Mon May 8, 2017 9:00 pm Free Monday
The shape-shifting drone, modern classical, outrock and extreme metal collective WREKMEISTER HARMONIES, led by the enigmatic and visionary musician JR Robinson, came into chaotic life in 2006 with the modus operandi of performing and recording long pieces in museums, mausoleums and other impressive public spaces. Over three inimitable albums, released at a feverish pace (You’ve Always Meant So Much to Me, 2013; Then It All Came Down, 2014; Night of Your Ascension, 2015) JR proved himself to be a master collaborator - curating and orchestrating the talents of such varied underground luminaries as Jef Whitehead of Leviathan, Alexander Hacke of Einstürzende Neubauten, David Yow of The Jesus Lizard, and more. Following the critical success of last year’s Night Of Your Ascension, which featured no less than 30 musicians, JR felt it was time to seek out new methods, processes and creative strategies, focusing his energies on a smaller collective.
Clectronic experimentalist, noise auteur, and goddamn Chicago legend MARK SOLOTROFF is opening. Being co-founder of BloodLust!, member of BLOODYMINDED, as well as leading Chicago’s relentless ANATOMY OF HABIT, it's pretty safe to say this guy knows what he’s doing. Power electronics, harsh noise, analog synths, and tape are all in his arsenal so check your ear flaps and show up early.
TREVOR DE BRAUW is a Chicago musician who's known as one of the guitarists in sludge-metal titans PELICAN, as well as powerambient offshoot CHORD and new-ish instrumental power trio RLYR. DE BRAUW returns with solo material that reaches more for shimmering lights than doomy darkness, building layers of droning, pulsing guitar loops that gently push each piece along.
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