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Jakob Heinemann “Opacity” Quartet

December 10, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join us for Jakob Heinemann’s “Opacity” album release concert at the Museum of Surgical Science featuring Jack Langdon.

Jakob Heinemann performs with his “Opacity” quartet following a solo performance by Jack Langdon.

21+ BYOB

The latest release from Jakob Heinemann, Opacity finds the composer/improviser/bassist in quartet formation, working from a book of pieces developed over the course of a year of performing, writing and rehearsing with the group. For this project, Heinemann has developed a flexible system of notation that allows the music to breathe and sway, untethered to a rhythmic grid, set with impressionistic harmonies and a keen awareness of space and stillness. The compositions are at times collaged with field recordings, group improvisation, and foley sounds, creating a wide palette of colors that blend together to create a unique sonic environment. Recorded in August 2022, Heinemann is joined by Molly Jones on flutes, Jeff Kimmel on clarinet, and Ishmael Ali on cello for this release.

Link: https://kasheeditions.bandcamp.com/album/opacity

Jakob Heinemann is a double bassist, composer, improviser and sound artist working between Chicago and Madison, WI. His interests are wide-ranging, but tend to center on close listening, environmental composition, and open collaborations with other artists. As a bass player, he frequently performs freely improvised music, and counts himself as a member of the rich and varied community of creative musicians in Chicago. As a composer and sound artist, he utilizes field recordings, spectral analysis, and traditional scoring to sonify his local community, seeking to document and understand a sense of place in a radically changing environment. His 2021 release, Resonant Ocean, was described by Tabs Out as “Clearly, onto something mighty pleasing and endearing”, and a “quartet of fascinating pieces” by A Closer Listen.

Website: https://jakobheinemann.com/

Jack Langdon (b.1994, Keyeser, WI) is a musician, filmmaker, and writer. His work heightens our attention towards commonplace sounds, images, and narratives—reassembling things taken for granted into strange, elusive constructions. His concert works are stark and expansive, drawing inspiration from the landscape and folk modernisms of the American Midwest. He performs on multiple keyboard instruments and electric guitar—particularly focusing on utilizing pipe organs, tonewheel, and transistor organs in experimental and improvised contexts. His films focus on landscape, the built environment, and people, and he writes on the political economy of cultural production. Jack is a founding editor of Culture as Care Journal and is an enrolled member of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians.
Website: https://www.jacklangdon.info/


Accessible accommodations include a ramp entrance and elevator. If you need additional accessibility options or wheelchair seating, please contact us at info@imss.org.

Parking and Directions can be found here: https://imss.org/plan-your-visit/


December 10, 2023
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


International Museum of Surgical Science
1524 North Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60610 United States


International Museum of Surgical Science
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