Back to All Events

SMP: Wolftone + ZINC

  • Slate Arts and Performance 3203 West North Avenue Chicago, IL, 60651 United States (map)


Slate Music Presents will be hosting Chicago improv ensemble ZINC and the Houston duo Wolftone!

Doors at 7:30 // Music at 8

$5 suggested donation for performers and BYOB!


About the performers:


Zachary Good, clarinet/recorder
Eli Namay, bass
Nick Meryhew, trombone
Carol Genetti, voice and things

ZINC formed serendipitously during a house show in May 2015 (Chicago). They have been making improvised music together ever since. 



The Panther (2017) for violin, bassoon, and tape recorder by Peter Kramer
From the Silhouette Quarry (2017) for violin and bassoon by Zach Sheets
Variations for 15 Shapes (2017) by Judy Jackson

Wolftone is a duo project comprised of Will Overcash (violin) and Ben Roidl-Ward (bassoon) that is collaborating closely with composers to create a bold new repertoire of works. With the goal of exploring and expanding the possibilities of the violin/bassoon pairing, this duo is especially interested in exploring the natural resonances and dissonances of their instruments as a framework for complex soundworlds created between only two voices. Ben and Will met as students at the Oberlin Conservatory, where they were frequent collaborators, notably as members of the Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble and as founding members of the student-run contemporary music collective Semble N. In this capacity, they laid the seeds for their work as a duo by performing concerts in non-traditional spaces, forging new audiences for new music, and starting a series of improvisation workshops at the Cleveland Public Library. Wolftone's first commissioning project, supported by the Sviatoslov Richter Fund for Music Outreach, has led to the creation of three new works for by composers Peter Kramer, Zach Sheets, and Judy Jackson. The duo has presented workshops in partnership with the Houston High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, and is also partnering with the Harmony School of Science in Sugarland, TX and Cleveland's Syndicate for New Arts in upcoming performances. 

Wolftone's tour is supported by the Sviatoslov Richter Fund for Music Outreach and a Lovett Summer Travel Fellowship.