Volcano Radar March 14th at Constellation: Featuring; Andrea Centazzo, Tatsu Aoki, Stephen Burns, &a
Volcano Radar’s concert March 14th at Constellation
Percussionist/composer Andrea Centazzo, Bassist Tatsu Aoki, Trumpeter Stephen Burns Clarinetist Guillermo Gregorio.
The show will also video by Andrea Centazzo and live painting by “Jazz Occurrence” founder, Lewis Achenbach.
Andrea Centazzo is one of the most prominent European improvisers. In collaboration with Volcano Radar, he will participate in a concert at Constellation, 3111 N Western Ave Chicago, IL 60618, on Wednesday, March 14th. There will be two different sets at 8:30pm and 9:50pm. Continuing throughout the evening, the collaboration Volcano Radar started 3 years ago, with Andrea Centazzo at the same venue and later, during their West Coast tour back in Chicago and other Midwest locations. Trumpet star Stephen Burns will join the project with Centazzo and Volcano Radar members Elbio Barilari, Julia A. Miller, and guest bassist/composer Tatsu Aoki.
On this night, Andrea Centazzo is on drumset and electronics, Stephen Burns on trumpet, Elbio Barilari will play electric viola, soprano sax, pocket trumpet, electric guitar & electronics, Julia A. Miller will play both synthesized guitar and electric guitar and Tatsu Aoki will be featured on double bass. There will also be videos produced by Andrea Centazzo and action painting by Luis Achenbach, creator of the prestigious series “Jazz Occurrence”.
Tickets for this concert are $10 ($5 for Students) and are available by phone at 312-555-5555, online at
www.constellation-chicago.com or by visiting the facebook event Volcano Radar featuring Andrea Centazzo
ABOUT THE ARTISTS Italian composer, percussionist and multimedia artist Andrea Centazzo has been a bold explorer of contemporary art for 40 years. In the early 70's, he introduced a new concept of percussion playing, migrating from the free jazz to a new form of improvised music. In the late 70's, Centazzo was one of the founders of the NY downtown music scene through his seminal collaboration with John Zorn, Tom Corra, Eugene Chadbourne, Toshinori Kondo and others, documented in many albums. In 1976 he established ICTUS Records one of the first musician operated labels, recording with Steve Lacy, Evan Parker, Pierre Favre, Derek Bailey, John Zorn, Alvin Curran, Albert Mangelsdorff, Don Cherry and many others. He left the improvised music scene in 1986, moving shortly after to Los Angeles, CA, and dedicating himself to composition and video making.
Centazzo authored 3 operas, 2 symphonies, and almost 500 compositions for all kinds of ensembles, plus many award winning video films. Returning to live performance in 1998, he created solo concerts and solo multimedia concerts. He started playing live in sync with videos that he shot and edited. His last project “Einstein’s Cosmic Messengers” has been produced by LIGO, Caltech and NASA. Recently, the Library of the University of Bologna at DAMS dedicated to the composer the Fondo Andrea Centazzo where all his works are collected and made available to students and scholars. For more information on Mr. Centazzo, visit www.andreacentazzo.com
Stephen Burns, trumpet virtuoso, the founder and artistic director of the Fulcrum Point New Music Project in Chicago. With his dynamic, expressive style and multimedia performances Burns has been acclaimed on five continents for his dramatic interpretations, innovative programming and imaginative musicianship. Winner of the Young Concert Artists International Auditions, Burns is an Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient and Maurice André International Competition 1st Grand Prix Lauréat. He has performed in the major concert halls of New York, Boston, Chicago, Washington DC, Hong Kong, Quebéc, Tokyo, Paris, and Venice. Stephen has been a featured guest on NPR’s “All Things Considered,” “Performance Today,” NBC’s “Today Show,” and also at the White House. He has guest conducted at the Aspen Festival, the National Arts Center Orchestra of Canada, Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s MusicNOW ensemble, Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, and the Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolívar, among others. As artistic director of Fulcrum Point and its sibling organization, The American Concerto Orchestra, Burns is a champion of new art music that is influenced by popular culture, art, dance, literature, religion, and social dynamics. He has given numerous premières by American composers (Ned Rorem, David Stock, Gunther Schuller, Robert Rodriguez, Philip