When: Fri., Dec. 11, 8 p.m. 2015
Byron Westbrook doesn’t make a lot of records. Though the New York-based electronic musician has been performing concerts under either his own name or the alias Corridors since 2006—and has been creating sound installations nearly as long—the just-released Precipice (Root Strata) is only his second album-length release. Recordings have never been able to produce the same effect as his previous Chicago appearances, where to heighten the awareness of space he played processed instrumental sounds through strategically placed loudspeakers while audience members passed around smaller speakersand lights flickered. On Precipice Westbrook gets more direct. He plays its four pieces on a modular synthesizer, and as the music transitions from slowly bending tones to psychedelic whorls to drizzling blips, it feels more active than Corridors’ beautifully decaying timbres. Tonight Westbrook will play pieces from Precipice and newer material. Following his performance, local guitarist Daniel Wyche will lead a quartet that includes guitarist Andrew Clinkman, cellist Lia Kohl, and vibraphonist Ryan Packard in a performance of “The Fire in the Lacquer House,” a surging soundscape by Wyche that Lillerne Tapes reissued earlier this year.
Price: $10, $8 students and members