2019 Experimental Sound Studio Gala

2019 Experimental Sound Studio Gala

Fri, August 16, 2019

7:00 pm


Chicago, IL

$40 - $100

This event is 18 and over

2019 Experimental Sound Studio Gala
2019 Experimental Sound Studio Gala
Support sonic arts and experimental music in Chicago by joining us at the Annual Experimental Sound Studio Gala, this year honoring luminary composer and scholar George E. Lewis.

Featuring performances and installations by:
George Lewis, Sam Pluta, Mwata Bowden
Kim Alpert and Rob Mazurek
Ken Vandermark with Claire Rousay and Macie Stewart
Angel Bat Dawid & Douglas R. Ewart
Kotoka Suzuki
Katie Wood, Alba artist-in-resident

In addition to being an essential contributor to the field as a whole, George has a long history with ESS, conducting workshops and performances with the organization as early as 1989. Perhaps most notably from those early years, in 1992 ESS commissioned George and Douglas R. Ewart (also joining the 2019 ESS Gala festivities) to create Rio Negro a computer-controlled rainstick installation that premiered at Randolph Street Gallery and was most recently reimagined at the Museum of Contemporary Arts exhibition The Freedom Principle: Experiments in Art & Music 1965-Now.

Funds raised at this year’s Benefit will support significant upgrades to ESS’s recording studios.

For 33 years ESS has served as a responsive resource and gathering place for a wide network of innovative artists and curious ears. We serve as a hub of activity, a reverberant ecosystem for the sonic arts comprised of public performance and installation, a full-service recording studio, artist residencies, workshops, and an archive.

Central to this activity is ESS’s recording studio. In 2018 alone ESS worked with 146 unique artists or ensembles in 322 recording sessions. Beyond recording, mixing, and mastering sessions, the studios are essential in ESS’s public performances, artist residencies, and in the archive. Last year we professionally recorded an additional 100+ musicians in 36 live performances, all of which were given to the performers free of charge. We used the studio to digitize tens of hours of experimental music in the archive, which were previously unavailable to the public.

The generative power of this space over the years is immeasurable and ongoing. We hope you will help us continue to provide some of today’s most innovative artists with top tier resources, supporting a continuum of radical creativity coming out of Chicago.

$40 - Early Bird (purchase by 7/19)
$50 - General Admission
$75 - General Admission Ticket + Year-Long Membership (total value $90)
$100 VIP - VIP ticket holders receive 2 complimentary drink tickets, a limited-edition original screen-printed poster by Sonnenzimmer, front row seating during performances, and the joy of knowing that you have provided significant support for artists experimenting in Chicago.
Venue Information:
3111 N. Western
Chicago, IL, 60618