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Mar
2
Mon
Butoh Body: Monday Nights Spring 2015
Mar 2 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Butoh Body: Monday Nights Spring 2015

Butoh Body

Mondays 6-8pm
February 16 – April 13
$10 suggested donation

@HighConceptLabs
4th Floor MANA Contemporary
2233 S. Throop

A weekly movement lab to expand awareness both physically and energetically. Explore your imagination through movement in a supportive environment, create personal internal landscapes to move with mindfulness and presence. You will be encouraged to take risks, listen, move with your subtler senses, and to create a personal body language.

[Butoh is a practice which seeks to embrace transformation. It offers us a chance to discover our relationship to nature, the cosmos, other sentient beings, and our shamanistic selves. Welcome them to your future.]

Sara Zalek has practiced and studied Butoh dancing for over 10 years, incorporating Tai Chi, yoga, Noguchi gymnastics, ritual dance, and visual arts into her teaching. More about Sara: www.saratonin.com

Mar
9
Mon
Butoh Body: Monday Nights Spring 2015
Mar 9 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Butoh Body: Monday Nights Spring 2015

Butoh Body

Mondays 6-8pm
February 16 – April 13
$10 suggested donation

@HighConceptLabs
4th Floor MANA Contemporary
2233 S. Throop

A weekly movement lab to expand awareness both physically and energetically. Explore your imagination through movement in a supportive environment, create personal internal landscapes to move with mindfulness and presence. You will be encouraged to take risks, listen, move with your subtler senses, and to create a personal body language.

[Butoh is a practice which seeks to embrace transformation. It offers us a chance to discover our relationship to nature, the cosmos, other sentient beings, and our shamanistic selves. Welcome them to your future.]

Sara Zalek has practiced and studied Butoh dancing for over 10 years, incorporating Tai Chi, yoga, Noguchi gymnastics, ritual dance, and visual arts into her teaching. More about Sara: www.saratonin.com

Mar
14
Sat
XelmYa Environmental Sound Workshop
Mar 14 @ 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
XelmYa Environmental Sound Workshop @ High Concept Labs at Mana Contemporary | Chicago | Illinois | United States

XelmYa Workshop 2Contemporary sound (re)search and experimental improvisation with objects and instruments

As part of their US tour, German contemporary baroque trio sonata XelmYa hold an afternoon workshop to demystify and make accessible the world of contemporary music. Exclusive to High Concept Labs in Chicago, the workshop incorporates “normal objects” as instruments for improvisation—from tin foil to clay pots and plastic bottles. By fostering a sensitivity to sound environments and the emotions that they provoke, you will gain new insight into improvisatory structures and sonic possibilities.

Purchase tickets here

Bring an instrument (or anything else that makes a sound that intrigues you) and prepare to explore new worlds in improvised sound. The three-hour workshop session includes a one-hour break. Open to ages 14 and older.

After the workshop, stay for XelmYa’s concert performance and receive a discounted ticket price. Learn more about XelmYa presents “touch” >

XelmYa (Alexa Renger, violin; Sylvia Hinz, recorder; Ulrike Ruf, violoncello) was founded in 2008. Their goal: to foster and push forward the development of the instrumentation of the baroque trio sonata into contemporary music and modern times. Since their formation, they have premiered numerous pieces composed especially for this trio. XelmYa focuses on the promotion of contemporary music and music by female composers. XelmYa is sponsored in part by the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Chicago.

Chicago Consulate General Germany

XelmYa presents “touch”
Mar 14 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
XelmYa presents "touch" @ High Concept Labs at Mana Contemporary | Chicago | Illinois | United States

XelmYaOn loan from Berlin, XelmYa presents a wild and diverse program of contemporary music scored for the baroque trio sonata (violin, ‘cello, and recorder) and additional electronics and tape. The program includes a mixture of works specifically written for XelmYa from Iceland, Japan and Denmark, as well as extended improvisations. XelmYa is sponsored in part by the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Chicago.

touch ( 2014, + tape ) by Kristin Thora Haraldsdóttir ( *1979, IS )
high ( 2015, improvisation ) by XelmYa
trine ( 2009 ) by Makiko Nishikaze ( *1968, JP )
low ( 2015, improvisation ) by XelmYa
obscured light ( 2014, + reverbation ) by John Strieder ( *1980, DE )

Purchase tickets here

Join XelmYa for their afternoon Environmental Sound Workshop and receive a discount on this performance. Learn more >

Get a preview of the world premiere of “touch” on Soundcloud.

About XelmYa

XelmYa was founded in 2008. Their goal: to foster and push forward the development of the instrumentation of the baroque trio sonata into contemporary music and modern times. Since their formation, they have premiered numerous pieces composed especially for this trio. XelmYa focuses on the promotion of contemporary music and music by female composers.

