Jefferson Park EXP with Bleak House and Poleukhina, Fariello, Chernyshkov, Gorlinsky – February 7, 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 February 7 at 2pm (CST/UTC-06), join us!

https://www.twitch.tv/jeffersonparkexp

Bleak House produce crumbly, autumnal library music; flickering guitars, stumbling piano, mournful horns, and pattering percussion. Formed in 2001 by British musicians Luke Sample, Andy Brain, and Caroline Vile, who are also involved in other bands (e.g. Keshco, Vile Brain Samples), the Bleak House palette is distinctly sepia-tinged.

Their first album, Music From The Middle Room was released by Silent Flow in 2011; a follow-up, Outwardly was released by Pan y Rosas Discos in 2019. They are working on a new EP, and also a retrospective of unreleased early recordings.

For this performance recorded earlier in the week, they tried collaborating via a telephone link-up, and also recording separately, in their Bleak Houses.

http://keshco.co.uk/bleakhouse/

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Dario Fariello is a multi-instrumentalist improviser based in Oslo. Born in Naples in 1987, plays saxophones, viola, harps and electronics. He cofounded Multiversal, a nomad festival series featuring a wide international network of improv and noise musicians. With Norbert Stammberger he organizes the yearly improvised music meeting “Tubax Super Session”, in Munich, dedicated to the tubax saxophone and other special instruments.

https://soundcloud.com/dariofariello

Marina Poleukhina is a composer, improviser, and performer. Born in St. Petersburg in 1989. Graduated at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory with V. Tarnopolski; Kunstuniversität Graz with C. Gadenstätter. Her music is published on the labels Pan y Rosas, Topot and “da_sein_rec.” Her albums Puinen Neon Itku, Songs about trees and Partly Cloudy are fruits of these collaborations, as much as the concert series “real time music,” which she organized.

https://vimeo.com/user15458156

Alexander Chernyshkov is a composer, performer and improviser. Studies composition at the Vienna University with Chaya Czernowin, Karlheinz Essl and Clemens Gadenstätter. He experiments actively in building unique new instruments of strictly acoustical and mechanical origin using long tubes to transform the wind instruments or using motors, relays and electromagnets as vibrating sources. His main focus is the composition and practice of the performative, musical theatre, which is being referred as Error Theatre.

https://vimeo.com/user9855744

Vladimir Gorlinsky (1984, Moscow) is a composer, an improviser, an author of spatial compositions and sound installations. He graduated from the Moscow Conservatory (prof. Vladimir Tarnopolski), after graduation he taught at the department of contemporary music. Vladimir is the author of lectures on the history and practice of composition and improvisation (Moscow and Nizhny Novgorod Conservatories, NCCA Moscow, SOTA, Meyerhold Center; Pro Arte and the Sound Museum in St. Petersburg; University of Haifa).

http://gorlinsky.com

The group will present their piece drive in 4 trees. About which they write: WHAT is the space? WHERE is the space? HOW does the music language transforms and expresses itself?

Being far away from each other in a totally different environment, sitting between the corners or imagining corners inside, we began to explore the space below and above the things that surround us. We found out that the distance does not exist and the space constantly breathes, changing the shape.

In each of our conversations we were bringing something new to the piece, that came out of the absorption of the occurred situation. We were exploring the „environment“ of each other and expanding the borders of the music language. The video as well as the audio issues are turned into inspiration and become part of the „game“. What you see and hear is a very complex piece, where improvisation and composition are going strongly together.

Jefferson Park EXP with Noisebringers and Lorenzo Gomez Oviedo – December 20, 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 December 20 at 2pm (CST/UTC-06), join us!

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Noisebringers were created by mistake. (“There are no mistakes, only happy accidents.” ― Bob Ross) A large and loving family consisting of Brice Catherin (your friendly elderly cellist next door), Henry McPherson (pianist and meme artist), and Maria Sappho (pianist and non-composer). Says Sappho, “We can not tell you what we have to offer, as this is an improvisational concert. If you are unsure of what an improvisational concert might be, be assured you are asking the right questions.”

