“I was just livestreaming myself from my room for eight hours a day, just to see what it felt like. It was weird.”
Local new-music group Aperiodic recently released its second album, For Aperiodic (Focus). The record’s four pieces, composed respectively by Billie Howard, Michael Pisaro, and ensemble members Kenn Kumpf and Nomi Epstein, showcase Aperiodic’s rigorous execution of scores whose parameters include indeterminacy. In its tenth year, the group will carry on this practice through direct collaboration […]
Highlights of the 2020 Frequency Festival include a fusion of Carnatic music and jazz, a solo vocal piece for Diamond Reynolds, and programs of work by Eliane Radigue and Annea Lockwood.
When former Reader staff writer Peter Margasak began programming the Frequency Series in 2013, he envisioned concerts that would expose audiences of different avant-garde musical disciplines to artists from other genres that they had not heard before but might well appreciate. Margasak left the Reader and Chicago in order to move to Rome in 2018, […]
Since 2010, Aperiodic has enriched Chicago’s new-music scene by performing new and rarely heard work by composers who augment their prescribed sounds with indeterminate events and collaborative processes. The ensemble, which is led by Nomi Epstein, which has premiered and revived rarely performed work by Pauline Oliveros, Michael Pisaro, Christian Wolff and Eva-Marie Houben. Now […]
Since 2010 this invaluable Chicago ensemble directed by composer Nomi Epstein has been the city’s most stalwart advocate for post-John Cage experimental music, working at various times with text scores, indeterminacy, and other open-ended modes of composition. For this unusual concert Aperiodic joins new-music scholar Jennie Gottschalk to illustrate some of the threads from her […]
Christian Wolff is the only living member of the New York School, the coterie of composers that revolved around John Cage during the 1950s and included Morton Feldman, Earle Brown, and David Tudor. Their experimental music mirrored developments in the art world at the time, including Fluxus and abstract expressionism. The group’s hallmarks—including chance procedures […]
The concert series booked by the Reader‘s Peter Margasak throws its second annual six-day festival of boundary-erasing music.
Current musical obsessions of Billie Howard from Akosuen and Aperiodic, Bow & Hammer violinist Kathryn Satoh, and the Reader’s Philip Montoro
Reader writer Peter Margasak celebrates three years of his Frequency Series with a festival of adventurous new music.
Current musical obsessions of Blake Edwards (aka noise artist Vertonen) and WLUW veteran Philip von Zweck
Six Reader music writers share their favorites from 2014 with year-end lists that do more than just put the same records in a different order.
What’s on the Reader‘s Agenda for Monday, October 21
Experimental-music group Aperiodic performs James Tenney’s minimalist Swell Piece Thursday on Oak Street Beach
Composer Nomi Epstein talks about Aperiodic’s upcoming A John Cage Festival.