Sun Ra may have told everyone he was from Saturn, but the Afrofuturistic avant-gardist spent the 1950s in Chicago. While he was here, he recorded “El Is a Sound of Joy,” jazz’s greatest tribute to the city’s public transport system. No one in improvising trio Icepick—bassist Ingebrigt Håker Flaten, trumpeter Nate Wooley, and drummer Chris […]
Update: The Nate Wooley/Ken Vandermark/Paul Lytton trio have canceled their tour. This show will proceed with Kuzu and a duo of Vandermark and Lytton. Local clarinet and saxophone player Ken Vandermark, Brooklyn-based trumpeter Nate Wooley, and English percussionist Paul Lytton played their only handful of gigs as a trio in 2011, but their collective history […]
Though her work is often characterized as minimalist, composer Éliane Radigue is a category unto herself. During the 1950s and ’60s, the Paris resident worked as an assistant to the originators of musique concrète, Pierre Schaeffer and Pierre Henry. But the music she composed after leaving their orbit employed long tones obtained from microphone feedback, […]
Highlights of the 2020 Frequency Festival include a fusion of Carnatic music and jazz, a solo vocal piece for Diamond Reynolds, and programs of work by Eliane Radigue and Annea Lockwood.
Pianist Matthew Shipp has released more than a dozen albums with Brazilian saxophonist Ivo Perelman just in the past two years, and their Jazz Festival set is the first time they’ve played together in Chicago.
Update Tue 2/6: Nate Wooley will perform not with Knknighgh but with his trio Icepick. If you measure the power of a provocation by its enemies, Aram Saroyan’s “Lighght” is a megaton bomb. Fifteen years after the one-word poem was included in the 1965 edition of The American Literary Anthology, Ronald Reagan used it as […]
On Thursday at Constellation, Astral Spirits celebrates tape releases by Billington/Shippy/Wyche and Matt Lux’s Communication Arts Quartet.
Ken Vandermark’s Site Specific consists of two discs of solo recordings packaged in a 200-page book of his photography.
Veteran Reader critic Peter Margasak begins counting down his 40 favorite records of the year—this installment includes Sleater-Kinney, Julia Holter, and Kendrick Lamar.
What’s on the Reader‘s Agenda for Saturday, May 17
The onetime Chicagoan achieves his most profound and beautiful work yet with his quintet Day in Pictures.
Gorging at Winter Jazz Festival and Globalfest
My favorite jazz recordings of 2013
The great online music journal’s latest issue also features short but good interviews with Josh Rosenthal of Tompkins Square Records, Eric Isaacson of Mississippi Records, and more.
Three new versions of John Cage’s classic prepared piano masterpiece Sonatas & Interludes are just a sampling of the deluge of performances and recordings associated with his centennial