Tony Conrad & Keiji Haino, David Daniell & Doug McCombs, Bloodyminded | Empty Bottle | Rock, Pop, Etc, Experimental | Chicago Reader

Tony Conrad & Keiji Haino, David Daniell & Doug McCombs, Bloodyminded Critic's Choice Early Warnings (Music) Recommended Soundboard

When: Tue., April 28, 9:30 p.m. 2009

Keiji Haino’s first Chicago appearance in more than a decade was supposed to be last fall, during the Wire’s Adventures in Modern Music festival, but the Japanese multi-instrumentalist and singer canceled at the last minute—apparently due to one of those vagaries of international air travel that disproportionately affect the eccentric. It was a huge disappointment, but this duo with violinist, filmmaker, and philosopher Tony Conrad should more than make up for it. Haino is a tiny man but projects a titanic presence, like Darth Vader or a nine-story statue of the Buddha. With an operatic voice that’s alternately shamanistic, impressionistic, and animalistic and an impressive arsenal of instruments—not just his famously soul-destroying electric guitar but flute, hand drums, harmonica, hurdy-gurdy, and more—he’s instantly recognizable no matter who his collaborators are. Conrad is a giant in his own right, best known for the mesmerizing, transcendent “dream music” he made with La Monte Young, John Cale, Marian Zazeela, and Angus MacLise in the 60s; he re-created its rigorous, penetrating drones in the late 90s for the monumental Early Minimalism box set on Table of the Elements. The Large Hadron Collider probably isn’t a threat to the universe, but this show, on the other hand—let’s just say I’m a bit frightened about what such a powerful vortex of awesome might do to the fabric of space-time. David Daniell & Doug McCombs and Bloodyminded open. —Monica Kendrick

Price: $15

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