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SAT JAN 11 8pm
Logan Center for the Arts
915 East 60th Street
Admission FREE
Something new from the great Anthony Pateras, as the Berlin-based Australian artist premieres an extended solo piano work composed for this Chicago visit.
Expect a performance marked by hypnotic repetition, harmonic transformation, rapid velocity and relentless energy. Through his process, radical and hallucinatory textures are achieved, sometimes not sounding like piano at all.
Anthony Pateras (b. 1979, Melbourne, Australia) is a composer and performer from Melbourne, Australia. He is an idiosyncratic pianist, works with the Doepfer A-100 synthesizer and writes works for ensembles, orchestras and soloists. Pateras explores diverse musical interests through his projects: high velocity piano/drums explorations, electro-acoustic improvising ensembles, extended prepared piano pieces and immersive noise. He has performed or recorded with Han Bennink, Valerio Tricoli, Oren Ambarchi, Jim Denley, Paul Lovens, Fennesz, Thomas Lehn and the Necks. Previous groups include a decade-long duo project with Robin Fox, and the acclaimed free music trio Pateras/Baxter/Brown. He plays regularly throughout the world, and his music is released through the labels Tzadik (New York), Editions Mego (Vienna) and Lexicon Devil (Melbourne). He holds a Ph.D. from Monash University.
Anthony Pateras also appeared at Lampo in May 2011, in his Chicago debut and first ever solo quad electronics performance. He premiered "SLLUBHARPO," part homage to sound poet Henri Chopin, using Revoxed voice and manipulated Doepfer synthesizer recordings. FYI, that title is "Bulls" and "Oprah" backwards, if you mine for deeper meanings.
Presented in partnership with the Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago
SAT FEB 1 8pm
Graham Foundation
Madlener House
4 West Burton Place
Admission FREE
In his first Chicago performance since 2011, Chris Madak presents a concert of new algorithmic and systems-based pieces for synthesizer, computer and solo improviser (aka Chris).
Chris Madak (b. 1983, Massilon, Ohio) is a musician and electroacoustic composer active in Cleveland and Philadelphia, best known for his work as Bee Mask (2004-present). His work is grounded in private systems and oblique strategies, and, he says, characterized by a contrarian emphasis on preserving and extending the countercultural and non-institutional heritage of experimental music, as well as by a non-dogmatic embrace of its entire technical vocabulary, from handmade electronics and percussion to analog synthesis, concrète manipulations on tape and samplers, prepared guitar and piano, and digital signal processing. Madak's music is rooted in rituals of listening and the convivial experience of phonographic sound in space, from hi-fi's to sound systems, motivated by an idea of music as studio art, distinct from what he believes are the arid textual formulas of sound art, and of performance as an opening of the experimental space of the studio onto the world.
He has released several acclaimed LPs on the Spectrum Spools imprint of Editions Mego and published editions of his and others' work through his own Deception Island (2005-2011) and Pear Growers Series (2013-present) labels. Madak has performed throughout North America, Australia, Europe and Japan at events including Unsound, Labyrinth, and Suoni per el Popolo, completing commissioned works dedicated to John Cage and the Sonic Arts Union, and collaborating on studio, remix and performance projects with artists including Donato Dozzy, Surgeon, Charles Cohen, Outer Space, Autre Ne Veut, Laraaji and Oneohtrix Point Never.
Presented in partnership with the Graham Foundation
SAT MAR 15 8pm
Graham Foundation
Madlener House
4 West Burton Place
Admission FREE
More good news from Lampo, as Marcus Schmickler returns. Lately the composer has been interested in the correlations between music, language, thought and representation. Here, he'll work out some of those ideas in a new multichannel piece, "Semiotic Chora," using sonifications of logical functions and electro-acoustic artifacts.
Marcus Schmickler (b. 1968, Cologne, Germany) studied composition and electronic music and works in both composed and improvised forms. He has won numerous prizes and honors and is closely associated with the Cologne label a-Musik. As a composer along with his many works of electronic music, he works with the ensemble recherche, the Staatskapelle Weimar, the musikFabrik, the Paragon Ensemble, the Ensemble Zeitkratzer, among others. As a musician he works with artists such as John Tilbury, Thomas Lehn, MIMEO and Julee Cruise. His discography consists of over 50 titles, and he has performed internationally. He lives and works in Cologne.
Schmickler has appeared at Lampo several times—solo in September 2002; together with Thomas Lehn in September 2005, later released on "Navigation Im Hypertext" (a-Musik); and again solo in December 2007, when he presented the U.S. premiere of "Altars of Science." In May 2009 Schmickler performed at Lampo with Peter Rehberg, in the duo's first live appearance. A recording of that concert was later released on "USA" (PAN). His most recent Lampo appearance was in June 2011 at Madlener House, when he performed new quadraphonic computer music, "particle/matter-wave/energy," a sonification of various astrophysical data.
Presented in partnership with the Graham Foundation; with support from the Goethe-Institut Chicago
Please also join Lampo and Marcus Schmickler as we journey to infinity, for about 45 minutes. The esteemed German composer offers a unique audio illusion at the Comfort Station, part of "Comfort," a Post Family curatorial residency. March 13, 8:00 p.m. Free.
SAT APR 5 9:30pm
Bond Chapel
1050 East 59th Street
Admission FREE; No RSVP
Lampo is very pleased to bring you Oren Ambachi in a rare solo performance, presented with our good friends at the Renaissance Society. O-Ren!
