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Post-Rock and the Amazon



Roads of Water

  • "Roads of Water"

MacArthur "genius" saxophonist Ken Vandermark plays live Saturday 4/2 at a free screening of the "fluvial western" Roads of Water, which he scored. Italian-born, Paris-based filmmaker Augusto Contento, who lived in Chicago in the 90s, shot Roads of Water from boats on the Amazon, meditating on the impact of the river on the region's cultures. According to press materials, "the film introduces us to another rhythm of life and another way of relating to the landscape and the people who inhabit it."

Vandermark and producer Giancarlo Grande will talk after the screening and screen clips from Contento's in-progress documentary about Chicago post-rock, Parallax Sounds.

It's at 2 PM at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St. There's a postscreening reception at 6 PM at ThinkArt Salon, which recently moved from Wicker Park to 670 W. Hubbard St.

Vandermark is one of six musicians featured in Parallax Sounds, along with Steve Albini, Azita Youssefi, Damon Locks of the Eternals, David Grubbs of Gastr del Sol, and Ian Williams of Don Caballero.

Next weekend Contento will may document benefit shows for Parallax Sounds at the Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia. Friday 4/8: Tim Daisy and Vandermark at 10 PM, The Eternals at 11, followed by DJ Dan Mihail. Saturday 4/9: Jeb Bishop, Daisy and Nate McBride at 9 PM, Daisy, Devin Hoff and Vandermark at 10. $10.

Then Grande, Locks and his Eternals bandmate Wayne Montana, Youssefi, and Hideout owner Tim Tuten speak on the free panel "Post Rock on Film," also featuring Parallax Sounds clips, Sunday 4/17 at 3 PM at the Chicago Cultural Center GAR Annex. It's part of the Chicago International Movies and Music Festival.