Over/Out: Bill MacKay / Matthew Lux / Ben Boye @ Bar DeVille, 5/20/14

Bill MacKay has been our friend and musical compatriot for three years on now. He met us in the cocktail lounge underground of Gilt Bar for our Trio in Curio series in 2012 and has accompanied us on a number of projects. MacKay is a critical fixture in Chicago’s folk/experimental community committing tirelessly to expressing a meditative spontaneity through his compositions and impulses. His annunciation of the 6-strings is a steady though hushed voice that’s been recognized as that of one of our city’s strongest improvisors.

He’s joined by longtime collaborator and legendary Chicago bassist Matthew Lux and Chicago luminary Benjamin Boye on keys. We welcome these three players in celebration of the Tuesdays that have come before and the expanded vision and direction of our musical presentation efforts in the city. In a matter of hours, MacKay, Lux and Boye will deliver the final performance presented by Uncanned Music at Bar DeVille—a farewell to a building but an observance of the growth of a creative musical community. We thank you for all of your support and encouragement over the past two years.

Over/Out at Bar DeVille (701 N Damen Ave, Chicago, Illinois), every Tuesday night at 10pm, vinyl selections by Joe Darling will be heard before, between, and after performances.

Nick Broste Trio at Bar DeVille

Nick Broste Trio at Bar DeVille

Over/Out: Piss Piss Piss Moan Moan Moan / Werewheels @ Bar DeVille, 5/6/14

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This evening, Tuesday, May 6, Over/Out celebrates one of three final performances in the inky third chamber of Bar DeVille. Alex Morales, Nicole Miller and Tiger comprise the Chicago electronic drone now-trio Piss Piss Piss Moan Moan Moan. PPPMMM has been puncturing speaker cones and turning eardrums into vermicelli for over eight years with their profusion of synths, samples, delay pedals and the sci-fi choir of Miller’s theremin. They headline this evening playing a lightly articulated assemblage of improvised work.

Supporting them is an exciting new musical direction from Chicago experimental music anchor Steve Krakow (Plastic Crimewave Sound) and Dawn Aquarius. They’ve dubbed their new project Werewheels and will conduct drone and noise experiments via drum machine, guitar and voice. 

We hope you’ll join us over the next three weeks as a chapter closes and a new one nears its awakening.  

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Over/Out at Bar DeVille (701 N Damen Ave, Chicago, Illinois), every Tuesday night at 10pm, vinyl selections by Joe Darling will be heard before, between, and after performances.

Clearfield/Ulery/Caskey in long format rotor rhythm @ Bar Deville.

Clearfield/Ulery/Caskey in long format rotor rhythm @ Bar Deville.

Over/Out: Matt Ulery/Rob Clearfield/Michael Caskey @ Bar DeVille, 4/29/14

Tonight, Over/Out presents a trio of Chicago jazz musicians forging a sound that explores the texture of the groove. Bassist/composer Matt Ulery, keyboardist Rob Clearfield and drummer Michael Caskey converged last fall at The Bedford to articulate a set of trance-inducing urban lounge vibes and dark downtempo instrumental hip-hop. We found it worthy of reprise.

Ulery, an accomplished leader of a variety of world-class ensembles in the city, shifts his characteristically judicious approach to deliver rumbling arpeggiations that ground the trio in an R&B tone resembling an extended studio take from the Hot Buttered Soul sessions. 


The trio perform two sets this evening and will take the stage at 10pm in the third ventricle of Bar DeVille. 

Over/Out at Bar DeVille (701 N Damen Ave, Chicago, Illinois), every Tuesday night at 10pm, vinyl selections by Joe Darling will be heard before, between, and after performances.

Week Four: Loris in Residency @ Bar DeVille, 4/22/14

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Our month with Loris at Bar DeVille draws to a close this evening, Tuesday, April 22nd. Each successive week, the foursome have made bold graduations in their vision of sound. Tenuous observations and responses in earlier phases have given way to expanded spatial and interpersonal clarity.

A few weeks prior, James Davis referred to Loris’s interplay as “a study in miscommunication.” Tim Stine, just days away from the birth of his first child, has contributed guitar playing of profound urgency, feverish spontaneity and emotional disquiet. Frank Rosaly, following closely on the movement of his Ratchet Series from Chicago holdover Skylark, leads charges of some of the most rhythmically direct assaults we’ve witnessed from him. Jeff Greene steps into the foreground as a dynamic shapeshifter of bass melody discovering fleeting grooves from disparate energies. And Mr. Davis twists the tone of the trumpet into sinister gasps and wails mimicking the mechanics of a manic freight train.

The room filled with tattered couches and Victorian castoffs in the third chamber of Bar DeVille emits a stilling presentiment over its inhabitants; an acknowledgement of the influence of spatial context to the creative force. Dour, moody and fearful, the quartet’s sound has become hand in glove with the terrain. 

This week, we’re pleased to be joined by Dave Vettraino of Public House Sound Recordings as sound engineer and John Dworkin on video production. High wire cacophony to commence at 10pm. -jd

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Over/Out at Bar DeVille (701 N Damen Ave, Chicago, Illinois), every Tuesday night at 10pm, vinyl selections by Joe Darling will be heard before, between, and after performances.

