Yuganaut | Jazz | Chicago Reader
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When: Fri., Oct. 9, 9:30 p.m. 2009
Price: $15
The Chicago Calling Arts Festival organizes artistic collaborations that cross not only disciplinary but also geographical boundaries, and this show does both: local visual artist Selina Trepp will mix videos into an improvised performance by transcontinental trio Yuganaut. Neither Trepp nor the members of Yuganaut, who live in Michigan, California, and New York, are strangers to this sort of thing. Trepp often appears with musicians like Jeff Parker and John Herndon at Rodan; Yuganaut sometimes play along to video graphic scores, which their audience can also see. Bassist and tuba player Tom Abbs has worked with painters and video artists, and in one memorable solo concert I saw him give here, he used colored oils and an overhead projector to create his own visuals. Yuganaut keyboardist Steve Rush brings together dance and a myriad of musical genres in his work as a professor at the University of Michigan, and drummer, cornetist, and mandolin player Geoff Mann (son of jazz flutist Herbie) writes soundtracks when he’s not on the road. In keeping with their diverse instrumentation, Yuganaut incorporate quasi-African percussion fantasias, postbop steeplechases, free-form freak-outs, and gospel interludes into their music—and they’re never better than when Rush channels Sun Ra with his Moog. —Bill Meyer


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