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