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Slow Bell Trio // Chloe Yu Nong Lin
August 11, 2019 @ 8:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Frequency Series Presents
Slow Bell Trio
Slow Bell Trio of Steven Hess, Mike Weis, and Keefe Jackson is a new combination of improvisors which stands out because of the unusual affiliations the members bring to the proverbial musical table. In addition to playing low-key rock music with Zelienople and abstracted folk themes with Scott Tuma, percussionist Mike Weis performs ambient soundscapes with Mirror of Nature and solo material influenced by forms of Korean rituals. Steven Hess hits the drums hard and precise with art-metal combos Locrian and RLYR and combines stark beats with electronic textures in Cleared, but he also explores the resonance of Kentucky caves with the experimental ensemble Haptic on their new CD Ten Years Under the Earth (Unfathomless). And Keefe Jackson is a redoubtable presence on Chicago’s jazz scene, contributing tenor saxophone and bass and contrabass clarinets to his own bands, Greg Ward’s Mingus-themed 10 Tongues band, and Jason Stein’s muscular, swinging quartet as well as plunging into fractious free improvisation in the Urge Trio with Tomeka Reid and Christoph Erb. You can count on the three men to be thoughtful, forceful, and wide open to possibility.
—Bill Meyer, Chicago Reader
Chloe Yu Nong
Chloe Yu Nong Lin is a musician and composer from Taiwan and currently based in Chicago. She has participated in many interdisciplinary works with Chinese orchestras and Legend Lin Dance Theatre in Taiwan. Lin currently engages in solo Pipa improvisation and experimental composition exploring the meanings and expression of words themselves. She also draws on sheet music to reflect her music imaginings. Her current projects also include collaborating with artist and guitarist Kevin McGrath as a music improvisation duo “Lin and McGrath.” In Lin’s music and sound practice, she focuses on the relationship between her body movements and her instrument the Pipa (琵琶). Her performances involve music, sounds, silence, extended techniques, movements, light and shadow.