PHILIP JECK | Theater Critic's Choice | Chicago Reader

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With battered junk-shop turntables and scuffed vinyl, this Englishman layers leisurely loops into dense and beautiful compositions. On the recent Songs for Europe (Asphodel), he and fellow turntablist Janek Schaefer use secondhand classical, folk, and pop records procured in Istanbul and Athens to shape a portrait of two cultures that clash as they coevolve. The entangled bits of music seem to fight like an old married couple, tossing and turning under a thick blanket of surface noise. "The Crypt," Jeck's contribution to Spire: Live in Geneva Cathedral Saint Pierre (Touch), also alludes to geopolitical conflict: he pits two church-organ recordings against each other over clattering train wheels and remorseless drums, then drops in caroming blasts of heavy metal to evoke a new Europe pounding like a wrecking ball at the old one's weathered walls. Jeck's performance will be the 100th presented by the local nonprofit Lampo and the last before its series moves to a new venue this fall; he says he hopes to incorporate a few Chicago-sourced records. a 9 PM, 6Odum, 2116 W. Chicago, 312-282-7676, $12. A

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