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Concert Wed Mar 19 2008

...and a one, and a two, and a one, two, three-point-one-four....

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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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