Jaap Blonk, Jeb Bishop, Lou Mallozzi, and Frank Rosaly | Hungry Brain | Jazz | Chicago Reader
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Jaap Blonk, Jeb Bishop, Lou Mallozzi, and Frank Rosaly 

When: Sun., Aug. 19, 10 p.m. 2012
Price: $10 suggested donation
This spring singular Dutch improvising vocalist and sound artist Jaap Blonk made his first visit to Chicago in seven years, and five months later he's back in support of At the Hideout (Kontrans), a jarring, visceral album he recorded on that trip. For this concert he reunites with the lineup on the record: trombonist Jeb Bishop, sound artist Lou Mallozzi, and drummer Frank Rosaly. Bishop is Blonk's garrulous front-line partner, and between the two of them they crowd the music with hysterical vocalizations, wild glissandos, rubbery farts, spit-flecked sibilance, and coarse melodic lines that contrast and collide. Blonk also applies his athletic articulation to the slicing and dicing of languages I don't understand—I assume they're real languages, not invented, but to someone fluent only in English the difference ultimately doesn't matter much. Rosaly and Mallozzi alternately prod and trip up the two front men—the former's skittering, tactile percussion privileges chaos and texture over propulsion, and the latter generates a kaleidoscopic array of sounds, juggling distended and distorted CD and record samples, abstract electronic tones, and bits of unidentifiable noise. Blonk is also credited with electronics (I can't say for sure who's responsible for what), and together they muster a rich variety that fills in the cracks in the group's jagged improvisations—some of the most compelling and confrontational I've heard this year. —Peter Margasak



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