Posted inMusic

Take a trip with Dissonant Dessert and dozens of talented friends on Absurd, Obscene!

Eric Novak is a prolific Chicago multi-instrumentalist who plays with jazz quartet Whtvr Frvr and jazz-fusion sextet Cordoba. They’ve also loaned their talents to a variety of local artists, including indie-rock band the Curls and folk singer Reno Cruz, and most recently they added warm woodwinds to Portrait, the new album from rapper Davis. Novak […]

Posted inMusic

Elastic Arts hosts the fourth annual Afrofuturist Weekend

The fourth annual Afrofuturist Weekend comes to Elastic Arts from Friday, October 22, through Sunday, October 24, with evening programs on Friday and Saturday and daytime programs on Saturday and Sunday. The festival’s organizers describe it as a “celebration of Black artists making forward-looking work that envisions radically positive futures for Black people,” and in […]

Posted inMusic

Ayanna Woods presents her ‘wildly improvisational and mathematically rigorous’ music in an eclectic showcase

If you’ve ever heard of Chicago composer, singer, and multi-instrumentalist Ayanna Woods, it might have been at Constellation, where groups such as Fifth House Ensemble and ZRL have performed her works. Or maybe her music has streamed through your headphones while you were listening to Eve Ewing’s new podcast Bughouse Square. Woods’s songs, including “Has […]