MATT ULERY’S “IN THE IVORY”
Chicago bassist-composer, Matt Ulery, creates resplendent, lyrical, transportive chamber-jazz music. His most ambitious project to date, In the Ivory, explores the idea of consciousness with form and structure presenting narrative through patient, elegant, and sophisticated melodic development. Ulery has forged a unique signature sound that combines a jazz core with luminous ensemble writing and song craft. Built around a band of select, unique voices, including members of 3-time Grammy-winning ensemble, eighth blackbird, In the Ivory blends art-pop, jazz, American minimalism, Eastern European folk music, and romanticism into a constantly evolving emotional kaleidoscope with this particular 11-piece orchestra.
Matt Ulery – double bass and compositions
Grazyna Auguscik – voice
Rob Clearfield – piano and keyboard
Jon Deitemyer – drums
Matthew Duvall – marimba and vibraphone
Nathalie Joachim – flutes
Michael Maccaferri – clarinets
Aurelien Pederzoli – violin
Yvonne Lam – violin
Dominic Johnson – viola
Katinka Kleijn – cello
Lisa Kaplan – piano and keyboard
“…flows with extravagant elegance, from the intimate chamberlike pieces to the beautiful vocal work to the heart-racing pulse of his minimalist compositions whose concentric phrases spin with giddy centrifugal force. Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader
“In the Ivory is perhaps the fullest expression of Ulery’s aesthetic to date.” Mark Stryker, Detroit Free Press
The first Resonant Bodies Festival in the Windy City is Friday through Sunday, April 6-8, at Constellation! Nathalie will present selections from here SPCO + Liquid Music Commissioned work, Fanm d’Ayiti, featuring original music alongside songs of the most prominent women in Haitian music history.
The Resonant Bodies Festival—“in equal measures intelligent, playful, ambitious and moving” (New York Times)—is a festival of contemporary vocal music that presents nine dynamic vocalists across three nights. The Festival showcases “today’s most talented singers… seamlessly blend[ing] classical, avant-garde and indie-folk” (Feast of Music). Vocalists are invited to curate and perform in their own 45-minute sets, with no restrictions on repertoire, format, or style. This freedom gives each show a “happy zealousness, where the singers’ enthusiasm for their repertoire [is] contagious” (Sequenza 21).
The “indispensable” and “essential” Festival (New York Times), founded in 2013, has already made an important contribution to the new music scene and is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to hear virtuosic contemporary music vocalists perform cutting-edge repertoire. With a generous grant from the Ellis L. Phillips Foundation, the festival is expanding its reach beyond New York City to Chicago, Los Angeles, Melbourne, Sydney, and beyond.
Join us for a live performance of Nathalie’s Grammy-nominated Fanm d’Ayiti.
The Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry invites you to our second FarBar program, a live conversation about storytelling with three acclaimed practitioners. Widely known as a Grammy-nominated flutist, composer, and vocalist, Nathalie Joachim brings voices and personal stories to vibrant life in her recent immersive musical performance “Discourse,” in Chapel Hill, NC. Emily Lansana is a 20-year veteran of professional storytelling, one half of the nationally touring duo In The Spirit, and a longtime member of ASE, the Chicago Association of Black Storytellers. Jacqueline Stewart is the founder and director of the South Side Home Movie Project, as well as a UChicago professor of Cinema & Media Studies and director of Arts + Public Life. Each guest will share her storytelling practice, followed by a discussion exploring their intersections and differences and considering implications for collaboration. Viewers will be invited to pose questions and join the conversation.
Leve l roughly translates to Uplift in Kreyol, the native language of Haiti. Come celebrate the Haitian American Museum of Chicago’s eighth anniversary with an evening dedicated to uplifting Haitian culture. Join HAMOC at Leve l 2020 for a virtual event filled with special guests (including Nathalie Joachim), Haitian music and camaraderie. This event is our biggest fundraiser of the year. Your attendance and support will help HAMOC recover from our COVID-19 closure and continue to reach our operational and financial goals, empowering us to share the wealth of Haitian art and culture with even more people in 2021.