Oren Ambarchi (b. 1969, Sydney, Australia) is a composer and multi-instrumentalist with longstanding interests in transcending conventional instrumental approaches. His work focuses mainly on the exploration of the guitar. Ambarchi's works are hesitant and tense extended song-forms, located in the cracks between several schools: modern electronics and processing; laminal improvisation and minimalism; hushed, pensive songwriting; the deceptive simplicity and temporal suspensions of composers such as Morton Feldman and Alvin Lucier; and the physicality of rock music, slowed down and stripped back to its bare bones, abstracted and replaced with pure signal.
He has performed and recorded with a diverse array of artists such as Fennesz, Otomo Yoshihide, Pimmon, Keiji Haino, John Zorn, Rizili, Voice Crack, Jim O'Rourke, Keith Rowe, Phill Niblock, Dave Grohl, Gunter Muller, Evan Parker, z'ev, Toshimaru Nakamura, Peter Rehberg, Merzbow and many more. Since 2004 Ambarchi has worked with American avant metal outfit Sunn 0))). He has released numerous recordings for international labels such as Touch, Southern Lord, Table of the Elements and Tzadik. In 2003 his live release "Triste" received an honorary mention in the Prix Ars Electronica digital music category.
Presented in partnership with the Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago
SAT MAY 17 8pm
Graham Foundation
Madlener House
4 West Burton Place
Admission FREE
Nate Wooley, known as one of the small group of improvisers working to expand the limits and expectations of modern trumpet playing, performs his new electro-acoustic work, "For Kenneth Gaburo," as well as solo amplified trumpet improvisations.
"For Kenneth Gaburo" is a new project by Wooley that works within the concepts of combinatory sound found in his recording, "The Almond," as well as using linguistics as an oral-mechanical source for affecting the acoustic sound of the trumpet—a concept he has been working with in his "Syllables" series of compositions. This piece takes text by composer Gaburo and combines synthesized tones on tape with manipulated trumpet techniques to create shadings of the phonetic sounds inherent in the text. It is in homage to two of Gaburo's iconic masterpieces, "Maledetto" and "Mouthpiece II for Trumpet Sextet." Portions of the long piece will be performed.
Nate Wooley was born in 1974 in Clatskanie, Oregon, a town of 2,000 people in the timber country of the Pacific Northwestern corner of the U.S. He began playing trumpet professionally with his father, a big band saxophonist, at the age of 13.
Since moving to New York in 2001, he has become one of the most in-demand trumpet players in the burgeoning Brooklyn jazz, improv, noise and new music scenes. He has performed regularly with such icons as John Zorn, Anthony Braxton, Eliane Radigue, Ken Vandermark, Fred Frith, Evan Parker and Yoshi Wada, as well as being a collaborator with some of the brightest lights of his generation like Chris Corsano, C. Spencer Yeh, Peter Evans and Mary Halvorson. A combination of vocalization, extreme extended technique, noise and drone aesthetics, amplification and feedback, and compositional rigor has led one reviewer to call his solo recordings "exquisitely hostile."
Presented in partnership with the Graham Foundation
SAT JUNE 21 8pm
Graham Foundation
Madlener House
4 West Burton Place
Admission FREE; RSVP here
Robert Beatty offers an audio-visual evening of extraordinary proportions, with a performance and screening of new and recent work, as well as sound and video collaborations with Takeshi Murata, including the Chicago premiere of "OM Rider" (2013) and a new computer-animated video commissioned by Lampo. We also will show Murata's "I, Popeye" (2010), "Night Moves" (2012) and "Problem Areas" (2013) for Oneohtrix Point Never.
Robert Beatty (b.1981, Lexington, KY) is an artist and electronic musician who performs solo under the name Three Legged Race. He is a long-running member of the bands Hair Police, Eyes and Arms of Smoke, and C. Spencer Yeh's Burning Star Core. Through Beatty's collaboration with video artist Takeshi Murata, Three Legged Race has performed at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China; Deitch Projects, New York; the Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh; and the New Museum, New York. In 2013, Beatty released the acclaimed "Soundtracks for Takeshi Murata" (Glistening Examples), a collection of his audio work for Murata. Beatty's performances and recordings explore the repetition and decay of simple musical themes, evoking minimalist sci-fi soundtracks, clouded hypnotic landscapes, and primal industrial techno. He lives in Lexington, Kentucky.
Robert Beatty first appeared at Lampo in October 2008, when he premiered a two-movement work, "Falling Order I and II." In March 2010, he and Takeshi Murata appeared together in the Lampo series, in a live performance and screening co-presented by Lampo and Conversations at the Edge.
Takeshi Murata (b.1974, Chicago, IL) graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1997 with a BFA in Film/Video/Animation. In 2007, Murata was the subject of a solo exhibition, Black Box: Takeshi Murata, at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, DC. His work has been included in solo and group shows at The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco; Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo, Japan; Peres Projects, Los Angeles; Gavin Brown's Enterprise, New York; Eyebeam, New York; FACT Centre, Liverpool, UK; Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati; Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh; New York Underground Film Festival; Smack Mellon, Brooklyn; Foxy Production, New York, and Deitch Projects, New York, among others.
With support from mediaThe foundation inc.; presented in partnership with the Graham Foundation
The Lampo series of performances is a project of Lampo, Inc., a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, nonprofit organization. Current programs are supported in part by the MacArthur Fund for Arts and Culture at the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, mediaThe foundation inc., the Irving Harris Foundation, the John W. and Clara C. Higgins Foundation, and the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency. Essential contributions also come from individuals, members and volunteers.

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