Mikrokolektyw Recommended Soundboard

When: Wed., Sept. 21, 9:30 p.m. 2011

When I saw this duo from Wroclaw, Poland, on their first visit to Chicago two years ago, it was clear they loved the early work of the Chicago Underground Duo—trumpeter Artur Majewski and drummer Kuba Suchar mixed tart post-Don Cherry horn melodies with playful percussion grooves and pulsing electronic riffs. Since then Mikrolektyw have had two releases for the local Delmark label: their debut album, Revisit, and a more recent DVD called Dew Point, both of which make their main source of inspiration equally obvious. Dew Point is a document of the duo performing in front of a projection of Chicago landscape footage shot from a CTA train by Raymond Salvatore Harmon (though sometimes Harmon superimposes the performance video and the rather tedious landscape footage directly). Most of the music they play also appears on Revisit, but these performances feel looser and more propulsive—and several new tunes go even further in foregrounding the grooves. Tonight they'll play a duo set, then improvise as a quartet with two locals, bassist Joshua Abrams and trombonist Jeb Bishop. —Peter Margasak

Price: $8 suggested donation

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