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Articular Facet presents Bracken at Rhinofest 2015
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Chicago, IL
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Articular Facet presents Bracken at Rhinofest 2015
Inspired by the discovery of a beautifully illustrated early twentieth century medical text, Chicago-based composer Julia Miller began bringing together diverse artists- composers, improvisers, dancers, sound artists, instrument builders, and more- creating points of contact to achieve movement. We are interested in works that bring together multiple media and collaboration for the sake of the articular process. Since 2011, a series of six concerts around Chicago, several performances of Miller's large scale improvised opera Dissecting Adam- several alongside San Francisco- based Gino Robair's  I, Norton.  July 2014, Articular Facet was Ragdale Foundations' first large ensemble themed residency culminating in a performance of Dissecting Adam/I, Norton in the BuruBuru.

Articular Facet now functions as an open-culture collective of accomplished working musicians and artists willing and able to push boundaries and experiment with ambitious long term and large scale works, new forms of opera. Members of the collective perform together and with additional collaborators in countless events around Chicagoland and smaller ensembles have resulted from the regular, direct contact of these skeletal formations of artists rubbing up against one another.

Bracken (after Christian Wolff) by Nicolas Collins, 2014
Bracken adapts the language of circuits and software for interpretation by any instrument.  A computer generates and projects a live streaming score that directs the payers to interact with one another following rules derived from binary logic and various methods of analog and digital signal processing. Articular Facet first performed Bracken for the Chicago Composers' Consortium in 2014.

Sam Bradshaw, contrabass
Mark Hardy, electronics
Deirdre Harrison, voice and objects
Ed Herrmann, skatchbox
Jeff Kowalkowski, Nord
Julia Miller, electric guitars

Saturday, February 14th:

Nicolas Collins' Bracken performed by the ensemble

The Jeff Kowalkowski Trio-

Jazz from AF members: Jeff Kowalkowski on piano, Avreeayl Ra on percussion and Harrison Bankhead on contrabass. The trio recently completed their first full length recording due to be released later this spring with New Atlantis Records.

Sunday, February 15 at 2 pm: Listening Session and Potluck

Members of Articular Facet present recorded works and other media from the significant and enormous archive the group has amassed over its several year existence, with an open forum for discussion of the documentary process of the collective narrative. Potluck with free coffee!


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3502 N. Elston Ave.
Chicago, IL 60618
United States


Music > Experimental

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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