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. 

 

Over/Out: CHEER-ACCIDENT @ Bar DeVille, 3/11/14

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In their 33rd year of activity, Chicago avant-rock collective CHEER-ACCIDENT fall on Bar DeVille for two sets of new improvised work on Tuesday, March 11.

Founding member and prevailing ringleader of CHEER-ACCIDENT’s rotating cast of contributors, Thymme Jones has steadily elevated the project from the ’80s and ‘90s alternative fringe to a principled pedigree of a prog and art rock vanguard. Over the past decade, the band has secured its position as a foundational fixture in Chicago’s musical landscape and embodied brilliantly the spiritedness of artistic endeavor. 

This Tuesday, Jones deploys CHEER-ACCIDENT as a five-piece with an intentionally uncertain assemblage of instrumentation. What we do know is that, at 10pm on Tuesday, March 11, CHEER-ACCIDENT will include Jeff Libersher on guitar and trumpet, Thymme Jones on trumpet and synth, Ross Feller on woodwinds, Charles Dudley Bayne, III on keys and Mike Hagedorn on trombone. 

Please join us in celebrating the continued symbiosis of one of our most vibrant and longstanding art communities.

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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. 

Over/Out: Rob Jacobs / The Humminbird @ Bar DeVille, 3/4/14

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One of our favorite records of 2013 was the debut solo recordings from a young man hailing from Southern Illinois named Rob Jacobs. This Tuesday, March 4 we welcome him and his recently-inducted manifest to participate in Over/Out at Bar DeVille. Joining him is two-thirds of the Illinois jazz hybridists The JewelsMarcus Mader (percussion) and David Allen (bass).

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The Humminbird
 aka Chicago’s Muyassar Kurdi opens the evening with a set of her shamanic acid-folk bodings. Over the past two years, Kurdi has produced a dazzling body of compositions under the namesake The Humminbird. She is celebrated in Chicago as a consummate artist and tinkerer committing energies to innumerable disciplines and the elevation of day-to-day ephemera. It is our humble opinion that her latest, Beyond the Orchard, is begging to be heard on wax. 

It’s our pleasure to welcome these two artists to Over/Out and witness a quiet but dynamic expansion of the Chicago experimental palate. Please join us for a generous evening of new music. 

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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. 

Over/Out: Danny Andrade, Spencer Jenich, Chris Kimmons, Julian Kirshner, Phil Sudderberg & Eli Namay @ Bar DeVille, 2/25

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On Tuesday, February 25, Over/Out welcomes a new sextet comprised of four members of Chicago improv jazz unit Actual Rhinoceros and two newcoming percussionists Julian Kirshner and Phil Sudderberg


Long-time Rhinoceri Danny Andrade (tenor sax, bass clarinet), Spencer Jenich (keys), Chris Kimmons (guitar, electronics) and Eli Namay (bass) have operated under their mammalian namesake for over two years but have collaborated in looser outfits since 2008. In addition to the ensemble, the members of Actual Rhinoceros also host and perform in Innertown Pub’s weekly Tuesday night jam session which they’ll be clipping over to for a late night revue post-DeVille. Prepare for an improvisational bar crawl and, in the mean time, meditate on a few of the Zappa-imbued acid stews from Actual Rhinoceros’s soundcloud page. Here’s “Ice Cream Truck.”

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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.

Over/Out: Stave / Moon Bros @ Bar DeVille, 2/18/14

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On Tuesday, February 18, Over/Out presents two performances of contrast and juxtaposition. Chicago electronicist Jonathan Krohn brings his newest experimental electronic project, Stave, to the stage and Chicago guitarist Matt Schneider performs ambient folk compositions as Moon Bros.

Debuting in August of 2013 with the 7-song Reform LP for Chicago imprint Flingco Sound System, Stave sold through its initial pressing within six months of release. On Reform, Krohn coaxes icy, metallic elements out of source material rendering clattering, beat-driven compositions of an industrial bent.

Schneider takes an equally alinear approach but conducts an outfit of organic instruments including harmonica and various string sets. Last year’s Dance Hall Sound EP could be mistaken for a dust bowl folk 78 circa 1932 conjuring dusky pastoral scenes and rural front porch arpeggiations.

This event reprises an identical billing from The Whistler’s Glad Cloud Ambient Series nearly a-year-and-a-half ago. Krohn and Schneider’s convergence is unique in its sonic disparity but also socially as it crosses mediums and merges musicians from a broader set of disciplines.

For Over/Out, Krohn will take on both old and new material and Schneider will showcase all new sounds from Frijolillo, Moon Bros’ forthcoming full-length record. 

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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.

An evening with Joe Adamik @bardeville - 2/11/14.

An evening with Joe Adamik @bardeville - 2/11/14.

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Over/Out: Joe Adamik @ Bar DeVille, 2/11

This Tuesday, February 11, we cordially welcome you to a solo performance by Chicago multi-instrumentalist Joe Adamik. Adamik’s list of fluent instruments reads like an Andy’s Music inventory sheet: percussion, marimba, vibraphone, clarinet and piano merely fill the list halfway. He traverses just as many musical traditions from various jazz-focused outfits to long-time compositional contributions to Califone and Iron & Wine. On Tuesday, Adamik will improvise with a small culling of percussion, electronics, reeds and strings—a sole composer manipulating numerous sonic potentials and, in effect, inducing the listener into alternate planes of consciousness.

Odonata" is an experiment Adamik created from recordings during a session with Extraordinary Popular Delusions last year. Adamik plays a feeding back mbira alongside Brian Sandstrom's upright bass. Later from his studio, Adamik integrated another mbira track and heaped atop loops of sharp, industrial distortions. “Odonata” is an appropriately evocative title referencing an order of insects known for their carnivorous behavior. The piece begins a grim rattle of percussive elements hushing at the midpoint to a restful melody from the mbira's reverberating metal keys—imminent doom and ultimate tranquility.

Please join us at 10pm for a foray into sonic exploration and discovery.

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.