Nicolas Jaar, Orchard Lounge | Smart Bar | Dance | Chicago Reader

Nicolas Jaar, Orchard Lounge Soundboard

When: Fri., March 25, 10 p.m. 2011

Nicolas Jaar is a precocious one. Barely into his 20s, he's already the proprietor of a tastemaking boutique electronic label, Clown and Sunset, as well as its best-known act. Like the other artists on his imprint, Jaar uses a vocabulary of modern electronic sounds drawn from house and techno to create abstract, largely beatless music that's heavily indebted to avant-garde classical and jazz musicians. The results sometimes verge on ambient or new age, but the spirit of unconventional composers like Erik Satie—Jaar describes being "haunted" by Satie in his SoundCloud bio—shines through in the tone of Jaar's work. Judging by his recordings, including his new debut LP, Space Is Only Noise (Circus Company), his Smart Bar set could give the venue's normally hedonistic crowd an opportunity for contemplative chin-stroking. —Miles Raymer

Price: $15, $10 in advance

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