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Aperiodic with Michael Pisaro 

When: Mon., Oct. 21, 8:30 p.m. 2013
Price: $10
Composer and guitarist Michael Pisaro is a spiritual heir to John Cage. His music employs collected sounds, poetic utterances, conventional instruments, and silence in well-balanced measures. And because his compositions often include built-in invitations for performers to make decisions about how the pieces will unfold, they’re never the same twice. Pisaro is a member of Wandelweiser, a community of composers that’s been a particularly big influence on improvisers such as Taku Sugimoto and Rhodri Davies, and his work reconciles free improvisation’s charged immediacy with quiet beauty. Though Pisaro studied and taught at Northwestern University in the 90s, this collaboration with local new-music collective Aperiodic, which specializes in post-Cage repertoire, is his first appearance here in years. It will afford chances to experience him as a composer, as a performer of his own music, and as an interpreter of others’ work. Pisaro will join Aperiodic for James Saunders’s “Imperfections on the Surface Are Occasionally Apparent,” a hushed number in which musicians use coffee cups to extract sounds from various surfaces; he’ll also play a guitar solo called “Melody, Silence,” which uses suggestive text and small notated passages to create an environment in which it’s impossible to tell improvised and written passages apart. Without him Aperiodic will perform Sarah Hughes’s “Fires and Conifers” and the new Pisaro piece “Festhalten/Oslassen” (“Hold/Release”). —Bill Meyer

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