Ikue Mori | Constellation | Experimental | Chicago Reader
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When: Sun., Sept. 28, 8:30 p.m. 2014
Price: $15
Ikue Mori didn’t intend to become a musician when she came to New York City from her native Japan in 1977. But the downtown zeitgeist was right for first-timers to get onstage, so when singer-guitarist Arto Lindsay and keyboardist Robin Crutchfield invited her to drum in their band, DNA, she accepted. DNA became one of the leading lights of the no-wave movement, but Mori didn’t start to develop the sort of music she plays today until well after the band broke up in 1982. Nowadays her instrument is a laptop loaded with processed drum-machine sounds and other samples. She’s an adroit improviser—on Erik Friedlander’s Claws and Wings (Skipstone) she creates insectlike atmospheres around the cellist’s lush and melancholy melodies, and on a splendid duo with Steve Noble called Prediction and Warning (Fataka) she matches the drummer’s quick rhythmic and textural shifts. Phantom Orchard, the variably sized ensemble she leads with harpist Zeena Parkins, conjures a witchy, exotic feel by combining free-flowing electronic timbres with a string vocabulary that’s equally indebted to chamber music and free improvisation. Tonight’s solo performance, entitled Nymphs, Witches, and Fairies, should take that supernatural vibe even further. Mori will combine prerecorded sounds and real-time processing, using videos of her own devising to create a sort of electronic puppet show that will retell old tales and spin new ones. —Bill Meyer
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