Founded in 1986, Experimental Sound Studio (ESS) is a Chicago-based organization dedicated to artistic evolution and the creative exploration of sound. ESS facilitates the creation, presentation, and documentation of innovative work related to the sonic arts, supporting nearly 400 artists each year in our recording studio, through artist residencies, as fiscal sponsors, and in nearly 100 public performances, installations, and workshops. All proceeds go directly back into our programs, supporting the artists we work with and helping ESS continue to make space for creative experimentation in Chicago.
The VIP ticket holders receive reserved front row seating at Michael Zerang’s May Chapel Concert October 6, a limited edition artist-designed t-shirt by Melina Ausikaitis, two drink tickets each, and the joy of knowing that you have provided significant support for artists experimenting in Chicago.
Can’t attend or want to support more? Visit ess.org to make a tax-deductible donation. We appreciate you!
- Anteloper featuring Jaimie Branch and Jason Nazary will perform as part of the 2018 ESS Benefit Concert! Anteloper is the electric brain child of Jaimie Branch (Fly or Die, High Life) and Jason Nazary (Little Women, Helado Negro, Bear in Heaven). With deep rhythmic passages, telepathic improvisations and effortless melodic negotiations, Anteloper pushes forward, swinging its horns all the while.
- Ben LaMar Gay Quartet featuring Ed Wilkerson will join the line-up!” Chicago’s Ben LaMar Gay is one of the most mercurial musicians in a city full of them. He’s a jazz cornetist who came up through the AACM and then spent several years living and working in Brazil earlier in the decade. He’s logged time in jazz groups such as Mike Reed’s Flesh & Bone and Greg Ward’s 10 Tongues, but one of his most exciting projects, Bottle Tree, is a progressive R&B trio. He’s also worked with Joshua Abrams, Makaya McCraven, Theaster Gates, and Nicole Mitchell, as well as with underground weirdos El Is a Sound of Joy. He loves music and doesn’t care where it takes him. ” – Chicago Reader
- Dan the Automator with DJ Hard Rich are the headliners for ESS’s 2018 Benefit Concert.Dan the Automator has had a hand as a key collaborator for a wide range of projects including working with Kool Keith on his album Dr. Octagonecologyst, partnering with Prince Paul to form the Handsome Boy Modeling School, working with Del tha Funky Homosapien and Kid Koala to form Deltron 3030, and his recent project Got a Girl with Mary Elizabeth Winstead, among many others.DJ Hard Rich is lead developer at The Glue Factory and Thud Rumble. He’ll be creating visuals for the set.
- Hal Rammel is a visual artist and musician who has been involved in the creative arts for the past 45 years. As a composer and improviser he utilizes musical instruments of his own design and construction, releasing many recordings on his own label Penumbra Music. During the 1980s he was an active member of Chicago’s experimental and improvised music scene performing frequently with Gene Coleman, Michael Zerang, John Corbett, Terri Kapsalis, Lou Mallozzi, Jim Baker, Don Meckley and others.
$35 EARLY BIRD tickets are on sale now through September 26th
$45 ADVANCE tickets will be on sale from September 26th through through October 4th at 6:30PM
There are 30 VIP tickets available for $75