Rooms Trio, Frank Rosaly | Elastic | Jazz | Chicago Reader

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When: Thu., May 21, 9 p.m. 2015

Percussionist Frank Rosaly’s versatility goes hand in hand with his ubiquity. Since moving to Chicago in 2001 he has swung buoyantly with saxophonist Nick Mazzarella’s trio, shuffled quietly with Ryley Walker, rocked hard behind Health & Beauty, run the gamut of improvisational possibilities with Fast Citizens and Rempis Percussion Quartet, and folded electric jazz into Puerto Rican roots music in ¡Todos de Pie! But the stylistic, sonic, and technical possibilities increase exponentially when he performs solo. Not only does Rosaly permit himself to range from focused explorations of one piece of his drum kit to elaborate combinations of fragmented rhythms, he transforms the sounds of his instruments with electronic processing. Sometimes familiar drum sounds battle their way through coarse bursts of shortwave-like static; at other moments he subjects his beats to distortion and reverb. Tonight’s concert kicks off a varied series of improvised solo performances that Elastic will host over the next couple months. —Bill Meyer

Price: $10

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