James Falzone, Lou Mallozzi, and Michael Vorfeld; Devin Hoff | Elastic | Experimental | Chicago Reader

James Falzone, Lou Mallozzi, and Michael Vorfeld; Devin Hoff All Ages Soundboard

When: Thu., April 7, 10 p.m. 2011

JAMES FALZONE, LOU MALLOZZI, AND MICHAEL VORFELD In Michael Vorfeld's visual art, the arrangement of light sources—lamps, fluorescent fixtures, slide projectors—transforms the viewer's perception of a space. But it can also be an end in and of itself, and the Berlin-based percussionist wields sound much as he does light. On Snake's Eye (Formed), a 2009 album that Vorfeld and percussionist Christian Wolfarth made as Vorwolf, the reverberations of stroked metal and membranes accentuate the relatively conventional kit work much like spotlights change the appearance of a sculpture. But on "Parabel," a track from his 2010 solo CD Flugangst (Monotype), there's nothing that sounds like drumming set against the rustle of agitated snares and the sigh of bowed cymbals, and unmoored like this, they become a vast, encompassing presence. On the first two nights of Vorfeld's Chicago residency, he brings light and sound together by using lightbulbs as a sound sources—Tuesday at Heaven Gallery he performs Light Bulb Music, and Wednesday at the Goethe-Institut he lectures on the lightbulb as a cultural artifact and presents a short excerpt of the piece. Tonight he'll stick to percussion as he improvises with two locals, electronicist and turntable artist Lou Mallozzi and clarinetist James Falzone. Double bassist Devin Hoff opens with a solo set. 10 PM, Elastic, 2830 N Milwaukee, second floor, 773-772-3616, $7. —Bill Meyer

Price: $7

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