Meridian, Akosuen, Sabertooth Dream | Elastic | Experimental | Chicago Reader

Meridian, Akosuen, Sabertooth Dream All Ages Recommended Soundboard Image

When: Fri., Feb. 26, 9 p.m. 2016

The credits to Hoquet (Accidie Records), the debut album by Meridian, don’t disclose whether the music is improvised or composed. Percussionists Greg Stuart, Sarah Hennies, and Tim Feeney are each capable of either approach, but together their work focuses on something more basic. A snare drum, for instance, is a hard rim and a skin, and the sound that comes from dragging an object against one of those two components is as valid as the one you get by whacking the drum with a stick to produce its more familiar sound. On their second and latest recording, Tuyeres (Caduc), the three musicians engage in parallel play, layering sounds that seem to resonate in sympathy with each other without noticeably interacting. Each element transforms slowly, but not in unison, which only makes you more aware of the physical presences of the collective sound. The guitar-drums duo Sabertooth Dream open, sound and video artist Akosuen performs second, and Meridian headline.

Bill Meyer

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