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In partnership with esteemed Chicago-based artist and organizer Theaster Gates, Spektral Quartet will spotlight some of the city’s most charismatic creatives in music, poetry, dance, and visual art in an environment that draws voices and traditions into dynamic conversation with one another. Notably, original work by poet/songwriter/performer avery r. young frames the event which includes Spektral Quartet presenting a world premiere by former Chicago Symphony composer-in-residence Samuel Adams, as well as a performance by Gates’s Black Monks of Mississippi. Composer/performer Tonia Ko remounts one of her most intriguing works to-date for amplified bubble wrap, before poet/activist A.Martinez pulls the room in close with original verse. In addition to the arresting video art of Kim Alpert which will unfold across the evening, Spektral Quartet is ecstatic to welcome internationally-renowned footwork crew The Era to the Modern Salon – lions of this Chicago-born dance/music genre.

Unlike a typical concert, attendees will enjoy impromptu interactions with charismatic creatives from across the city: sharing reactions, asking questions, and having every bit of their brain lit up by the imagination and inventiveness in the room. Hors d'oeuvres and cocktails crafted by a local mixologist will keep salon-goers reinforced for this enticing exhibition of creativity from all across Chicago.

I am incredibly honored to debut a new work for this event! Ticket includes food, some drinks, and full evening of special performances and conversations. Event is limited to 50 attendees, so grab a ticket today.

Event made possible with the generous support of Paul M Angell Family Foundation, Rebuild Foundation, and Poetry Foundation.

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