Mike Weis, Alejandro T. Acierto | Constellation | Experimental | Chicago Reader
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Mike Weis, Alejandro T. Acierto 

When: Sun., May 11, 8:30 p.m. 2014
Price: $8
Chief among the many virtues of Chicago drummer Mike Weis is his sensitivity to balance and proportion. This ensures that no matter how blown-out he gets in the music he plays with Zelienople, Kwaidan, and Scott Tuma (which is just as often hushed instead), he serves the ensemble’s sound rather than dominates it. These priorities persist in his solo work, where tone, atmosphere, and a sense of ceremony take precedence over displays of chops. On Weis’s upcoming LP, Don’t Know, Just Walk (Type), field recordings of midwestern wildlife, a Korean monk’s chanting, and the Norman Conquest’s ARP 2600 synthesizer coexist with galloping rhythms and cymbal washes in continuous surges of layered sound. At this concert, which celebrates the album’s release, he’ll create a similar equilibrium with a solo acoustic performance, switching between a trap kit and an array of percussion from around the world. Also on the bill is Alejandro T. Acierto, who plays contrabass clarinet in Ensemble dal Niente; on his own new LP, Amid These Traces (Prom Night), he contrasts the instrument’s textured huffs and buzzes with uninhibited vocalizations. —Bill Meyer



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