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Apr 23 / Neal

Kid-Friendly Music Series Expands to Austin Town Hall

Juicebox Music and Performance Series for the Stroller SetJuicebox offers Chicago’s best music, dance, and theater in a kid-friendly setting. A free series of cutting edge performances, Juicebox is geared at toddlers but is engaging for the whole family. Kids can sit on the floor, walk around, meet the artists, and sometimes even play with the instruments and puppets. BYO snacks are welcome too!

Juicebox performances are being hosted at the Austin Town Hall, 5610 W. Lake Street in the 1st floor auditorium. The first performance was Saturday, April 13 and continues every other Saturday through the end of the year. The performances start at 11 a.m. and last approximately 1 hour. The  Schedule is listed below.

Saturday, April 27, 2013,
Manual Cinema and Chicago Q Ensemble – FJORDS
FJORDS is a multidisciplinary/ multimedia/ collaborative work by Manual Cinema and Chicago Q Ensemble based on the poetry of Zachary Schomburg (McSweeneys/ Black Ocean/ Octopus Press). It consists of 14 musical/ visual shorts based on poems from Schomburg’s forcoming book of poems FJORDS (Black Ocean Press March 2012).
Created over winter 2012, FJORDS toes the line between live scored cinema and performance art. Using live shadow puppetry, actor puppet interaction, video projection and manipulated slide projection Manual Cinema will create haunting visual renderings of Schomburg’s pseudonarrative texts morphing the real and the imagined, dream states with the everyday, the conscious and the subconscious.
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Saturday, May 11, 2013
The Rempis/Daisy Duo
Dave Rempis and Tim Daisy are two musicians whose work has helped to define a generation of Chicago improvisers. Having performed together since they both hit the Chicago scene in the fall of 1997, these two have played literally hundreds of concerts together with groups including Triage, The Vandermark Five, the Dave Rempis Quartet, The Rempis Percussion Quartet, The Chicago Improvisers, and countless other ad hoc groupings.

Saturday, May 25, 2013
Jeff Parker & Rob Mazurek
Jeff Parker
I’m mainly a guitar player. I like to write music. I like to collaborate with other musicians. I live in Chicago. I think music opens doors. Some of the bands I play / have played with: Tortoise, Chicago Underground, Isotope 217, New Horizons Ensemble, A Cushicle, SpliceCat, Moment of Inertia, TriColor, Brian Blade Fellowship, Powerhouse Sound, Fred Anderson Quartet, Joshua Redman Elastic Band. I sometimes lead projects of my own – they usually are simply called “Jeff Parker” or “Jeff Parker _____(trio, quartet, organ quartet, etc.)” and may consist of myself performing alone or with small or large aggregates of various configurations.

Rob Mazurek
Working within a multitude of stylistic contexts, electro-acoustic composer/cornetist Rob Mazurek has helped redefine the aesthetic boundaries of artistic expression for well over two decades. Born in 1965 in Jersey City, NJ, Mazurek rose to prominence in the fertile mid-1990s Chicago jazz scene, quickly venturing beyond the traditional tenets of the idiom to become one of the most compelling improvising composers of his generation. Currently leading multiple ensembles, including the visionary Exploding Star Orchestra, Pulsar Quartet, Pharaoh and the Underground (featuring Pharaoh Sanders), Sao Paulo and Chicago Underground and the Octet ‘Skull Sessions’, Mazurek continues to push the boundaries of what is possible with sound.

Saturday, June 8, 2013
Adolphe’S AX, Sax-o-phun
A man named Adolphe Sax changed the world of music forever when he invented an instrument and gave it his name – the Saxophone.No one had ever heard anything like it before. Now, one hundred and fifty years later, the saxophone is one of the most popular instruments in the world. Find out why with Adolphe’S AX, Cameron Pfiffner’s saxophone ensemble. The saxophone can cry, laugh, whine, roar, sing, grunt, whisper, moan and shout- it expresses feelings that are too big for words; feelings that everyone can understand, no matter what language they speak or where they come from. Some of Chicago’s finest saxophonists, including Anthony Bruno, Juli Wood, Nate LePine, Caroline Davis and Mark Heibert, will show you just how incredibly versatile and powerful an instrument Adolphe Sax invented all those years ago, and why people still play it and love it today.

July & August Schedule:
The David Boykin Expanse on Saturday, July 6, 11 am @ Austin Town Hall
Magic Carpet on Saturday, July 20, 11 am @ Austin Town Hall
Tomeka Reid’s Chicago String Collective on Saturday, August 3, 11 am @ Austin Town Hall
Dana Hall Project on Saturday, August 17, 11 am @ Austin Town Hall
Marquis Hill Quintet on Saturday, August 31, 11 am @ Austin Town Hall

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