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Erica Dicker and Dana Jessen at Constellation

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Erica Dicker and Dana Jessen at Constellation

March 31, 2019 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm

Bassoonist Dana Jessen joins forces with violinist Erica Dicker to present a new collaborative project featuring original works, structured improvisations, and recent compositions for bassoon and violin. Jessen and Dicker’s collective backgrounds span contemporary classical, improvised, and electroacoustic music, each actively involved in multiple facets of the new music scene.

In addition to original works and structured improvisations, their Constellation performance will feature three world premiere pieces by Erin Rogers, Andrew Raffo Dewar, and Chicago-based composer/performer Ted Moore.

Praised for her diverse talents, bassoonist Dana Jessen is highly active as a soloist, improviser, chamber musician, and new music specialist. Dana is the co-founder of Splinter Reeds, a San Francisco-based reed quintet, and has performed with the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, Alarm Will Sound, and Anthony Braxton’s Tri-Centric Orchestra Ensemble, among others. Her strong ambitions to explore free jazz and creative improvisation have led to performances throughout Europe and the United States with numerous improvisers including Wilbert de Joode, Frank Gratkowski, Anne La Berge, Joe Morris, Taylor Ho Bynum, and Mike Reed, among many more. Dana’s debut solo album, Carve, was released through Innova Recordings in 2017 and features four newly commissioned works for bassoon and electronics alongside solo acoustic improvisations. The album has received celebrated reviews and mentions from the Chicago Reader, All About Jazz, ATTN:Magazine, Avant Music News, and Cleveland Classical. Additional recordings can be heard on Cantaloupe Records, Innova Recordings, Ravello, RIOJA, Oberlin Music, Evil Rabbit and New World Records, with an upcoming release on New Focus Recordings in 2019. Dana is currently based in Oberlin, Ohio, where she serves as Associate Professor of Contemporary Music and Improvisation at the Oberlin Conservatory as well as the Director of Professional Development.

Erica Dicker makes music reflecting her interest in experiencing eidetic memories as aural phenomena, a sensibility she brings to her improvisation and collaborative work. A dedicated proponent of new music, Erica is a core member of Wavefield and a founding member of the chamber music collective Till By Turning as well as Vaster Than Empires, an electro-acoustic collaboration with composer Paul Schuette and percussionist Allen Otte. As part of the New York-based horn trio, Kylwyria, Erica and her colleagues Julia Den Boer and John Gattis work to generate interest in and commission adventurous chamber music repertoire for their unique instrumentation. Erica serves as concertmaster for the Tri-Centric Orchestra, an ensemble founded to premiere and record the opera’s of Anthony Braxton. She has also performed alongside Braxton in his Falling River Quartet and Diamond Curtain Wall Quartet at festivals in Belgium, Germany, Italy, Macedonia, Poland, and Turkey and appeared with the 12+1-tet at the 2012 Venice Biennale. Engaging others in Braxton’s music inspires Erica as an educator. She has written about and curated performances of his work, most recently for the International Contemporary Ensemble at the 2017 Ojai Music Festival, and leads workshops on free improvisation and creative musicianship.




March 31, 2019
8:30 pm - 11:00 pm


Constellation Chicago
3111 N. Western Ave
Chicago, IL 60618 United States