OPTION is a weekly music series on Monday nights at Experimental Sound Studio. Its programming explores contemporary perspectives on improvisation and composition in a 'salon' format, enabling local, national, and international artists to publicly discuss their practice and ideas as well as perform—all in the intimate environment of ESS's Studio A. Organized by Chicago musicians Andrew Clinkman, Tim Daisy, and Ken Vandermark, the schedule of concerts represents an insider's view of what is currently most exciting in music and the arts.

 

September

09.05: Happy Labor Day!
09.12: WILLIAM PARKER
09.19: PASQUALE MIRRA w/ HAMID DRAKE
09.26: No Show

 

 

 

DOORS AT 7 / MUSIC AT 7:30
$10 GENERAL
$5 STUDENTS & ESS MEMBERS

AUGUST advance ticket sales

 

 

SEPTEMBER advance ticket sales

 

 

 

 Option is sponsored by:

SKETCHBOOK BREWING CO.

Supporters: Hal Rammel, Mary Vida, Quinlan Kirchner, Robert Peterson, Jacob Allen, Jeb Bishop, Kristin Mariani, Ellen Major, Alan Brunettin, Sarah Ball, Barry Wolff, Cindy Ross

 

Previous shows

2015

06.01: PAUL LYTTON - performance & discussion 

06.08: BAUER/ADASIEWICZ/LYTTON

06.15: ROEBKE/ADASIEWICZ/STEIN, FRANK 'N' STEIN

06.22: THE MARS WILLIAMS QUARTET

06.29: ARI BROWN - performance & discussion

07.06: JIM BAKER/CAROL GENETTI - solos and duo

07.13: THE GREEN PASTURE HAPPINESS performance / short films of JIM O'ROURKE

07.20: TIM BARNES - performance and discussion

07.27: JAMES FALZONE/GUILLERMO GREGORIO - solos and duo

08.03: NATE WOOLEY - performance & discussion

08.10: JEN CLARE PAULSON - 'Design Lessons from Nature'

08.17: DAVE REMPIS/EDWARD WILKERSON JR. - solos & duos

08.24: SILVIA BOLOGNESI w/ Avreeayl Ra

08.31: JASON ADASIEWICZ, RON GORDON, photographer - lecture & slide presentation

09.07: PAAL NILSSEN-LOVE solo & discussion

09.14: JACOB WICK (trumpet) solo and in duo with MOON BROS.

09.21: ARIAN S (acoustic guitar) solo and in trio with ETHAN T. PARCELL & ALBERT WILDEMAN

09.28: PANDELIS KARAYORGIS (piano) solo & discussion

10.05: HASCO Duo: Amanda DeBoer & Jesse Langen / RYAN PACKARD solo

10.12: ROB LUNDBERG (bass) solo / ART UNION HUMANSCAPE DUO: Ayako Kato / Jason Roebke

10.19: TERRIE EX & ANDY MOOR of The Ex, solos, duos, and in discussion with Ken Vandermark

10.26: ANDREW DRURY (drums) / INGRID LAUBROCK (saxophones) solos & duo

11.02: URS LEIMGRUBER, JACQUES DEMIERRE solos, duo, & discussion
11.09: JACK WRIGHT & ZACH DARRUP / RAMON LOPEZ
11.16: THE RUSS JOHNSON TRIO
11.23: JOE MCPHEE
11.30: SYLVIE COURVOISIER solo & discussion

12.07: C. SPENCER YEH
12.14: ALBERT WILDEMAN W/ JESSICA CORNISH, RYAN PACKARD, DAVE REMPIS


2016

01.11: SHAYNE BOWDEN

01.18: ELISABETH HARNIK / DIDI KERN & TIM DAISY

01.25: MARC RIORDAN / JULIAN KIRSHNER

02.01: TAR PET / MICHAEL ZERANG

02.08: MAT MANERI

02.15: WESTON OLENCKI / KATHERINE YOUNG 

02.22: KEEFE JACKSON / STEVE HUNT

02.29: JOSH BERMAN w/ JOSHUA ABRAMS / AARON ZARZUTZKI

03.07: MICHAEL ATTIAS

03.14: LIA KOHL & JESSICA CORNISH / RICHARD HULL

03.21: JOE MORRIS

03.28: FRED LONBERG-HOLM

04.04: KENT KESSLER / JASON STEIN
04.11: JEB BISHOP / HAMID DRAKE / JOSHUA ABRAMS
04.18: CHRISTOF KURZMANN
04.25: TOM RAINEY

05.02: JIM BECKER / JOE ADAMIK
05.09: EVE RISSER / JASON ROEBKE
05.16: PAUL GIALLORENZO with ANTON HATWICH & JULIAN KIRSHNER
05.23: STEVE SWELL / FRED LONBERG-HOLM / MICHAEL ZERANG
05.30: SUSANA SANTOS SILVA / TOBY CEDERBERG / JIM BAKER

07.11: ANDREW CLINKMAN / CAROL GENETTI / JEFF KIMMEL
07.18: BRANCH / LONBERG-HOLM / BERMAN / GAY
07.25: DAVE BRYANT / MARC RIORDAN / JASON ROEBKE

08.01: ELI NAMAY / EMILY BEISEL
08.08: CHRIS CORSANO
08.15: MARS WILLIAMS / DONKEY NO NO
08.22: JEFF PARKER
08.29: JOHN NIEKRASZ / SHAWN DECKER / KATHERINE YOUNG


 

About the presenters

Andrew Clinkman (guitarist, improviser and composer, active member of the creative music communities in both Chicago and Boston)


Tim Daisy (percussionist, improviser, composer and teacher, active participant on the international music scene since the late 1990s)


Ken Vandermark (multi-instrumentalist, improviser and composer, MacArthur Fellow, organizer of weekly concerts in Chicago at a diverse range of venues for 15 years starting in the early 1990s, co-curator of the Okka Festival of music, held in Milwaukee since 2009)

 

To contact the presenters about potential bookings, please email option@ess.org