pan y rosas release creatio ex nihilo by reid karris!


reid karris is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, sound experimentalist 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 and noise. his primary instruments for doing so are prepared guitar and drum kit sent through electronics. he performs with various groups with guitar including set self on fire, hkm guitar trio and the chicago scratch orchestra. he also plays drums in the experimental duo step slow.

his first album for pan y rosas, creatio ex nihilo, is a series of percussion improvisations that reid created using his drum kit, little instruments and a guitar. he manipulated the drums with electronics in the moment as he improvised. the sound is: sub thunder radio explosion. psyché-bell tone. pitter patter. reverse. emergent rhythm. sonar search guitar fragment in the white room.

get the album here!

pan y rosas releases chkm by shapes and monsters


shapes and monsters is an international collaborative improvisation project with two members in barcelona and two members in chicago. diego caicedo and gabriel millan play in snorkel quintet and etermortifera among others. reid karris is a solo improviser and member of step slow. keith helt is a member of catholic witches.

their first album, chkm, was improvised recorded between november 2011 and february 2013. tracks were sent back and forth. limited takes were allowed in order to maintain an improvised feeling/aesthetic.

get it here!

julia a. miller live!

on monday october 29th julia will be playing in a trio with harrison bankhead and elbio barilari at myopic. show starts at 7.30pm and, as always, is free!

then on friday november 9th, she will be playing with mark hardy and reid karris in a graphic improv guitar trio at gallery cabaret. 7pm. event info here.

two early shows! go go go!