FMWT Listening Series
Volume 1, Edition 3
Saturday July 1st 9pm - 11:30pm
w/ special guest Brendan Spengler
Trumpet Blossom Cafe
$5 adv $7 Day of, free for season passholders and patrons of the weird
Natalie Chami adopted the TALsounds moniker in 2009 for her solo explorations in the drone, ambient, and electro-acoustic improv disciplines. In live performance, Chami's analog synthesizers weave together into drifting loops that evolve in tandem with her vocal leads and choral harmonies. Her meditative sessions stretch into hypnotizing depths of stream-of-consciousness multi-instrumental input, sinking into expanses of infinite sustain and cresting into bursts of noise from an arsenal of oscillators and effects pedals. As a member of free music trio Good Willsmith, she has toured the country and released eight albums since 2012. Chami also performs as half of ambient duo l'eternebre, and co-founded the experimental collective/netlabel Screaming Claws. She was born in Ontario and lives in Chicago.
If you've heard TALsounds' music, it might come as a surprise that it's completely improvised—with its poppy polish, it could hardly have less in common with established improvisatory genres such as free jazz or noise. Chami's moody confections flow with organic grace, and in performance she never seems to be at a loss for what comes next—she arrives at an idea and brings it to life, with no perceptible latency.
- The Chicago Reader
Chicago musician Whitney Johnson as MATCHESS finds cohesive vision both thematically & sonically, with the album fusing elements of contemporary classical music & modern experimental electronic music with a neo-new age mysticism.
Her darkly ambient, minimalist synth works are layered and richly textured, the otherworldly elements in her music might be just that.
- Jessica Hopper
On the premiere of “The Need of the Greatest Wealth”, the need for human communion and connective companionship is heard through ascending and descending electric organ scales, Whitney’s vocal wealth of presence, and sensuous outbursts of amplified viola work.
- Impose Magazine
Vol.1, 3rd edition:
TALSOUNDS and MATCHESS
w/ special guest: BRENDAN SPENGLER performing new solo works
Saturday, July 1st 9pm - 11:30pm
Trumpet Blossom Cafe
$5 adv $7 Day of, free for season passholders and patrons