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Anthony Pateras 

When: Sat., Jan. 11, 8 p.m. 2014
Berlin-based Australian artist Anthony Pateras sits atop the nexus of intersecting disciplines, equally at home as a composer and as an improviser—he’s an explorer who moves easily between contemporary classical, experimental rock, noise, and free improv. When he made his Chicago debut a few years ago he presented a rich, bruising computer piece in homage to sound poet Henri Chopin, which he built from rapidly panned samples—prepared piano, vintage analog synthesizer, and his own voice warped and disfigured with an old Revox tape machine. A few evenings later he attended the world-premiere performance of a piece he’d composed for Chicago’s Third Coast Percussion, which featured flutist Tim Munro of Eighth Blackbird. Local experimental-music presenter Lampo is bringing Pateras back to town this weekend for a solo piano concert; though he’s written plenty of music featuring the instrument, I’ve rarely heard him play it. One of the discs in the staggering five-CD box Collected Works 2002-2012 (Immediata) includes two extended solo piano pieces that demand knuckle-bloodying virtuosity, their high-speed two-handed figures dissolving into thunderous waves of broken-glass dissonance. Pateras describes the new work he’ll present in Chicago as “acoustical transformations of the instrument through hypnotic repetition, harmonic transformation, rapid velocity and relentless energy”; that could easily apply to those two related pieces in Collected Works, but he tells me he hopes the new work will sound very different. I’m eager to find out. —Peter Margasak Advance RSVP suggested at smartmuseum.uchicago.edu/calendar/register.

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