The end of the year is a time for traditions that affirm social and spiritual priorities, and one of Chicago’s most enduring annual rituals comes from its music community. Since 1990, local percussionists Hamid Drake and Michael Zerang have convened at Links Hall to perform a concert that celebrates the season but doesn’t align with […]
Drummer Tim Daisy hits a hot streak with his record label, indie rockers Jupiter Styles celebrate a star-studded sophomore album, and more.
In jazz, soloists step in front of the band to show their stuff and then retreat back into the ensemble’s framework. Percussionist Claire Rousay, based in San Antonio, Texas, doesn’t play jazz, but her improvisations are just as conscious of the relationship between self and surroundings. She is queer and transgender, and her music addresses […]
And just about anything can be an instrument—even the kitchen sink.
Current musical obsessions of pop R&B artist Jordanna, violinist and composer Lucy Little, and Reader music editor Philip Montoro
Saturday at Constellation, Bill Solomon performs the Chicago premiere of Matt Sargent’s Ghost Music to support the first recording of this solo percussion piece.
Third Coast Percussion are already one of the best ensembles of their kind in the country—and their upcoming projects with Philip Glass and Devonté Hynes could make them the biggest.
Inside the audition process for the Blue Man Group
In paired solo sets this Saturday, Jon Mueller and Mike Weis will use drums and gongs to draw out the acoustic qualities of a Zen temple.
Chicago percussionist Doug Perkins has produced a dynamic recording of John Luther Adams’s outdoor epic.
Current musical obsessions of saxophonist Nick Mazzarella and drummer Frank Rosaly
Even if you haven’t seen her play, you’ve probably noticed her around town, with her long dark tresses, psychedelic tattoos, and gypsy adornments.
This week’s gig poster was designed by local artist Dan Grzeca.
Doctors are becoming medical technicians, seeing mainly computer data where they once saw human beings.
Trumpeter Nate Wooley and percussionist Aaron Siegel are accomplished group improvisers with strong jazz backgrounds, but in a solo improv setting both tend to throw all idiomatic reference out the window and head for the frontiers of sound research. Wooley–who’s previously played in Chicago with his excellent trio Blue Collar, featuring Steve Swell and Tatsuya […]