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 Saxophonist Patrick Shiroishi brings his shape-shifting sound to Chicago for the first time

Identity, versatility, and productivity intertwine in the music of Patrick Shiroishi. Best known as an alto saxophonist, the Los Angeles-based musician plays five different saxophones, guitar, and keyboards. His ever-growing discography includes 65 album-length releases with his name on the cover, and that number balloons to more than 100 if you count records where he’s […]

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The Pleiades Series celebrates its first year of elevating women and nonbinary improvisers

Last October, musician and curator Emily Beisel began booking the monthly Pleiades Series at Elastic Arts, which centers femme and nonbinary performers—and they follow their sets with improvised jam sessions that can include members of the audience, a practice intended to “build community and connection between womxn improvisors from diverse backgrounds.” Over the past year, […]