When: Thu., Sept. 20, 9 p.m. 2012
German-born clarinetist Michael Thieke commands the full range of the instrument, from velvety low tones to ear-jamming highs, and his stylistic reach is even broader: he plays delicate art-pop with the Magic I.D., contrapuntal chamber jazz with the Clarinet Trio, microtonal drones with the Pitch, and exquisitely restrained improvisations with the International Nothing. He's come to Chicago to unveil one of his most unlikely collaborations yet. Holzmusik ("Wooden Music") is a site-specific recording conceived to complement the foliage and architecture of the Lincoln Park Conservatory's Fern Room, and its humid pops and grainy long tones reflect a sense of kinship with both the room's atmosphere and its occupants. (He'll be present at a free opening reception for Holzmusik from 3-5 PM on Sun 9/23; the conservatory is at 2931 N. Stockton, and the installation will be up till January 31, 2013.) Thieke has an affinity for other clarinetists too, and tonight he'll share the stage with a local trio that consists of clarinetist Guillermo Gregorio, cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm, and turntablist Lou Mallozzi. They'll play two sets. —Bill Meyer See also Saturday and Sunday.