Dadadah | Theater Critic's Choice | Chicago Reader

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Out of New York's downtown pomo subculture emerges the amalgamation known as Dadadah, led by vocalist and flautist Kitty Brazelton. On their recently released debut, Rise Up! (Accurate/Distortion), numerous musical elements and attitudes collide: noisy improvised texture music, prog-rock jamming and art-rock posturing, west-coast chamber jazz, pop power chords, Asian and Polynesian classical music, Mexican jarocho harp tunes, and music to unmade movies from countless genres. The compositions often drift from style to style with a dreamlike fluidity, recalling a surrealist approach to juxtaposition as much as a more affronting dadaist one. Brazelton's voice is as chameleonic as the music, spanning the pop and rock spectrum from Lydia Lunch to Patsy Cline to Joan Jett, but equally at home in improvised settings where she might recall Maggie Nichols, Shelley Hirsch, or Amy Denio. Indeed, fans of A Beautiful Western Saddle (Cuneiform), Denio's wonderful collaboration with Curlew, should take special notice of Brazelton and company. For Dadadah's first Chicago appearance, the lineup will include harpist Elizabeth Panzer, electric guitarist Hui Cox, alto saxist/flautist Danny Weiss, trombonist Sarah Smith, drummer Dane Richeson, cellist Matt Turner, bassist Jeff Eckels, and the great French horn player Tom Varner. In-the-know jazz fans will also recognize this as a rare opportunity to hear Varner blow live. Saturday, 9 PM, HotHouse, 1565 N. Milwaukee; 235-2334.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): Photo/Walter Cessna.

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