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Concert Wed Oct 24 2012

Strings and Circuits, Words and Actions

Okkyung Lee and David Behrman

As we enter the back 40 of Lampo's Fall 2012 season, concert #3 promises not only a fascinating listening experience, but a bonus event that is more interactive in nature. Come to the Graham Foundation's Madlener House (4 W. Burton Pl., Chicago) on Friday afternoon and Saturday evening to listen, learn, and interact with two great artists.

David Behrman is a founding member of the Sonic Arts Union (along with Robert Ashley, Gordon Mumma, and Alvin Lucier), who were every bit as influential to to direction of direction of experimental music in the late '60s as the "New York School" (Cage, Feldman, Wolff, Brown) were to the '50s. His discography is slim, but his stature in the world of electronic composition and homemade instrument building is monumental. Perhaps best known for the Wave Train album (recorded 1973, released 1998) and his recordings for Lovely Music label, Behrman composed for the Merce Cunningham Dance Company and has been a professor for several decades.

Okkyung Lee is a cellist who has played with a rogue's gallery of New York (and beyond) improvisers, from John Zorn to Ikue Mori to Nels Cline, Derek Bailey and Elliott Sharp. She plays with a very deft hand, flicking handfuls of notes into the audience like a pack of cards while still precisely articulating each note and phrase, speeding through realms of catharsis and intensity.

On Friday at 3 p.m., the two will be hosting a free workshop for the public. Lee will discuss creating "extended techniques" (i.e. unconventional methods of producing sound from a given instrument) with her cello, while Behrman discusses flexible scores and allowing unintentional moments to create new ideas withing your compositions. To that end, audience members are welcomed to bring musical instruments, which they can try running through Behrman's electronic filtering and processing rigs. (RSVP is required.)

On Saturday at 8 p.m., the two will perform several pieces. Lee will create an extended improvisation with her cello, while Behrman performs with two of his homemade instruments, the "View Finder" (guitar/electronics) and the "Freeze Dip" (violin/electronics). For a second piece, the two will perform "Open Space with Cello / Open Space With Guitar," a variation of Behrman's "Open Space With Brass," a piece composed for the final performance of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company in 2011. Like Morton Subotnick's performance at the Neon Marshmallow Festival last year, elements of this piece can be traced back to compositions from 40 years ago, back when home-built instruments and synths were a necessity, moreso than today, when pre-built synths are within the price range of regular human beings, rather than college music departments. As with the workshop on Friday, the performance is free, but a second RSVP is required.

Here are some samples

Okkyung Lee:

David Behrman:


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Classical Mon Mar 09 2015

Pulling Strings: For classical music in Chicago, you got a guy - March 2015

By Elliot Mandel

Lots of big works downtown this month. But do you also know about New Music Chicago? Check 'em out for up-to-date listings of all things in the contemporary music scene.

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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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Soloists from Fonema Series II: Kathryn Schulmeister

Mon Apr 6 2015
Deniz Gül: Experimental Music Performance @ The Hyde Park Art Center

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