Performances

Performances
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Friday, May 19, 7:30 PM



Women Who Rule:
Artemisia Vocal Trio


Diana Lawrence
Kaitlin Foley
Alexandra Olsavsky

 

Join Chicago's leading female vocal trio Artemisia for their brand new show - Women Who Rule - featuring a robust roster of strong women who have claimed their right to a crown. Whether in the lavish court of 16th-century England or in the sun-drenched fields of the Republic of Georgia, Artemisia paints a reverent musical tribute to the strength of "woman."

This program features new music composed by Artemisia's own Diana Lawrence, Kaitlin Foley, and Alexandra Olsavsky, alongside a broad spectrum of musical influences from around the world.

About Artemisia:

Chicago-based acapella trio Artemisia harnesses the power of the female voice to explore complex social issues through the vocal traditions of the world.

Praised for "sincerity, wit, and mind-blowing technique" (Vocal Arts Chicago), Artemisia brings diversity and accessibility to their programming. Not your typical stand-and-sing ensemble, Artemisia draws from a vast repertoire of vocal styes to take audiences on a journey of sound and spirit with every performance.

In addition to performing, Artemisia works with community and youth ensembles to advocate for a culturally literate and socially aware approach to singing. This season, they were thrilled to workshop and perform with both the Chicago Children's Choir (Hyde Park division) (directed by Mollie Stone) and the Columbia Chorale (directed by Emily Edgington Andrews).

As a collaborative ensemble, Artemisia also strives to showcase the work of other artistic ensembles. Recent collaborations include working with the the Bourné family, The Rookery, The Matchsellers, Ask Your Folks, and Glass Mountain.



Sunday, July 9, 11:30 AM



A Special Workshop:
The Music of Badi


The Chicago Choro Club
invites you to a special workshop with renowned, visiting Brazilian guitarist/vocalist - Badi Assad

 

Badi Assad is one of those rare artists who mix different musical influences into her work. Very early she learned that it was possible to play more than one instrument at the same time, producing another sound simultaneously with her voice. This is all due to years of research in music, especially in ethnic music. Badi absorbed brazilian instrumental, world music, the music of the Pygmies, Indians, hip-hop (beatbox), brazilian popular music, jazz, etc.

In her workshop, Badi will share different ways of listening and feeling the music. In a circle the participants learn different possibilities of how to use their voices and bodies, exploring several rhythms to create compositions full of life. Exercises inspire free styles in a group interaction.

The goal is to broaden the participants' musical horizons where music can be present at all times - and in a very playful and accessible way. The approach opens the door to improvisation and creative freedom.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
Singers, dancers, instrumentalists (all strings, piano, wind, percussion, etc), etc. Skill level required is moderate, but participants should have a minimum sense of rhythm.

ABOUT BADI ASSAD:

BADI ASSAD is a renowned guitar player, singer, vocal juggler, and songwriter from São Paulo. She is regarded as one of the most complete and virtuoso artists of her generation. The Los Angeles Times once remarked on her guitar playing, "Badi Assad redefines solo performance! Revelatory, a brilliant display of innovation, imagination, and skill almost hypnotically compelling!"

With 14 albums released worldwide (her Wonderland, 2006, was selected among the 100 Best from the prestigious BBC London and was also included among the 30 Best on Amazon.com), Badi was selected - alongside artists such as Ben Harper and Ani DiFranco - as one of the guitar players that would revolutionize the world (US Guitar Player).

Badi has toured the world including prestigious international festivals like the North Sea Jazz Festival, the Stimmen Festival, and theaters like Paris Opera, Metropolitan Museum. In 2004, she toured with the legendary guitarists Larry Coryell and John Abercrombie, with the project Three Guitars. In 2006, she started a new project with her brothers, the famous Duo Assad, renowned masters of the classical guitar.

