Mwata Bowden & Coppice | Nightingale | Experimental | Chicago Reader

Mwata Bowden & Coppice Recommended Soundboard Image

When: Sat., Sept. 12, 8 p.m. 2015

Last year the Experimental Sound Studio and Chicago Film Archives produced a pair of encounters that involved two previously unacquainted musicians collaborating to devise scores for sequences of short films. Dubbed Kinosonik, the experiment went so well that this year there will be three more programs. Tonight, “Kinosonik #3: Industry, Cities, Design & Experimentation” brings together representatives of the forward-thinking Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians and the city’s contemporary experimental-music community, pairing woodwinds and didgeridoo player Mwata Bowden, a longtime AACM member, with Coppice, a harmonium and electronics duo. A considerable gulf separates the jazz-rooted compositions of the former from the latter’s explorations of sonic surfaces and grit, but the bridge they’ve devised harkens back to a vintage strategy of the AACM: Coppice’s Noé Cuéllar and Joseph Kramer will forgo bellows and electronics to improvise with small objects. The move recalls the Art Ensemble of Chicago’s use of “little instruments” (percussive elements, found objects, toys), and combined with Bowden’s horns, should evoke a continuum between past and future.

Bill Meyer

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