eXU-9, BRUTE TOOTH, Chicago – Resonance Arts Ensemble, Wrest

∆ eXU-9 (exu-9.bandcamp.com/album/black-dross-tape-music)

An orisha/machine
A singularity
Embodiment of dark energy, mystery, acceptance

Performs live analog/digital electronic industrial/noise sets meant to:
disturbs, disrupts, disobeys, awakens

Electronics – Norman Long

∆ BRUTE TOOTH – “Jimbo Easter and the Brute Tooth Ensamble” is a event specific configuration centered around Detroit based outsider performance artist Jimbo Easter. Jimbo’s work, while playful and otherworldly, channels a punk trangressive quality; and has since the 2000’s in his time fronting legendary noise punker group “the Piranhas”. Joining the “Ensamble” will be another Piranhas veteran, Nai Sammons, on modular; prolific Muralist and Musician Mac Blackout on saxophone etc, and trumpeter/experimental musician Nick Yeck-Stauffer (astral editions, trouble in mind, industrial coast).

∆ Chicago – Resonance Arts Ensemble augments sonic themes and pushes the bounds of standard instrumentation while simultaneously executing a unique musical language that is elevated through strong group chemistry. Resonance Arts Ensemble is Ausberto Acevedo, Jeff Chan, Chad M. Clark, and Mike Perkins.

∆ Wrest is a free-playing trio consisting of Jack Wright (saxophones), Evan Lipson (double bass), and Ben Bennett (percussion). Since 2012 these three have been touring actively across North America and Europe, as Wrest as well as in other configurations often involving guitarist Zach Darrup: Roughhousing (Wright/Lipson/Darrup), Never (Wright/Darrup/Bennett), Virtual Balboa (Darrup/Lipson/Bennett), Durian Brow (Darrup/Bennett). They are drawn together by an approach to playing characterized by a twisted flux of bizarre sounds and morphing relationships, where exuberance, terror, gravity and comedy collide in a bewildering manifold of perspectives.

Jack Wright is a Philadelphia area saxophonist, one of the originals of American free improv. Now 80, he has lived some diverse lives–academic, then activist, then music full-time in 1979–free playing is all he’s done since then. He started out in the free jazz direction, but  now his playing consists of distorted pitches, precise timing, intrusive multiphonics, sudden changes of direction, obscene animalistic sounds, and occasional “real” notes. He published a book in 2017, The Free Musics, sold to most of the free players in the US, and just released a book of mostly political critique, drawing on his background, Shaky Ground. Upcoming tours are in Europe (April 2023 with Ben Bennett) and the US as Minimal Disturbance with Ron Stabinsky. For the books go here; for sounds, recordings, etc. see Spring Garden Music.

Evan Lipson has lived with the incurable disease of music since early adolescence, seeking the liminal realms in which intellect and instinct, history and myth, and creative and destructive force intersect. Drawn towards aberrant perspectives at an early age, his formative activities were primarily rooted in extreme and discordant forms stemming from various traditions of “underground” and ancient musics. He may or may not have some degree of affiliation with Rev. Fred Lane and a social scientific think tank known as MEINSCHAFT. Other presently active outfits: RAWL, SONS, Wrest, Roughhousing, Virtual Balboa, and various ongoing collaborations with David Greenberger (Duplex Planet). Past units include Normal Love, Satanized, and Peckerwood Junction (feat. Jim Goad).

Ben Bennett is a Philadelphia-based percussionist. He usually plays a compact pile of self-made drums, stretched membranes, and other objects which are continually rearranged in the course of playing, and sounded with techniques of the hit, rub, and blow varieties. A branching path of musical de-materialization has led to other forms of performance, including self-vitiating monologues, and the long and repetitive YouTube series, Sitting and Smiling and Walking and Talking. His work tends toward themes of pointlessness, paradox, and stupidity.

“The enigmatic musician and artist Ben Bennett has a mind-bogglingly wide variety of fascinating work that covers both poles of extremes. As a percussionist, his improvised performances are wild, exciting and constantly changing, using an arsenal of drums, cymbals, homemade instruments and found objects that are struck, rubbed or vibrated using air from his lungs, unlocking hidden universes of unfamiliar sounds.”  -Ernie Paik

Audio and Video Links:

-Wrest (Wright/Lipson/Bennett):

-RAWL (Wright/Darrup/Bennett/Lipson):

-Never (Wright/Darrup/Bennett):

-Virtual Balboa (Darrup/Lipson/Bennett):

-Durian Brow (Darrup/Bennett):

-Roughhousing (Darrup/Lipson/Wright):

Masks required. Please stay home if you’re sick.
This is our home, please be respectful.

Saturday, March 25, 2023
8:30p doors, 9:00p start
$10 suggested donation

1550 N Milwaukee Ave Fl3
Chicago, IL 60622

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