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Performance: Some Other Fields

November 10, 2016
Fullerton Hall
Free with museum admission

Experience the Chicago premiere of Some Other Fields, a new program for unaccompanied cello commissioned and performed by cellist Teddy Rankin-Parker. The program includes new works by noted contemporary composers and musicians Jim O'Rourke, Glenn Kotche, Gene Coleman, and Michael Beharie


Rumble StripGlenn Kotche

Book of RoundsJim O'Rourke

The Geometry of ThinkingGene Coleman

Some Other FieldsMichael Beharie

About the Artists

Teddy Rankin-Parker is an American cellist specializing in improvisation and avant-garde music. Based in Oakland, CA, he performs extensively throughout the U.S. and Europe, wearing the hats of composer and performance artist, and appearing in a variety of contexts including chamber orchestras, free improvised settings, performance art and electro-acoustic music. Teddy is the touring cellist for bands Primus and Iron & Wine, and has performed, toured, and recorded with dozens of artists, including Glen Hansard, International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Eighth Blackbird, Ensemble N_JP, Chicago Sinfonietta, and Nicole Mitchell’s Black Earth Ensemble.

Gene Coleman is a composer, musician and director. He is the recipient of a 2014 Guggenheim Fellowship and the 2013 Berlin Prize in Music Composition from The American Academy in Berlin. Since 2001 his work has focused on global culture and music's relationship with architecture, video and dance. He studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His many residencies include the William Penn Foundation composer in residence at the American Academy in Rome (Fall 2011). Over the years he has collaborated with a wide range of musicians and composers; from Jim O'Rourke and Otomo Yoshihide to Helmut Lachenmann and George Crumb. Many groups have commissioned his music and film work and presented it around the world. His most recent work "In the Midst of Things" is a collaboration with the celebrated artists Allora and Calzadilla and is performed over 150 times in the 2015 Venice Biennale.

Jim O'Rourke is an American musician and record producer. O'Rourke has collaborated with Thurston Moore, Lee Ranaldo, Derek Bailey, Christian Wolff, Phill Niblock, Mats Gustafsson, Mayo Thompson, Flying Saucer Attack, and in 2006 mixed Joanna Newsom's album Ys. O'Rourke has produced albums by artists such as Sonic Youth, Wilco, Stereolab, Superchunk, John Fahey, Smog, Faust, Tony Conrad. He mixed Wilco's Yankee Hotel Foxtrot album and produced their 2004 album, A Ghost Is Born, for which he won a Grammy Award for "Best Alternative Album". He has scored films by Werner Herzog, Olivier Assayas, and others. His own short films have been part of the 2004 and 2006 Whitney Biennial and the 2005 Rotterdam Film Festival. His recording of Toru Takemitsus Corona for pianists Tokyo Realization was awarded Japans Agency for Cultural Affairs Arts Festival Award for Excellence in 2006. 

Since 2001, Glenn Kotche has been the rhythmic anchor in Wilco, one of the most beloved rock bands on the planet. His first studio outing with the Chicago- based band was the breakthrough Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, and has continued over the course of five albums, including the Grammy-winning A Ghost Is Born and the critically acclaimed The Whole Love. He has appeared on over 80 recordings by artists as diverse as Andrew Bird, Edith Frost, Neil Finn and Radiohead's Phil Selway, and he's a founding member of two other bands Loose Fur, with Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy and longtime collaborator Jim O'Rourke, and On Fillmore, with upright bassist Darin Gray. He has also written music for classical and post-classical ensembles like Kronos Quartet, the Silk Road Ensemble, the Bang on a Can All-Stars, So Percussion, eighth blackbird and many more.

Michael Beharie is a producer and guitarist based in NYC. His latest efforts include Lace EP (Astro Nautico, 2015) and a score for Rashaun Mitchells evening length dance Light Years. Michael also plays in Tezeo (Dummy Records, Shinkoyo Records) and produces music for artists including Diamond Terrifier, Alexis Penney and Bunny Michael. He has made film scores for Laura Checkoways Lucky and Ben Greenes Survival Prayer. Michael has performed at venues including Issue Project Room, Le Poison Rouge, 285 Kent, The Stone, Zebulon, Bowery Ballroom, Matadero (Madrid) and Cafe De La Danse (Paris) among others.

Photo by Lenny Gonzalez.