Gebhard Ullman Clarinet Trio, DJ James Falzone | Hideout | Jazz | Chicago Reader

Gebhard Ullman Clarinet Trio, DJ James Falzone Soundboard

When: Wed., April 14, 9:30 p.m. 2010

The shoestring economics of improvised music encourage musicians to carry on like sailors—playing with whomever they can pick up when they blow into town or having a band in every port. The catch, as Berlin-based reedist Gebhard Ullmann sees it, is that players need more permanent working relationships to get to the top of their game. His solution has been to keep touring bands on both sides of the Atlantic, but there's still a trade-off: American audiences rarely get to see the Clarinet Trio, which Ullmann has maintained with fellow German clarinetists Michael Thieke and Jürgen Kupke since 1998. Which is a shame, since the combination of their stylistic openness, closely calibrated attunement, and Ullmann's rigorous yet memorable compositions make them one of the better all-reed ensembles around. See also Tuesday at the Cultural Center when the Trio performs a free show minus DJ James Falzone. —Bill Meyer

Price: $10

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