Jefferson Park EXP with Maria Sappho + Raymond MacDonald and Lauren Sarah Hayes – November 8, 2pm

In lieu of free live shows at the neighborhood library, we’re doing free live shows via twitch! The next show is on Sunday November 8 at 2pm (CST/UTC-05), join us!

https://www.twitch.tv/jeffersonparkexp

Lauren Sarah Hayes is a Scottish improviser and sound artist based in Arizona. Her music is a mix of experimental pop/live electronics/techno/noise/free improvisation and has been described as ‘voracious’ and ‘exhilarating’. She is a sculptress of sound, manipulating, remixing, and bending voice, drum machines, analogue synths and self-built software live and physically. She is excited by what can happen in the vulnerable relationships between sound, space, and audience. Her shows are highly physical, making the performance of live electronic music more engaging for audiences. The Wire described her most recent album MANIPULATION (pan y rosas discos) as “skittering melodies and clip-clopping rhythms suggesting a mischievous intelligence emerging from this web of wires”.

www.laurensarahhayes.com

@elleesiach

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Maria Sappho is a hybrid. The present is full of plasticity so she doesn’t worry much about being anything in particular. Most often she enjoys any opportunity to explore the magically absurd. She has worked with the BBC Scottish symphony orchestra, Australian Art Orchestra and is a current member of the Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra. She is a winner of the New Piano Stars Competition, Governors Recital Prize, and the Dewar Awards. She is a current PhD Candidate at Huddersfield University, on the European Research Council project   IRiMaS She runs the Feminist Free Improvisation Archive, works for Mopomoso TV, is one head of the three headed beast the the Mass.

https://www.mariasappho.com

Raymond MacDonald: Equally comfortable working in concert halls, galleries, cinemas and non-conventional spaces, Raymond MacDonald is a cross disciplinary artist working primary in music as a saxophonist and composer. With a particular interest in collaborative creativity, MacDonald’s work is informed by his training as a psychologist. Viewing improvisation as a social and uniquely creative process, his performances explore the boundaries and ambiguities between what is conventionally seen as improvisation and composition. This approach, that combines music and psychology, has been used to develop collaborative projects and ongoing working relationships around the world. With a background in jazz and pop music, coupled with a passion for graphic scores, free improvisation and visual art, he has collaborated widely and has released over 60 CDs, toured and broadcast worldwide, and created music for film, television, theatre, radio and art installations.

https://raymondmacdonald.co.uk

Jefferson Park EXP with Amanda Kraus + P.M. Tummala and Helena Ford – November 1, 2pm

In lieu of free live shows at the neighborhood library, we’re doing free live shows via twitch! The next show is on Sunday November 1 at 2pm (CST/UTC-05), join us!

https://www.twitch.tv/jeffersonparkexp

Amanda Kraus is a drummer in Chicago. She improvising and plays composed songs. Her drumming is sensitive, responsive, consistent, and informed by decades of listening. She is a human jukebox and a good dancer.

https://www.amandakraus.org/music/

P.M. Tummala’s solo works explore identity and memory to create an aural companion to Indian Modernism and Indo-Futurism. With his debut album, Brindavan Mon Amour, he presents a collage of Indian film music from an alternate history. Drawing inspiration from some of the more atmospheric incidental music and cues from 60s and 70s Tollywood and Bollywood films, he layers synth-heavy Hindustani and Carnatic-influenced melodies and drones over a foundation of hazy textures and loops informed by the ghosts of 90s ambient and shoegaze. The resulting work attempts to form a bridge between contradictions: distant and intimate, nostalgic and looking ahead, lost-in-time and contemporary.

https://pmtummala.bandcamp.com/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IQdP7bjGk8M

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Helena Ford is a transgender artist from Chicago, IL that specializes in semimodular synthesis and feedback works; her work exists in the same lineage of Eliane Radigue, Pauline Oliveros, and Mira Martin-Grey in the sense of navigating avant-garde and experimental electronic music away from the Academy and to the people. Her most recent series, including her album Wir Brauchen Angst. Und Schade, explores transness in the form of no-input feedback mixing; she deftly produces sonic sculptures and art from the same principles of musique concrete and minimalism and uses them to showcase the experience of being a transgender woman in today’s society. Her common album themes include gender dysphoria, anxiety, passing, and other such topics and the length of her solo releases are meant to invoke the immense span of time that it takes to transition. Aside from her musical endeavors, Helena loves long walks, collecting field recordings, and playing with her cat.

