2016 marks the 30th anniversary of Experimental Sound Studio. To celebrate 30 years of incubating, presenting and documenting innovative work in sound from around the world, ESS is throwing a blow-out gala at Constellation Chicago. The evening will feature luminaries from throughout ESS’s diverse history, including MacArthur Fellow and OPTION programmer Ken Vandermark; Chicago composer and sound artist Olivia Block; instrument inventor and improviser Hal Rammel; percussionist/composer Michael Zerang; and internationally acclaimed Dutch vocalist, sound poet, and composer Jaap Blonk. Rare recordings of sound art and music from ESS's programming history now housed in the organization's Creative Audio Archive will also be prominently presented, including the work of George E. Lewis, Douglas Ewart, Laetitia Sonami, and more. Finally, on the occasion of his retirement, we will toast ESS founder and Executive Director Lou Mallozzi for creating and sustaining a robust, lasting resource for artists around the world who work in the sonic arts.
Proceeds raised at the gala will contribute to the general operations fund for Experimental Sound Studio as we navigate recent changes to the organization's management structure. Read more about the transition at the Chicago Reader.