Mabel Kwan & Shanna Gutierrez | Constellation | Experimental | Chicago Reader

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When: Sun., Jan. 15, 8:30 p.m. 2017

Local musicians Mabel Kwan and Shanna Gutierrez are both committed to opening up and exploring what classical music can be without sacrificing its technical rigor. Recently Kwan, who plays piano with Ensemble Dal Niente and Pesedjet, made an album that redefined the baroque-era clavichord as a parlor instrument ripe for processing and collage; meanwhile Gutierrez uses extended techniques and lesser-known members of the flute family to stake out new ground. “Dualities,” the program they’ll present this Sunday, is likely to disrupt whatever expectations you might have of a classical piano-and-flute duo. Carolyn O’Brien’s “Kinetic Suite” uses toy instruments and folk-dance gestures to introduce elements of play into music that still rewards the ear with piquant tonalities and subtly dislocated rhythms. They’ll be joined by electronic musician Fredrick Gifford to play his “Shadow Play” and Olga Neuwirth’s “Verfremdung/Entfremdung,” which uses taped electronics, processing, and a six-channel speaker arrangement to transform two acoustic instruments into an immersive aural environment. Also on the program are Chou Wen-chung’s “Cursive,” Alex Temple’s “Inland,” and Elisabeth Lutyens’s piano solo “5 Bagatelles.”

Bill Meyer

Price: $15, $10 in advance

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