Chicago that presents such a program every year, exploring the possibilities of acoustic plus electronic media.
Seth Kim-Cohen celebrates the release of his book 'Against Ambience,' published by Bloomsbury Books.
San Francisco-based instrument inventor Tom Nunn & New Zealand electric bassist Paul Winstanley present their duo Music for Hard Times in an evening of improvised performance.
This year's resident artists will present their work in an event at the studio on December 5th. Admission is free and refreshments will be served.
Back for a second year, KINOSONIK is a collaboration with the Rebuild Foundation's Black Cinema House, The Nightingale, and Chicago Film Archives. This year, in mini-residencies at ESS, three pairings of musicians will collaborate to compose live scores for anthologies of film curated and sequenced by CFA from their extensive vaults. The artist pairings—Mwata Bowden/Coppice, Damon Locks/Peter Maunu, and Walter Kitundu/Katherine Young—will perform their work at The Nightingale and at Black Cinema House throughout the late summer and fall of 2015. Once again, the artists were selected based on their substantive and exemplary artistic accomplishments to date, their commitment to risk-taking exploratory approaches to sound and music, their long-standing experience in collaboration, and their interest in integrating their various sonic approaches with moving image.
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.
Morton Feldman Chamber Players, in an ongoing partnership with Experimental Sound Studio, will present two world premieres for piano and voice, and piano and electronics, respectively. Kurt Isaacson's (USA) 'vanishing species' is a part of animal-inspired works that artfully and abstractly tackles issues of animal rights and appreciation of species of the past and present, both vanished and vanishing. Marielle Groven's (CAN) 'Slow Movement' builds a vast spatial setting for melodic contours that unravel with, at once, intensity and serenity.