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January 17, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Join a•pe•ri•od•ic for an evening of music centered around the piano at Narloch Piano Studio with works by experimental music master Pauline Oliveros, the Canada-based Linda Catlin Smith, the British Jane Dickson, and a•pe•ri•od•ic’s own Nomi Epstein’s world premiere of a trio for ensemble members Jeff Kimmel and Eliza Bangert. The evening will feature smaller chamber works, as well as solos, and a group improvisation. The ensemble will be joined by guest pianist Christopher Narloch.

Pauline Oliveros: Breaking Boundaries (1996) for piano solo or ensemble
Linda Catlin Smith: Selections from Nocturnes and Chorales (2013) for piano solo
Jane Dickson: Traces for piano and electronics (2014)
Nomi Epstein: sounds for Jeff (2018) for flute, bass clarinet, piano



Jane Dickson is a Glasgow based composer and pianist. Her background includes classical piano and conducting, live electronics performance and composition and free improvisation using extended techniques. Her interest in live electronics lies in the subtle augmentation of acoustic instruments and voice, playing with subverting and dislocating expectation and perception. She has completed commissions from members of the London Symphony Orchestra and BBC Radio 4 and performed and had her work performed across Europe including national radio and television broadcasts in Austria, Spain and the UK. Her recent collaborative releases include Wandelweiser und so weiter (another timbre) and Accidents of Matter or of Space (SUPPEDANEUM). Her current research explores virtuosity and gender in contemporary performance and alternative methods of notation, and heavily informs her creative practice. She is a member of international group n s m b l and has premiered two works by Jakob Ullmann: son imaginaire III (HCMF ʻ13) and solo V (Courtisane ʼ15). Recent awards include PRS Women Make Music (for How to Make Two Outfits Out of One, Battersea Arts Centre) and Creative Scotland Artists Bursary for Composition, both for the creation of new and experimental opera.

Linda Catlin Smith grew up in New York and lives in Toronto. She studied music in NY, and at the University of Victoria (Canada). Her music has been performed and/or recorded by: BBC Scottish Orchestra, Exaudi, Tafelmusik, Other Minds Festival, California Ear Unit, Kitchener-Waterloo, Victoria and Vancouver Symphonies, Arraymusic, Tapestry New Opera, Gryphon Trio, Via Salzburg, Evergreen Club Gamelan, Turning Point Ensemble, Vancouver New Music, and the Del Sol, Penderecki, and Bozzini quartets, among many others; she has been performed by many notable soloists, including Eve Egoyan, Elinor Frey, Philip Thomas, Colin Tilney, Vivienne Spiteri, and Jamie Parker. Â She has been supported in her work by the Canada Council, Ontario Arts Council, Chalmers Foundation, K.M. Hunter Award, Banff Centre, SOCAN Foundation and Toronto Arts Council; in 2005 her work Garland (for Tafelmusik) was awarded Canada’s prestigious Jules Léger Prize. In addition to her work as an independent composer, she was Artistic Director of the Toronto ensemble Arraymusic from 1988 to 1993, and she was a member of the ground-breaking multidisciplinary performance collective, URGE, from 1992-2006. Linda teaches composition privately and at Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Canada.

Founded in 2010, a•pe•ri•od•ic‘s repertoire explores the indeterminacy of various musical elements including instrumentation, structure, pitch, and/or duration. Drawn to works of sparseness, contemplation, and quietude, this “daring group” (Chicago Reader) has a history of interpreting distinctive pieces using a collaborative rehearsal process, deriving meaning and intention from oblique prose scores with great sensitivity.

Led by Nomi Epstein, the ensemble has commissioned, premiered, and recorded works by composers such as Michael Pisaro, Eva-Maria Houben, Jürg Frey, James Saunders, and Pauline Oliveros. a•pe•ri•od•ic released its debut album, more or less, featuring the music of Jürg Frey in 2014 under New Focus Recordings. The ensemble has received funding from the Swiss Arts Council, the Earle Brown Foundation, the Goethe Institute, and the Foundation of Contemporary Arts. Members of a•pe•ri•od•ic hold graduate degrees in music performance or composition from Chicago-area universities and conservatories, and are featured in other Chicago-based groups including Ensemble Dal Niente, Outer Voices, and Mucca Pazza.


January 17, 2019
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Narloch Piano Studio
4636 N Francisco Ave
Chicago, Illinois 60625 United States