ONEderful: Ishmael Ali, Toni, Sarah Clausen
ONEderful is an on again, off again series at Constellation that seeks to present artists and groups in non-traditional ways for the performers. Each night will feature musicians playing short sets with minimal set-ups, allowing for organic & intimate performances to come forth. Artists are encouraged to play original compositions and songs or ideas that are still being developed. As a result, the performers, the audience, and the space become a part of the artists’ creative processes.
Ishmael Ali is a first generation Filipino-Arab-American cellist, guitarist, improviser, composer, and electronic artist currently residing in Chicago. His work centers on exploring sound through improvisation, experimentation, collaboration, as well as a wide array of idiomatic approaches in an ever-changing, always-growing list of projects with diverse focuses and influences.Though varying drastically from group to group, a common thread in his work is the juxtaposition of seemingly disparate elements to create something new: both foreign and familiar. This rare solo performance will feature a new work for cello, pure data, and small percussion instruments.
Toni is a music project by Syd Haliburton that threads together layers of memory with patience and simplicity. Listen here: kitchen-table.bandcamp.com
Utilizing space, unique melodic content, and diverse textures, Sarah Clausen has developed an approach to the saxophone, improvisation, and composition that is forward moving, and inspired by many musical traditions.