The evening’s bill begins with oso, an eclectic trio headed by singer/songwriter Phil Taylor, known for his unique guitar work and quirky arrangements, which have been referred to as post-glitch folk art and organic traveling music.
The Zs (Sam Hillmer, Alex Mincek, Charlie Looker, Mathew Hough, Brad Wentworth, Ian Antonio) are a double trio—two saxophones, two guitars, two drummers—from New York. Working between the worlds of avant rock and new music, the Zs often explore the extremes of compositional complexity and virtuosity as well as extended repetition.
Chicago’s own Flockterkit (Aram Shelton, Ernst Karel, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Jason Roebke, Frank Rosaly) includes some of the most vibrant improvisers and composers from the local experimental music scene. Featuring acoustic instruments and electronics, the group focuses on texture and electroacoustic composition.