Music Program
 

Wednesday, October 10 at 8:00 p.m.

$15 general admission, $12 students/seniors, $10 members

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Kuzu


Tashi Dorji - electric guitar
Taylor Damon - drums
Dave Rempis - saxophones

KUZU is a hard-charging but patient trio that came together in the fall of 2017, after saxophonist Dave Rempis, a stalwart of the Chicago improvised music scene, worked with both Tashi Dorji (guitar) and Tyler Damon (drums) individually as part of a lengthy solo tour of the U.S. that he undertook in the spring of that year. Dorji and Damon's work as a guitar/percussion duo has become well-known, a highly refined and specific language developed through relentless touring and recording over the last few years, with a sound that straddles improvised music, rock, and any number of as-yet-undefined territories. These two provide an incredibly fresh take on the possibilities inherent to spontaneous composition. Superimposing Rempis into this mix was a logical next step after the relationships they'd forged individually. The trio's forthcoming debut record Hiljaisuus ("silence" in Finnish…) is slated for release on the well-known Astral Spirits label in summer 2018, to be followed by two separate tours of the United States in late summer and fall.

Musically, these three create a highly focused pallet of sounds. At times, spacious gestures carve up the canvas with the austerity of a calligrapher, while at others those sparse gestures build into an unstoppable tsunami of energy. Those waves are never impulsive or impetuous though, they ebb and flow logically and patiently out of simple and clearly defined sources ... continue reading >>

 
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Wednesday, October 17 at 8:00 p.m.

$15 general admission, $12 students/seniors, $10 members

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Hearts & Minds

Paul Giallorenzo - synthesizer
Jason Stein - bass clarinet
Chad Taylor - drums

Called a "singularly original unit gleefully trapezing between sound and swing," Hearts & Minds combines brash fluidity, raw lyricism, and emphatic grooves. Hearts & Minds is a collective conceived by long-time collaborators Jason Stein (bass clarinet) and Paul Giallorenzo (synthesizer/electric piano), joined by drummer Chad Taylor.

After years of shows throughout the US and Europe with original drummer Frank Rosaly, Hearts and Minds released their debut recording in 2016 on the Austin-based label Astral Spirits. Following Rosaly's relocation to Amsterdam shortly thereafter, Stein and Giallorenzo began working with ex-Chicagoan drummer Chad Taylor and since then, have played multiple shows throughout the US and are planning to release their second album for Astral Spirits in September of 2018.

Hallwalls Music Program is made possible through public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency, and a generous grant from the Cullen Foundation.