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Concert Wed Mar 19 2008

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Elastic Arts Foundation's weekly Improvised Music Series (every Thursday, 2830 N. Milwaukee Ave, 2nd Floor, above Friendship's Chinese Restaurant) has been a stable location to hear emergent sounds, forms, and ideas floating through the collective ether of the free improvisation music scene. As this form of sonic architecture is best served in a live environment, the importance of a stable location to watch the ongoing experiments is crucial.

This week, a truly distinctive new composer/improvisor will appear before you. Steve Lehman, alto saxist by trade, but skilled in the ultra-complex compositional arts (he's been taught by Anthony Braxton, Jackie McLean, George Lewis, and "spectral school" legend Tristan Mereil, which says plenty about the dude's range), plays two sets at Elastic, one a solo set for sax and solo electronics, and a second with a quartet that includes Greg Ward on second alto sax, Katinka Kleijn on 'cello, and Quin Kirchner on drums. A quick peruse through the sound files at the artist's web site suggest a composer with a thoroughly mathematical mind, a truly sadistic streak when it comes to scoring drum parts (for serious, each and every rhythm part I listened to sounded like it would send anyone short of McCoy Tyner into the hospital with a dislocated rim-shot), and an appreciation for music that suggest a deep understanding of both the most difficult AND prettiest parts of Eric Dolphy's Out to Lunch. Early records show Lehman playing a form of chamber music, more recent albums, such as Demian as Posthuman, also suggest an interest in modern dub and the more OUT side of outsider hip-hop (Spectre, Sensational, Scotty Hard). Get your five-legged rhumba pants on and SHAKE IT!

10 p.m., suggested donation $5 - $10.

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Our Final Transmission Days

By The Gapers Block Transmission Staff

Transmission staffers share their most cherished memories and moments while writing for Gapers Block.

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  Chicago Music Media

Alarm Magazine
Big Rock Candy Mountain
Boxx Magazine
Brooklyn Vegan Chicago
Can You See The Sunset From The Southside
Chicago Reader Music
Chicagoist Arts & Events
Chicago Music Guide
Chicago Singles Club
Country Music Chicago
Cream Team
Dark Jive
The Deli Chicago
Jim DeRogatis
Fake Shore Drive
Gowhere Hip Hop
The Hood Internet
Jaded in Chicago
Largehearted Boy
Little White Earbuds
Live Fix Blog
Live Music Blog
Loud Loop Press
Oh My Rockness
Pop 'stache
Pop Matters
Resident Advisor
Sound Opinions
Sun-Times Music Blog
Theft Liable to Prosecution
Tribune Music
UR Chicago
Victim Of Time
WFMU's Beware of the Blog
Windy City Rock


Abbey Pub
Andy's Jazz Club
Aragon Ballroom
Auditorium Theatre
Beat Kitchen
Bottom Lounge
Buddy Guy's Legends
The Burlington
California Clipper
Concord Music Hall
Congress Theater
Cubby Bear
Double Door
Elbo Room
Empty Bottle
Green Mill
The Hideout
Honky Tonk BBQ
House of Blues
Kingston Mines
Lincoln Hall
Logan Square Auditorium
Mayne Stage
The Mutiny
Old Town School of Folk Music
Park West
The Promontory
Red Line Tap
Reggie's Rock Club & Music Joint
The Riviera
Thalia Hall
The Shrine
Symphony Center
Tonic Room
Uncommon Ground
The Vic
The Whistler

  Labels, Promoters
  & Shops:

Alligator Records
Beverly Records
Bloodshot Records
Dave's Records
Delmark Records
Drag City
Dusty Groove
Flameshovel Records
Groove Distribution
He Who Corrupts
Jam Productions
Jazz Record Mart
Kranky Records
Laurie's Planet of Sound
Minty Fresh
Numero Group
mP Shows
Permanent Records
Reckless Records
Smog Veil Records
Southport & Northport Records
Thick Records
Thrill Jockey Records Touch & Go/Quarterstick Records
Victory Records

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