Adventures in Modern Music: Supreme Cuts, Shit & Shine, Duane Pitre, Tatsuya Nakatani & Vanessa Skantze | Empty Bottle | Fairs & Festivals | Chicago Reader
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Adventures in Modern Music: Supreme Cuts, Shit & Shine, Duane Pitre, Tatsuya Nakatani & Vanessa Skantze 

When: Fri., Oct. 5, 9 p.m. 2012
Price: $10
Depending on the situation, Duane Pitre's Feel Free can be a sound installation, a solo performance, or an ensemble improvisation. In every manifestation, its combination of chance, planned events, and wide-open space yields some of the most drop-dead gorgeous music I've heard all year. At its heart is a sound bank of chiming guitar harmonics, played on instruments tuned in just intonation—a system that encourages the formation of radiant overtones. Pitre has devised a computer program that plays them in partially randomized but always consonant combinations. When he plays along, as he will tonight, he uses multitouch- and gesture-sensitive electronic controllers to add more guitar sounds and subtly influence the piece's flow; when other musicians participate, as they do on the Important Records album version, they contribute slow, voluptuous melodies that weave through the music like jets' vapor trails arcing across a bright summer sky. Pitre will appear solo here, his Chicago debut under his own name; the show is part of the Adventures in Modern Music Festival. The night starts with a duo of percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani and Butoh dancer Vanessa Skantze; from there the set order is Pitre, Shit & Shine, and Supreme Cuts. —Bill Meyer

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