Chicago improvisers Tim Daisy and Matt Piet have responded to the challenges of COVID by learning new ways to record alone.
The largest single archive devoted to influential experimental composer John Cage lives in a library at Northwestern—and it goes a lot deeper than its famous Beatles lyric sheets.
Despite its profound and ongoing influence across a wide spectrum of musicians, the work of composer Morton Feldman is rarely performed in Chicago. That dearth can be explained in part by the durational intensity of many of his greatest works—which often clock in at more than an hour, and demand intense concentration and focus from […]
David Grubbs on why the experimental music of the 1960s was so rarely recorded at the time—and what changes when we listen to it today.
Current musical obsessions of composer Marcos Balter and Ensemble dal Niente saxophonist Ryan Muncy
A new box set recognizes experimental composer David Tudor’s pioneering work with electronics and indeterminacy.
A terrific new collection of early works by the eclectic American composer Joseph Byrd, who founded the late 60s psychedelic rock band United States of America, has been released by New World Records.
Eighth Blackbird celebrates musical minimalism and maximalism this weekend at the MCA.
A live quartet recording featuring Austrian electronica whiz Patrick Pulsinger pays tribute to Morton Feldman
Chicago-born group brings youthful energy and genre-bending sensibilities to classical music
My 40 favorite albums of 2008, continued: number 30 through number 21.