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Tuesday, October 11, 2022

In her first Chicago appearance, Clara de Asís collaborates with Aperiodic to model the aesthetic virtues of nonintervention by Bill Meyer

Clara de Asís is a Spanish-born, France-based multi-instrumentalist and sound artist who uses played and collected sounds as prompts to focus the power of the listener’s attention on the …

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Tuesday, September 27, 2022

The Reader’s guide to World Music Festival Chicago 2022 by Philip Montoro, Leslie Allison, Leor Galil, Aaron Cohen, Jamie Ludwig, Sandra Treviño, Catalina Maria Johnson, Monica Kendrick, Joshua Minsoo Kim, James Porter, Hannah Edgar, Steve Krakow, Bill Meyer, Jacob Arnold, Noah Berlatsky, Kelley Tatro and Mark G

The term “world music” has never been adequate to the task we’ve set it—even in its most benign reading, it implies a division between the listener and the rest of […] The post The…

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Monday, September 26, 2022

Kali Malone’s disciplined compositions tune into the church organ’s expressive potential by Bill Meyer

Stockholm-based, American-born composer Kali Malone is known for her pipe-organ works, and her path to the instrument was hardly conventional. Five minutes into her first and only organ less…

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Thursday, September 15, 2022

The Hyde Park Jazz Festival connects the south side to the wider world of jazz by Bill Meyer

Hard times will bring out anyone’s true colors, and the Hyde Park Jazz Festival certainly showed what it was made of when COVID-19 brought live music to a halt in […] The post The Hyde P…

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Thursday, September 1, 2022

Jeff Parker and the rhythm section from Tarbaby cut loose on Eastside Romp by Bill Meyer

Why did it take six years for this album to be released? It didn’t take long to make: electric guitarist Jeff Parker, double bassist Eric Revis, and drummer Nasheet Waits […] The post Je…

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Wednesday, August 31, 2022

The Reader’s guide to the 2022 Chicago Jazz Festival by Bill Meyer

In a less imperfect world, Millennium Park would be hosting the 44th annual Chicago Jazz Festival right about now. As of 2019, the festival had been held in downtown parks […] The post The…

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The best of the jazz outside the fest by Bill Meyer

For several years now, the heart of the Chicago Jazz Festival has been in Millennium Park. This year the four days of the fest also include programming at the Cultural […] The post The bes…

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Seven don’t-miss Jazz Festival sets by Bill Meyer

The Jazz Institute of Chicago’s bookings for this year’s Jazz Festival reaffirm the organization’s commitment to presenting a variety of music by local, national, and international act…

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Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Jaimie Branch has flown away too soon by Bill Meyer

“You know, even assholes need some love.” So said Jaimie Branch in a 2019 interview with Aquarium Drunkard. She was explaining “Love Song,” one of the tunes on her 2019 […] The pos…

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Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Guitarist Eli Winter taps into Chicago’s musical resources by Bill Meyer

People pick their college for a lot of reasons beyond education. In Eli Winter’s case, one of the factors that persuaded him to choose the University of Chicago was the chance to engage wi…

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Monday, August 8, 2022

Drummer Susie Ibarra and guitarist Tashi Dorji subdivide sound and silence on Master of Time by Bill Meyer

In 2019, the Tang Museum at Skidmore College presented The Second Buddha: Master of Time, an exhibition concerning Padmasambhava, the guru credited with bringing Buddhism to Tibet during the…

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Tuesday, July 12, 2022

Simon Joyner shows all sides of the story on his latest LP by Bill Meyer

If things look bleak to you, Omaha-based singer-songwriter Simon Joyner won’t contradict you, but he might complicate your understanding of the darkness. The narrator of “Caroline’s Go…

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Thursday, June 23, 2022

Acoustic guitarist Glenn Jones savors the bittersweetness of memory by Bill Meyer

Vade Mecum translates from Latin as “go with me.” When Glenn Jones makes such an offer, anyone who appreciates a vivid musical trip shouldn’t think twice. The 68-year-old guitar and ba…

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Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Saxophonist and former Chicagoan Aram Shelton is back in town and playing better than ever by Bill Meyer

Early experiences count for a lot. After reedist Aram Shelton moved to Chicago in 1999, fresh out of college, he became an integral part of an interdependent community of jazz musicians who …

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Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Drone adepts Pelt return to Chicago for the first time in a decade by Bill Meyer

As we navigated shutdowns and venue closures throughout 2020, many of us observed that time seemed to slow down. But when it comes to dilating time, COVID-19 is a rank dabbler compared to Pe…

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Friday, May 20, 2022

Chicago bassist Nick Macri celebrates some roots and branches on his first solo release by Bill Meyer

Chicago bassist Nick Macri is the model of versatility. He has appeared with a formidable gallery of jazz, folk, and rock musicians, including Ken Vandermark, James Elkington, Laetitia Sadie…

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