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Option: Anne La Berge and Amanda Schoofs
April 29 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
April 29, 2019
at Experimental Sound Studio
5925 N. Ravenswood Ave.
Chicago, IL 60660
Tickets: $10 General /
$8 Students/ESS Members
Door at 7 | Music at 7:30
Set 1 – Anne La Berge (flute and electronic) solo, Amanda Schoofs (voice) solo
Set 2 – La Berge/Schoofs duo
“Flutist, improviser and composer Anne Laberge and vocalist/composer Amanda Schoofs mark their debut on the Option stage. Please join us for an evening of solo and duo music by these two of giants in the field of sound.” – OPTION Curators
Composer, improviser, vocalist, and visual artist Amanda Schoofs creates visceral works that emphasize timbre and intimacy while exposing the raw, vulnerable, and violent nature of the human spirit. Her work extends from the experimental music tradition and exists in the space between diverse artistic practices: music composition, vocal performance, painting and printmaking, poetry, performance art, and authentic movement/ dance.
Anne La Berge’s passion for the extremes in both composed and improvised music has led her to the fringes of storytelling and sound art as her sources of musical inspiration. Her performances bring together a ferocious virtuosity, a penchant for microtonal textures and melodies, and an array of extended flute effects, all combined with interactive electronic processing. She is a founding artist of Splendor Amsterdam, a collective of musicians, who have transformed a bathhouse in Amsterdam into a cultural mecca. She can be heard on the Largo, Artifact, Etcetera, Hat Art, Frog Peak, Einstein, X-OR, Unsounds, Canal Street, Rambo, esc.rec., Intackt, Data and verz labels. She is the Managing Director of the Volsap Foundation that produces innovative music projects and concert tours.
Amanda Schoofs creates music that emphasizes presence and spontaneity while exposing the raw and vulnerable qualities of sound and the performing self. Infuse with melody and full spectrum timbre her acoustic and electroacoutic compositions are stunning in their visceral coherence. Her artistic practice extends through the American experimental music tradition and exists in the space between academic new music, hybrid arts, and DIY punk and noise practices.
Amanda’s music is being presented throughout America, Canada, Europe, and Australia. In 2015 her composition Intimate Addictions was curated by Pulitzer Prize winner Du Yun on the world renowned MATA Festival at The Kitchen in NYC. Her vocal performance of Intimate Addictions was hailed by the Wall Street Journal as “fantastic theater” and described as “courageously elevating the evening to an entirely different level of sophistication,”by I Care If You Listen.
OPTION is a weekly music salon on Monday nights at Experimental Sound Studio. It’s programming explores contemporary perspectives on improvisation and composition in a ‘salon’ format, enabling local, national, and international artists to publicly discuss their practice and ideas as well as perform—all in the intimate environment of ESS’s Studio A. Organized by Chicago musicians Andrew Clinkman, Tim Daisy, and Ken Vandermark, the schedule of concerts represents an insider’s view of what is currently most exciting in music and the arts. Shows are professionally recorded by ESS staff, and are streamed live on YouTube.
About Experimental Sound Studio:
Experimental Sound Studio (ESS) is a Chicago-based nonprofit organization dedicated to artistic evolution and the creative exploration of sound. As an international hub for sonic experimentation, ESS nurtures artists, heralds new works, and builds a broad, supportive community of makers, enthusiasts, and creative partners through production, presentation, education, and preservation.
Founded in 1986 by Dawn and Lou Mallozzi, Eric Leonardson, and Perry Venson, ESS has occupied its Edgewater location since 2006. The facility is home to a full-service recording, mixing, and mastering studio for hire; Audible Gallery, a small public space for exhibitions, meetings, workshops, performances, and artists’ projects; and the Creative Audio Archive—an invaluable collection of recordings, print, and visual ephemera related to avant-garde and exploratory sound and music of the last five decades. ESS presents eclectic performance and installation programming, workshops, and artist talks year round—both in the various spaces around the studio and at partner venues around Chicago.
photo credit: Paul Mitchell (Amanda), C. Marx (Anne)