This week @ 914: Progressive Jazz and Experimental Electronics

We’re excited to embark on an eclectic week here at 914, starting this Thursday with a visit from Left Turn Jazz and ending with a night of experimental electronic music with Kg Price, Kristachuwan and Lesionread.

Formed as a progressive jazz collaboration, Left Turn Jazz is a joint effort between saxophonist Steve Duke, bassist Matt Gold, percussionist Danny Faith and drummer Justin Kramer. Their musical backgrounds in jazz, free improvisation and new music lay the foundation for improvisation that is stylistically inclusive and multi-genre.  Justin Kramer won’t be joining the guys on stage, however, pianist Kurt Stallman will be sitting in.  The show will get going at 8pm.  There is a suggested donation and the show is BYOB.

Check out this video of the Left Turn guys jamming with Kurt at Electrical Audio:

Saturday night we’ll be welcoming back Kg Price, who will be creating live record collages on turntables for this show.  Joining him will be two Buffalo, NY musicians and multimedia artists, Kristachuwan and Lesionread (Chris Svoboda and Shawn Lewis, respectively).  We’re excited to be a stop on their tour.  Please come out and show them some of that Chicago love.  We’ll be opening our doors at 9pm.  And, as always, donation and BYOB are encouraged!

Thanks to Lesionread for this funky/freaky promo vid:


Turn-A-Kit#5 feat. Stumble (Longberg-Holm/Gutzeit/Zerang)

Join us tonight for Turn-A-Kit#5, featuring the sounds of Stumble Fred Lonberg-Holm, Brent Gutzeit and Michael Zerang make improvised music with the speed and fury of punk rock.  We’re excited to host some of Chicago’s most interesting musical minds in a rare setting.

Eli Namay, Matt Roberts and Nick Tallidis will be opening the show with a set featuring works by Albert Ayler, Slices, as well as original compositions and improvisations.

The show will get going at 9:30pm.  We will be collecting donations, which go towards the evening’s talent.  Studio 914 is a BYOB establishment.  Thanks for coming out and supporting local, creative music!

JBM: Images Beyond

An exhibit/performance of Afro-Surrealist Folk Art, Poetry and Music by Joan Beard Mitchell and Nicole Mitchell, featuring actress Coco Elysses and Nicole Mitchell’s Black Earth Strings  

NM LB fluteJBM: Images Beyond is a theatrical concert by flutist/composer Nicole Mitchell that celebrates the unrevealed afro-surrealist folk art and poetry of her mother, Joan Beard Mitchell. In Images Beyond, JBM’s words are organized into a dramatic expression played by Coco Elysses and interwoven with original music by Nicole Mitchell, while the audience is surrounded in an environment featuring JBM’s oil paintings, watercolors and graphic art.  Theatrically, Mitchell’s one-woman show will be embedded in music composed specifically for the project and performed by Black Earth Strings.  Joan Beard Mitchell was born and raised on Chicago’s southside; her works, mostly unknown, show an aesthetic connection to the experimentalism and afro-surrealist ideals within the Chicago Black Arts Movement.  In the 30th Anniversary of Joan Beard Mitchell’s death, the opening of Images Beyond is September 8, 2013 at 3pm here at Studio 914.

An idea that has been brewing inside Mitchell for over a decade, the show’s development has, in her own words, “turned into a transformative experience, working on this project in more ways than one.  I can see that it will be something that I continue to develop.  There’s been much reflection and discovery on my mother’s ideas her life, and the impact it’s had on me as a person and an artist.”

An acoustic ensemble of four members, Black Earth Strings includes flute, piccolo, alto flute, vocals, violin viola, cello, string bass and percussion to create a wide range of textures and colors. Black Earth Strings was founded in 2000, when Mitchell started shifting her instrumentation of Black Earth Ensemble away from being string-focused. Since 2005, it’s been a quartet with flute, violin/viola cello, and bass. The theatrical concert of JBM: Images Beyond will feature core musicians: Tomeka Reid (cello), Nicole Mitchell (flutes) and Joshua Abrams (bass) with special additions including Rashida Black (concert harp), Jovia Armstrong (percussion) and Buddy Fambro (guitar).

If you miss this performance, JBM’s works will be hanging at Studio 914 through September 10th.

Ease into Autumn @ 914

fallIt’s been a fun Summer here at 914, but we’re excited to cool things down as we enter the Fall season.  For those that aren’t as excited about the transition, our September schedule should help alleviate your pain.

Hopefully you catch Fred Lonberg-Holm’s set with his Fast Citizens group at this year’s Chicago JazzFest, but, if not, come out to the studio on Saturday, September 7th for a performance by his long-hibernating group, StumbleLonberg-Holm, Michael Zerang and Brent Gutzeit play aggressive, punk-inspired improvisations perfectly suited for our monthly Turn-A-Kit series.

The following night will be an exhibit and performance of Afro-Surrealist folk art, poetry and music by Nicole Mitchell and her mother Joan Beard Mitchell.  Nicole, along with her Black Earth Strings ensemble, will perform music inspired by her mother while her mother’s work will grace the walls of our gallery.  We hope you’ll join us this Sunday afternoon for this unique event.

On Thursday, the 19th, Kurt Stallman will sit in with Left Turn Jazz (Steve Duke, Matt Gold and Danny Faith).  Their musical backgrounds in jazz, free improvisation, and new music lay the foundation for improvisation that is stylistically inclusive and multi-genre.  And on Saturday the 21st, we’ll be hosting a night of experimental electronic musical featuring local Kg Price along with Buffalo, NY groups Lesionread and Kristachuwan.

