Music Program

Sunday, October 9, 2011 at 8:00 p.m.

$15 general, $10 members/students/seniors

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This concert is made possible through the generous support of Robert D. Bielecki.

Starlicker Rob Mazurek (cornet, compositions)
Jason Adasiewicz (vibraphone)
John Herndon (drums, percussion)

Starlicker is Rob Mazurek's newest project. Deeply rooted in the Chicago and International avant garde, Jazz and post-rock scenes, Mazurek, Herndon and Adasiewicz expel sound with pervading energy and other-worldy delicacy. Starlicker is a unique trio, blending the origins of sound with imperative immediacy and sublime power.

Rob Mazurek leads, composes for and performs with these critically acclaimed ensembles: Exploding Star Orchestra, Chicago Underground, São Paulo Underground, Mandarin Movie and Rob Mazurek's Sound Is Quintet. A true international artist, he has performed his compositions with these and other ensembles for major festivals and venues throughout Europe, North America, South America, and Japan. A virtuoso, Mazurek's sound fills a room with warm light. He has collaborated with icons of the New Music such as Bill Dixon, Roscoe Mitchell, Pharoah Sanders, and Fred Anderson, and icons of other genres such as Nana Vasconcelos, Marcelo Camelo, Luc Ferrari and Mike Ladd.

Starlicker John Herndon creates waves of rhythm and maintains an abstract pulse that is uniquely his own. Herndon works diligently sculpting his own beat and sound oriented works under A Grape Dope while evolving his skills on the drum kit in notable ensembles Exploding Star Orchestra, Ken Vandermark's Powerhouse Sound, Nobukazu Takemure, and with Jeff Parker in the iconic post rock collective Tortoise.

Jason Adasiewicz's vibes shimmer in the ether. A Chicago mainstay and DownBeat Magazine rising star, Jason is a true original with a deep sensibility for sound vibration that can be heard through his innate and idiosyncratic approach to harmony and melody. Jason's musical history is spiked with fervent free improvisation and tight melodic rendering in such groups as Jason Adasiewicz Sun Rooms Trio, Exploding Star Orchestra, Rolldown, and Loose Assembly.