Tuesday, December 9th Strobe Sessions is happy to present Extraordinary Popular Delusions with Larry Ochs. EPD is Mars Williams (saxophone), Brian Sandstorm (bassist/guitarist/trumpeter), Steve Hunt (percussion) and Jim Baker (pianist/synthesist). In addition, the group will be performing with Larry Ochs (saxophonist). This will be a “first time” collaboration between Mr Ochs and EPD!

THIS EVENT IS INVITE ONLY AND THERE IS LIMITED SEATING. IF YOU WISH TO ATTEND, YOU MUST RSVP TO: strobesessions@gmail.com. SHOW TIMES: Doors 7:30pm / Music: 8:00pm / Please plan to arrive on time/ $10 suggested donation/BYOB

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ABOUT: Extraordinary Popular Delusions with Larry Ochs:

Extraordinary Popular Delusions (EPD), has been performing improvised music as a quartet for nearly ten years, but the musicians have decades of collaborative experience working together in various groups, including Hal Russell’s NRG Ensemble, Witches and Devils and Caffeine Trio, amongst others. They have also performed individually with a panoramic variety of musicians from Chicago and around the world.

Saxophonist Mars Williams has played with Peter Brotzmann, the Waitresses, Ken Vandermark, Liquid Soul, Hal Russell, the Psychedelic Furs, Swollen Monkeys, Harrison Bankhead, Paul Giallorenzo, NRG Ensemble, Michael Zerang, and many others.

Triple-threat bassist/guitarist/trumpeter Brian Sandstrom played for years with the Green Mill All-Stars, as well as Von Freeman, Hal Russell, Shawn Colvin, Lin Halliday, Ed Peterson, and the Skid-City Blues Band.

Percussionist Steve Hunt also played with Hal Russell, plus Ken Vandermark, Mats Gustaffson, Jack Wright, Michael Zerang, and German movie star Lars Rudolph (during Mr Rudolph’s earlier incarnation as a trumpeter).

Pianist/synthesist Jim Baker has played with Fred Anderson, David Boykin, Ken Vandermark, Dave Rempis, Michael Zerang, Guillermo Gregorio, Edward Wilkerson Jr, Avreeayl Ra, Janet Bean, Didier Petit, Vincent Davis, Rob Mazurek, Carol Genetti, The Thing XXL, and Tortoise.

EPD’s weekly performances at Beat Kitchen might initially seem deceptively low-key: but musicians from around the world routinely trek up the stairs to the small second-floor M.C. Escher-esque room at 2100 w. Belmont, where they are immersed in a figurative flood of sound. (What other band would need _three buckets for donations?)

Within the context of its weekly Monday-night performances at Beat Kitchen, EPD has collaborated with a number of musicians over the years, including Michael Zerang, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Didier Petit, Waclaw Zimpel, Edward Wilkerson Jr, Paal Nilssen-Love, Frode Gjerstad and Henry Grimes.

EPD is excited to be collaborating in this Strobe Session with Bay-area saxophonist Larry Ochs, who has also spent many decades exploring various forms of improvisation and composition–both with his longstanding work with the ROVA Saxophone Quartet, and also in groupings with myriad other musicians from around the world, including Scott Amendola, Don Robinson, Satoko Fujii, Natsuki Tamura, Didier Petit, Sylvain Kassap, Miya Masaoka, Xu Fengxia, Mark Dresser, Vladimir Tarasov, Fred Frith, Aram Shelton, Kjell Nordeson, Dave Rempis, Darren Johnston. More info can be found at www.ochs.cc.

This Strobe Session will also be a “first time” collaboration between Mr Ochs and EPD. We are confident that Strobe’s microphones and electrical equipment will be able to cope with what promises to be a torrential maelstrom of sound, counterpoised with eerie silences, and, perhaps, occasional intervals of puzzlement by the audience and, perhaps, even the musicians.

