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Jaap Blonk, Jeb Bishop, Keefe Jackson, and Jason Roebke All Ages Recommended The List (Music) Soundboard

When: Thu., March 15, 10 p.m. 2012
Price: $8
It's been almost seven years since Jaap Blonk has visited Chicago, and during that time no one has come close to dethroning this gonzo Dutchman as the strangest and most creative vocalist in the world. On some recent tracks he's posted to SoundCloud, Blonk plays oblique, ruminative piano improvisations, but thankfully that's not a sign that he's abandoning his mind-boggling vocal artistry—he remains an apparently inexhaustible sound machine, both as a free improviser and as the greatest living performer of sound poetry. On his most recent release, a 2008 duet with British noise artist Dylan Nyoukis called Dubbletwee (Ecstatic Peace!), Nyoukis's junk electronics are no match for Blonk's vocal cords—he's like a walking Dada exhibit, making sounds both otherwordly and scatological, mechanical and animal, comical and frightening. For the final concert of his week in Chicago—he also performs solo Sun 3/11 at Experimental Sound Studio and Wed 3/14 at the Hideout with trombonist Jeb Bishop, sound artist Lou Mallozzi, and drummer Frank Rosaly—Blonk will improvise with Bishop, reedist Keefe Jackson, and bassist Jason Roebke. —Peter Margasak



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