Belgian Avant Garde Film Soundtrack @ Zeitgeist, NOLA
Apr
30
9:00 pm21:00

Belgian Avant Garde Film Soundtrack @ Zeitgeist, NOLA

  • Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center

New Orleans Film Society and Tephra Sound Records present:

Helen Gillet What is a Motico?
Belgian Avant Garde Film (1920's-30's)

Mars Williams: saxophones/toys
Helen Gillet: cello/electronics/vocals
Mark Southerland: saxophones/Horn Sculptures
Doug Garrison: drums

9pm
$10 cover


Mars Williams / Tollef Østvang Duo Tour March 11 - 19
Mar
11
Mar 19

Mars Williams / Tollef Østvang Duo Tour March 11 - 19

Mars Williams / Tollef Østvang Duo Tour March 11 - 19

3/2: Elastic, Chicago, IL (US)

3/11: Art Acts, St. Johann (Austria)

3/13: Mandagsklubben, København (Denmark)

3/14: TBA

3/15: Brötz, Gøteborg (Sweden)

3/16: TBA

3/17: UPOP, Fosen (Norway)

3/18: tba, Trondheim (NO)

Yes We Can : A Tribute to Allen Toussaint @ Constellation, Chicago
Jan
14
8:30 pm20:30

Yes We Can : A Tribute to Allen Toussaint @ Constellation, Chicago

  • Constellation Chicago

Yes We Can : A Tribute to Allen Toussaint, Benefitting Orleans Public Defenders at Constellation

Celebrate the music of legendary New Orleans songwriter and producer Allen Toussaint on what would have been his 79th birthday with some of the finest singers, songwriters and musicians in Chicago. Including Steve Dawson (Dolly Varden), Sima Cunnigham (Homme), Macie Stewart (Homme, Marrow), Liam Kazar (Marrow, Tweedy) and more!

All proceeds from this show will go directly to Orleans Public Defenders who provide legal aid and other social services.
 

JazzCity 2016: Ornette Coleman: The Harmony of Freedom
Nov
18
7:30 pm19:30

JazzCity 2016: Ornette Coleman: The Harmony of Freedom

  • Loyola Park

Loyola Park | 1230 W. Greenleaf Ave., Chicago
 

Ornette Coleman instilled a spirit of exploration rooted in tradition that continues to drive the evolution of the music today. With Mars Williams and Fred Jackson on saxophone, Jim Baker on piano, Josh Abrams on bass, Ben LaMar on trumpet and Avreeayl Ra on drums.

3-On-3 New Orleans | Chicago Edition @ Constellation, Chicago
Sep
8
7:00 pm19:00

3-On-3 New Orleans | Chicago Edition @ Constellation, Chicago

3-On-3, Jeff Albert, Helen Gillet, Maritza Mercado-Narcisse at Constellation

Special Edition New Orleans | Chicago Edition

Maritza Mercado-Narcisse
Maritza Mercado-Narcisse - movement
Onye Ozuzu- movement
Mars Williams - saxophones

Jeff Albert
Jeff Albert - trombone, electronics
Damon Locks - voice, electronics
Kim Alpert - video

Helen Gillet
Helen Gillet - cello, voice
Damon Locks - voice
Sandra Binion - multi-media artist

3-On-3 is a monthly meeting space for audience members and practitioners interested in actively engaging with the inner-workings of improvised performance in the broadest sense.

Each month 3 different artists are invited to present a mini set of a mixed line up of improvisers. Lineups can be as small as a trio or as large as a sextet, with a focus on dance, live electronics and/or acoustic music.

3-On-3’s programming model promotes a zero approach: No solo, duo or regular groups. No pre-set rehearsals. No comfort zone.

Ken Vandermark | with Momentum 3 @ SUGAR MAPLE, Milwaukee
Aug
21
7:00 pm19:00

Ken Vandermark | with Momentum 3 @ SUGAR MAPLE, Milwaukee

  • SUGAR MAPLE

OPTION MILWAUKEE presents MOMENTUM 3: Memory, Gesture, Gaze.

Tim Barnes (drums, percussion)
Nick Macri (acoustic bass)
Lou Mallozzi (turntables, CDs, microphones, mixer)
Ken Vandermark (reeds)
Mars Williams (saxophones, toys)

OPTION MILWAUKEE presents the third in a series of projects focusing on Ken Vandermark's collaborations with musicians based in the United States. Momentum 3: Memory, Gesture, Gaze, is a long form composition commissioned by the Smart Museum in Chicago to celebrate their acclaimed Monster Roster exhibition, which showcased the early work of Leon Golub, Cosmo Campoli, June Leaf, Dominick Di Meo, Seymour Rosofsky, and Nancy Spero, among others. As Vandermark states, many things influenced the compositional process:

"I thought a lot about the shattered world that the artists included in the Monster Roster had encountered directly or indirectly during World War II, and after, the existentialist nature of their work in response to those experiences. What were the sounds of those times? Music included jazz, serialism, the New York School (which consisted of Earle Brown, John Cage, Morton Feldman, and Christian Wolff); information was disseminated by radio and newsreels at the cinema. There were turntables and the LP. When I looked at Nancy Spero's, Homage to New York (I Do Not Challenge), the pairs of letters in the image made me think about codes- without knowledge of the artists she referred to, the initials indicated would not have had the same meaning- and codes made me think about the Cold War."

This Milwaukee concert will also include a set of improvised solos, duos, and trios.

The Psychedelic Furs  -  Summer 2016 – U.S.  Tour Dates
Jul
13
Aug 7

The Psychedelic Furs - Summer 2016 – U.S. Tour Dates

7/13Tucson, AZ               Rialto Theatre      
7/15  Flagstaff, AZ            Pepsi Amphitheater
7/16  Las Vegas, NV          Brooklyn Bowl          
7/17  Costa Mesa, CA        Pacific Amphitheater
7/19  San Diego, CA          Humphrey's at the Bay
7/21Santa Monica, CA     Santa Monica Pier
7/22  Santa Cruz, CA        The Catalyst  
7/23  Berkeley, CA            UC Theater                      
7/26  Portland, OR           Revolution Hall        
7/27  Seattle, WA             Benaroya Hall      
7/28  Missoula, MT           The Wilma    
7/30  Salt Lake City, UT   Rockwell at The Complex
7/31  Arvada, CO              Arvada Center      
8/2   Lincoln, NE              Rococo Theatre
8/4   St. Louis, MO           Ready Room
8/5   Kansas City, MO      Crossroads KC   
8/6   Sioux City, IA           Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

10/14 NEW ORLEANS, LA               Tipitina's
10/15 MEMPHIS, TN                          New Daisy Theatre
10/16 PENSACOLA, FL                     Vinyl Music Hall
10/18 PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FL    Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
10/19 ORLANDO, FL                        The Plaza Live
10/20 ST. PETERSBURG, FL            The Palladium Theatre
10/22 KEY WEST, FL                        Key West Theatre
10/23 FORT LAUDERDALE, FL       Culture Room