THIS EVENT IS INVITE ONLY AND THERE IS LIMITED SEATING. IF YOU WISH TO ATTEND, YOU MUST RSVP TO: strobesessions@gmail.com.

ABOUT STROBE SESSIONS:

STROBE SESSIONS are a performance series hosted by Strobe Recording since March of 2008. Strobe Recording invites musicians to perform in front of a live studio audience. Each performance is filmed, photographed, and recorded and made available to the artist.
  • Strobe Recording is located at 2631 W. Division Chicago, IL. GOOGLE MAP.
  • Street parking available on Division Street.
  • This is a BYOB event with a $10 suggested donation.
  • Sets will be recorded and filmed live in front of a studio audience. Please plan to arrive on time.
  • For more information about Strobe Recording’s facility, services and events, see www.stroberecording.com.
  • Strobe Recording takes pride in presenting high caliber musicians in an intimate live setting– Strobe Sessions are something truly unique which you can’t experience anywhere else. See you there!
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Saturday, Novembe 1st Strobe Sessions is happy to present “The Bridge #6″ which will enlist Jeff Parker (electric guitar), Marquis Hill (trumpet), Joachim Florent (bass), Denis Fournier (drums) + Ari Brown (tenor sax).

THIS EVENT IS INVITE ONLY AND THERE IS LIMITED SEATING. IF YOU WISH TO ATTEND, YOU MUST RSVP TO: strobesessions@gmail.com. SHOW TIMES: Doors 7:30pm / Music: 8:00pm / Please plan to arrive on time/ $20 suggested donation

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ABOUT: Chances are that this quartet (sometimes a quintet with Ari Brown stepping in) – Escape Lane – will not play on solid ground. Didn’t the explorers of yore understand waterways as entry points into what was to them the unknown? These four explorers will need no compass. To find their way, they need only to follow the flow of the rivers that makes the essence of their music. “These are like regions, foresees Denis Fournier, harmonic and rhythmic landscapes, and energies, that lie in our memory and can be summoned at any time; all of a sudden, they call a for a melody, a counterpoint, or a polyrhythm.” These landscapes are found in the coal of the memory, and the diamond of imaginary worlds. For improvised music is a matter of unfathomable singularities. Being nourished with so many experiences, collective improvisation is not “emancipation”, but ever-deeper insight. “Under the appearance of spontaneity, this music springs for a long process of maturation, where there is no hesitation to interrupt or relay one another – as in life – in order to tilt and shift foregrounds and perspectives.”

A singularity – Jeff Parker sometimes seems to hammer away at his instrument, equipped with a grammar of undulations and oscillations whose natural flow he thwarts with an extremely rich vocabulary of noise. It’s as if he uses his guitar as a magnifying glass that lets us see and hear all the germs and gems of an efflorescing sonic matter. Marquis Hill’s brewing and Joachim Florent’s branching can already be linked – both singularities. The task could have appeared difficult for the former, who comes, historically, at a moment when a new generation of out-of-the-ordinary trumpet players is in the limelight of the American stage (such as Ambrose Akinmusire, Peter Evans, Taylor Ho-Bynum, Jonathan Finlayson, Nate Wooley – and, in Chicago itself, Leon Q. Allen, Josh Berman, Benjamin Lamar Gay, Corey Wilkes, or David Young). However, when many others are thundering on their instrument, Marquis Hill is unique in the sense that he would rather work on his structure – paradoxically woody – and deepen its network of ridges and sap. Joachim Florent, on the other hand, develops on his double bass thick broken and bumpy lines, whose volume he stretches and whose tentacles he stretches – with a slenderness that all but evokes some of his respected predecessors, from Charlie Haden on. This leaves the singular Denis Fournier. On the drums he has mastered to art of fluttering on the ovals and lozenges of skins and metals, and on the dilated orbits of this drums – to the extent that it seems that he can vaporize rhythms. With him, with them, there is no doubt that there will always be a lyricalcomponent in the midst of an enchanting improvisation; an improvisation that sings.

