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SLUGish Ensemble

  • Arts + Literature Laboratory 2021 Winnebago Street Madison, WI, 53704 United States (map)
Steven Lurgerner. Photo by Peter Varshavsky.

Steven Lurgerner. Photo by Peter Varshavsky.

San Francisco based composer and multi-reed instrumentalist Steven Lugerner collaborates around the country, tying together musicians from California to New York to Chicago and performing adventurous work that fit loosely under the jazz umbrella. He performs here with his SLUGish Ensemble, which operates in the realm of freely improvised music as well as orchestrated and layered composition. Their 2014 release, For We Have Heard, spans improvised and orchestrated material based around Gematria, giving the album a character that's both expressively algorithmic and unpredictable, perhaps even disorienting. The track "Be Strong And Resolute" begins with metrically mixed unisons in the form of a crazed march, before dissolving into a puddle of succulent piano. Lugerner ultimately joins in on alto saxophone with an equally fluid texture that expands into an elastic, melodic line. —Emili Earhart

Earlier Event: November 3
Nestle, Lovely Socialite (free)
Later Event: November 4
Slowdive, Cherry Glazerr