They will present a film ritual: Tente, the mushroom that the crocodile ate, that they created with Afulodidim Nikefolosi (a figure in answer to the challenge: show me a contemporary mixture of Amos Tutuola and Zora Neale Hurston.)

https://www.mariasappho.com/noisebringer

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Lorenzo Gomez Oviedo is a composer and improviser from Argentina. His works explore soundscapes using analog recordings, sound interpretation of everyday objects, etc. He also organizes the experimental music lable, Adaptador Records. Currently, he performs in a duo with Karim Villalba focused on improvisation based collaborations with artists from other disciplines such as dance, poetry and drawing.

https://adaptador.bandcamp.com/

Jefferson Park EXP with Rachel Devorah and Kimberly Sutton – December 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 December 13 at 2pm (CST/UTC-06), join us!

https://www.twitch.tv/jeffersonparkexp

Kimberly A. Sutton is a sound artist, cellist, and sound designer living in Chicago, Illinois. Her installations and sound design work explore the connections between the physical properties of sound and the cultural signifiers of its content. As a cellist her practice is improvisatory and explores the possibilities of expression and reflection through sound and the immediacy of a meditational connection to her instrument.

Recent installations have been shown at ArtPrize in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and the Chicago Home Theater Festival. She has performed at Experimental Sound Studio, the Hideout and the Empty Bottle in Chicago, Yoshi’s in Oakland, Detroit Contemporary, and the Technosonics Festival at the University of Virginia. She has a BA in Political Science and Music from the University of Chicago and an MFA in Electronic Music and Recorded Media from Mills College.

http://kimberlyasutton.com/

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

She is an Assistant Professor of Electronic Production and Design/Creative Coding at the Berklee College of Music. She studied sound, technology, and gender at the City University of New York (Queens College); San José State University; Mills College; and the University of Virginia. Her work has received support from the Adrian Piper Research Archive Foundation (Berlin), EMS (Stockholm), GRM (Paris), the Jefferson Scholars Foundation [U.S.], MassMoCA [U.S.], MoKS [Estonia], the New Museum (New York), New Music USA, røst [Norway], and STEIM (Amsterdam). Her installation revontulet won the Ruth Anderson Prize from the International Alliance of Women in Music.

http://racheldevorah.studio/

Jefferson Park EXP with Lyn Goeringer and Whereness Quartet – December 6, 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 December 6 at 2pm (CST/UTC-06), join us!

https://www.twitch.tv/jeffersonparkexp

Lyn Goeringer is a sound artist and performer who makes her own instruments and multi-media pieces that focus on the unusual and everyday within sound, video, and electronics. Her work relies on intense focus and attention to bring the listener to a point of intentional hearing- a world where unusual objects can bring haunting soundscapes to life, or everyday objects become sonic in ways we do not usually hear them to be. Using singular instances of events, her works investigate individual sounds and images, giving them the time and space they need for their inner complexity can be perceived. She currently teaches at Michigan State University in Composition at the College of Music and Film Studies in the Department of English. She received her Ph. D from Brown University in 2011.

http://www.lyngoeringer.com/portfolio/

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Paul and Ansuman have been playing together since 1996. Each following their paths weaving together contemplative practices and inspirational music. Throughout their journeys they have maintained a devotion to performance live in the moment, responding to place and time through spontaneous improvisation. They are joined by Maureen Wolloshin Oboe/ Cor Anglais and Alistair Zaldua Violin, in this expanded quartet collaboration.

