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Concert Wed Apr 14 2010

Lampo holds its Spring series in two new locations


As some of you may remember, the Chicago-based experimental music promoter Lampo lost its lease in its most recent location (219 W. Chicago Avenue), prompting a retrenching operation and a temporary removal from the city stage. This Spring, Lampo is again flying its flag high, thanks in part to guest hosting from several new locations, and sporting one of the most exciting lineups in recent memory.

This Friday, Lampo will present the Chicago debut of Japanese sound-poetry and multimedia composer Tomomi Adachi. Adachi's three-fold composition (including a section featuring "the beguiling 'Voice and Infrared Sensor Shirt,' in which the artist wears a sensor-bedazzled shirt that modulates his voice as he moves") will take place at Columbia College, 916 S. Wabash, Room 214. Cost is $10 ($5 for students), show begins at 8 p.m.

Fans of classic 1950s/'60s/'70s sound poetry drool like Pavlov's dog when the name Sten Hanson is mentioned. Imagine our delight, then, to discover that the Swedish composer and performer (and cornerstone performer on the legendary document of sound poetry, the box set Revue OU) will be playing at the Graham Foundation, Madlener House (4 W. Burton Place, Chicago) on Saturday, May 8. Cost is -- get ready -- FREE. Simply email to reserve your seat.

Finally, June 5 sees the return of one of the most important composers currently working in the realms of Musique Concrete, the composer Lionel Marchetti. Marchetti's aesthetic, combining field recordings and music from around the world to subvert Musique Concrete's standard sense of composition or transformation (he truly is one of the few composers working the field whose thought process and conception of narrative seems beyond the conventional realm of analysis), here presents a conceptually ambitious work. Over the course of two hours and in two parts, Marchetti will present a work culled from 20 years of recordings and sound sources and projected into the room via an 8-channel sound system that will envelop the listeners. Marchetti will arrive well in advance and study the acoustics of the room, selecting and structuring his piece based on the specific qualities of the room. Like the performance above, this will take place at the Graham Foundation Madlener House (4 W. Burton Place). Again, the performance begins at 8 p.m., and although the event is FREE, you need to RSVP to to get your space in the room.

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