The idea for this formation originally came from the drummer. Not long ago, when he formed the Watershed quintet with Bernard Santacruz and the Americans Hanah Jon Taylor, Nicole Mitchell et Tomeka Reid, Fournier first considered inviting Jeff Parker, who was not available. When Watershed was in Chicago, he had to the chance to invite Ari Brown – master of the sulphurous gusts – who will the oh–so-special guest of this quartet. On the shores of this imaginary musical river, they make canoe bows, fishing floats, amulets, funeral poles, and headrests. There is no doubt that in its hold, this quartet or quintet will transport such a cargo of incredible musical objects.—www.acrossthebridges.org

THIS EVENT IS INVITE ONLY AND THERE IS LIMITED SEATING. IF YOU WISH TO ATTEND, YOU MUST RSVP TO: strobesessions@gmail.com.

ABOUT STROBE SESSIONS:

STROBE SESSIONS are a performance series hosted by Strobe Recording since March of 2008. Strobe Recording invites musicians to perform in front of a live studio audience. Each performance is filmed, photographed, and recorded and made available to the artist.
  • Strobe Recording is located at 2631 W. Division Chicago, IL. GOOGLE MAP.
  • Street parking available on Division Street.
  • This is a BYOB event with a $20 suggested donation.
  • Sets will be recorded and filmed live in front of a studio audience. Please plan to arrive on time.
  • For more information about Strobe Recording’s facility, services and events, see www.stroberecording.com.
  • Strobe Recording takes pride in presenting high caliber musicians in an intimate live setting– Strobe Sessions are something truly unique which you can’t experience anywhere else. See you there!
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Strobe Recording is proud to present an evening with Nicole Kestler Quartet, featuring Nicole Kestler, Brian O’Hern on Piano, Lou Marini on Bass and Joe Adamik on Drums on September 18, 2014. THIS EVENT IS INVITE ONLY AND THERE IS LIMITED SEATING. IF YOU WISH TO ATTEND, YOU MUST RSVP TO: strobesessions@gmail.com.

SHOW TIMES: Doors 7:30pm / Opening Act: 8:00pm / Nicole Kestler: 8:30pm. Please plan to arrive on time.

Nicole Kestler Quartet Featuring: Nicole Kestler / Brian O’Hern on Piano / Lou Marini on Bass / Joe Adamik on Drums

NICOLE KESTLER:
A Michigan native, Nicole discovered her love of singing while studying at Columbia College in Chicago. One word is often used to describe Nicole’s voice, “smoky”. With help from the swing craze of the late nineties, she went on to perform with some of the hottest bands of the scene; Alan Gresik’s Swing Shift Orchestra, the Riff Rockets, Jesse Scinto and the Dignitaries and Professor John and his band to name a few. Most recently Nicole has been known to be singing with some new big bands on the scene like, Big Band Boom and the newly formed Starfall Orchestra.

Although the Great American songbook is Nicole’s first love, for the past fourteen years she has been performing with Chicago’s premiere jump blues band the Rhythm Rockets. This band’s lively approach and bluesy repertoire has allowed Nicole to throw some dirt in with that smoke. The Rhythm Rockets pay tribute to the great ladies of rhythm and blues –  Dinah Washington, Ruth Brown, and Ella Mae Morris just to name a few. The band currently plays 50 plus gigs at everything from clubs to outdoor festivals.

The roots of this performance go back to Nicole’s early years where she put up a quartet at the Leopard Lounge. That steady gig, and it’s players are the inspiration for tonights show and is a reunion of sorts. So sit back and enjoy some of the greatest songwriting of the 20th century performed by a group of very talented artists.

JOE ADAMIK: Joe Adamik is a multi-instrumentalist performer and composer from Chicago.  He plays with Iron & Wine, Lanzón, Sonoi, The Jim Becker Group, The Bob Dogan Quintet, as well as others.