Glass, Julian Wachner, Mischa Zupko) as well as composers of international renown (Andriessen, Magnus Lindberg, Somei Satoh, Aulis Sallinen, Stockhausen). Committed to new music, Burns has composed works for electronic music, chamber music and symphony orchestra. The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago commissioned him to write “Wake Up, Y’all” as part of their Allora/Calzadilla installation. “Fanfare for Humanity” was commissioned for the Chicago Humanities Festival. His composition “Reflections,” created in collaboration with choreographer Ruby Shang, was premièred at Lincoln Center. “Cat and Rat: the Legend of the Chinese Zodiac” is a feature work for pipa virtuoso Yang Wei based on the children’s book by Caldecott Award-winning author/illustrator Ed Young. His recordings include Telemann for Trumpet, with the American Concerto Orchestra, on Dorian, the Complete Sonatas for Brass by Paul Hindemith on Helicon, the Complete Brandenburg Concerti with Helmuth Rilling on Hänssler Classics, and Trumpet Voluntary on ASV records. He has also recorded for Kleos, Musical Heritage Society, Delos, Classical Masters, Essay and Grammavision. Originally from Wellesley Hills, Massachusetts, Stephen Burns studied under Armando Ghitalla, Gerard Schwarz, Pierre Thibaud and Arnold Jacobs at the Tanglewood Music Center, the Julliard School (BM/MM 1981–82), as well as in Paris and Chicago for post-graduate studies. Sought after internationally for masterclasses, Burns is a former tenured Professor of Music at Indiana University and visiting lecturer at Northwestern University, the Merit Music School and the Amici della Musica Firenze, Italy. Stephen Burns is a Yamaha performing artist.
Guillermo Gregorio is an Argentine jazz and free improvisation clarinetist, saxophonist, and composer.
Gregorio was born into a musical family. He became interested in experimental music in the early 1960s, culminating in his Unheard Music project (later released on the album Otra Música: Tape Music, Fluxus, and the Improvisation in Buenos Aires 1963-1970). In addition to his musical work, Gregorio also worked as a professor of architecture and as an author on classical and modern music avant-garde forms. Gregorio also participated in the then Fluxus activities of the Argentine performance groups Movimiento Música Más and other experimental groups in Buenos Aires and La Plata. In the mid-1980s Gregorio left Buenos Aires and moved to Europe, where he worked in Vienna and worked with Franz Koglmann; later he relocated to Chicago, where he still lives and works today. In 2001, he founded the Madi Ensemble, with whom he further developed Argentine avant-garde styles. A longtime Chicago resident, today Gregorio works and lives in New York city.
Since 1995 Gregorio has recorded several albums for HatHut Records, working with Carrie Biolo, Michael Cameron, Jim O'Rourke, Mats Gustafsson and Kjell Nordeson. In 2001 Gregorio worked with a string quartet and the trombonist Sebi Tramontana. He also played in a trio setting with Pandelis Karayorgis and Nate McBride (Chicago Approach), and with Karayorgis and violinist Mat Maneri.
Tatsu Aoki is a prolific artist, composer, musician, educator and a consummate bassist and Shamisen Lute player. Based in Chicago, Aoki works in a wide range of musical genres, ranging from traditional Japanese music, jazz, experimental and creative music. Aoki was born in 1957 in Tokyo, Japan into an artisan family. Aoki was active performer during the early 70’s in the mist of Tokyo Underground Arts movement. Became a member of Japanese Experimental Music ensemble, GINTENKAI presenting mixture of traditional music and new western music. After coming to the U.S. in 1977, Aoki studied experimental filmmaking at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He is currently an adjunct Full Professor at the Film, Video and New Media Department, and teaches film production and history courses. During the late 80’s, Aoki has become a leading advocate for Chicago's Asian American community and one of Chicago's most in-demand musicians on both contrabass, taiko (Japanese drums) and shamisen (Japanese lute). To this date, Aoki has produced and appeared in more than 90 recording projects and over 30 experimental films. He is one of the most recorded artists in the Chicago music scene. Among many of recordings, he has worked with musical masters and legends and produced remarkable duet works with bassist Malachi Favors, multi instrumentalists such as Roscoe Mitchell, Don Moye and world renowned Pipa virtuoso, Wu Man and Chicago legend, the late Fred Anderson.