Indian percussionist Ansuman Biswas works in a wide variety of media but his central concern lies between science, work and religion. He is interested in traversing, transposing and translating across many different kinds of border. Improvisation and play are important elements fun his practice, and at its core is the technique of vipassana meditation. Paul Cheneour studied classical Indian and Persian music and his playing seeks to fuse these diverse musical influences. British-Russian Maureen Wolloshin’s research explores women in improvised music; as a composer she combines watercolour graphic score making with practices derived from Scottish piobaireachd and Spanish Arabic music. She has performed with the London Composer’s Forum, and Leeds Experimental Music Ensemble. The British-Colombian composer Alistair Zaldua creates music employing classical and experimental notation, and is a performer of live electronics (including a duet for organ and live electronics with Lauren Redhead), and a conductor.

http://www.ansuman.com/music.html
https://cheneour.com/
https://www.maureenwolloshin.com/
http://www.alistair-zaldua.de/

Jefferson Park EXP with Jessica Gabriel and Reid Karris – November 22 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 22 at 2pm (CST/UTC-06), join us!

https://www.twitch.tv/jeffersonparkexp

Jessica Gabriel is a multidisciplinary artist, puppeteer, life model, permaculturalist, poet, clown, currently based in Vancouver, Canada. Her project tay_ploops is based on tape loops and other textures.

https://jessicagabriel.ca/

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Reid Karris is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, sound enthusiast and improviser hailing from Chicago, Illinois trying very hard to get all the music stuck in his head out for all the world to hear. After spending years as an odd guitarist trying to fit in with the world of rock music Reid shifted his focus towards improvisation, noise, drone and avant-garde. His primary instruments for doing so are prepared guitar and drum kit sent through electronics.

https://reidkarris.bandcamp.com/

Jefferson Park EXP with Andrea Pensado and Nicolas Tourney – November 15, 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 15 at 2pm (CST/UTC-06), join us!

https://www.twitch.tv/jeffersonparkexp

Based in the US since 2002, Pensado uses voice and electronics to make music. Max is her main tool. The programming emphasizes the mapping of synthesis parameters into performance gestures. The approach to both, programming and performance is highly intuitive. The harsh cut up noise result, mixed with the strong emotional component of her music, generates a deeply personal sonic language which inevitably gives rise to intense responses in the most diverse audiences.

Pensado performs extensively in the US and abroad. She also produces Sonorium, a series of experimental music based in Salem, MA.

http://www.andreapensado.com/

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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.

https://www.nicolastourney.com/

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

library experimental – december 2019

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, December 21 from 2-4pm.

Early! Free! Kid friendly! If the kids are patient!

The first show after a long hiatus features William Riley Leitch; and Our Lisbon Office (Tricia Park, Mark Booth, Nathanael Jones).

Jefferson Park library is located at 5363 W Lawrence. Convenient to both bus and blue line. https://www.chipublib.org/locations/38/

William Riley Leitch is a Chicago area trombonist. Riley has performed at the Nief Norf Festival, soundSCAPE Festival, and the Lucerne Festival Academy where he studied with members of Ensemble Intercontemporain and Ensemble Modern. Riley has premiered over 20 new works for solo trombone, chamber ensemble, and orchestra at events and venues such as Ear Taxi Festival and Red Note New Music Festival.

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Our Lisbon Office is an improvisational ensemble comprised of Tricia Park (violin), Mark Booth (electronics), and Nathanael Jones (electronics/keyboard). For Library Experimental at the Jefferson Park Library the trio will perform improvisations initiated by a selection of abstract prose instructions.

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pan y rosas release curtains: matthies (live at jefferson park, 3-3-18)by wilhelm matthies!

wilhelm matthies is a musician who lives in the milwaukee (wisconsin, usa) area. he records in the studio, releasing solo, duet and group pieces, mostly in the realm of contemporary classical – either as free improvisation or using graphic compositions .

since 2012 wilhelm has been developing a line of string instruments he calls mosesa. his goal is to create an instrument that allows for maximum access to the string spectrum and allows various sounding boards to be attached.

curtains is a document of a performance at the jefferson park branch of the chicago public library that happened in march of 2018. wilhelm used a mosesa 9-CedarPlate and some gutiar effects pedals. strymon’s unset, BlueSky, flint deco and the fishman aura and amped through an orange bass amp, the crush 50 bxt.

get the album here!