Dokuro, Guillermo Gregorio Ensemble | Constellation | Experimental | Chicago Reader
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Dokuro, Guillermo Gregorio Ensemble 

When: Sun., Dec. 1, 8:30 p.m. 2013
Price: $10
In a certain way, it makes sense to find Guillermo Gregorio on an album called Window and Doorway (Driff). Though the Chicago-based clarinetist is a fluent and agile improviser, he’s equally adept at devising compositions that frame and give direction to his fellow musicians’ spontaneity. On “Planimetria” Gregorio, trombonist Steve Swell, and pianist Pandelis Karayorgis take turns initiating phrases that the other two complete. But it never devolves into a call-and-response exercise; instead each complete statement feels like a series of fluidly articulated compound sentences expressing an elegant train of thought. Tonight Gregorio will introduce a new ensemble with cellists Daniel Kempkers and Lilianna Wosko, tuba player Tom Curry, and analog synthesist Brian Labycz; its unusual lineup ought to help connect the electroacoustic improv he often plays these days to the chamber music that’s been a touchstone for him since he was a teen in Buenos Aires in the middle of the previous century. Gregorio’s ensemble opens for Dokuro, a duo comprising electronic musician Norman Conquest and cellist, vocalist, and electronicist Agnes Szelag. —Bill Meyer



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