BRIAN O’HERN: Brian has been accompanying Nicole since the late 90s. His group, Brian OHern and the Model Citizens, performs every third Monday of the month at the Gallery Cabaret. Brian’s favorite hobby is drinking spirits. Though never before 6:00pm.
OPENING ACT: Winners of the most recent Strobe Songwriter Series, please welcome singer-songwriter Jacqueline Sylvie and electric guitarist Victor Sanders. Sanders has performed with Zozo, Care of the Cow, Night on Earth, Frank Tedesso, Very Small Quartet and numerous singer-songwriters as well as movement pieces. Victor’s ambient pedal tones and passionate fingerwork are truly out of this world.


ABOUT STROBE SESSIONS:

STROBE SESSIONS are a performance series hosted by Strobe Recording since March of 2008. Strobe Recording invites musicians to perform in front of a live studio audience. Each performance is filmed, photographed, and recorded and made available to the artist.

  • Strobe Recording is located at 2631 W. Division Chicago, IL. GOOGLE MAP.
  • Street parking available on Division Street.
  • This is a BYOB event with a $10 suggested donation.
  • Sets will be recorded and filmed live in front of a studio audience. Please plan to arrive on time.
  • For more information about Strobe Recording’s facility, services and events, see www.stroberecording.com.
  • Strobe Recording takes pride in presenting high caliber musicians in an intimate live setting– Strobe Sessions are something truly unique which you can’t experience anywhere else. See you there!


THERE IS LIMITED SEATING FOR THIS EVENT. IF YOU WISH TO ATTEND PLEASE RSVP TO STROBESESSIONS@GMAIL.COM

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Monday June 23, 2014

Strobe Sessions is excited to present this speacal session featuring BONESHAKER on Monday, June 23rd at Strobe Recording in Humboldt Park. THERE IS LIMITED SEATING FOR THIS EVENT. IF YOU WISH TO ATTEND PLEASE RSVP TO STROBESESSIONS@GMAIL.COM


7:30pm: Doors open
8:00 pm: Set I
9:00 pm: Set II

Boneshaker is a trio made of great improvisers that have shown career-long interest in a wide span of music. Saxophonist Mars Williams was a student of Roscoe Mitchell and Anthony Braxton. His work has ranged from The Peter Brotzmann Tentet and The NRG Ensemble to The Psychedelic Furs and Ministry. Bassist Kent Kessler is a long-time associate of Williams’, dating back to the 80’s with NRG Ensemble. Also a veteran of Brotzmann’s large ensemble, Kessler has also frequently collaborated with Michael Zerang, as well as Joe McPhee, Fred Anderson and Misha Mengelberg. A top-three contender for most- frequently visiting performer, Norwegian drummer Paal Nilssen-Love has become a staple of the Chicago creative music scene and has performed with The Thing, Frode Gjerstad, Joe McPhee, OffOnOff, Powerhouse Sound and many more.

LIMITED SEATING AVAILABLE. RSVP ONLY: strobesessions@gmail.com
$10 suggested donation at the door, BYOB

Strobe Recording is located at 2631 W. Division Chicago, IL. Doors open at 7:30pm and music starting at approximately 8:00pm with 2 sets of live music. This is a BYOB event with a $10 suggested donation. Sets will be recorded and filmed live in front of a studio audience. Please plan to arrive on time. THERE IS LIMITED SEATING FOR THIS EVENT. IF YOU WISH TO ATTEND PLEASE RSVP TO STROBESESSIONS@GMAIL.COM

ABOUT STROBE SESSIONS are a performance series hosted by Strobe Recording since March of 2008. Strobe Recording invites musicians to perform in front of a live studio audience. Each performance is filmed, photographed, and recorded and made available to the artist. For more info go to www.strobesessions.com

This is a BYOB event with a $10 suggested donation. Sets will be audio and film recorded live in front of a studio audience. Please plan to arrive on time.

