Daily Archives: December 17, 2016

Frequency Festival: Hard Music, Hard Liquor at Constellation

Closing out the week-long Frequency Festival which celebrates new directions in New Music, Dal Niente presents their Hard Music, Hard Liquor event once again, this time featuring:

Murat Çolak – World Premiere (2017) for flute, oboe, clarinet, piano, percussion, violin, cello, electronics, multimedia

Huck HodgeApophenia (2014) for flute, oboe, clarinet, piano, percussion, violin, cello

Ray Evanoff – World Premiere (2017) for solo piano

Iannis XenakisPsappha (1975) for solo percussion

Mark Andreun-fini I (1996) for solo harp

Michael BaldwinVarious Terrains ( ≡ degrees of similarity) (2011) for solo voice

Joan LaBarbaraCircular Song (1975)

@ Constellation, 3111 N Western Ave

February 19, 7:30 PM

More information: http://www.dalniente.com/2016-2017/2017/2/19/frequency-festival-dal-nientes-hard-music-hard-liquor


Spektral Quartet at U Chicago: “Finger on the Pulse”

Spektral Quartet

Jan 27, 7:30PM

Fulton Recital Hall, 1010 59th St

“Pizzicato, both elegant and brutal, is at the center of this one. Arguably the first “extended-technique” in music for bowed string instruments of the classical era, pizzicato highlights mood and rhythm, expands available colors in an artist’s palette, and is capable of bringing both dance-like lightness and explosive power to a composition.

In a season brimming with new work, we’re eager to present two of the cornerstones of the string quartet repertoire, with Beethoven’s inviting Quartet No. 10, Op. 74 “Harp” and Ravel’s euphoric String Quartet. The pizzicato passages that mark the second movement of the latter are a nod to both Javanese gamelan orchestration and fandango rhythms, and the nickname of the former speaks for itself.

For this century’s entry, we turn to a piece by one of the nicest (and most talented) guys in the biz, Dai Fujikura. We had the opportunity to work on this vivacious score with Dai this Fall at Bowling Green State University, and became fast friends. If past is prologue, the vigorous pizzicato interludes that bookend the piece  are likely to cause the untimely demise of at least one of our strings.”

Spektral Quartet was recently nominated for a 2017 Grammy.


Erin Smego: Cold Color at The Hermosa Walls

From The Visualist:

Erin Smego: Cold Color

@ The Hermosa Walls

2306 N Keeler Ave, Chicago, IL 60639

Opening Sunday, December 18th, from 12PM – 4PM

On view through Wednesday, January 27th

Erin Smego is a sculptor that mainly works with lumber, spray paint, and concrete. She draws ideas from people’s personalities and emotions, including her own. Erin finds curiosity lies in what really makes people tick – how people act, react and why – and then channeling this energy into a piece. Erin engages in include: persistence, awkwardness, peculiarity, embarrassment, embracing, gripping, falling (apart), giving, isolation, separation, emptiness, hyper-optimism, and vulnerability. Elements of playfulness sometimes appear, and color (or lack of) is used to reflect emotion.

The idea of form and simultaneously formless drives my intrigue as well as hints of honoring impermanence, imperfection, and vulnerability. Attempts at invention are ongoing; experimentation plays an active role in my studio practice. Paintings are thought of as less dimensional sculptures that are flattened, while installations are ideas expanded.

Join us December 18th as we unveil a series of murals on the Hermosa Walls project space. The event is free and open to the public. Snacks and refreshments will be up for grabs.

Luis Sahagun: Between Dreams and Kings at Terrain Exhibitions

From The Visualist:

Luis Sahagun: Between Dreams and Kings

@ Terrain Exhibitions

704 Highland Ave, Oak Park, IL 60304

Opening Sunday, December 18th, from 2PM – 5PM

On view through Sunday, January 22nd


Join us Sunday, December 18, as we celebrate Luis Sahagun and his sculptural work titled “Between Dreams and Kings”, made specifically for Terrain!

Luis Sahagun was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico in 1982. His grandfather came to the United States in the 1940s under the Bracero Program, working in Chicago Height’s steel industry. Sahagun’s father found field work in the late 1970s, and Luis was brought to this country in 1985, living undocumented until he was naturalized in 1995 under Ronald Reagan’s Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Sahagun, a 2001 graduate of Chicago Height’s Bloom High School, earned his BFA from Southern Illinois University in 2006 and his MFA in painting from Northern Illinois University in 2015. He has participated in multiple solo, juried, invitational, and national exhibits in the U.S and Mexico. In addition to being featured in New American Paintings (Issue #111), Luis’ work has also been showcased at the International Exposition of Contemporary Art (expo) Chicago. He is currently partaking in the Roswell Artist in Residence in Roswell, New Mexico.

Luis Sahagún nació en Guadalajara , Jalisco , México en 1982. Su abuelo llegó a los Estados Unidos en la década de 1940 bajo el Programa Bracero. El padre de Sahagún encontró trabajo de campo a finales de 1970 , y Luis fue traído a esta país en 1985 , viviendo sin papeles hasta que se naturalizó en 1995 bajo Ronald Reagan Reforma de la Inmigración y la Ley de Control de 1986. Sahagún , se graduo de la preparatoria Bloom High School en Chicago Heights, obtuvo su BFA en Southern Illinois University en 2006 y su maestria en pintura en Northern Illinois University en 2015. Ha participado en exposiciones individuales, multiples, con jurado, invitacoion, y exposiciones nacionales en U.S.A y Mexico. Las obras de Luis han sido presentato en la Exposicion Internacional de Arte Contemporaneo (expo) de Chicago. Actualmente esta participando en una residencia en Roswell, Nuevo Mexico.