https://helenaford.bandcamp.com/

Jefferson Park EXP with Empty Human Husk and Ana María Romano G. – October 11, 2pm

In lieu of free live shows at the neighborhood library, we’re doing free live shows via twitch! The next show is on Sunday October 11 at 2pm (CST/UTC-05), join us!

https://www.twitch.tv/jeffersonparkexp

Ana María Romano G. is a Colombian composer and interdisciplinary sound artist. Her creative interests center around acoustic and electroacoustic media and participation in interdisciplinary projects involving contemporary dance, videodance, performance and live arts. Her creative interests stem in the intersection of gender, sound and technology, listening, soundscape, noise, experimentation, improvisation, cyberspace, body and the political dimension of the creative. Her works have been published in physical support and by several netlabels in Latin America, Europe and North America and by the Red de Arte Sonoro Latinoamericano (Latin American Sound Art Network). Her writings have been published by different institutions in Colombia and her artistic works have been featured in festivals in Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Cuba, Chile, China, Ecuador, England, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Mexico, Peru, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, United States and Uruguay.

Her interest in documentation led her to produce several publications such as CDs/multimedia, magazines, web platforms. She has been working on the legacy of the pioneering Colombian electroacoustic composer Jacqueline Nova since 1999 and curated the 2017 sound installation “Jacqueline Nova. El mundo maravilloso de las máquinas” (Jacqueline Nova, The Wonderful World of Machines) for the Museo de Arte Moderno (Modern Art Museum) in Medellín. She has organized numerous events throughout her career devoted to the diffusion of current creation (concerts, seminars, workshops, etc.) characterized by the presence of renowned artists. Currently, she teaches at Universidad El Bosque and is the director of Festival En Tiempo Real, event dedicated to the encounter between sound and technology with a gender focus. She has been nominated to the CLASSICAL NEXT INNOVATION AWARD 2019 (Holland), and been invited as a Keynote speaker in NIME (New Interfaces for Musical Expression) 2019 (Brazil) and she is a guest artist for the World Listening Day 2019 (Chile).

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Jefferson Park EXP with Christi Denton and maoϴ – September 13, 2pm

In lieu of free live shows at the neighborhood library, we’re doing free live shows via twitch! The next show is on Sunday September 13 at 2pm (CST/UTC-05), join us!

https://www.twitch.tv/jeffersonparkexp

Christi Denton is a composer and sound installation artist who works with found sounds, electronics, and homemade and modified instruments. She enjoys breaking things, multi-channel speaker configurations, and building instruments where other things control sound; for example, where the audience can influence the composition with their phones or their drinks, or where light, weather, or a microorganism modifies musical parameters.

http://www.christidenton.com
https://christidenton.bandcamp.com

Working with spoken, prerecorded and generated language, maoϴ investigates the abstraction of touch as an arbiter of meaning through the use of languages he may not speak. maoϴ performances involve the use of language processed using a self-built palate controller: an oral retainer-based device which allows control data to be produced based on the touch of the tongue against the roof of the mouth, notably during speech production. maoϴ is a project of media and performance artist Ryan ⊥ Dunn.

http://tritriangle.net

Jefferson Park EXP with Hali Palombo and Ben Zucker – August 23rd, 2pm

In lieu of free live shows at the neighborhood library, we’re doing free live shows via twitch! The next show is on Sunday August 23 at 2pm (CST/UTC-05), join us!

https://www.twitch.tv/jeffersonparkexp

Hali Palombo is a composer and visual artist working in Chicago, IL. Crafting most of her music from a large library of CB and amateur radio recordings, Hali’s compositions also include morse code, wax cylinder samples and field recordings she has taken at various Midwestern points of interest.

