Screaming Claws

hey there.. I wanna tell you about something really great! There are people over the world making touching, intense, fluorescent music.. some of them are part of the collective Screaming Claws … Natalie Chami (Chicago), Brian Griffith (LA) and Steffi Neuhuber (Vienna) wanna bring some good stuff to you! lay down and listen to….

“A collection of interesting folk and peculiar sounds. Tingling up your spine and out your eyes; may cause euphoria and fear, but always worth a listen.

The philosophy of ScreamingClaws extends to the history of Philosophy itself: because we cannot exist in the past nor the future, we may only exist in what we are conscious of currently, at the present moment. Memories are imagined remembrances of what was and the future is a prophecy and clairvoyant hope of our destination. We exist only in the unmeasurable abyss of Now and improvisational music is a way to explain it. As a bridge from the past to the future, every time you follow your bliss you fortify its strength. Improvisational music is why ScreamingClaws came into being. Listen. Contribute. Expand.”

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Wicker Park

A few days ago I lived in Lakeview.. it was a nice neighborhood.. I could walk to the lake in 15 minutes and it was beautiful. but I had to leave. the apartment was so tiny, there was noise everywhere.. I love noise.. as you know, but I love silence even more! silence is an important part of my live.. in the old apartment I felt surrounded by constant noise! So I moved to Wicker Park last week.

Where, how.. what.. do I want to tell you? hm..
two weeks ago I went to Myopic bookstore to see a show, Katherine Young (bassoon), Fred Lonberg-Holm (cello) were playing. On wednesday I went to the flat iron building to see another show at collaboration. There are lot’s of ateliers and a performance space, where the show took place. The line up was very variable but all more or less in the context of experimental music. I liked some bands more, some less. One  band was called video bug.. voice, keys, samples and drum… could be played on fm4 ..I quite liked this band. An other more experimental and more noisy band, that was playing, were Forts+Passerby… followed by Dear Rabbit, a crazy guy.. performing solo with his accordion, singing and sometimes using his trumpet. he had a great stage presence. The last band was El Is A Sound of Joy, I liked the development of their music.. first the sound was a little bit blurry, but then it got very dynamic, precise and you could feel that they are playing together for some time now!

When I was going to this show I met Andrea and Natalie, she is an experimental musician too, plays drone and ambient music. We decided to play together and this is what we did on saturday. So Natalie and I played together and I think it is great.. it felt good, fluent, we listen to each other, but are also totaly into the music… so I moved in last week.

On Monday Oct 1st I played with Brian Labycz (modular synthesizer) and George Larson (guitars) at Myopic.  I enjoyed playing improvised music again.

however.. I’m in wicker park now.. live at a great flat with two great roommates, squid the cat and a garden.. play music.. went to school with natalie to talk to her students.. met her bandmates..went to the empty bottle to see a bad show and to The Dustbowl, a warehouse, squadded place, that reminded me of the warehouse in Oakland and Moe in Vienna.. weird but great place!

I have to say I really like it here!

forts + passerby

Forts + Passerby @ Collaboraction

good morning my Polish plumbers

nearly every day I wake up because of heavy noise from some working next door. one day the walls were moving and some dirt fall from the wall.. I was really afraid that they would break a hole into the wall. today I woke up ’cause of long never ending knocking on the door, there they were again.. my friends the polish plumbers, they ask me to turn on the water and then told me that they have to shut down the water for two hours. oh yes two hours.. that was about three hours ago and when I left they told me.. we change the whole pipe.. yeah.. so no water for me I guess…

I’m in Chicago now for more then two weeks. after my John Cage experience I spent a lot of time with a french couchsurfer Axelle.. she is a great cook.. I miss that someone is cooking for me 😉

On Friday and half through Saturday I was waiting for an other couchsurfer to arrive but she changed plans a lot and finally didn’t show up.. I was really bored.. and a little bit offended so I started playing. Here you can listen to the outcome of my waiting waiting.. waiting…     waiting….

This weekend my experimental music experience in Chicago started. On Saturday I was at the ESS (experimental sound studio) where Michael Thieke a german clarinetist and composer played a solo concert. Sunday I went to the Lincoln Park Conservatory where the opening of the sound installation “wood music/Holzmusik” from Michael in cooperation with ESS took place. I think the ESS is a great place, a place for music and interdisciplinary artwork. They have a whole house and a nice garden in the backyard for concerts and where for example next Sunday a wine tasting paired with music takes place. One of their aims is to build an archive of experimental music in Chicago. I’m happy that I found this place and I’m going to spend some time there while I’m in Chicago. Through the amazing people at ESS I also get to know lot’s of interesting people, artists and venues for sure. And I want to add that I feel very comfortable at ESS.

So yesterday evening I went to a weekly concert series at the hungry brain. Two bands were playing

SET I: Summerfield/Lonberg-Holm/Kirchner/Rosaly
SET II: Thieke/Gregorio/Baker/Zerang

Both sets were very energetic and I enjoyed listening to them. I had the impression that the second set was  more calm, although there was a lot going on too. I felt that there was a different kind of listening in both sets and for sure for every musician too. They seemed to enjoy themselves and I felt a desire to play myself.

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at the hungry brain before the show

steffi