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Local new-music group Aperiodic joins a festival celebrating the work of Austrian composer Peter Ablinger

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 […]

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Different avant-garde disciplines vibrate sympathetically at the Frequency Festival

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, […]

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Local new music ensemble Aperiodic looks within for new material

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 […]

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Chicago experimental ensemble Aperiodic will illustrate key threads in a new book by new-music scholar Jennie Gottschalk

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 […]

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New York School composer Christian Wolff shares his open-ended conceptions of communal music making with Chicago’s Aperiodic

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 […]