THIS EVENT IS INVITE ONLY AND THERE IS LIMITED SEATING. IF YOU WISH TO ATTEND, YOU MUST RSVP TO: strobesessions@gmail.com

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Strobe Sessions was excited to present one of Chicago’s most innovative composers and conductors for Strobe Session #56 featuring Brian O’Hern. Event was on Thursday, June 12th at Strobe Recording in Humboldt Park.

Fans of Brian OHern and the Model Citizens Big Band have been listening to Brian’s music since the band’s first show in 1996. This concert allows the listener the opportunity to hear Brian play original “serious” compositions for the piano and string quartet. Brian, of course, can only stay serious for so long and promises some entertaining surprises along the way.

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Strobe Sessions is excited to present Marvin Tate & the NowLatuhs for our June 6th Strobe Session at Strobe Recording in Humboldt Park.

The Now-Latuhs featuring the legendary Marvin Tate are a raw blues/soul and experimental quartet; featuring Rodney Anderson on guitar ( Theory on Blonds )Matt Lux, (Iron and Wine, Isotope 217)bass, Dan Bitney (Tortoise and the Tar-Babies) drums and Vocals by the legendary Poet, Marvin Tate. The quartet met twenty years ago while playing in the 90’s funk collective, Uptighty.

7:30pm: Doors open
8:00 pm: Set I
9:00 pm: Set II

LIMITED SEATING AVAILABLE. RSVP ONLY: strobesessions@gmail.com
$10 suggested donation at the door, BYOB

Strobe Recording is located at 2631 W. Division Chicago, IL. Doors open at 7:30pm and music starting at approximately 8:00pm with 2 sets of live music. This is a BYOB event with a $10 suggested donation. Sets will be recorded and filmed live in front of a studio audience. Please plan to arrive on time. THERE IS LIMITED SEATING FOR THIS EVENT. IF YOU WISH TO ATTEND PLEASE RSVP TO STROBESESSIONS@GMAIL.COM

ABOUT STROBE SESSIONS are a performance series hosted by Strobe Recording since March of 2008. Strobe Recording invites musicians to perform in front of a live studio audience. Each performance is filmed, photographed, and recorded and made available to the artist. For more info go to www.strobesessions.com

This is a BYOB event with a $10 suggested donation. Sets will be audio and film recorded live in front of a studio audience. Please plan to arrive on time.

THIS EVENT IS INVITE ONLY AND THERE IS LIMITED SEATING. IF YOU WISH TO ATTEND, YOU MUST RSVP TO: strobesessions@gmail.com

Click Here to Link to the Facebook Invite.

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Labors Recording Blue Funk at Strobe Recording

8:30pm: Doors open | 9:00pm Show | 2 Sets

LIMITED SEATING AVAILABLE. RSVP ONLY: strobesessions@gmail.com, $20 suggested donation at the door, BYOB

Strobe Recording is located at 2631 W. Division Chicago, IL. Please plan to arrive on time. Sets will be recorded live in front of the studio audience. THERE IS LIMITED SEATING FOR THIS EVENT. IF YOU WISH TO ATTEND PLEASE RSVP TO STROBESESSIONS@GMAIL.COM

ABOUT STROBE SESSIONS are a performance series hosted by Strobe Recording. Strobe Recording invites musicians to perform in front of a live studio audience. Each performance is filmed, photographed, and recorded and made available to the artist. For more info go to www.strobesessions.com.

