Calendar

October 2014 – May 2015

Oct
24
Fri
RECALL
Oct 24 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
RECALL  @ High Concept Laboratories at Mana Contemporary | Chicago | Illinois | United States

Doors at 7:30 PM
Show starts 8 PM
4th Floor HCL Studios
at Mana Contemporary Chicago
$5 admission 

About Recall: 
The project Recall aims to open a platform to reflect and explore the fundamental flaw in the construction of memories through processing and recollection, based on sound or visual compositions. The project’s goal is to allow the act of recall to be executed in a live performance setting, where these elements can be further contemplated. Recall consists of three projects to perform a set in which memory is activated, not as a true recreation of the moment, but rather a distorted construction of the experience.

Performances: Anthony Janas /Amanda Gutierrez, Nick Briz, The Fortieth Day + Noise Crush

Aunties

The first project is a collaboration between Amanda Gutierrez and Anthony Janas entitled Aunties. This case focuses on the personal story of two sisters who live in Chicago and its visual analogy with two sisters who live in Mexico City. These relationships seek to emphasize the reflections of middle class women, evident in their oral histories and the spaces they inhabit. The video and sound techniques open the possibility for formal constructions, using metaphors resolved as an abstract portrait.

http://tonyamandasound.wix.com/avproductions
http://anthonyjanas.com/
http://www.amandagutierrez.net/

Nick Briz

…will be rendering a realtime audio + video landscape/portrait of his home town Hialeah [ Miami ] Florida. This rendering will manifest live + will be informed by personal photographs, google searches, realtime phone calls with relatives && childhood friends >> filtered through his personal && computer memory.

http://nickbriz.com/

The Fortieth Day + Noise Crush

Is a live performance collaboration between audio group The Fortieth Day and video artist Lisa Slodki.

The Fortieth Day is the duo of Isidro Reyes and Mark Solotroff, both key players in the heavy-electronics outfit BLOODYMINDED, a band known for its aggressive and confrontational live shows. Solotroff is also known as the vocalist in the doom/shoegaze band Anatomy of Habit. In The Fortieth Day, Reyes and Solotroff utilize guitar, bass, drum machine, and analog synthesizer to create epic, blackened, psychedelic-industrial drone soundscapes, likened to “sustained, withering blasts of high-pitched noise that are as distinct from one another as spotlights sweeping across the night sky; jackhammer clatter, jet-engine whines, and forlorn keyboard melodies dart in and out of those huge sounds with the grace and impunity of plovers picking a crocodile’s teeth” [Bill Meyer, Chicago Reader]

http://www.facebook.com/thefortiethday

Lisa Slodki creates real-time performances and installations, often working in collaboration with the Chicago experimental audio and noise communities. Performing with The Fortieth Day under her Noise Crush moniker, Slodki generates VHS tape loops which are mixed live through a battery of VCRs to construct evolving projected superimpositions. Pulsating light of decaying VHS tape and manipulated found footage conjure familiar yet indiscernible images, engaging with the fragility of both medium and memory.

noisecrush.com

Dec
11
Thu
Kung Foo Jubliee at The Hideout
Dec 11 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Kung Foo Jubliee at The Hideout @ The Hideout | Chicago | Illinois | United States

NOTE: this offsite event will NOT take place at HCL at Mana Contemporary
Thursday Dec 11, 2014
at The Hideout
Doors: 8:00 PM
Show: 9:00 PM
Minors Under 21 with Parent or Legal Guardian
$8

The Kung Fu Jubilee at The Hideout, sponsored by High Concept Laboratories, is half concert– and half kung fu game show.

Chicago-based indie outfit Exit Ghost kicks off the night at 9 p.m. playing selections from their recent release Elston, as well as previewing exciting upcoming material. Next, innovative game designer Andy North takes the stage to present FISTS OF VIRTUE, an interactive show utilizing North’ s revolutionary new game arena, the Kung Fu Cage. One volunteer player is chosen to live out their action-movie fantasies as North guides them through an adrenaline-filled hour of Kung Fu storytelling, with real-time 80s-style underscoring provided by Exit Ghost.

About the Artists:

Exit Ghost is a collaborative vehicle structured around the songwriting of Evan Holmes. The group’s debut Pony Soldier EP (2010) explores a vital reverence for the imagery and culture of the American West, with fiddle and harmonies provided by tireless multi-instrumentalist Rachel Kahn. Hailed by Performer Magazine as “like [Neil Young’s] After The Goldrush on steroids”, brothers Jordan and Julian Stacey provide a powerful rhythm section that resonates soundly through the group’s first full-length album, 2012’s Move Alone; a bold, at times orchestral effort engineered by Mike Hagler of Wilco’s Summerteeth. With a nod from Paste Magazine as one of “10 Illinois Bands You Should Listen To Now”, Exit Ghost entered recording at Chicago’s Engine Studios with the addition of avant-garde guitarist Michael Golas and engineer/instrumentalist Dorian Gehring. Engine EP documents a band reinventing itself in the space of a studio, and would see the group’s first commercial placement in the HBO series Single Long. Exit Ghost’s Daytrotter Live Session previews a distinct and cohesive set of new work, completed as Elston , the band’s second full-length, recorded at Chicago’s High Concept Laboratories in the summer of 2013.

Andy North is an award-winning game designer whose work has been featured in New York’s Come Out and Play Festival and Links Hall’s annual THAW celebration. He is the producer of the Chicago game shows The Planetary Defense Force and Dodgeball Dungeon. He was a Summer 2014 sponsored artist with High Concept Laboratories, where he organized the Jubilees, a series of events celebrating games and how they interact with culture.

Feb
27
Fri
SOLOISTS FROM FONEMA SERIES I: Ryan Packard, percussion
Feb 27 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
SOLOISTS FROM FONEMA SERIES I: Ryan Packard, percussion @ 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 I: Ryan Packard, percussion
February 27th, 8pm

Percussion music post-Vinko Globokar and Mauricio Kagel has often turned towards balancing the absurd, the culturally referential, and the downright problematic in a cluster chaos filled sound world that is tangled in it’s own semantically charged web. This concert pairs one of the important works of the percussion repertoire, Globokar’s ?Corporel, with newer works for percussion that have pushed percussion repertoire into a new frontier of musical theatrics.

?Corporel, by Vinko Globokar |10|
STAAHAADLER AFF, by Oxana Omelchuk |10|
Au dela d’une étude pour percussion, by Vinko Globokar |30|

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
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

May
22
Fri
Soloists from Fonema Series III: Samuel Rowe with Shawn Lucas, guitars
May 22 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Soloists from Fonema Series III: Samuel Rowe with Shawn Lucas, guitars @ 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 III: Samuel Rowe with Shawn Lucas, guitars
Date: May 22nd, 8pm

Moving through the soundworlds created by Pisaro’s and Lachenmann’s music–variously austere and dense, delicate and violent–the guitar emerges as something other than the lyrical, heroic instrument we are familiar with. This music operates at the outer limits of the guitar’s capabilities, ranging from prickly percussive attacks to bell-like overtones verging on inaudibility.  It thus unfolds the latent expressive possibilities of the instrument, its capacities for evoking aggression, tact, and loss.

here (1), by Michael Pisaro: guitar
Salut für Caudwell, by Helmut Lachenmann: 2 guitars

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