Eli Keszler | The Post Family | Experimental | Chicago Reader

Eli Keszler Free All Ages Soundboard Recommended Image

When: Sat., Nov. 16, 7 p.m. 2013

New York sound artist Eli Keszler creates dense constellations of sound from terse, clattery percussion. His high-speed clusters of thwacks, pings, and clanks seem to dissolve within resonant drones—sometimes produced by piano strings and sometimes, as on his 2011 album Ixtirn (ESP-Disk), by Andrew Fenlon’s low brass or Ashley Paul’s saxophone. Recently Keszler has developed a rigorous practice of layering spastic beats—he occasionally reminds me of an even more hyperactive Michael Zerang—into a dense mass that seems to slow down time, with countless rapid impacts adding up to a single huge crawl. But his most exciting work involves installations, and he’ll present one at this event produced by experimental-music programmer Lampo. It’s an adaptation of his piece “Cold Pin,” which appears in several versions on last year’s Catching Net (Pan); he creates it by suspending varied lengths of piano string on the walls, equipped with pickups that amplify the often harsh, ringing sounds produced when motorized beaters strike the strings. The automated installation is harrowing and industrial, its ominous, ricocheting metallic tones reverberating in pulsing thrums and twangs; things get even more exciting when live instrumentalists accompany it (Paul, Geoff Mullen, Greg Kelley, and Reuben Son), especially when Keszler adds his intense playing on conventional drum kit and crotales. In addition to Keszler’s installation and performance, the Post Family gallery presents an exhibition of design work done for Lampo over its 15-year history. —Peter Margasak

Price: free with RSVP at elikeszler.eventbrite.com