“I was just livestreaming myself from my room for eight hours a day, just to see what it felt like. It was weird.”
The through line of Spektral Quartet’s first studio release in four years, Experiments in Living, is that there is no through line—at least on the surface. The double album covers 150 years of history, from Brahms to living lions such as George Lewis, but rather than foist a chronological or thematic flow onto the recording, […]
The new Scale is billed to composer and improvising harpist Zeena Parkins and Chicago sound artist and radio producer Jeff Kolar, but its story involves a larger group of collaborators. In 2017, University of Illinois professor Jennifer Monson (who’s also a choreographer and dancer) commissioned Parkins and Kolar to work with her, dancer Mauriah Kraker, […]
It might seem backhanded or cute to say that a Grammy–winning string quartet’s 16th record has the feel of a second act. But that more or less describes the Pacifica Quartet’s new release, Contemporary Voices. The album is the ensemble’s second since they changed up their ranks; violinist Austin Hartman and violist Mark Holloway replace […]
Update: This show has been canceled to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Tickets will be refunded at point of purchase. Ensemble dal Niente commissions and selects new music that justifies the word “new” not just because it’s recently composed; it also challenges players and audience alike to experience performances in new ways. The ensemble’s […]
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.
Sam Pluta’s Chain Reactions/Five Events appears on his new second album, Broken Symmetries, whose release he celebrates at Sunday’s concert.
Award-winning composer Anthony Cheung presents a new viola concerto at this weekend’s Ear Taxi Festival.
Reader writer Peter Margasak celebrates three years of his Frequency Series with a festival of adventurous new music.
Chicago punks Torture Love have a new LP on the way, and the cassette version comes out this weekend.
Donnie Moore dials back the fury in his new project.
The local postpunk legends are back.
The band who played their last show in the fall get back together—at least for one more tune.
To celebrate the American Mavericks festival in New York, classical station WQXR compiles great playlists by current mavericks.
Young new-music collective Aperiodic dives headfirst into post-Cage experimentation with its second concert, Sunday afternoon at Elastic.