Konus Quartet with Tomas Korber and Michael Szedlak; Tomas Korber, Olivia Block, and Adam Sonderberg | Elastic | Experimental | Chicago Reader

Konus Quartet with Tomas Korber and Michael Szedlak; Tomas Korber, Olivia Block, and Adam Sonderberg All Ages Soundboard Recommended Image

When: Tue., Oct. 27, 9 p.m. 2015

Swiss experimentalist Tomas Korber has long shown interest in naturalistic, ebb-and-flow patterns, but he achieves a new level of sophistication and depth on his extended nine-part piece Musik für ein Feld, recorded with the Konus Saxophone Quartet and released last year on Cubus. In the world of electro-acoustic improv it’s often hard to decipher who’s doing what and where sounds are coming from. When not suffused in silence, much of this sonic field suggests a mixture of breath and lapping waves—or a meeting point of the composer’s electronics and the reedists’ unpitched breaths—and there are lovely and haunting tonal swells, sharp overtones, and resonant harmonic clouds from the horn players, who demonstrate stunning control throughout the 67-minute piece. Tonight’s program also features Konus performing Memoire, Horizon, a stunner from Wandelweiser composer Jürg Frey. On a recording of the gorgeous 30-minute piece released last year by Musiques Suisses, the saxophonists deliver long tones to create mystical-sounding harmonies that hover, undulate, and alternate between electronic- and church-organ-like tones. It feels like an incredibly simple exercise, but it’s as mesmerizing and beautiful as anything I’ve heard this year. Another featured part of tonight’s concert will be an improvised set from Korber, Olivia Block, and Adam Sonderberg.

Peter Margasak

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