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Tim Daisy and Mikolaj Trzaska hit the road

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Tonight Chicago jazz and improvised-music fixture Tim Daisy launches a short midwestern and southern tour with the fiery Polish reedist Mikolaj Trzaska, a regular collaborator in recent years. They first came together as members of Ken Vandermark's Resonance Ensemble, and they've since worked together in the quartet Inner Ear with New York trombonist Steve Swell and Swedish tubaist Per-Åke Holmlander. The duo's shows are in support of a terrific, concise new album the pair just released on the drummer's Relay Records imprint called In This Moment. The recording, which features Trzaska exclusively on alto saxophone, was made in October 2012, not long after the Resonance Ensemble played the Chicago Jazz Festival. Local flavor plays heavily in the titles of the five improvised pieces, with street names like Division, Cortez, and Washtenaw turning up in three of them.

Both players are known for their power, but In This Moment is a beautifully temperate effort, one that freely taps into the swing rhythms and buoyant melodies that betray the duo's deep jazz foundations. Tonight's performance happens at Constellation, part of a double bill with another good-looking duo: vibist Jason Adasiewicz and reedist Keefe Jackson. Below you can check out one of the album's airier tracks, the gently rumbling "Grass and Trees."

The Art Institute of Chicago opens its new Christopher Wool exhibition on February 23, and in conjunction with the show the museum has organized an impressive performance program as a complement that reflects some of the visual artist's musical interests. On Thursday, March 13 at the Rubloff Auditorium guitarist Thurston Moore will play his score for Streets, the experimental film by James Nares, legendary punk icon and writer Richard Hell will read some of his work, and multi-instrumentalist Joe McPhee and percussionist Milford Graves will give their first-ever duo performance. Tickets are available here.

Today's playlist:

Toumast, Ishumar (Real World)
Gene Clark, Here Tonight: The White Light Demos (Omnivore)
Fanta Damba, Fanta Damba (Tembo)
Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Béla Bartok: Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta (Decca)
Mary Lattimore, The Withdrawing Room (Desire Path)

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