ABOUT LABORS

Labors is the ever-evolving musical endeavor of Z. L. Melton, Sarah “Rose” Anderson, Jacob Hand, Alexis Dionissopoulos, and Addison Ashbaugh.
The group strives to create music that marries finespun melodies with commanding drone grooves, and haunted noisescapes that reanimate the lost soul of a wild frontier.
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Now a quintet, Labors can more aptly explore different dynamics and sounds it couldn’t in earlier lineups. The result is Blue Funk, the culmination of several years of composing and obsessive woodshedding. It was recorded by James Wagner at Strobe Recording in July 2013, mixed by Jim Becker (Califone, Iron & Wine) and mastered by Bill Alletzhauser (The Hiders, Ass Ponys) and Brian Moeller.
Vinyl production of Blue Funk was financed by a crowd-funding campaign in Fall 2013, hosted by GottaGroovebot and Gotta Groove Records.
Blue Funk is available to stream for free, and purchase in both digital and vinyl formats at LABORS.BANDCAMP.COM, or at a store near you.
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In early March 2014, Labors recorded a live session for Daytrotter at The Horseshack studio in Rock Island, IL. The session was released on March 17th, 2014.
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PERSONNEL
Z. L. Melton Words, Voice, Guitars
Sarah “Rose” Anderson Voice, Piano
Jacob Hand Bass, Organ
Alexis Dionissopoulos Guitars, Effects
Addison Ashbaugh Drums, Auxiliary Percussion

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Strobe Sessions is excited to present Frank Rosaly’s Green and Gold for Strobe Session #53


7:30pm: Doors open
8:00 pm: Set I
9:00 pm: Set II

LIMITED SEATING AVAILABLE. RSVP ONLY: strobesessions@gmail.com
$10 suggested donation at the door, BYOB

Strobe Recording is located at 2631 W. Division Chicago, IL. Doors open at 7:30pm and music starting at approximately 8:00pm with 2 sets of live music. This is a BYOB event with a $10 suggested donation. Sets will be recorded and filmed live in front of a studio audience. Please plan to arrive on time. THERE IS LIMITED SEATING FOR THIS EVENT. IF YOU WISH TO ATTEND PLEASE RSVP TO STROBESESSIONS@GMAIL.COM

ABOUT STROBE SESSIONS are a performance series hosted by Strobe Recording since March of 2008. Strobe Recording invites musicians to perform in front of a live studio audience. Each performance is filmed, photographed, and recorded and made available to the artist. For more info go to www.strobesessions.com

This is a BYOB event with a $10 suggested donation.   Sets will be audio and film recorded live in front of a studio audience. Please plan to arrive on time.

THIS EVENT IS INVITE ONLY AND THERE IS LIMITED SEATING.  IF YOU WISH TO ATTEND, YOU MUST RSVP TO: strobesessions@gmail.com

About Frank Rosaly’s Green and Gold:

Cameron Pfiffner – alto saxophone and flute
Nick Mazzarella – alto saxophone
Tomeka Reid – cello
Anton Hatwich – bass
Frank Rosaly – drums

After rediscovering the music of Prince Lasha and Sonny Simmons, Frank Rosaly became obsessed with their music (both separately and during their collaborations). He decided to transcribe the music from their collaborative years together, specifically focusing on the records the cry and firebirds. With such a collective of unique voices, FRG&G are attempting to play this music, evoking the spirit of the original music while respecting it enough not to simply revive or recreate it.  As the group continues to explore these albums, FRG&G hope to infuse their own ideas and sound into the great body of material given to them by Prince Lasha and Sonny Simmons.

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Strobe Sessions is excited to continue our Strobe Sessions for 2014 with the great pianist Angelo Hart.

Angelo Hart Strobe Session #51

7:30pm: Doors open
8:30 pm: Angelo Hart Set I
9:30 pm: Angelo Hart Set II

LIMITED SEATING AVAILABLE. RSVP ONLY: strobesessions@gmail.com
$20 suggested donation at the door, BYOB

Strobe Recording is located at 2631 W. Division Chicago, IL. Doors open at 7:30pm and music starting at approximately 8:30pm. This is a BYOB event with a $20 suggested donation. Sets will be recorded and filmed live in front of a studio audience. Please plan to arrive on time. THERE IS LIMITED SEATING FOR THIS EVENT. IF YOU WISH TO ATTEND PLEASE RSVP TO STROBESESSIONS@GMAIL.COM