Stay tuned for more details about all of these events and more.  We look forward to sharing the work of all these great musicians and artists.  And we thank all of you for supporting us and Chicago arts and music in general!

Turn-A-Kit#4 feat. The Compositions of Anton Hatwich

Join us Friday, August 16 for Turn-A-Kit#4 featuring the compositions of Anton Hatwich.  In two sets, Anton will explore a batch of tunes as filtered through two different musical units, showcasing the impact of both individual personalities and group dynamics on the shaping of the tunes and improvisations.

Anton Hatwich is a bassist, composer, recording artist and music teacher based out of Chicago.  His wide range of professional experience, deep sense of musicality, and powerful tone make Anton’s playing a sought-after commodity in Chicago’s diverse musical community.  Visit to learn more about the local bassist and composer.

Anton Hatwich-Bass
Jeff Kimmel-Clarinets

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Anton Hatwich-Bass
Keefe Jackson-Tenor Sax
Phil Sudderberg-Drums

Music will get going at 9:30pm.  We will be asking for donations, which go towards the evening’s talent.  Studio 914 is a BYOB establishment.  Thanks for supporting live music in Chicago!

Friday, July 26th @ 914: KAIA String Quartet brings Cuban sounds to Chicago

Please join us this Friday for an evening of classical music featuring the Kaia String Quartet. Studio 914 owner John Goldman opens the show with a solo flute performance. Music begins at 8pm. There will be a $15 donation asked for regular admission and $10 for students.

KAIA String Quartet:
Victoria Moreira, violin
Naomi Culp, violin
Sixto Franco Chordá, viola
Veronica Nettles, cello

sitting%20violins267x400“Kaia,” deriving from Greek, Gaia for Earth/Goddess of the Earth, represents the ensemble’s mission to promote music of cultures from around the world in addition to being active performers of the traditional canon of quartet music.

In May of 2013, the ensemble was presented by Promatoras de Bellas Artes in Mi Festival to give educational and formal concerts in the Tijuana region of Mexico. This was part of the ensemble’s Mexico/California tour including performances in the San Diego, Los Angeles and Tijuana regions.

With their current focus on exploring the music of Latin American composers, both contemporary and traditional, the Chicago-based string quartet has been named the Ensemble in Residence of the Latin Music Festival of Chicago for the second consecutive year. The quartet has been featured in the LMF since 2010 and opened the festivities in 2011 giving the world premiere of Elbio Barilari’s quartet, Antique Store.

In 2011, their involvement in the Latin American community expanded to include collaborations with Chicago’s Tangata ensemble performing at Old Town School of Folk Music and Chicago Summer Dance Festival, as well as an invitation to be featured at the Latin American Music Center conference at Indiana University.  They are currently completing a two-year residency at Northern Illinois University under the tutelage of the Avalon String Quartet.

The group will be performing Tango selections (various tango composers) and Julian Orbon’s String Quartet no. 1.

John Goldman, Solo Flute

Since moving to Chicago in 1988, John has performed in many music venues, including the Chicago Jazz Festival, the Jazz John Goldman flute low res 72dpiShowcase, Orchestra Hall, Ravinia Festival, the Green Mill, The Velvet Lounge, Joe’s Bebop Cafe, Pete Miller’s, Smoke Daddy, and many others. His many roles include recording artist, music instructor at Old Town School of Folk and owner/curator at Studio 914. John will be kicking off this evening’s performances with a rare classical solo flute performance from the more-often saxophone wielding jazz musician.

John Goldman will be performing Syrinx by Claude Debussy and Excerpts from A minor and C major Flute Sonata’s by J.S. Bach

Friday, July 19: Kendall Moore returns with John Goldman and their quartet

DSC_4110[1]We couldn’t let Kendall Moore leave Chicago without paying at least one more visit to Studio 914, so this Friday he’ll be returning to our stage along with John Goldman and their quartet.  We’ve already told you a bit about Kendall here, but this time we thought we’d let the guy speak for himself.  And please, visit his website and show him some love.

What led you to pursue a career in music and, specifically, how did you choose trombone?

My decision to pursue music as a career sort of came about from my activities as a kid through highschool. I started singing in choir when i was 7, and did as many musical activities as I could through middle school and high school. Music was the only thing that I did that I felt like I was getting something back. I chose the trombone because a band director tested all of the pre-band students in 4th grade, and I tested well in the brass family.

As trombone is often underutilized in jazz, where has your inspiration came from in using your trombone as a lead instrument?

Two of my main inspirations were J.J Johnson and his quartet, and Wayne Henderson of the Jazz Crusaders. They were great composers and improvisers and never made a big deal of the fact that they were playing trombone–they try to just make the best music they can.

What have you done to create your own identity as a player/bandleader/composer?

I think everyone has their own identity. I am just now in my life starting to listen to it. I try to find different ways to change my perspective on life and bring that out in my compositions. Listening to as much different music as I can, reading books, watching movies, and looking at art are some of the ways that I try to inform my creative process.

What’s the future looking like for Kendall Moore?

Well, thats a great question. In the very immediate future, I have one year of school left in Miami, so I am headed there in a few weeks. After I finish College- I am not sure what I will be doing, but I certainly hope that it will include as much performing and composing as I can.


Kendall and John will be joined by Joel Kelsey on bass and Pete Tashjian on drums.  The music will get going at 8pm and we will be taking donations for the musicians.  Studio 914 is a BYOB establishment.  Please come out and enjoy a nice Summer night of music and art with us!