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New Music at the Green Mill 

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Over the past few years the Green Mill has emerged as a vital alternative venue, a place for local musicians to try out their latest ideas or just to jam together. Its jazz-lounge acoustics may not be ideal, but its relaxed, freewheeling ambience certainly encourages a lot of improvistion and experimentation--and fun. This chamber concert, curated by composer and new-music advocate Frank Abbinanti, is a typical of the Green Mill's democratic credo: an up-and-coming, without regard to ideological allegiances. On the diverse program are older works in traditional genres by Ralph Shapey's students John Austin, who's also a lawyer and a pianist, and Julian Harvey. The younger contingent is represented by the Korean-born Myung-Bok Shim (Garak for oboe and piano), the Parisian Jean-Paul Bottemanne (whose aleatoric Fragmentations will be premiered by Abbinanti at the piano), and Elisabeth Start (Ode for solo oboe, featuring Patricia Morehead). DePaul's Janic Misurell-Mitchell, who's been keen lately on mixing unlikely genres, weighs in with her latest, Scat/Rap Counterpart. Also in the performance-art vein is Sandra Binion's Letters, in which missives from the likes of Mahler, Kafka, and Michelangelo will be recited in candlelight and to trombone and piano accompaniment. The spirit of Halloween, I'm told, will be proffered by Gwynne Winsburg and Morehead in "Songs From Hell," an improvisation for voice, oboe, and electronics that recounts, in gory detail, a tour of duty at a funny farm. Sunday, 2 PM, Green Mill, 4802 N. Broadway; 878-5552.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photos/Sharon White, Amy Rothblatt.

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