A Light Sleeper
Chicago’s a Light Sleeper is an ever-evolving quartet exploring collaborative composition from the bottom up, featuring breezy intertwining melodies from saxophonist Maria Elena Hernandez and violist Traci Huff, Dheeru Pennepalli’s idiosyncratic guitar lines, and drummer Matthew Jung’s graceful clockwork core. Join us as we celebrate the release of their new album Equaeverpoise, which documents the nimble quartet’s razor-sharp, spring-loaded compositions alongside their signature slow-burn, brooding improvisations. On this album, their first for the venerable Cuneiform Records, the band decided to forgo lyrics and vocals, and instead focused on creating what they define as “instrumental abstract-expressionist funk-pop.”
“…an exhilarating tension and momentum through the interplay of jazz-like theses and curving post-rock ramparts.” — chirpradio.org
“…strangely melodic, though not in any traditional sense.” — progarchives.com
“…not quite rock, not quite jazz, not quite worth labeling, but most certainly worth hearing.”
Akosuen /aa-KŌZ-eh-win/ is a music and performance project by Billie Howard involving sounds that focus on breathing cycles, chronic pain, and mediation on both quiet and extremely loud sounds. Billie appears on her primary instruments: violin and piano, as well as with an ensemble including expanded strings, voices, organ, and percussion.