Katinka Kleijn and Lia Kohl play with 30 cellos in a swimming pool, the rejuvenated Skin Graft Records drops a Chicago vs. New York compilation, and more.
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, […]
Award-winning composer Anthony Cheung presents a new viola concerto at this weekend’s Ear Taxi Festival.
Current musical obsessions of the Reader’s Peter Margasak, the Pillowhammer’s Jim Dorling, and the Father Costume’s Sam Wagster
Veteran Reader critic Peter Margasak finishes counting down his 40 favorite records of the year—the top ten include Henry Threadgill, Joanna Newsom, and Yarn/Wire.
Hear a track from his classic 1976 solo trombone album.
Chicago native, trombonist, composer, and scholar George Lewis wrote the definitive book on the history of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians with his 2008 masterpiece A Power Stronger Than Itself: The AACM and American Experimental Music. He knows about that history firsthand, as he got involved with the influential south-side organization in […]
Composer Alvin Lucier comes to Chicago for a three-day retrospective.
The latest concert from International Contemporary Ensemble is all about improvisation.
Between now and Sunday, your live-music options include Deafheaven, the Fresh & Onlys, Steve Kuhn, ICE performing Edgard Varese, and Nosaj Thing.
In February it presented the Chicago debut of the Georg Friedrich Haas masterpiece In Vain—probably my most powerful concertgoing experience of 2013.
International Contemporary Ensemble gives the world premiere of David Lang’s new The Whisper Opera this week.
A selection of shows to see from our Soundboard calendar.
This is video of all nine movements from last month’s premiere at the Ecstatic Music Festival in New York City.
Carla Kihlstedt combines avant-garde pop, contemporary classical, and dreams.