CREATIVE MUSIC SERIES wanek goldston, webb

locationluggage storedateThursday, Oct 18 2007 8:00 PM



8:00 pm Joel Wanek & Dan Godston (CHI) w/guest Eric Glick Reimann
9:00 pm Michelle Webb (NM)

Recognized as a incredibly creative and innovative guitarists and improviser, Michelle Webb is an electrifying and original guitarist. A restless collaborator who constantly seeks the most diverse and personally challenging contexts for her music, Webb not only produces and contributes to a large number of recorded projects, she performs frequently throughout the USA with several regular groupings as well as solo guitar concerts and concerts of freely improvised music with a host of diverse instrumentalists. Evidence of her exceptional musical breadth and versatility can be found in work of the extraordinary artists with whom she has recorded and/or performed.

Joel Wanek is a photographer and educator living and working in Chicago. He teaches photography at many of the city’s premier arts organizations including the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Center for Community Arts Partnerships, Marwen Foundation and the Hyde Park Arts Center. His photographs have been featured in a diversity of publications including DownBeat, Jazz Times, Chicago Sun-Times, The Chicago Reader, ZoneZero, Vibrations (France) & The New Cosmos of Photography (Japan). He has participated in group shows at Bucket Rider Gallery and The Hyde Park Art Center in Chicago, and CENART in Mexico City.  Recently, Wanek’s creative focus has been directed towards music. For the past three years, he has studied upright bass and improvisation with master musician Tatsu Aoki. Since then, he has had the fortune of playing with some of Chicago’s finest improvisers including Aoki, Nicole Mitchell, David Boykin, Josh Abrams, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Dave Rempis and Greg Ward. Currently he is a member of Aoki’s Miyumi Project Big Band, Boykin’s Microcosmic Sound Orchestra and Ways & Means Trio.  In addition to performing, Wanek is also an active music presenter. A year rafter the passing of legendary bassist Malachi Favors Maghoustut, he organized a gathering of Chicago creative bassists to pay respects to him and his spirit. That initial event has grown into The Low End Theory, a musical series highlighting the city’s many innovative bassists.

Dan Godston teaches, writes, and composes music and plays the trumpet and other instruments in Chicago. Last year his trio — Ways & Means — released their debut CD entitled, Fire of Dreams; this recording features a collaboration with the amazing poet Ed Roberson. From 2005 till 2006 The Ways & Means Trio hosted a monthly series at Muse Cafe called Lower & Upper Limits, which showcased collaborations between poets and musicians. Dan has worked with Jim Ryan, Daniele Cavallanti, Tiziano Tononi, Joel Wanek, Jayve Montgomery, Alex Wing, Mankwe Ndosi, Douglas Ewart, Paul Hartsaw, Mars Williams, Ben Boye, and other musicians.

Godston teaches poetry through The Center for Community Arts Partnerships and Snow City Arts, and he also teaches at Columbia College Chicago.  His writings have appeared in Chase Park, Versal, 580 Split, Kyoto Journal, California Quarterly, after hours, Teaching Artist Journal and other publications. His poem, Mask to Skin to Blood to Heart to Bone and Back, was nominated by the editors of 580 Split for the Pushcart Prize. In February 2007 he curated the Forth Sound Back event, in the Red Rover Series.

Last year Godston founded the Chicago Calling Festival, which provides opportunities for Chicago based artists to collaborate with artists living in other locations around the world.