Mocrep at The Arts Club

“Honored by the Internationales Musikinstitut Darmstadt as one of three invited performer collectives at this year’s Summer Courses for New Music, Mocrep collaborated with eight composers from around the world to develop new works for performing ensemble without traditional instruments. They will present Plank Rodeo developed with composer/performer and Arts Club Programs Manager Jenna Lyle.”

Per their website: “Mocrep is a Chicago-based ensemble dedicated to the performance of radical, 21st century music that engages with contemporary culture – aesthetically, socially, and politically. We specialize in works that not only synthesize music, theater, and performance art, but also productively embrace the differences between these mediums. In this way, we hope to expose and explore new possibilities in performance today.”

Jan 17, 7PM

Free and open to the public


Semblance – Kara Joslyn & Soo Shin at LVL3

“LVL3 proudly presents Semblance, a two-person exhibition featuring LA-based Kara Joslyn and Chicago-based Soo Shin. Joslyn’s paintings — largely monochrome paired  with her reflective surfaces — offer eerie depictions of pared down forms while examining the tensions between light and dark. Shin’s creative practice draws upon the dysfunctional ways that faith stimulates a search for struggle, exploring the gray space that lingers between uncertainty and vulnerability. Semblance brings these artists together in a display revealing hidden traits while tearing down preconceived ideas of illusion and space.”

@ LVL3, 1542 N Milwaukee Ave

Opening reception: Jan 7 6-10PM

On display until Feb 12


Big Thief at Lincoln Hall

Big Thief and Sam Evian (both Saddle Creek) on tour together, joined in Chicago by Hoops (Fat Possum) and Campdogzz.

Per their Bandcamp: “Listening to Big Thief is like the feeling of looking at a dog and suddenly marveling that it is like you but very not like you; when you are accustomed to looking at a dog and thinking ‘dog’, watching Big Thief is like forgetting the word ‘dog’ and looking at that naked animal and getting much closer to it and how different it is to you.” Their 2016 debut Masterpiece seemed to rank near the top of practically every major publication’s year-end list.

@ Lincoln Hall, 2424 N Lincoln Ave

Jan 11, 9PM

$15, 18+

Tickets: http://www.lh-st.com/Shows/01-11-2017+TNK+Big+Thief


Coming Soon: Cloud of the Ideal at the Chicago Artists Coalition

From Chicago Artists Coalition:

Amanda Joy Calobrisi, Solitary Surveyor (detail), 2016, Acrylic on canvas, 14 x 12 inches
Amanda Joy Calobrisi, Solitary Surveyor (detail), 2016, Acrylic on canvas, 14 x 12 inches


Friday, January 6, 2017 – 6:00pm to Thursday, January 26, 2017 – 5:00pm
Opening Reception: Friday, January 6, 6-9 pm

The Chicago Artists Coalition is pleased to present Cloud of the Ideal, a solo exhibition with works by BOLT Resident, Amanda Joy Calobrisi.

the purple
in the cloud of the ideal
is torn again
looking into my sky
it has vanished

-Akiko Yosano

The figures that occupy Amanda Joy Calobrisi’s canvases inhabit worlds that she believes are less dangerous and more revealing than ours. In painted spaces that hover between boudoir and landscape, the women here contemplate, investigate, and celebrate their bodies. They fold, bend, lean and stretch in pursuit of new perspectives and to see themselves more clearly. In a realm where individualism and agency become the norm, self-love and self-admiration are no longer a private revolution.


Amanda Joy Calobrisi is a painter living and working in Chicago, IL. Her paintings are experiential, psychological and inhabited by new feminist archetypes. The painted forms reveal themselves through heightened color, loose pattern, and uncouth texture. Organic shapes and tangled marks are executed with a loaded brush, allowing the figures to exist in a field of constant motion despite painting’s persistent stillness. From within these silent cacophonies she wants the viewer to contemplate life, our histories, womanhood, desire, tension, friendship and love.

She has exhibited her work at Learning Machine, Chicago, IL; Whitdel Arts, Detroit, MI; Fundación del Centro Cultural del México Contemporáneo, Mexico City, Mexico; Onishi Civic Center Hall, Fujioka, Japan; Naomi Fine Arts, Chicago, IL; Ugly Step Sister Gallery, Chicago IL; Unspeakable Projects, San Francisco, CA; and S & S project, Chicago. Her work has been published in New American Paintings and Cheap and Plastique Magazine.

Amanda received a Bachelor or Arts degree from the University of Massachusetts, Boston, a Post-Baccalaureate degree from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts of Boston and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2008. She is an Assistant Professor in the Art and Design Department at Saint Xavier University where she teaches painting and drawing.

Holiday Art Walk in River North

Participating galleries include: Addington Gallery, Catherine Edelman Gallery, Echt Gallery, Galerie Waterton, iD Chicago, Ken Saunders Gallery, and The Rangefinder Gallery.

Morton Feldman Chamber Players: For John Cage

The Morton Feldman Chamber Players performing Feldman’s piece For John Cage, for piano and violin. Approximately one and a half hour runtime with no intermission.

@ Constellation, 3111 N Western Ave

December 18, 8:30 PM