Guillermo Gregorio's Madi Ensemble, Digital Clamor of the Masses | Elastic | Jazz | Chicago Reader

Guillermo Gregorio's Madi Ensemble, Digital Clamor of the Masses Recommended All Ages Soundboard Critics' Picks

When: Fri., Jan. 16, 9 p.m. 2009

With their bold geometries and witty icons, Guillermo Gregorio’s graphic scores are just as elegant and poised as his music, which encompasses free improvisation, post-12-tone serialism, and jazz from swing to cool to free. Usually it’s pretty hard to see them, though—not everybody is comfortable trying to peek over the performers’ shoulders during a concert. The exhibit “Visual Music,” which has been up for a month at Elastic, solves that problem by putting his works on the wall—and one of the ensembles that the Buenos Aires-born, Chicago-based multi­reedist and composer is leading as part of tonight’s event will bring them to life. First the Digital Clamor of the Masses, a new group that features Gregorio on clarinets alongside four electronic musicians, will explore contrasting textures against the backdrop of a video collage depicting a century of labor’s responses to dispossession—including footage of the recent employee occupation of Chicago’s Republic Windows & Doors plant and of Argentine auto-parts workers restarting their idled factory in 2003. Then Gregorio’s Madi Ensemble, in a seven-piece electroacoustic incarnation that includes trombonist Jeb Bishop and guitarist Elbio Barilari, will play a couple of his scores. A preshow reception begins at 7 PM; the exhibit, which can be viewed during concerts and by appointment, runs till February 1. —Bill Meyer

Price: Donation requested

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