Eric Glick Rieman, Jeff Albert, Dan Godston, Joel Wanek, and Marcus Evans; Renee Baker Project 6; Michael Erzen, Eric Leonardson, Glenn Weyant, and Matt Weston | Peter Jones Gallery | Experimental | Chicago Reader

Eric Glick Rieman, Jeff Albert, Dan Godston, Joel Wanek, and Marcus Evans; Renee Baker Project 6; Michael Erzen, Eric Leonardson, Glenn Weyant, and Matt Weston All Ages Soundboard

When: Wed., Oct. 8, 8 p.m. 2008

Tonight’s show is part of the Chicago Calling Arts Festival, which brings together local and out-of-town artists in unexpected multidisciplinary collaborations—and as far as such things go this improvisation by Michael Erzen, Eric Leonardson, Glenn Weyant, and Matt Weston is a doozy. Both Leonardson, a local, and Weyant, from Tucson, have invented and mastered instruments made from wood, springs, and cheap electronics that yield an astounding variety of sounds. The former will be playing his electroacoustic Springboard, and the latter—who once “played” the U.S.-Mexico border wall in a project challenging its divisiveness—was at press time still working on something light enough to avoid overweight charges on the flight from Arizona. They’ll be joined by Weston, an experimental drummer from Northampton, Massachusetts; his use of close miking and distortion on the recent album Not to Be Taken Away (7272) makes conventional percussion instruments sound like machines in extremis. Erzen, a local kinetic sculptor, will bring his Artbot, a semiautonomous robot that creates abstract paintings inspired by live music. —Bill Meyer

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