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Jorrit Dijkstra

Jorrit Dijkstra

Francesca Patella

Jorrit Dijkstra’s Reeds and Electronics 

When: Sun., March 13, 9 p.m. 2016
Price: $10 suggested donation
A Dutch reedist based in Boston, Jorrit Dijkstra has built a career through experimentation. Sometimes he writes fully notated pieces, but he remains an improviser at heart. Best known as an alto saxophonist, he’s also become one of the main exponents for the largely abandoned analog-electronic wind instrument called the lyricon; one of his strongest albums, Music for Reeds and Electronics (Driff), which navigates a dialogue between acoustic reed instruments and analog electronics (as well as the lyricon), came out a couple of years ago. Made mostly with musicians from the Bay Area, the recording at times sounds similar to a traditional saxophone combo (take ROVA or the World Saxophone Quartet, for instance), and features no electronics (“Feuilles Vertes” is an example). Then a track like “Easel” will curdle with analog blurps and squiggles that eventually pierce and cloud the track’s wind-blown timbre. Ultimately it’s less about acoustic versus electronic than it is about the way individual lines wriggle free and create a sometimes exquisite, sometimes visceral tension that depends on harmony, line shapes, and specific instrumentation. Dijkstra has strong local ties—his Flatlands Collective has featured some of the scene’s strongest players—and tonight he presents a Chicago version of the group with reedists Keefe Jackson and Jason Stein, bassoonist Katie Young, and analog-electronics player Brian Labycz.
— Peter Margasak

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