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Concert Mon Oct 17 2011

Lampo presents its Fall 2011 series


Lampo, Chicago's nonprofit experimental art series, presents its Fall season beginning this Saturday, October 22. This series of three concerts, held at the Graham Foundation's Madlener House (4 W. Burton Pl., Chicago), are free (with RSVP) and open to the public. This season's series of three concerts, though not as thematically tied as previous seasons, all features solo artists who are equally well known through their collaboration in larger projects.

Saturday, October 22: Roc Jimenez de Cisneros, co-creator of the ALKU record label and member of the computer music collective EVOL, presents "Tetralemma + Tetrafluoroethane," a four-channel work for electronic sounds and hand-held air-horns, using near-identical streams of sound in various parts of the room to create subtle overtone patterns and rich layerings or confluent sound. And air horns.

Saturday, November 19: Leif Elggren is known not only for his copious solo recordings and performances and his work in the baffling Sons of God, but also as the "benevolent co-monarch" (along with C. M. Von Hausswolff) of the mysterious Elgaland-Vargaland, a no-mans-land that exists in all the regions of earth not controlled by other countries, at land, at sea, in air, in machines, and in the mind. Elgaland-Vargaland has attracted all manner of erudite oddballs to penetrate its borders, each of them given his or her own significant section of the kingdom. Elggren solo is hard to pin down, trafficing as he does in the quiet absurdity of dream logic, giving breath to voices that speak eloquent, exquisite gibberish. It's so enticing, you will do anything, even permanently alter your own brain chemistry, to decipher it.

Saturday, December 3: Though the duo nmperign is a ship that's fully sailed into the sunset, its constituent members are still quite active. Greg Kelley has written an entire supplemental volume to The Big Book of Trumpet Vocabulary, pushing the brass instrument's tonal palette into realms both near-imperceptible and filling-rattling. Little puffs of air and mechanical blats tumble down the same bell as ferocious metallic jackhammers. His piece will include amplified (but otherwise acoustic) trumpet and electronics and will, as far as I know, have some compositional cues, though likely some room for improvisation. Tangentially, Kelly is also the Minister of Fanfares for Elgaland-Vargaland. Small world.

All shows start at 8 p.m. and tickets are available by RSVP. Roc Jimenez de Cisneros is already sold out, though interested parties can contact the Graham Foundation and have their name put on the wait list. Any tickets unclaimed by 8 p.m. will be released to the wait list. Tickets for Elggren and Kelley will be announced shortly.

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Our Final Transmission Days

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