Steven Lugerner's SLUGish Ensemble, Twin Talk

Record Release Show!

Steven Lugerner's SLUGish Ensemble

Twin Talk

Fri, October 12, 2018

8:30 pm


Chicago, IL


Tickets at the Door

This event is 18 and over

Steven Lugerner's SLUGish Ensemble
Steven Lugerner's SLUGish Ensemble
SLUGish Ensemble is an amoeba-like band under the direction of composer & multi-reedist Steven Lugerner. Based between San Francisco & Oakland, CA, their music utilizes traditional acoustic instruments to create layers of pocketed-grooves and melodies that blur the lines between pop, rhythm & blues, jazz improvisation and minimalism.

As a band leader, Steven Lugerner has released multiple albums to critical acclaim. His compositions have been described as “a textured, nearly seamless blend of composition and improvisation” by The Village Voice - while The San Francisco Examiner as praised “Lugerner’s approach to making music is very much his own; and he seems to be pursuing it to impressive advantage.”

The inaugural album from SLUGish Ensemble, An Eight Out of Nine, will be released this fall on Slow & Steady Records.

"An auspicious debut...[pieces] sound reminiscent of classical music or moodily unsettled free improvisation" – Los Angeles Times

"A textured, nearly seamless blend of composition and improvisation of the sort that die-hard jazzists might think is really modern chamber music" – The Village Voice
Twin Talk
Twin Talk
Dustin Laurenzi - saxophone
Katie Ernst - bass/voice
Andrew Green - drums

Since forming in 2012 Chicago’s Twin Talk has steadily drifted from the conventions of the saxophone trio. While reedist Dustin Laurenzi, bassist-singer Katie Ernst, and drummer Andrew Green are deeply rooted in jazz tradition, they’ve spent their time on the band stage together making their music more elastic, spontaneous, and open, embracing new inspirations without stifling the improvisational heart of their work. All three musicians are active members in the city’s bustling jazz community, each playing in numerous working bands, but they’ve found a true collective voice as Twin Talk. They’ve used live performances as opportunities to stretch—expanding on composed material and ditching set lists in favor of calling tunes on the fly—but on their upcoming album Weaver they’ve pushed themselves further than ever, using the recording studio as a place for experimentation, letting a new batch of compositions develop and take new shapes. As critic Howard Reich wrote recently in the Chicago Tribune, “These musicians listen keenly to one another, and with a sensitivity that only comes from familiarity and trust.”

"Twin Talk have made a bold musical statement, and it's one that will likely cause the serious (or even casual) jazz fan to take notice." - PopMatters

“…this trio make melodies and rhythms move like single primitive organisms.” - Radio New Zealand

“…Twin Talk expresses both it’s melodic rigor and appetite for adventure.” - DownBeat Magazine
Venue Information:
3111 N. Western
Chicago, IL, 60618