Uruguayan born multi-instrumentalist and composer Elbio Barilari and American guitarist and composer Julia Miller played together for the first time in 2012. They made their first public appearance as Volcano Radar at Chicago’s Empty Bottle shortly after. The band moves fluently through a stylistic range from noise-funk improvisation to structured sonic forms. Volcano Radar’s soundscapes have been described as: noise-funk, post-jazz, avant-rock, improvised experimental music, jazz-electronica and neo-psychedelia. Volcano Radar’s first recording, “Refutation of Time”, just reached the 30,000 downloads mark. Their new recording, “Electro Parables”, has been released by “Pan & Rosas” in 2016. The band has been joined by reedists Edward Wilkerson Jr. and Jim Gailloreto, bassists Rollo Radford and Harrison Bankhead, drummers Tim Davis, Lou Ciccotelli, Ernie Adams and Avreeayl Ra. Their studio CD featuring Paquito D’Rivera is currently in the post-production stage. Their first collaboration with Tatsu Aoki occurred in 2016 during the Asian-American Jazz Festival.
Elbio Barilari is professor of Latin American music at University of Illinois in Chicago and hosts the weekly radio show “Fiesta!” on WFMT 98.7. Barilari has been active for already four decades in the fields of classical music, jazz and experimental music. His symphonic and chamber works, as well as his extended jazz compositions have been performed in the US, Europe and Latin America. Among his extended jazz compositions are: “Lincolniana” (commissioned by Ravinia Festival in 2008), “Sounds of Hope” (commissioned by Morse Theatre for President’s Obama first inauguration), “Flag from Hashes” (commissioned by WFMT 98.7 to commemorate the 10th anniversary of 9/11) and “Diasporas”, a work in progress commissioned by the Robert & Terri Cohn Foundation to celebrate diversity and tolerance. On the field of jazz and improvised music Barilari has worked in collaboration with Paquito D’Rivera, Danilo Pérez, Jon Faddis, Naná Vasconcellos, Hermeto Pascoal, Misha Mengelberg, Andrea Centazzo and other prominent international American and European artists as well as many of the most relevant Chicago musicians, such as Orbert Davis, Ernest Dawkins, Dee Alexander, Kahil el’Zabar, Edward Wilkerson Jr., Jim Gailloreto, Guillermo Gregorio, Darwin Noguera and many others. Barilari’s symphonic music has been performed by Chicago Sinfonietta, Orquesta de la Radio y Televisión de España, Colorado Symphony, Grant Park Festival Orchestra, Chicago Sinfonietta Chamber Ensemble, Ravinia Festival, Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Chicago Children’s Choir, Lyric Opera Orchestra, Orquesta Filarmónica de Montevideo, Chicago Arts Orchestra, and Baroque Band, among others. Barilari was born in Montevideo, Uruguay, in 1953. He studied in his own country as well as in Brazil and Germany, and moved to the US in 1998.
Julia A. Miller is a guitarist, composer, improviser, sound artist, visual artist, curator and educator. Julia specializes in synthesized electric guitar, performing as a soloist or collaborator and with the band Volcano Radar, along with Elbio Barilari. In 2011, a live recording of her solo performance on Chicago's Experimental Sound Studio Sunday Solos Series, "Solo Variations", was released as a digital EP on the Chicago netlabel Pan y Rosas. In 2012, Julia was asked to participate in the $100 Guitar Project, a double cd release of improvised and composed short pieces by 65 different guitarists which was released on Bridge Records with proceeds benefitting CARE. Also in 2013, Volcano Radar released the digital EP "Refutation of Time" on Pan Y Rosas. Julia's music has also been released on the Artco and Pilgrim Talk labels. Julia has been recognized by the blog Prepared Guitar preparedguitar.blogspot.com.
Many Many Women manymanywomen.wordpress.com, and Squid's Ear, as well as the Chicago Reader. Julia is Guitar Professor at Carthage College in Kenosha, and an Adjunct Assistant Professor in Sound at the School of the Art Institute (SAIC) in Chicago. Julia received a DMA in composition from Northwestern University in 2005.
Tickets for this concert are $10 and are available by phone at 312-555-5555, on line at
www.constellation-chicago.com or by visiting the facebook event Volcano Radar featuring Andrea Centazzo