Alexa Renger (violin) began studying violin in 1988 with Kolja Blacher at the University of the Arts in Berlin and later pursued further studies in orchestral and chamber music with Emil Maas, Uwe-Martin Heilberg and Axel Gerhardt. Her main interest lies in chamber music in various formations.

Sylvia Hinz (recorder) studied recorder at the University of Arts Berlin with Gerd Luenenbuerger, experimental music with Dieter Schnebel, chamber music with Nigel North and conducting/ensemble leading at the BAK Trossingen with René Schuh and Wolfgang Ruediger. She is founding member of: XelmYa, Syl’Cor (recorder, piano), the bewitched project (recorder, percussion/drums ), UMBRATONO (recorder, bass clarinet). She also plays solo recitals and concerts with ensembles and orchestras, holds special interest in contemporary music and improvisation.

Ulrike Ruf (‘cello) studied violoncello at HfM “Hanns Eisler” Berlin. She was a member of the Berliner Konzerhausorchester, performed in many European countries and on festivals like MaerzMusik and Schleswig-HolsteinMusik-Festival. She was featured in the series “Improviation” at the studio LaborGras with Renate Graziadei (Sasha Waltz & Guests), Anna Huber and Susanne Linke. In 2010, she was awarded the Elsa-Neumann grant of Berlin for the recherche and concept of her music theater piece SORORI, which was premiered under her direction by the Vocalconsort Berlin in 2011.

Chicago Consulate General Germany

Mar
16
Mon
Butoh Body: Monday Nights Spring 2015
Mar 16 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Butoh Body: Monday Nights Spring 2015

Butoh Body

Mondays 6-8pm
February 16 – April 13
$10 suggested donation

@HighConceptLabs
4th Floor MANA Contemporary
2233 S. Throop

A weekly movement lab to expand awareness both physically and energetically. Explore your imagination through movement in a supportive environment, create personal internal landscapes to move with mindfulness and presence. You will be encouraged to take risks, listen, move with your subtler senses, and to create a personal body language.

[Butoh is a practice which seeks to embrace transformation. It offers us a chance to discover our relationship to nature, the cosmos, other sentient beings, and our shamanistic selves. Welcome them to your future.]

Sara Zalek has practiced and studied Butoh dancing for over 10 years, incorporating Tai Chi, yoga, Noguchi gymnastics, ritual dance, and visual arts into her teaching. More about Sara: www.saratonin.com

Mar
23
Mon
Butoh Body: Monday Nights Spring 2015
Mar 23 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Butoh Body: Monday Nights Spring 2015

Butoh Body

Mondays 6-8pm
February 16 – April 13
$10 suggested donation

@HighConceptLabs
4th Floor MANA Contemporary
2233 S. Throop

A weekly movement lab to expand awareness both physically and energetically. Explore your imagination through movement in a supportive environment, create personal internal landscapes to move with mindfulness and presence. You will be encouraged to take risks, listen, move with your subtler senses, and to create a personal body language.

[Butoh is a practice which seeks to embrace transformation. It offers us a chance to discover our relationship to nature, the cosmos, other sentient beings, and our shamanistic selves. Welcome them to your future.]

Sara Zalek has practiced and studied Butoh dancing for over 10 years, incorporating Tai Chi, yoga, Noguchi gymnastics, ritual dance, and visual arts into her teaching. More about Sara: www.saratonin.com

Mar
30
Mon
Butoh Body: Monday Nights Spring 2015
Mar 30 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Butoh Body: Monday Nights Spring 2015

Butoh Body

Mondays 6-8pm
February 16 – April 13
$10 suggested donation

@HighConceptLabs
4th Floor MANA Contemporary
2233 S. Throop

A weekly movement lab to expand awareness both physically and energetically. Explore your imagination through movement in a supportive environment, create personal internal landscapes to move with mindfulness and presence. You will be encouraged to take risks, listen, move with your subtler senses, and to create a personal body language.

[Butoh is a practice which seeks to embrace transformation. It offers us a chance to discover our relationship to nature, the cosmos, other sentient beings, and our shamanistic selves. Welcome them to your future.]

