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Mike Reed makes art out of discomfort

Chicago drummer and composer Mike Reed is known far beyond the city’s improvised music scene. He’s played in Europe and it was there in 2009 that Reed experienced what can be described as an unpleasant situation. But from that event has sprung art in the form of fresh compositions, and a curiosity about how other creative people make something beautiful out of ugly or awkward episodes in their lives. Reed dubbed the project Flesh & Bone, and it premieres at the Art Institute Friday. Reed shares his story and how it has become a source of new music.

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