Adam Shead Quintet Album Release


Chicago, IL

Show: 8:30PM

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8:30pm show. Proof of COVID vaccination must be presented upon entry.

You can watch the livestream here: https://youtu.be/ZfpQvPA6VQE

Adam Shead Quintet performs in celebration of the group's debut album 'Full Cycle, Thread New.' on Shifting Paradigm Records. 'Full Cycle, Thread New.' is a long form composition in three movements by Chicago multi-disciplinary artist Adam Shead. The piece focuses heavily on concepts of reformation, regeneration, non- linear time dynamics, and cyclical history. Throughout the three movements (which features Shead alongside acclaimed Chicago improvised music stalwarts Jeff Kimmel, clarinets; Ishmael Ali, cello/ electronics; Matt Piet, piano; and Andrew Scott Young, double bass.) the quintet effortlessly intertwines a diverse spectrum of aesthetic parameters while maintaining the music’s forward momentum. 

Various influences abound throughout, in oblique and mysterious ways. One may hear faint traces of other composers like John Lewis; Instant Composers Pool; Roscoe Mitchell; La Monte Young; Pauline Oliveros; and Thelonious Monk. Adam Shead’s quintet threads the needle between the past and the present thanks to his honed and studied compositional approach. Genres assert themselves as much as they defy easy categorization. The listener is confronted with sound elements reminiscent of various idiomatic and non-idiomatic approaches which together form one overarching narrative, ultimately generated by and belonging to Shead himself. 

Adam Shead Quintet: 
Jeff Kimmel - clarinet/bass clarinet 
Ishmael Ali - cello/electronics 
Matt Piet - piano 
Chris Dammann - double bass 
Adam Shead - drums/composition

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3111 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL, 60618

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Adam Shead / Jeff Kimmel / Ishmael Ali / Matt Piet / Chris Dammann

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