Jaap Blonk, Fred Lonberg-Holm, and Tim Daisy; Chris Brown | Elastic | Jazz | Chicago Reader
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Jaap Blonk

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Jaap Blonk, Fred Lonberg-Holm, and Tim Daisy; Chris Brown Recommended Soundboard All Ages Member Picks

When: Thu., June 30, 9 p.m. 2016
Price: $10 suggested donation
When crowds of celebrated minds guided nations into the bloodbath of World War I, a generation of intellectuals refuted respectability, reality, and the status quo. Collage, noise, and nonsense became artistic weapons against nationalism, colonialism, and militarism. It’s impossible to precisely date the formation of a multinational, nonconformist movement, but Dutch vocal artist Jaap Blonk has decided to celebrate 100 years of Dada this year, the centenary of the launch of Zurich’s Cabaret Voltaire. Though Blonk is well-known for his collaborations with improvising musicians, the core of his work is in sound poetry, a Dada-derived medium in which vocalizations are deployed to confound rather than convey meaning. Blonk’s command over his instrument is astounding—he can sound like a gargling duck, a celluloid dictator fulminating in a nonexistent language, a zombie, an announcer delivering the news in immaculate Dutch, or your annoying little brother making mouth noises. He’s periodically performed with local cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm since the 1990s, but it’s the bill’s other local musician who put this trio together, in particular, Tim Daisy, a justly renowned percussionist who in recent years has subverted his own technique to perform with radios and record players. He’d long admired Blonk, but they didn’t meet until sharing a stage at a Dada event last year in Columbia, South Carolina. This event—which will feature Daisy on turntables and a small drum kit—is the first time that the three musicians have played together. Pianist and electronic musician Chris Brown opens; the trio headlines. Blonk will also perform as part of the Experimental Sound Studio Gala on Sat 7/2.
— Bill Meyer


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