It’s Leo Sowerby’s summer. Had 2020 gone as planned, musicians across the city likely would have launched into 125th-anniversary celebrations for the late Chicago composer (1895–1968) and onetime St. James Cathedral organist. Any such plans were obviously tabled, but luckily for us, quasquicentennial recordings of Sowerby’s chamber works are nonetheless bubbling to the top of […]
William Basinski has thrown himself headlong into the kind of “productive quarantine” that seems like a myth to most of us, and the spoils are abundant. Since March, when states across the U.S. began issuing stay-at-home orders, he has unveiled a collaboration with sound artist Richard Chartier and a new project called Sparkle Division. The […]
Chicago video-game composers talk about how they found their way into this strange and difficult business.
Dr. Charles Joseph Smith collaborated on his new video with filmmakers from Mississippi Records and Raw Music International.
This 95-year-old living legend has played jazz, written blaxploitation soundtracks, and arranged for Stan Getz, B.B. King, and most famously Curtis Mayfield—but he’s probably most widely heard via hip-hop samples.
Iconoclastic composer Julius Eastman died homeless almost three decades ago, and his work was nearly lost. But classical music finally has room for a queer black voice in the minimalist pantheon.
Current musical obsessions of artists Nick Butcher and Alex Valentine and Reader music critic Peter Margasak
Current musical obsessions of Eternals drummer Areif Sless-Kitain, his I Kong Kult bandmate Fred Wells, and Reader critic Peter Margasak
Award-winning composer Anthony Cheung presents a new viola concerto at this weekend’s Ear Taxi Festival.
Pamela Z performs a series of “pop-song length” pieces on Saturday, showcasing the layered, polyrhythmic vocal processing she helped introduce to experimental music.
Anthony Pateras has collaborated with Mike Patton and played piano-based grindcore. His Chicago solo concert will definitely stir up your blood and brains.
Dubbed the “Asian Mozart” by the Daily Telegraph, 41-year-old composer A.R. Rahman redefined contemporary Indian film music in the early 90s, transforming a style that was formulaic and drowning in kitsch into something diverse and sophisticated, infused with everything from Baroque strings to pop guitar to dancehall beats. A student of Carnatic music who’d played […]