Chicago's Ensemble Dal Niente premieres stutter-step the concept, a new ensemble work. That piece, which attempts to confront the massive influence hip-hop has had on me, will be presented alongside world premieres by Pierce Gradone and Jeff Parker. The Spektral Quartet, playing music by Tomeka Reid, George Lewis, and Samuel Adams, shares the bill.
The Spektral Quartet follows up its Mayne Stage album release with a performance at the University of Chicago's Logan Center. They will present selections from the new album including sections of Hack.
The Grant Wallace Band joins the Chicago Composers Orchestra, under the direction of Allen Tinkham, for a concert of new tunes with orchestral arrangements by the band members. The program also features Anthony Davis' Notes from the Underground and a selection of performance pieces by Yoko Ono.
DePaul University's Ensemble 20+, under the direction of Michael Lewanski, presents a new version of Bludgeon Me (2011) for winds, brass, and percussion. The program also includes Scelsi's 4 Pieces on One Note Alone, Rebecca Saunders' Into the Blue, and performances by the Chicago Arts Initiative Youth Ensemble and Studio MusikFabrik.
I will be joining Toby Summerfield and a host of veteran improvisers for this record release show at Constellation. The music, in Toby's own words, manifests "the collective voice or rock, post-rock and punk; New York No Wave minimalist/maximalist extremes; joyful big band theatricality; highly orchestrated new music soundscapes; powerful, dense, freewheeling improvised music; lush, thick polytonal/polyrhythmic textures."