Lampo Fall Season Announced – Avant Music News

OCT 15
The Graham Foundation
Madlener House
4 West Burton Place
Chicago, Illinois 60610

For their performance at Lampo, Lea and Ben present My Words Came Out Slow and Odd, a text-based composition for voices and electronics, trumpet and reeds.

The duo’s work pushes the boundaries of language and intelligibility and extends the human voice through the aid of creative electronic processing. What new modes of communication emerge when language is in a constant state of morphology? How quickly can we recalibrate to allow for complex meaning to be projected onto abstraction? My Words Came Out Slow and Odd is a clattering, psychedelic whirl of heteroglossia, smears, and stutters.

OCT 29
Chicago Cultural Center
78 East Washington Street
Chicago, Illinois 60602

John McCowen performs new solo works for contrabass clarinet from his Models of Duration. With specific microphone placement, he brings the listener inside the instrument. “There are no electronically generated sounds,” McCowen explains. “This is acoustic music.”

NOV 12 & 13
The Renaissance Society
5811 South Ellis Avenue Cobb Hall, 4th Floor
Chicago, Illinois 60657

In recent performances, sound installations, and inventive works online, Nour Mobarak has used her body as an instrument, her voice as a guide, and often technology in a graceful supporting role. For this newly commissioned sound and performance piece, developed specifically for the gallery’s resonant, cathedral-like space, she extends these ideas and methods from past works and takes them in new directions.

On two consecutive days, Mobarak manipulates sound in the space through her position and movement, turning the empty gallery into a de facto collaborator, an instrument of its own, and a site of improvisation and live experimentation.

The Graham Foundation
Madlener House
4 West Burton Place
Chicago, Illinois 60610

Silvia Tarozzi and Deborah Walker perform the U.S. premiere of Canti di guerra, di lavoro e d’amore, a transcription and reinterpretation of Italian folksongs from their birthplace, the rural Emilia-Romagna region, for violin, cello and voice.

They write: “These songs come from the first decades of the twentieth century and from the period of World War II, but some of them have older roots. The melodies and especially the lyrics have been transformed over time through oral transmission and adapted to different social, working, and historical contexts. One of the strongest influences of our project is the repertory of songs sung by choirs of female rice field workers, called the Mondine.”

DEC 10
The Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts
915 East 60th Street
Chicago, Illinois 60637
Bonnie Jones premieres samesame, a multichannel electronic music, sonic counter-narrative. Using field recordings, circuit-bent electronics, samples, and historical recordings, samesame considers how the specificities of our individual experience and perception of the world are reflected and refracted within geopolitical and historical conditions.

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