Tony Conrad

  • Tony Conrad

The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago has long been one of the city’s savviest, most adventurous presenters of contemporary art, but curator Hamza Walker has also maintained a sideline as a smart presenter of avant-garde music. An unusual partnership with CAN TV, Chicago’s public-access cable network, will highlight some of the Ren’s recent performances: beginning at 8 PM this Sunday, August 7, channel 21 will air a series of five concerts, each running twice. The series ends October 9.

This is an amazingly great idea: I’d be hard-pressed to name any other time Chicagoans have been able watch big-name experimental musicians such as Tony Conrad and David Moss on local TV. After the jump: the six concerts, along with their air dates. All showings are at 8 PM.