ABOUT STROBE SESSIONS are a performance series hosted by Strobe Recording. Strobe Recording invites musicians to perform in front of a live studio audience. Each performance is filmed, photographed, and recorded and made available to the artist. For more info go to www.strobesessions.com

Angelo Hart, pianist, has always had a unique and expressive approach to his instrument. Angelo has spent personal time studying jazz legends such as Thelonius Monk, Art Tatum, Oscar Peterson, Keith Jarrett, Herbie Hancock, and Chick Corea; Also, studying great classsical musicians and composers like Debussy, Liszt and Chopin. Time spent with the great educators and musicians in Chicago, along with his natural innovative musicianship has molded him into the great musician that he is today. He approaches the piano with command and finesse, displaying a unique relationship and connection between the two of them.

Angelo recently has been exploring the intricacies of classical music and infusing them with his love of jazz. The marriage between classical and jazz has birthed a new and innovated musical movement that Angelo has began to explore; mixing classical/jazz improvisation with classical/jazz melody and harmony. This has lead him to explore the limitless possibilities of solo piano. His recent release, Improvisations, available on iTunes, showcases his intimate relationship between him and the piano and shows his quest for creativity.

Along with playing in various city’s, Angelo is preparing for an expansive piano project in 2014 as well as a solo piano tour in 2014/2015

Strobe Recording is located at 2631 W. Division Chicago, IL. Doors open at 7:30pm, Angelo Hart will play 2 sets starting at 8:30 pm.  This is a BYOB event with a $20 suggested donation.   Sets will be audio and film recorded live in front of a studio audience. Please plan to arrive on time.

THERE IS LIMITED SEATING FOR THIS EVENT. IF YOU WISH TO ATTEND, YOU MUST RSVP TO: strobesessions@gmail.com

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Strobe Recording is located at 2631 W. Division Chicago, IL. Doors open at 7:30pm, Wooden Wing: 8:30 pm, The Damn Choir 9:30 pm. This is a BYOB event with a $10 suggested donation. Sets will be recorded live in front of a studio audience. Please plan to arrive on time.

THERE IS LIMITED SEATING FOR THIS EVENT. IF YOU WISH TO ATTEND, YOU MUST RSVP TO: strobesessions@gmail.com

Strobe Sessions is excited to have The Damn Choir with special guest Wooden Wing for our 50th Strobe Session, YES 50!!

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The Damn Choir (www.reverbnation.com/thedamnchoir)
The Damn Choir’s use of guitar, cello, bass, vocals and drums, along with Gordon Robertson’s introspective lyrics, create songs that range from meandering and melancholic to pulsing and vengeful.
“You’re My Secret Called Fire” is the bands sophomore release (April of 2012) and was produced and recorded by Jamie Wagner at Strobe Recording in Chicago’s Humboldt Park neighborhood. The band has been playing some of Chicago’s best clubs (i.e. Links Hall, Schubas, The Hide Out, Empty Bottle) so don’t miss this one!

“The Damn Choir exhibits a compositional understanding that is so often absent in fledgling bands which sets them apart. If these acts continue to push themselves in this new direction, I think they could very well be signed in the next year.”
-The Vinyl District, May 2012

“Elegance. It’s the overwhelming quality that’s present in the music of The Damn Choir. Take the band’s lead single from their newest album, “Noah,” for example. An electric guitar line dances between the simple strumming of an acoustic rhythm.”
-Gaper’s Block, May 2012

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Wooden Wing (www.reverbnation.com/woodenwing)
With a California tang infused with a Wisconsin folk sensibility, Wooden Wing speaks with the woody hum sparking from the old Silvertone ax slung round the neck accompanied by electric guitar, synth elements, and vocal harmonies to remember. Where the road goes, no one knows. The ride is all that matters.
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