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New Music at the Green Mill

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This free event at the Green Mill offers an excellent opportunity for the jaded and/or curious to become acquainted with the widely varied sonic worlds of several young and hungry Chicago-area avant-garde musicians while drinking beer on a Sunday afternoon. That this program is being staged in a bar rather than an academic auditorium or an oh-so-serious loft space is hardly incidental; it's expressly designed to appeal to the uninitiated. This is music to be sensually enjoyed, not just examined and and explained--once you relax and open your ears you may find it surprisingly accessible. The program offers almost vaudevillian variety, from pieces by big names like Karlheinz Stockhausen, Franco Donatoni, and Steve Reich to works by local people--Jeff Kowalkowski's relatively traditional chamber music, Lou Mallozzi's folding of music into spoken text, and Jim O'Rourke's textural electronic manipulation of acoustic sounds. Others on the program include Gene Coleman, Rross Feller, Dimitris Marinos, Craig First, Michaeliis Lapidakis, and Athanasios Zervas. Sunday, 2-5 PM, Green Mill, 4802 N. Broadway; 878-5552.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Bruce Powell.

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