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Concert Tue Jul 14 2015

Z'EV's Cine(ma) and (Per)cussion Alchemy at Tritriangle


If the moon is looking a little blue and the hen are all growing teeth, check your local listings -- it may portend a rare return of Z'EV to Chicago!

I wrote about Z'EV two other times, once in 2007 and again in 2010. At that time, Z'EV's style still largely involved styles and methods he's developed since the '80s -- resonant metals, found objects, and conventional percussion instruments both struck and rubbed, all of them strategically placed within the room to induce and capitalize on natural room echo and reverberation.

This Thursday at Tritriangle (1550 N. Milwaukee Ave.), Z'EV returns with the Chicago premier of his new direction, a combination of live video and electronic drums that he calls Cinecussion. The visuals involve acoustic vibrations on thin layers of water, creating rhythmic, undulating patterns used as inspiration for Z'EV's always compelling drum work. I think. I'm still a little muddy on how this all works. Video proof embedded below. I'm also told that the videos will feature some "wild style" footage of z'ev from his early years. Unless you're a total Z'EV fanatic, you almost certainly won't have seen any of this before, and certainly won't want to miss it.

Opening this time are three local acts of no small renown. Karl Paloucek has been varying his approach and volume levels over the past several releases, from tinfoil-thin crinkles to tempered steel tantrums, but his ubiquitous sewing machines are always there, always on, acting as tambura and time-keeper, evoking memory and nostalgia amidst the maelstrom. Mykel Boyd both run their own labels (Somnimage for Boyd, Ballast for Edwards) and have worked similar areas of urban decay sound; see them here and now for a rare collaboration. MT Coast is a bit short in releases, but his combo of laptop, guitar, and beard power might just bowl you over.

Show begins fairly promptly at 8, with a suggested donation of $10 to $15.

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