WBEZ | mike reed http://www.wbez.org/tags/mike-reed Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Constellation: A new venue for music and other performing arts http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2013-04/constellation-new-venue-music-and-other-performing-arts-106402 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/links hall.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Wrigleyville has dedicated itself to nurturing the pursuits and expressions of &quot;&#39;bro culture&quot; like no other neighborhood in Chicago.</p><p>Wandering along Clark Street between Belmont and Addison Avenues on a weekend (or during a Cubs home stand) is like entering their personal pleasure dome, a place where men sporting backwards baseball caps and pastel golf shirts stage elaborate performances: Alienated sports fan, existential beer chugger, street fighter.</p><p>So I&#39;ve always found it pleasing that the neighborhood has proven a shelter for two very different communities: the practitioners of women&#39;s health, and performing artists.</p><p>No more though. After 35 years sharing the second story of the Link&#39;s-Hall Building at the corners of Sheffield, Clark and Newport, both the <a href="http://chicagowomenshealthcenter.org/">Women&#39;s Health Center </a>and performance venue <a href="http://www.members.linkshall.org/Default.aspx">Links Hall</a> are <a href="http://www.linkshall.org/Space/GoodbyeOldLinks/tabid/200/Default.aspx">relocating</a>.</p><p>Though it has been raising money and looking for a new space for some time, Women&#39;s Health Center hasn&#39;t yet made an announcement about new digs. But Links Hall has not only landed, in many ways it has found a new lease on life.</p><p>Their new home is the former Viaduct Theatre at Belmont and Western, now known as <a href="http://www.constellation-chicago.com/event/247849-source-family-chicago/">Constellation</a>.</p><p>There Links Hall, under the direction of Roell Schmidt, will be both the primary tenant and partner in a <a href="http://linkshall.org/Space/NewHomeForLinks/tabid/197/Default.aspx">&quot;collaborative arts venue&quot;</a> with jazz musician and music presenter <a href="http://www.mikereedmusic.com/thinkingoutloud.cfm">Mike Reed.</a></p><p>In fact tonight Links will kick Constellation into existence with its show&nbsp;<a href="http://members.linkshall.org/Performances/April/tabid/174/Default.aspx#aprilfraction"><em>Fraction: Dance in Progress</em>.</a></p><p><em>Fraction,</em> in keeping with Link&#39;s mission to present established and emerging performers, is kind of a dance &quot;open house&quot;. The program features a&nbsp;series of works-in-progress by an array of performers, including 7th and 8th grade Near North Montessori School students, a couple of flamenco artists, and Philip Elson, a member of local dance troupe The Seldoms. There&#39;ll also be opportunity for audiences to talk with the artists and provide feedback on their work.</p><p>But <em>Fraction </em>also represents what&#39;s exciting about Constellation overall.</p><p>Though many of the venue&#39;s shows will reflect Reed&#39;s experiences in the world of improvised music (he performs in a seemingly endless number of &nbsp;ensembles and leads two jazz groups of his own),&nbsp;this is also a space for all kinds of performers, including dancers, filmmakers, and pop musicians.</p><p>Variety has truly been the hallmark of Reed&#39;s presenting style, whether at the Chicago Jazz Festival, the Pitchfork Music Festival or, for the past two years, the Brilliant Corners of Popular Amusement, a curious but satisfying mix of music performers, circus acts and stand-up comedians. That he&#39;s hired <a href="http://michaelslaboch.com/home.html">Michael Slaboch</a>, former talent buyer at The Hideout, to program Constellation, signals a continuing commitment to eclecticism.</p><p>Already there is an emphasis on collaboration across performing arts.&nbsp;This coming Sunday, Links Hall dancers will improvise alongside Dutch experimental musician Hans Bennink and other members of ICP (Instant Composers Pool). On April 18th CIMM (the Chicago International Music and Movies Festival) will host an evening with works from both musician Van Dyke Parks and his son filmmaker Richard Parks.</p><p>Constellation is also forging into less familiar musical territory with a weekly series showcasing Chicago&#39;s burgeoning new or contemporary classical music scene.</p><p>Curated by <a href="http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/ArticleArchives?author=847392">Peter Margasak of The Chicago Reader</a> (and a regular contributor to&nbsp;WBEZ&#39;s Friday night music show <em>Radio M</em>), the series will focus mainly on local ensembles. Already in the works are performances from members of <a href="http://www.eighthblackbird.org/">Eighth Blackbird</a>, <a href="http://iceorg.org/">International Contemporary Ensemble</a>, and <a href="http://dalniente.com/">Ensemble Dal Niente</a>.</p><p>Though it&#39;s possible to see contemporary classical music on a fairly regular basis in the city, until now, said Margasak, they &quot;haven&#39;t had a center of action.&quot; He&#39;s also hoping the series will provide them with some much-needed &quot;infrastructure&quot;.</p><p>&quot;Normally these groups have to rent spaces and equipment to perform,&quot; said Margasak. &quot;This basically gets rid of a lot of their overhead. Constellation has a real piano, a real sound system, a screen if they want to do multimedia stuff.&quot;</p><p>Long term, Margasak&#39;s ambition is to increase the profile of Chicago&#39;s new music performers and composers on their home turf. As with many local jazz artists, contemporary classical musicians have frequently found more acclaim the further they get from Chicago.