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Author: Jillian Degroot

Walking Marbles, Tortoises, and the 99 Cent Store: An Interview with Carolyn Chen

by Kenn Kumpf

a•pe•ri•od•ic will open its 2018-19 season next Sunday night (Oct. 14th) at 8:30 p.m. on Constellation’s Frequency Series as part of a double bill with vocalist/composer Carol Genetti. a•pe•ri•od•ic will give the Chicago premiere of Carolyn Chen’s In 1839 it was considered elegant to take a tortoise out walking.Read More...

Eliza Brown’s A Soundwalk with Resi: An Extended Program Note

Photo Credit: Yonatan Aljadeff

A Soundwalk with Resi by Eliza Brown

Extended program note by Jessica Aszodi

Resi is a child in late-19th-century Austria who will grow up to be the wife of a Field Marshall. Her given name is Maria Theresa, but that sounds too formal for a small person who prefers outdoors to in, so her mother calls her Resi.

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F-PLUS and ~Nois at Constellation

by Emily Kerski

The lobby of Constellation is like a warm living room; there’s something about the glow of the low orange lights, the sense of community as people gather at the door. It seems everyone knows everyone as they discuss projects, ask fellow musicians about what is coming up next, catch up with colleagues, revisit connections, dream bigger, make plans.Read More...

Danny Clay and Earsight Duo: (idk not really) a review (but more like a re-view or a re-thinking and def a mis-remembering)

by Michael Lewanski

Jacques Attali, in the inconclusive final chapter of his book Noise: The Political Economy of Music[1], writes about composition in a way that is not common; in contrasting it with the mechanism of repetition (i.e., reproduction) that has preceded it in the 20th century, he says composition is (or should be) (or will be) something

in which the musician plays primarily for himself, outside any operationality, spectacle, or accumulation of value; when music, extricating itself from the codes of sacrifice, representation, and repetition, emerges as an activity that is an end in itself, that creates its own code at the same time as the work.

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