http://www.halipalombo.com/
http://www.halipalombo.bandcamp.com/

Ben Zucker engages in acts of creative juxtaposition and speculation as a composer, audiovisual artist, and multi-instrumentalist. He has contributed to experimental music scenes across North American and the UK with concert works, albums, scores for media, and frequent performances on brass, percussion, voice, and electronics. For his work, he has been acclaimed as a “master of improvisation” (IMPOSE Magazine), and “more than a little bit remarkable” (Free Jazz Blog), and recognized as a New Composer Talent by the International Audio Branding Academy. He currently lives in Chicago, studying, teaching, and organizing as a doctoral student at Northwestern University.

https://www.benzuckersounds.com/
https://zvibes.bandcamp.com/

Jefferson Park EXP with SIFI + uuskhy and cinchel – August 9, 2pm

In lieu of free live shows at the neighborhood library, we’re doing free live shows via twitch! The next show is on Sunday August 9 at 2pm (CST/UTC-05), join us!

https://www.twitch.tv/jeffersonparkexp

Cinchel is a Chicago based musician working with guitar, effects and laptop to create abstract ambient music that is both minimal and dense. His main focus has been the interaction of sounds/notes with themselves. With only the use of delay, layering and distortion he attempts to make a lot of guitars no longer sound like guitars. For that reason, he likes to call this – minimal dense music.

https://cinchel.bandcamp.com/

SIFI + uuskhy: You often hear about the coldness of software, the icy sterility of digital artifacts; despite the ones and zeros, the jagged edges of the pixelated render, there is a digital campfire crackling within the code and beckoning you to endless warmth. Here you will find two beings improvising with controllers, interfaces, and antique video hardware — existing equally as human and avatar — listening, reacting, and generating sparks of ///Digital Warmth///

You can find our more about SIFI here:

Saranaomigoodman.squarespace.com
@saranaomigoodman
@sci_fi_mascara

And about uuskhy here:

@uuskhy
uuskhy.bandcamp.com
soundcloud.com/uuskhy

pan y rosas release intervisibility by nicolas tourney

Nicolas Tourney is a French experimental musician, sound designer, and owner of the label Snow in Water Records. His electronic works concern perception and act of listening, with the use of various strings, drones and noise-making devices.

On Intervisibility, Nicolas turns his musical research towards something more bare – the loneliness of the sound. Influenced by different forms (Japanese Gagaku, Tibetan ritual, Confucian music, Korean shamanism) the music offers an opening within listening, a work based on reception and non-action.

Get the album here!

pan y rosas release dual remix by ren walters and david tolley

Ren Walters is completing his phd at Melbourne University and facilitates the improvisation materials and free play classes at the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne University. David Tolley was an integral member of Melbourne’s music community until his death in 2014.

Edited versions and blends of performances at a dance club and a home between 1997 and 1999. Hard disk recorder, a microphone, text, magazines, and scissors. An acoustic bass, an acoustic guitar, an electronic guitar. Projected images. Performances of performances. Folding over on itself.

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pan y rosas release anedition by ishmael ali, judith berkson, josh davidoff, and ben zucker!

Ishmael Ali is a cellist, guitarist, composer, and improviser based out of Chicago and New York. Judith Berkson is a soprano, pianist and composer living in Brooklyn, New York. Josh Davidoff is a Brooklyn-based composer and arts administrator. Ben Zucker is a performer-composer and multi-instrumentalist improviser, currently based in Chicago.

The four musicians came together in October of 2019 to document an edition of a cross coastal electroacoustic collaboration. Emissions. Ozone. Artifice. Tactful, inopportune nothing. Built with cello, synths, voice, clarinet, trumpet, electronics.

Get the album here!

pan y rosas release radiant drift by rachel devorah!

Rachel Devorah is a sonic artist and feminist technologist based in Boston. Her work seeks to reveal and reframe habits of autoecholocation (locating/situating one’s self with/in sound/space).

Pregnant in the winter of 2019 with the fetus who would become her daughter, Rachel made hydrophone recordings from her cervix periodically between viability and birth. radiant drift accounts for the relative motion of her daughter and Rachel in spacialized audio as they individuated in gestation. The literal hydrophone recordings are set in counterpoint against a poetic rendering in analog electronics.

Get the album here.