In 2010, to celebrate her 20-year career, she released a commemorative DVD "Badi Assad." in 2012, Badi released her first independent and authorial album through her own label Between Love and Luck, already conquering the award of Best Composer of The Year (APCA/BR). Her song "Pega no Coco" won 1st prize in the USA Internacional Songwriting Competition (world music category).

In the same year Badi was selected among the Brazilian guitar masters of history (Rolling Stones Magazine).

In 2014 Badi was commissioned by The Guitar Film Festival Marathon in NY, to compose for the Chinese silent film 'The Goddess' (1934) and she performed it live at the 'Merkin Hall' (NY). For the same Festival she was invited to be the curator and her night was highlighted as the best of the Festival by the NYTimes; In July she released her first CD dedicated to children Cantos de Casa and received the 'Trophy Cata-Vento' as best CD of the year.

In 2015 Badi released "Hatched" featuring acclaimed covers of modern icons such as Lorde and Skrillex.

 

Advance Tickets:

$15 Adults ($20 at the door)
$10 for Non-MO students (age 8 and up) with valid Student ID ($20 at the door)
Free Admission for MO students

Tickets will be available in advance via Brown Paper Tickets. Cash, checks, and credit cards accepted at the door.

Info:
Phone 847-866-6260 or email 



Advance Tickets:

$30 advance ($40 at the door)

Tickets will be available in advance via Brown Paper Tickets. Cash, checks, and credit cards accepted at the door.

Info:
Phone 847-866-6260 or email 

 

Tuesday, July 11th, 7:30 PM



Direct From New Orleans:
Tom McDermott, piano



Tom McDermott is one of New Orleans’ premiere piano players and composers. He grew up in St. Louis, where he earned a Masters’ Degree in Music, wrote music journalism for the morning paper, and soaked up the sounds of ragtime and traditional jazz that flourished there in the 1960s and 70s. In 1984, spurred by his love of James Booker, Professor Longhair and Dr. John, he moved to New Orleans, a trip enabled by a gig at the World’s Fair.

Tom is known for his eclecticism, and is just about the only New Orleans pianist to stretch from the mid-19th-century music of Louis Moreau Gottschalk to the funky New Orleans piano today. He has a great love of Brazilian music (17 trips there so far), the Beatles, European classical music, early Duke Ellington, and much more.

So far in 2017, Tom has a new duo recording with up-and-coming clarinetist Chloe Feoranzo and a newly-released compendium of limericks and sketches published by Sagging Meniscus Press.



Sunday, July 16th, 7:30 PM



Nessa:
Innovative Celtic Fusion



 

Nessa is a Celtic fusion group led by multi-instrumentalist/vocalist, Kelly McDermott known for her flute technique and soulful voice. She is joined by co-founder/multi-instrumentalist Rob Crozier to research and arrange the music of Nessa. This hard-working team re-imagines the ballads and dances of the U.K. and Europe, uniquely blending elements of classical, folk, jazz, funk and world music to create rich, complex musical hybrids.

The band moves audiences with funky reels, barn burner jigs, and deep, soulful glimpses of old stories. Nessa has a mystical, dreamy side akin to the music of Loreena McKennitt, an energetic aspect not unlike Solas, a touch of global fusion ala Pentangle and Eilleen Ivers, and a depth and dimension similar to Brian Eno.

Based in Michigan, Nessa will wrap up a busy, music-filled weekend performing at Evanston's World Arts & World Music Fest by performing Sunday evening at the MO's Madison Room.

http://nessamusic.com/ 

Tickets:

$30 Adults
$15 for Non-MO students (age 8 and up) with valid Student ID
Free Admission for MO students

Tickets will be available in advance via Brown Paper Tickets. Cash, checks, and credit cards accepted at the door.

Info:
Phone 847-866-6260 or email 



 

Tickets:

$15 Adults
$10 for Non-MO students (age 8 and up) with valid Student ID
Free Admission for MO students

Tickets will be available in advance via Brown Paper Tickets. Cash, checks, and credit cards accepted at the door.

Info:
Phone 847-866-6260 or email