Doors at 7, show at 7:30
…makers of diverse experimental sound and music practices for connection and creative exchange. A series curated by Allen Moore, Nick Meryhew and Rebecca Himelstein.
Gather is an experimental music series bringing musicians from different scenes, backgrounds, practices, disciplines, and communities together for connection and artistic exchange. We curate this series with our attention toward introducing musicians who may not otherwise cross paths and whose works dialogue in compelling ways. By doing so, we hope to leave potential for collaboration and familiarity amongst different experimental music forms in Chicago. This program features a new collaboration by composer/performers Jenna Lyle and Weston Olencki, as well as a new work by performance artist Hope Esser.
Weston Olencki and Jenna Lyle premiere a new collaborative work. Zooming in on Weston's face as he hyper-sustains a fundamental tone, Weston Plays a Bb; for metal Bb trombone with horizontal slide apparatus and mouthpiece, sound and graphics video, wall outlet-powered electronics, human performers aged 24 and 32 (5'8" and 5'3" respectively); explores the interplay between real and manufactured environments, resonances, and depictions of the body. From what begins a singular action, Lyle and Olencki propagate an overflow of information and sensory stimulation.
Hope Esser is a Chicago-based artist working in performance, garment, sculpture, and video. She earned her BA in Studio Art and Art History from Oberlin College (2007) and her MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2012), where she was awarded the Toby Devan Lewis Fellowship and the James Nelson Raymond Fellowship. She has been an artist-in-residence at Triangle Arts Association, ACRE, Hatch Projects, the Watermill Center, and Ox-Bow, where she was a recipient of the Joan Mitchell Scholarship. She has performed, screened, and exhibited internationally, including at the Indianapolis Museum of Art (Indianapolis), the Watermill Center (Long Island), Gallery 400 (Chicago), ExGirlfriend Gallery (Berlin), Grace Exhibition Space (Brooklyn), Links Hall (Chicago), the Arts Club of Chicago (Chicago), Defibrillator Gallery (Chicago), La Esquina Gallery (Kansas City), and Roots & Culture (Chicago) among others.
For Gather, Esser will presenting a new live work called Fishing.