Sara Zalek has practiced and studied Butoh dancing for over 10 years, incorporating Tai Chi, yoga, Noguchi gymnastics, ritual dance, and visual arts into her teaching. More about Sara: www.saratonin.com

Apr
3
Fri
SOLOISTS FROM FONEMA SERIES II: Kathryn Schulmeister, double bass
Apr 3 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
SOLOISTS FROM FONEMA SERIES II: Kathryn Schulmeister, double bass @ High Concept Labs at Mana Contemporary | Chicago | Illinois | United States

SOLOISTS FROM FONEMA SERIES

As a part of their residency at HCL, soloists from Fonema Consort will curate 3 programs devoted to some of the principal exponents of new music for their corresponding instruments:

Soloists from Fonema Series II: Kathryn Schulmeister, double bass
Date: April 3rd, 8pm

Kathryn Schulmeister performs two works for solo double bass that culminate three years of collaboration with the Catalan composer Joan Arnau Pàmies. [d(k_s)b] (2011) is a virtuosic tour de force which serves as a precursor to [k(d_b)s] (2012-13), a work concerned with parametrical deconstruction as a means to structural complexity. The program also features the world premiere performance of Sound Portrait (2014) by Enric Riu, an early mentor of Pàmies.

Ein Hauch von Unzeit VII: (Plainte sur la perte de la réflexion musicale), by Klaus Huber [15']
[d(k_s)b], by Joan Arnau Pàmies [7']
Sound Portrait, by Enric Riu [6']
[k(d_b)s], by Joan Arnau Pàmies [7']

ABOUT FONEMA:

consort : a group of instrumentalists and singers performing together

fonema : (Spanish, phoneme) the smallest unit of speech, which distinguishes words according to their sonic quality.

These concepts define the essence of Fonema Consort, as we endeavor to strengthen and expand the repertoire of 20th and 21st century repertoire for voice(s) and instruments, and live out our fascination with the exploration of vocal possibilities in music. The complex nature of this repertoire encompasses a vast intersection of disciplines (music, drama, literature, for example), and requires the ensemble to explore a wide range of performance practices.

Founded in October 2011 by singer Nina Dante and composers Pablo Chin and Edward Hamel, this Chicago-based ensemble was named “Best New Vocal-Oriented Contemporary Classical Ensemble of 2014″ by The Chicago Reader, and has performed at the Chicago Cultural Center’s Preston Bradley Hall and at the Pritzker Pavilion in Chicago’s Millennium Park, as well as at college and university campuses throughout the Chicago area and beyond. The ensemble is building a national and international audience, with past performances in New York, Costa Rica, and Mexico City, and upcoming performances in Miami, France, and Mexico.

Fonema Consort is dedicated to the commissioning of new works for voice(s) with instruments, and collaborating closely with composers on the realization of these scores. Since its debut concert in February 2012, Fonema Consort has premiered more than 20 works by living composers.

Described by the Chicago Reader’s Peter Margasak as “dazzling“, Fonema Consort’s debut CD, Pasos en Otra Calle, was released this Spring on New Focus Recordings. Believing that new music offers a journey of discovery for the performer and listener alike, Fonema Consort hopes that our audience will join us on this journey at the edge of musical and linguistic discovery.

www.fonemaconsort.com

Apr
6
Mon
Butoh Body: Monday Nights Spring 2015
Apr 6 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Butoh Body: Monday Nights Spring 2015

Butoh Body

Mondays 6-8pm
February 16 – April 13
$10 suggested donation

@HighConceptLabs
4th Floor MANA Contemporary
2233 S. Throop

A weekly movement lab to expand awareness both physically and energetically. Explore your imagination through movement in a supportive environment, create personal internal landscapes to move with mindfulness and presence. You will be encouraged to take risks, listen, move with your subtler senses, and to create a personal body language.

[Butoh is a practice which seeks to embrace transformation. It offers us a chance to discover our relationship to nature, the cosmos, other sentient beings, and our shamanistic selves. Welcome them to your future.]

Sara Zalek has practiced and studied Butoh dancing for over 10 years, incorporating Tai Chi, yoga, Noguchi gymnastics, ritual dance, and visual arts into her teaching. More about Sara: www.saratonin.com

Apr
13
Mon
Butoh Body: Monday Nights Spring 2015
Apr 13 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Butoh Body: Monday Nights Spring 2015

Butoh Body

Mondays 6-8pm
February 16 – April 13
$10 suggested donation

@HighConceptLabs
4th Floor MANA Contemporary
2233 S. Throop

A weekly movement lab to expand awareness both physically and energetically. Explore your imagination through movement in a supportive environment, create personal internal landscapes to move with mindfulness and presence. You will be encouraged to take risks, listen, move with your subtler senses, and to create a personal body language.

[Butoh is a practice which seeks to embrace transformation. It offers us a chance to discover our relationship to nature, the cosmos, other sentient beings, and our shamanistic selves. Welcome them to your future.]

Sara Zalek has practiced and studied Butoh dancing for over 10 years, incorporating Tai Chi, yoga, Noguchi gymnastics, ritual dance, and visual arts into her teaching. More about Sara: www.saratonin.com