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Biliana Voutchkova & Michael Zerang / ZRL

  • Elastic Arts 3429 West Diversey Avenue Chicago, IL, 60647 United States (map)

Violinist Biliana Voutchkova comes from Berlin to Chicago to join Michael Zerang for an evening of creative improvisation.

ZRL, a trio comprised of Zachary Good (clarinets/recorders), Lia Kohl (cello) and Ryan Packard (percussion/electronics) will play a set of intimate, textural improvisation.

Biliana Voutchkova is a dedicated, thoroughly engaged composer-performer whose work combines regular performances of major solo violin/ensemble works, new works by contemporary composers often written for her and improvisation. Her constant research as a creative improviser spans the widest possible range of sound/music/movement and extends the sonic and technical capacities of her instrument evolving into the development of a highly individual musical language. Biliana lives in Berlin and regularly appears at festivals and concert series worldwide. She works as a soloist and collaborates with the Splitter Orchestra, Solistenensemble Kaleidoskop, Ensemble Modern, Ensembles United, Mosaik, LUX:NM, Frances-Marie Uitti, Matthias Bauer, Audrey Chen, Ute Wassermann, Axel Dörner, Peter Ablinger, Michael Thieke and many others. Recent/current projects include solo concerts at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Radar Festval, Radialsystem V and Unerhörte Musik, the solo portrait concert/presentation and the project “Gazes that matter” at Ballhaus Naunynstrasse, the performance of Alban Berg’s chamber concerto for the March Music Days Festival and performances for the festivals Klangwerkstatt, Jazzfest and Faithful in Berlin, Rainy Days in Luxemburg and Klarafestival in Brüssel. More about her work at

Michael Zerang was born in Chicago, Illinois, and is a first-generation American of Assyrian decent. He has been a professional musician, composer, and producer since 1976, focusing extensively on improvised music, free jazz, contemporary composition, puppet theater, experimental theater, and international musical forms.


ZRL (Zachary Good, Ryan Packard and Lia Kohl) is a percussion/electronics, cello, and clarinet trio that focuses on consistency and stasis, and the nuances found within carefully crafted sonic textures and timbres. Their material is drawn from both free and structured improvisation, focusing on the balance point where their sound-worlds tangle and collide.