</p><p>And though certain groups, like ICE, Fulcrum Point and Fifth House Ensemble have been music stalwarts in the city for some time now, performing in venues from the Adler Planetarium to small art galleries, Margasak thinks featuring them at Constellation, with its cross-section of performance genres and styles, will help &quot;demystify&quot; or make the music come across as &quot;less hoity-toity&quot;.</p><p>Chicago&#39;s music venues have long learned to find space for other performing talents, from poets and writers to talk show hosts and spelling bee contestants. Still, Constellation seems like a different effort to present a whole array of cutting edge events, in a space and manner audiences will still find accessible.</p><p>You can judge for yourself when the venue opens its doors tonight. Meanwhile, Margasak will launch his new music series, known as &quot;Frequency&quot;, with a free open house on April 27th. He&#39;s featuring groups that represent both the composed (Ensemble Dal Niente) and improvised (modular synth group <a href="http://www.brianlabycz.com/thegreenpasturehappiness.html">The Green Pasture Happiness</a> led by Brian Labycz) sides of the new music scene.</p><p><em>Constellation is located at 3111 N. Western Avenue.</em></p><p><em>Alison Cuddy is WBEZ&#39;s Arts and Culture reporter. You can follow her on twitter <a href="https://twitter.com/wbezacuddy">@wbezacuddy</a>, <a href="http://instagram.com/cuddyreport">Instagram</a> and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/cuddyalison?ref=tn_tnmn">Facebook</a>.</em></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 01 Apr 2013 06:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2013-04/constellation-new-venue-music-and-other-performing-arts-106402 Modern-day circus Brilliant Corners gives vaudeville a rock 'n' roll update http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-09-14/modern-day-circus-brilliant-corners-gives-vaudeville-rock-n-roll-update- <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-September/2011-09-14/Newberry_110830_210.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Small circuses and indie rock acts will come together under the big top in Chicago over the weekend. <a href="http://brilliantcornersofpopularamusements.com/" target="_blank">Brilliant Corners of Popular Amusements</a>, a 3-day festival, was inspired in part by the Vaudeville days of old. It is the brainchild of Mike Reed – the man behind events like <a href="http://pitchforkmusicfestival.com/" target="_blank">Pitchfork Music Festival</a> and the<a href="http://umbrellamusic.org/news/2011-umbrella-music-festival-schedule-announced" target="_blank"> Umbrella Music Festival</a>. He teamed up with <a href="http://www.elcircocheapo.com/" target="_blank">El Circo Cheapo Cabaret</a> to put on the show. <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> recently spoke with Reed and El Circo Cheapo aerialist Laura Lippert – who also works as a producer on Brilliant Corners. Reed gave potential attendees a heads-up on what the show had in store.</p><p>The festival runs Friday, September 16<sup>th</sup> through Sunday, September 18<sup>th</sup> at Eckhart Park in Chicago.</p><p><em>Music Button: CAVE, <a href="http://www.myspace.com/realreelpro" target="_blank">"Adam Roberts"</a> from the release Neverendless (Drag City)</em><br> <em>Music Button: Bomba Estereo, <a href="http://www.myspace.com/bombaestereo" target="_blank">"La Boquilla"</a> (Dixone remix)</em><br> <em>Music Button: <a href="http://www.myspace.com/siditoure" target="_blank">Sidi Touré &amp; Jiba Touré</a>, <a href="http://www.thrilljockey.com/catalog/?id=105176" target="_blank">"Artiatan"</a> from the release Sidi Touré &amp; Friends (Thrill Jockey)</em><br> <em>Music Button: <a href="http://www.dragcity.com/artists/bill-callahan" target="_blank">Bill Callahan</a>, "One Fine Morning" from the release Apocalypse (Drag City)</em><br> <em>Music Button: Thelonious Monk, "Brilliant Corners" from the release Brilliant Corners (OJC)</em></p><p><em>Music Button: <a href="http://ahawkandahacksaw.net/" target="_blank">A Hawk and a Hacksaw</a> and the Hun Hangár Ensemble "Zozobra" from the 7" of the same name</em><br> &nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 14 Sep 2011 14:08:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-09-14/modern-day-circus-brilliant-corners-gives-vaudeville-rock-n-roll-update- Jazz masters Mike Reed and Roscoe Mitchell celebrate 45 years of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/jazz-masters-mike-reed-and-roscoe-mitchell-celebrate-45-years-association-advanceme <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/mikereed.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Drummer and composer <a href="http://mikereedmusic.com/thinkingoutloud.cfm?feature=462704&amp;postid=537818 " target="_blank">Mike Reed</a> is a legend in the making. Reed&rsquo;s a key member of our world-renowned improvisational music scene. He&rsquo;s also the force behind a number of events in Chicago &ndash; the <a href="http://umbrellamusic.org/2010FestPR.html" target="_blank">Umbrella Music Festival</a>, the Downtown Sounds series, and <a href="http://pitchfork.com/" target="_blank">Pitchfork</a>. He&rsquo;s currently vice-chairman of the <a href="http://aacmchicago.org/" target="_blank">Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians</a>.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Multi-instrumentalist, composer and educator <a href="http://www.artensembleofchicago.com/roscoe.html" target="_blank">Roscoe Mitchell</a> is already a legend, not least for being one of the founders of the AACM.</p><p>Reed and Mitchell came to our studios to talk about the AACM&rsquo;s 45th anniversary celebrations. Reed began by describing Mitchell&rsquo;s influence on his band <a href="http://www.482music.com/albums/482-1074.html" target="_blank">Loose Assembly</a>. He also explained how Mitchell wound up playing on the band&rsquo;s latest album, &quot;Empathetic Parts&quot;</p></p> Fri, 19 Nov 2010 14:11:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/jazz-masters-mike-reed-and-roscoe-mitchell-celebrate-45-years-association-advanceme