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Tony Conrad
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The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago has long been one of the city's savviest, most adventurous presenters of contemporary art, but curator Hamza Walker has also maintained a sideline as a smart presenter of avant-garde music. An unusual partnership with CAN TV, Chicago's public-access cable network, will highlight some of the Ren's recent performances: beginning at 8 PM this Sunday, August 7, channel 21 will air a series of five concerts, each running twice. The series ends October 9.

This is an amazingly great idea: I'd be hard-pressed to name any other time Chicagoans have been able watch big-name experimental musicians such as Tony Conrad and David Moss on local TV. After the jump: the six concerts, along with their air dates. All showings are at 8 PM.

August 7 and September 11: Six with Jacques Demierre (piano), Isabelle Duthoit (clarinet and voice), Charlotte Hug (viola), Urs Leimgruber (saxophone), Thomas Lehn (analog synthesizer), Dorothea Schürch (voice and musical saw), recorded Monday, May 24, 2010, in Fulton Recital Hall, Goodspeed Hall, at the University of Chicago

August 14 and September 18: Tony Conrad solo violin concert, recorded on Jan 23, 2011, at the Renaissance Society

August 21 and September 25: Vincent Barras and Jacques Demierre performing Voicing Through Saussure (2004), recorded on April 20, 2011, in Bond Chapel at the University of Chicago

August 28 and October 2: David Moss Hyperglyphyx (solo voice, objects and electronics), recorded on May 22, 2010, in Swift Hall at the University of Chicago

September 4 and October 9: Marc Unternaehrer sculpture with solo tuba accompaniment (sculpture by Rebecca Warren), recorded on November 6, 2010, at the Renaissance Society

Today's playlist:

Juhani Aaltonen Quartet, Conclusions (TUM)
Fight the Big Bull, All Is Gladness in the Kingdom (Clean Feed)
Hugues Dufourt, L'Afrique et L'Asie d'après Tiepolo (Kairos)
Jeremy Udden's Plainville, If the Past Seems So Bright (Sunnyside)
A Hawk and a Hacksaw, A Hawk and a Hacksaw (Leaf)

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