Olivia Block, Carol Genetti

Olivia Block

Carol Genetti

Thu, December 14, 2017

8:30 pm


Chicago, IL


Tickets at the Door

This event is 18 and over

Olivia Block
Olivia Block
Olivia Block creates original sound compositions utilizing a wide array of techniques and materials for concerts, site-specific multi-speaker installations, live cinema, and performance.

Her inside piano compositions are modular in structure, allowing room for spontaneous response to the acoustics of each instrument. Her performance techniques include creating controlled feedback with contact mics, playing microcassettes and moving glass and metal pieces on the wood and strings of the instrument. These techniques draw out the resonant tones and material qualities of the piano. The tones and textures then guide her choices during the performance.

Block has performed in festivals and tours throughout Europe, America and Japan for twenty years. She has been interviewed in several publications including NPR’s Morning Edition, The Wire, Music Works, Blow Up, The Chicago Reader, and Pitchfork’s Outdoor, among others.

Her piano performance at Constellation is the CD release event for her untitled piano and organ suite, out now on Another Timbre.

Adam Sonderberg (Haptic), co-producer of the recording, will accompany Olivia on organ.

“Finely nuanced textures of environmental material and occasional surges of sonic power blended with an elegant instrumental architecture.”- Julian Cowley, The Wire magazine

Carol Genetti
Carol Genetti
Carol Genetti is a Chicago-based vocalist and composer whose work extends to sound and visual art media. Her palette is primordial, existing in a hypothetical space where “language” and “music” have yet to be formed and formulated into familiar cultural patterns. Genetti’s aesthetic is one of raw power, yet also delicate, subtle, and precise. An exquisite soloist, she is often also heard in the company of other improvising musicians. She has been performing in North America and Europe, mostly as a vocal improviser, mostly in collaborations with other musicians, including Jack Wright, Eric Leonardson, Peter Maunu, Olivia Block, Andrew Clinkman, Albert Wildeman, Aaron Zarzutzki, Asimina Chremos, James Falzone, Jeff Kimmel, Steven Dorocke, Jim Dorling and Jim Baker. You can listen to some of her recent work at soundcloud.com/user-813430280.

Photo credit: Dan Mohr
Venue Information:
3111 N. Western
Chicago, IL, 60618