library experimental – may 2018

library experimental is an ongoing series focusing on chicago’s experimental musicians. it is happening at the chicago public library in jefferson park on saturday, may 12, from 2-4pm.

early! free! kid friendly! if the kids are patient!

the third installment of the 2018 season features noise bias and last king of poland!

jefferson park library is located at 5363 w lawrence. convenient to both bus and blue line. https://www.chipublib.org/locations/38/

artist info:​

Noise Bias:

Noise Bias is an all-female contemporary ensemble exclusively showcasing the work of women composers. Existing as a collective, the women of Noise Bias share the common goal of creating and sustaining an environment where women are in positions of creative power and musical decision-making. Their goal is to curate new music performances that directly confront and challenge the gender disparity within the Chicago new music scene.

https://www.noisebias.org/

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Last King of Poland:

Last King of Poland (Tomasz Ryszard Jurczak) is a polish noise artist from Chicago who has for the last years traveled the world, touring Japan and the United States extensively. he has released ten cassettes on different labels, the newest being an improvisational collaboration with Japanese noise artist go, out on 1980 records.

His whole creation in itself is an identity crisis, between two different worlds. Back and forth between American brashness and Polish chivalry which he brings out with loops and samples of waves and everyday life. His performance is unique. muted, he would look like a vivid story teller, passionately explaining his travels through outer space with sadness in his heart.

https://www.facebook.com/pg/lastkingofpoland

pan y rosas release upheaval 100 by arvo zylo!

arvo zylo has been making experimental music that wavers around, but is undeniably anchored in, the vein of industrial noise, since the year 2000. he works under his own name as well as under the collaborative umbrella moniker “blood rhythms.”

zylo began with no previous knowledge of experimental music, using a primitive sequencer with destroyed presets and intentional malfunctions as a primary source of compositional inspiration. his work has evolved to fetishize extreme layering, repetition, raw material action, feedback, human/animal/onomatopoeia sounds, and naturally abrasive elements without the use of effects pedals.

upheaval is a process piece that zylo has worked on over the course of years. it was initially created as a drone built with samples of divas holding sustained notes. zylo continued to return to and rework that source material. he has now created 100 versions of this piece. version 100 was aired during “drone week” on sound art radio in the uk several times. this final version of upheaval is now released on pyr.

get the album here!

pan y rosas release live at the whistler by SiP!

jimmy lacy brings a decade of wild synthesizer to his latest and most personal project to date, SiP. when the music is good the synths and rhythm beats clear space to think about life and the decisions that find you here. this is not music for dancing, but may it embolden positive steps!

live at the whistler is a document of a performance at the whistler in chicago on october 27, 2017. lope. rise and fall. mellow. repetition. hiss. zones.

get the album here

pan y rosas release drank viva bloom ii by dave gabriel!

dave gabriel is a person who is associated with ombrelli sciolti and imelda marcos. he resides in chicago.

drank viva bloom ii, dave gabriel’s second release for the pan y rosas discos label, is grindcore-length faux-avantesque music for the short attention span embracing millenial era. longer than an episode of aqua teen, shorter than an episode of seinfeld.

get the album here!

pan y rosas release goodbye irony by last king of poland

last king of poland is a chicago-based solo experimental/noise project from tomasz jurczak. his main instruments consist of a large pedalboard used for feedback as well as various noisemakers/synths. he feels that the excess of noise music can make people reflect on their lives in extremely positive ways.

two live tracks recorded almost five years apart. september and july. hideout and jefferson park library. both in chicago. growth. change. evolution.

get the album here!