Week Three: LORIS in residence @ Bar DeVille, 4/15/14

Quadrangular improvising entity Loris (Tim Stine - guitar, Frank Rosaly - drums, Jeff Greene - bass, James Davis - trumpet) continues informal composition at Bar DeVille this Tuesday night, the third installment of a four-week residency that has thus far featured the group’s principled channeling of Norwegian noise jazz group Supersilent and the minimal melodic meanderings of Don Cherry & Terry Riley.

The band’s linear exploration forages bestially through the improvisatory wild. Stine charges confidently down thorny guitar trails, matching Rosaly’s chaotic wind-carried drum careens, with Davis and Greene trailing the inertia to occasional breakthroughs where they combine and slow down time into melodic moments of fetal suspension.

In just three weeks the group has taken a shared notion, stripped away the common mechanics and strictures of composition and reconstructed a body of sound that is raw, powerful and very much their own. This is the pulse of improvisation in Chicago today.

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Over/Out at Bar DeVille (701 N Damen Ave, Chicago, Illinois), every Tuesday night at 10pm, vinyl selections by Joe Darling will be heard before, between, and after performances.

Week Two: Loris in residence @ Bar DeVille, 4/8/14

Loris’s four-week incursion upon Bar DeVille began on Tuesday, April 1 invigorating channels of spiritual jazz, noise and minimalism in the 21st century. The quartet worked in broad juxtapositions of mode and interplay—at once delicately evoking minimal melodies to furious ping-ponging of sharp shards of discordance and dysrhythmia. 

Standing alone throughout the performance, trumpeter James Davis acts as a sentinel carefully bending and distorting long charges of song and trill. Tim Stine patiently offers harmonic counterpoint and pensiveness in between fractious blues convulsions. And Greene and Rosaly capitalize on the ensemble’s potential to express its peaks and valleys coloring the most brittle, vulnerable passages and ushering in squalls of black rhythm at their summit.

We welcome Loris back this week—Tuesday, April 8—for a second installment of an already rich musical partnership. Please join us as we delve into the dark corners of experimental sound.



Over/Out at Bar DeVille (701 N Damen Ave, Chicago, Illinois), every Tuesday night at 10pm, vinyl selections by Joe Darling will be heard before, between, and after performances.

Over/Out: Brett Naucke & Michael Vallera / dang!fever @ Bar DeVille, 3/25/14

Tuesday, March 25th, Chicago electronic music composer Brett Naucke sidles up with multidisciplinary artist Michael Vallera for a tandem performance of electronic improvisation. Vallera, fresh home from an exhibition at Hiatus in Los Angeles and Naucke, a few week’s eve from the release of his sophomore LP, Seed, bring an onslaught of heady abstractions to the Bar DeVille stage. 

A single track from Naucke’s forthcoming record has been blipping across the internet for a few weeks since label Spectrum Spools teased with it early this month. “Luau” is a dark and rhythmically complex entry amid Naucke’s experiments with the modular synthesizer. The construction is also remarkably linear for an artist most often represented by space and ambience. Click play a couple of times here and look for the full feature on April 14 via Spectrum Spools.

We also welcome the return of D.J. Tan’s dang!fever project as commencement of the evening’s performances. After a spirited melding with TALsounds in February, we’re eager to see what sounds he’ll conjure up in solo performance. 

Over/Out at Bar DeVille (701 N Damen Ave, Chicago, Illinois), every Tuesday night at 10pm, vinyl selections by Joe Darling will be heard before, between, and after performances. 

 

Over/Out: Loris in residence @ Bar DeVille, April 2014 / additional spring performances

In November, Chicago guitarist Tim Stine debuted a tight outfit of four local improvisors intent on exploring an ambient terrain of dark tones and textures. Stine—along with James Davis, Jeff Greene and Frank Rosaly—forged a stark sonic path issuing instrumental chants and calls that rippled with torment and violence.  The core value or object among the players was raw and undeveloped but strikingly cogent.

This spring, we’re honored to host the continued calibration of one of the most imminent young voices in Chicago’s union of experimental music. Please join us Tuesdays, April 1, 8, 15 and 22 at Bar DeVille to bear witness.

Loris is Tim Stine (guitar), James Davis (trumpet), Jeff Greene (bass) and Frank Rosaly (percussion).

II March/April/May @ Bar Deville II

March 25 - Brett Naucke & Michael Vallera / dang!fever
April 1,8,15,22 - Artist in Residence: Loris
April 29 - Matt Ulery/Rob Clearfield/Michael Caskey
May 6 - Piss Piss Piss Moan Moan Moan
May 13 - Nick Broste Trio
May 20 - Darts & Arrows


Over/Out is a music series promoting improvisation and experimentation in sound Tuesdays 10pm @ Bar DeVille, 701 N Damen Avenue, Chicago, Illinois.

 

Over/Out: Vital Organ Trio @ Bar DeVille, 3/18/14 

This evening, Tuesday, March 18, we welcome Chicago’s Vital Organ Trio to perform two sets of their sublime midcentury modern soul jazz elevations. 

Ian Springer (percussion), Dan Bruce (guitar) and Dan Murphy (Hammond B-3 organ) have been priming their sound since 2012 and are readying the release of their debut record entitled Transplant for spring 2014. Their grooves are tightly coiled Space Age jazz meditations that bridle classic Blue Note archetypes with a charge of youth, whimsy and wistful remembrance.



Over/Out 
at Bar DeVille (701 N Damen Ave, Chicago, Illinois), every Tuesday night at 10pm, vinyl selections by Joe Darling will be heard before, between, and after performances.