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Peter Brötzmann Chicago Tentet

Sat, Dec 1, 2007, 9–11 pm

A veritable “who’s who” of contemporary improvised jazz, the Peter Brötzmann Chicago Tentet celebrates its 10th anniversary this year with only one concert in North America at the MCA. This high-caliber performance will be recorded for future CD release. The group includes:

Peter Brötzmann (Germany) – reeds
Johannes Bauer (Germany) – trombone
Jeb Bishop (USA) – trombone
Mats Gustafsson (Sweden) – saxophones
Per-Åke Holmlander (Sweden) – tuba
Kent Kessler (USA) – bass
Fred Lonberg-Holm (USA) – cello
Joe McPhee (USA) – trumpet
Paal Nilssen-Love (Norway) – drums
Ken Vandermark (USA) – reeds
Michael Zerang (USA) – drums

Running time: 90 minutes, one intermission

 Artists Up Close

Sunday, December 2

Spend time with the artists by participating in these hands-on music workshops presented as part of Outer Ear Festival by Experimental Sound Studio, 5925 N. Ravenswood. Registration $15 per class, two for $20, or $40 for all three. Walk-ups are welcome.

  • 11 am–1 pm: for percussion and reeds, co-led by Paal Nilssen-Love and Ken Vandermark
  • 1:30 pm–3:30 pm: for saxophones and percussion, co-led by Mats Gustafsson and Michael Zerang
  • 4 pm–6 pm: for tuba and cello, co-led by Per-Åke Holmlander and Fred Lonberg-Holm

Outer Ear Festival of Sound is Chicago’s singular comprehensive sonic arts festival, with performances, installations, and broadcasts scheduled every year. Running through December 2, additional Festival programs this year include German sound artist Christina Kubisch’s first Chicago project, Australian sound poet and vocalist Chris Mann’s Chicago debut, and several projects featuring Chicago anti-cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm.

Additional concerts of the Tentet’s duos, trios, and quartets appear at several other Chicago locations. More information is available at www.umbrellamusic.org.

Related Exhibition

Metal & Wood
Beatrice C. Mayer Education Center lobby, MCA
November 13–December 2

Best known as a preeminent figure in contemporary improvised music, artist and musician Peter Brötzmann was trained as a visual artist in his hometown of Wuppertal, Germany, in the late 1950s. His early music career as a saxophonist and clarinetist was paralleled by his first art exhibitions in Holland and Germany. Brötzmann’s small constructions often include found or fabricated wooden boxes and sometimes integrate metal elements, including cans, can lids, and various rusted industrial objects. Metal & Wood is a collection of works created between 1963 and 2004 by Brötzmann and is on view in the Beatrice C. Mayer Education Center lobby at the MCA from November 13 to December 2. A companion exhibition of Brötzmann’s work—Paintings & Objects—is currently on view at Corbett vs. Dempsey Gallery in Chicago until December 2.